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4 J The Lovell Chronicle J May 30, 2013 CHRONICLE / m With one more elementary fun day and some awards as- semblies today and tomorrow, another school year is wrap- ping up in Districts One and Two. Of course, the work at the schools never totally stops as administrators and staff members gear up for the new year and maintenance personnel take advantage of the oppor- tunity to deep clean schools and perform needed mainte- nance in the buildings. In the case of Lovell High School, the next phase of the school remodeling project begins in earnest on Monday. Schools are truly at the center of life for many people in small communities, and as such, much of this newspaper weekly coverage centers on our schools. Thus, we could not do what we do each week without the assistance of many people in our schools. School secretaries are worth their weight in gold. They let us know about upcoming events and are always there to identify photographs or help us with details for a story. And so while it is dangerous to list names, we thank Esther Garza and Jodi Baxendale at Lovell Elementary School, Les- ley Boardman at Rocky Mountain Elementary School, Susan McArthur at Lovell Middle School, Denise Harrison and Su- zanne Winterholler at Lovell High School and Brenda Brost and Elyse Wyatt at Rocky Mountain Middle/High School. School nurse Meredith Despain also helps us out a lot in Lovell, as do Cheryl Bowers and Genevieve Mann in the su- perintendents' offices. Principals also help us a lot with stories and coverage, and so we thank Tim Winland at RMMHS, Scott O'Tremba at LHS, Karma Sanders at RMES, Sherie Monk at Lovell Middle School and Cheri Hoffman at Lovell Elementary. Superintendents Dan Coe and Shon Hocker are also great to work with on stories of district-wide interest. Also of great help are yearbook teachers like Cindy Asay and Skye Mader, librarians at the various schools and many teachers, paraprofessionals and aides, who help with infor- mation, story ideas and much more. ....... As for athletics, we work closely with Athletic Directors Joe Koritnik at Lovell and Rod Winland,at Rocky Mountain to get information to our readers about games the Bulldogs and Grizzlies are participating in. When it comes to sched- uling, itL a never-ending battle to stay on top of the latest schedule changes. In fact, we help each other. If we notice a discrepancy as we're putting together standings or the sports calendar each week we let the ADs know. Thanks, Joe and Rod. Finally, we thank the many coaches we work with for taking time out of their already busy schedules to meet with us weekly during their sports season arid talk about their teams and their student athletes. Win or lose, about 95 per- cent of our coaches over the years have been great to work with and class acts when it comes to the interview process, even following a tough loss. We also value our music directors, club sponsors and any others who head up school organizations and activities. Working with our schools is one of the things that makes running a community weekly newspaper rewarding, and we value the relationships we have established over the years with the folks who educate our children. Thank you, everyone, enjoy your summer, and we'll see you again in the fall. -David Peck The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be printed. Letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writer. Unsigned letters will be discarded. Writers are limited to two letters in any 30 day period.All letters must conform to the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY82431, or delivered to our of e at 234 E, Main St,, Lovell, A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. OMING PRESS ASSOCIATION MEMBER 201 3 2012 Award-winning Newspaper #1 IN GENERAL and ADVERTISING EXCELLENCE for Wyoming Small Weekly Newspapers Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Editor and Publisher: David Peck Reporter: Patti Carpenter Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer, Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller, Cheryl Jolley, Stormy Jameson OKLAHOMA .. FLOODING IN TEXAS.. BRIDGE FAILURE IN WASHINGTON With summer vacation on the horizon, a memory of some memorable meandering years ago came to mind. The recollections are strong mainly because of a series of circumstances that nearly melted our credit card at the time. But it was an interesting, event-filled, two-week-long "vacation" nonetheless. Our plan, and we all know how plans can go boom, was to drive to Carlsbad Caverns see many other sights along the way and'visit my aunties in E1 Paso, Tax- with finding a huge automotive electrical repair shop that took pity on us and fixed the problem, putting us ahead of police cars, fire trucks and taxis. *In Santa Fe the exhaust system be- came exhausted. Part of it fell off and the other part was full of holes. We again were blessed, finding a Chevy dealer who took us in and replaced the system in a rela- tively short time. *Just before reaching Roads Fork, N.M., the generator pooped out and the associated rubber belt broke. At the time, Roads Fork consisted of a freeway over- pass, a Chevron station and a truck stop. Our bless- ings continued, as the young man at the station had a rebuilt generator and did a fine job without goug- ing us. And we had a super-good breakfast at the as. Also, I was looking for a new job and had heard about a reporter/photographer opening in New Mexico at the "Santa Rosa News," a weekly publication. As well, I thought I'd check the daily "Santa Fe New Mexican." Above all, we were going to camp, using our very used 1966 Chevy Whatchamacal!it, basically a pan- el truck with windows and probably forerunner to what became the Suburban. We did camp, for two nights, the first in southern Arizona after driving from San Diego. The next night we found ourselves in northern Arizona. The next morning we found ice on the inside of the windows of our vehicle. It was, to put it mildly, quite cold. Additionally, we discovered that sleeping in the unheated rig was unpleasant. It was, to put it mildly, extremely uncomfortable. Suffice it to say that after that situation we re- sorted to staying in motels with kitchens. So that be- came an unplanned.expense. And there were others. *Some miles out of Albuquerque, N.M., at night, the tail lights, brake lights and directional signals quit working. We still had headlights, although there were some close calls with semitruck-and-trailer rigs coming up behind us even though Jan would shine a flashlight to the red curtains in the rear windows to warn them off. The next morning we were blessed Bob Rodriguez truck stop while awaiting the repair, ;. Didn't get a job in Santa Rosa Santa Fe, but visited with long-lost family friends'] the latter lo' cation and in E1 Paso, plus drove to Las Vegas (the one in New Mexico) to look around. It was near there that we observed roadside signs that read: "Do Not Pick Up Hitch-Hikers. Courtesy of the New Mexi- co Prison for the Criminally Insane." We made sure that our doors were locked and went to the Paint- ed Desert and the Casa Grande Ruins, not to men- tion Carlsbad Caverns. I had always wanted to visit those three sites, but when traveling to E1 Paso with my parents, they never wanted to tour them, what with being focused on reaching their hometown to visit with family members. After returning to San Diego County from that "vacation," we had to rest for several days to recover. And we eventually recovered from paying the credit card charges for motels and repairs. Moral of the story: Count your blessings and keep your credit card handy. When is a human not a human? When he or she is a superhero! As you race out to see the summer's latest superhero film, whether it is "Iron Man 3," Superman in "Man of Steel" or "The Wolverine," take a moment to think about the nature of superheroes. What are they really? While we can kid ourselves that they are merely super-human, that they are people with extra powers, we are really Paul V.M. watching divine beings. Like the gods of Flesher Mt. Olympus and Valhalla, they may have human characteristics, even human fail- Religion Today ings, but their powers take their capabili- ties so far beyond human nature that they can only be thought of as gods. Sure, Spiderman is a dorky kid who seems inca- pable of romancing Mary Jane, and Iron Man's fight against alcoholism (see the comic series "Demon in a Bottle") is almost as tough as his other battles, but their featured fights are against foes who are beyond the ability of mere humans to combat. Without their super powers, superheroes would be limited to abilities possessed by other people. But their supernatural character places them into the realm of the gods. Indeed, rather than disqualifying them, superhe- roes' humble, human origins and existence enhance their god-like story. The Hindu god Krishna was born into and raised by a human family. He is known for lik- ing butter balls when a child and, as a young man, for attracting and entertaining the village's young women (always chastely). Even Christians believe that the god Jesus was born to a human mother and, at age 12, he behaved like a thoughtless (not quite) teenager who upset his parents when he failed to come home with them. Many of today's film superheroes began in com- ic books, such as the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, the Black Widow and Captain America. By the middle of the 20th century, the comic book genre was established in India, as well, and the Hindu pantheon of gods, espe- cially those with active and warrior reputations, have had their stories featured. From the male gods Vishnu and Krishna to the fe- male goddesses Durga and Kali, Hindu children have absorbed the exploits of these divine beings through comics. And the adventures narrat- ed in those works are surprisingly similar to those of our comic-book heroes. Take Superman and Krishna, for in- stance. Superman is from a heavenly realm, which we call a planet, where he was born to a different life. His strength and abilities are not unusual where he comes from. But he comes to Earth and lives humbly among hu- man beings, revealing himself only when dan- ger threatens, and then returns to his humble identity as Clark Kent. Krishna lives a similarly humble life. He works as a charioteer for a young nobleman named Arjuna, and only reveals himself on the eve of battle to impart wisdom and fight. After his amazing exploits, he returns to his identity as a char- iot driver. What about Jesus? On the one hand, in the gos- pels he only rarely strays from his character as a hum- ble human "prophet" doing God's will. Even though the film "King of Kings" gave him opportunities to exercise his power, its message is that he did not do so. On the other hand, beyond the gospels, Jesus has taken on a warrior identity. Not only does Dispensa- tional Theology portray him as coming to Christians' rescue at the rapture, swooping down to bring them up to a safe place, but during the final tribulation, he will fight Satan and his minions to the finish. while dispensational beliefs routinely describe Je- sus as a mighty warrior, it seems he will accomplish this without getting blood on his robe or mussing up his beautiful, long hair. While in Hinduism and Bud- dhism, the protector gods take on powerful, angry and frightening visages, American Protestants and other Christians continue to depict him as a mild-mannered, benevolent figure, whose loving attitude and smile is more apparent than his power to subdue God's enemies. So perhaps our fascination with superheroes forms a substitute for a Jesus who is so kindly presented that we cannot imagine him uttering an angry word, let alone struggling against battling and subduing some- one in battle. Watch this summer as our films present the divine, military struggle missing from Christiani- ty's iconography; the superhero gods are continually called upon to "save" humanity. I