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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I June 21,2012 CHRONICLE }lnl0nS Community pride shines forth The Rose Town of Wyoming will put on its best foot for- ward this week as our community celebrates Mustang Days. Local festivals are the highlight of the summer in many communities, and north Big Horn County is no different. Each town takes great pride and puts its own particular stamp on what local residents want to enjoy. Following Mus- tang Days this week, Byron will celebrate Byron Days on July 13-14, xfollowed by Pioneer Day in Cowley July 20-21. Many business owners put a fresh coat of paint on their building and homeowners perform weeding, watering and mowing just a little more earnestly to look good as visitors come to town. We hope family members returning home and others enjoying the celebration will see a. small town that is up- beat and vibrant, despite the economic challenges facing small towns across America. Our community has made great strides in recent years thanks to strong local leadership and a strong spirit of volunteerism and community pride. New businesses are springing up, new homes are being built, fa- cilities are being improved and numerous projects are under way or have recently been completed. Take a drive by the old hospital for the last time while you're here. Asbestos abatement in the long-closed building begins next week, and the building should come down this fall to make room for a senior housing project. Housing is a top priority for community leaders as they plan for the future, and now might be the perfect time for someone who grew up here to invest in his or her home- town thanks to affordable real estate prices and low interest rates. Or why not think about investing in the community by starting a business? Many small businesses have opened in recent months, and most are thriving. Lovell is a great place to call home, with an unparalleled quality of life. Indeed, there more to Mustang Days than parades and fireworks and other events. There a tremendous sense of community pride that shines forth during a week like this. But what visitors need to realize is that this community pride reverberates 365 days a year in myriad ways. And that is something to celebrate. ............. Welcome to Mustang Days. Have a great time! - David Peck Letters to the editor Byron building owner responds Dear Editor, We are excited to be doing business in the Big Horn Basin and have received an overwhelm- ing welcome to our effort to be- come a part of Byron and the sur- rounding communities. Our goal is to bring private enterprise into the community as well as being able to contribute a platform for recreation for all citizens young and old. We have been working with several private companies that are showing interest in long-term leases to occupy the facility as well as fulfilling our pre-purchase commitment made to a strong contingency of volunteers and city officials that have a vision for a cohesive relationship and a rec- reation facility second to none. Currently, hundreds of citi- zens, many from outside the town of Byron, enjoy the open gym and weight room, dance rooms and other areas each week. To date NO public funds have been given or asked for by Postern Capital to offset any of the costs associ- ated with the facility and anyone is welcome to obtain these facts from their local government of- flees. We welcome anyone to stop by the building at 30 East Main in Byron or contact myself with any questions regarding our plans for business community in- volvement. Jeff Noall Postern Capital Frankie merely following misguided orders Dear Editor, Congratulations and warm best wishes go to Byron Police Chief Frankie Rohrer upon his well-deserved retirement. Over the years the late Hon- orable Senator Cal S. Taggart and I upon occasion wrote letters to the editor about that despicable, destructive, nationally despised Byron speed trap. There was nev- er any personal animosity in the letters toward Chief Rohrer. He was merely following misguided orders from superior authority. To his credit Frankie treated everyone equally, without def- erence for wealth or status and without regard for race, color, creed, sex, religion, handicap, sex- ual orientation, or national origin. He gave them all tickets. The new chief has a hefty re- sponsibility to maintain this mis- guided practice in keeping taxes artificially low in Byron. At one point Senator Taggart calculated the economic impact of the Byron speed trap. Cal failed to deduct the lost opportunity costs in the citizens and industry it drives away. If Chief Rohrer gets bored in retirement, I will be happy to put in a good word for him with Gov- ernor Jerry Brown of California or Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois. Both states could use his unique abilities to balance their respec- tive state budgets. As a token of appreciation for Chief Rohrer's years of dedicat- ed, fearless service, Byron May- or Bret George should permit Frankie to keep his bullet. Sincerely, Bertha W. Binford (Mrs.) Indianapolis MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BROAI>I00N TH' MINI>... .. BUT, IT SURI00 AS H00CK STRIffTCHI00$ TH' BLAI>PI00Rt To our governme00 Think lint Think lint. One year when Ken was .... deployed I was having trouble enforcing a rule I had made which I believed pro- tected my kids' safety. They thought it was stupid and unfair and all of the oth- er things that kids think about rules they don't like. S I sat them down and explained to them that if I dropped a piece of lint on the floor and told them to leave it alone, that was exactly what they were to do. There would be no picking it up, no kick- ing it out of the way and no grumbling or tantrums about it being there or there would be serious consequences. "Mom, that's really stupid," said my oldest daughter Tammy. "It's a piece of lint! It doesn't mean a thing." "Well," I replied, "it's my lint, my rule and it stays put. Now, if you can sit down and calm- ly explai n tO me why that's a silly or unnecessary rule, I,will]isten." I explained that if their reasoning was sound, and presented logically and respectfully, then perhaps the lint could be moved or disposed of with no repercussions. By golly that worked! (Well, as well as anything works with kids 13, 11, and 9.) And it's funny how that phrase has worked its way into our family's dai- ly lives. "Think lint" has been a way to remind a fam- ily member that he or she needs to tone down the argument and make sense. Mr. President and Congress, we the people of the United States, have tried to convince you that we have some genuine reservations about many of the laws and regulations you are trying to impose upon us, the citizens of this country. We have pre- sented our arguments in every way possible - on the steps of the Capitol Building, through the court sys- tem and at the ballot box. We have sent letters and emails, made telephone calls and even written edi- torials and columns just like this one. We have as- sembled peacefully, without violence. We have given you sound reasons why laws passed by individual states to protect themselves from foreign invasion should be respected and sup- ported. Washington's response has been the feeble protest that such laws usurp federal law. In which language is "enforce" defined as "usurp"? (And who uses silly word like that anyway, but that's another column.) We have tried to point out that allowing a de- partment of the United States Government, the EPA, to impose additional strangling regulations on businesses trying to expand is counterproductive to job creation. Face it, Washington, taxing my carbon dioxide output isn't going to do a thing for the envi- ronment as long as the rest of the world gets away with holding us totally responsible for real or imag- ined doomsday scenarios. Our protests against more government spending are futile. You have decided that your role as sav- ior of the universe supersedes your duty to protect Diane Badget View from the soap box US citizens first. When Congress declares that it is going to impose spending cuts, one of the first areas to look at should be U.S. taxpayer dollars supporting foreign governments. Let them stand on their own - they don't appreciate our efforts anyway. So here's my "think lint" argument, one more time. Most of you never read bills, nor do you read them after they become laws. Every time an unexpected consequence of a new law is brought to light you look to- tally stunned and foolishly announce that you "didn't realize" that could happen be- cause you were "unaware of that provi- sion." Hello - that's your job. That's what we're paying you for. Don't impose it on me if you can't justify it better than that. We are supposed to be a country of law-abiding citizens. For the most part, we're trying! It's harder when our own government doesr lhold laws and instead sues individual states for attempting to fill the holes the feds create. The only reason the feds have turned a blind eye to the explosion of "medi- cal marijuana" is because they hope to gain tax rev- enues from sales. Isn't it amazing how many sud- denly horribly sick people under the age of 30 this country suddenly contains? Federal law declares marijuana as an "illegal drug." But with a card in their pocket users can get in their cars and drive on California freeways or Montana back roads with im- punity. Cross the line onto federally held lands and the same baggie of pot a user left home with is sud- denly illegal. Makes no sense. Then we have Attorney General Holder and the Fast and Furious debacle. Do you think we could tell a congressional hearing, '/ou know, I don't think I'll cooperate, and I'm going to hide my communications about this from you."? Um, nope. Illegal weapons are provided for illegal activities and used in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol officer and there will probably be no punishment for the geniuses behind it. What an appropriate name for a federal plan - the administra- tion is running fast and Americans are furious. Arizona is still in hot water with the U.S. gov- ernment because they want to enforce immigration laws. Instead of support, Arizona gets sued because Washington says immigration enforcement is the responsibility of federal, not state, officials. Okay, would someone explain to me the blind eye turned to "sanctuary cities?" If there was a more blatant disre- gard for the federal law which requires documenta- tion to be provided upon request and deportation for illegal immigrants this is it. If a law is archaic, or redundant, or just plain wrong and American citizens have provided calm, logical arguments which can't be refuted, repeal it and, if necessary, redraft it. It's time to stop selective enforcement and political immunity and get back to equal protection under the law. As I tried to teach my kids, think lint! Postmaster: Send address c anges to The Lovell Chronicle, USF'00; 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 00243" (307) 548-2217 Published every Thur00 lay Periodical postage pa d at Lovell, Wyom ng Editor and Publisher: David Peck www, lovellchronicle,com 2611MEHBER 2010 AWARD-W NNING NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Big Horn and Park Counties $28 In Wyoming $40 Outside Wyoming $45 Single copy 75