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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 5, 2012 CHRONICLE HIOHS Legals provide a valuable public service On pages 16 and 17 this week our readers will notice two pages of public notice advertisements commonly called "the insurance legals." While some readers may be tempted to gloss over the copy-heavy material, the legals are important for a variety of reasons. Insurance legals provide citizens with financial informa- tion they need to know about insurance companies doing business in Wyoming to determine whether a company is fiscally sound. From Progressive to Prudential, readers can examine a company assets, liabilities, income and expenditures, and unlike most other legal notices, insurance legals are not paid for with public money, rather by the insurance compa- nies themselves. According to the Wyoming Dept. of Insurance, the 3,000 or so insurance companies doing business in Wyoming pay an average of around $300 per year to make this informa- tion available to the public - a figure far less than the aver- age familyL monthly insurance premium. Indeed, it appears to be a quite reasonable trade-off to make sure we, as citizens, know that the companies doing business in Wyoming are legitimate and capable of taking care of customer claims. Legal advertisements may not be exciting or sexy, but they provide valuable "inside" information to the public about how government, and in this case companies doing public business, operate. They are a major part of transpar- ency in our open society, a safeguard. For instance, if a governmental entity wants to fund a project, it must put the project out for bid and let the public know about it, thereby minimizing, though perhaps never eliminating, cronyism and awarding projects through the good old boy network. Newspapers provide an easily searchable, lasting display and archive of public notices in an effective, affordable and portable manner, a necessary part of how government in a representative democracy must operate. Newspaper legals also provide a valuable history of government operations from meeting minutes to project bids. In many newspapers, legal notices from up to 100 years ago or more can be found in the bound volumes of the pa- per, providing a historic record that no other medium - es- pecially and including the internet - can match. Technology is changing rapidly, making today delivery of information obsolete tomorrow, but legal notices, includ- ing the insurance legals that run through next week in the Lovell Chronicle, will always be there for citizens to exam- ine. Newspapers are the best vehicle for the delivery of this valuable public information in a neutral, fair and easily obtained fashion. When the latest generation of gadgets comes along, making information on the old system unob- tainable, newspapers will be there with the hard copy read- ily at hand. And that important. -David Peck Letters to the editor Disappointed in Supreme Court Dear Editor, I am disappointed in your ac- To the ladies and gentlemen tions. I call for your resigna- of the Supreme Court: tions. You do not represent me. Glynn Collins Letters policy The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make ev- ery 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 let- ters 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, WY 82431, or de- livered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. Get Growing with Gary by Gary Emmett It's too hot, no, it's sweltering.t The heat has been turned on and it looks like it will be sticking around for a while. I don't know about your yard, but my yard has been showing the signs of heat stress. Here are a few ideas to think about helping your yard survive the heat. Every living thing needs extra water at this time, including your hanging baskets, your plant- ers, trees, gardens, lawns and the list goes on. Let's start at the top. Hanging baskets and planter boxes have the most need of water in this extra heat. The problem with extra water, though, is that it will leach any fer- tilizer that you have added already. Some hanging baskets and planters have been planted in smaller containers so their soil capacity is relatively small. You will need to water maybe twice a day. When us- ing fertilizers, always use water soluble kinds, you know the blue powder that you mix in water. Ap- ply weekly. This will help keep your flowers in great shape. If you are worried about some flowers that have lost their blooms, you might have planted vari- eties that also go into heat dormancy, in which case you will just have to wait for it to cool down. Trees need lots of water, too. Make sure to al- low for extra water on your trees and shrubs. For trees that have shallow roots and that are plant- ed in your lawns, you might notice that the lawn dries out faster here. That is because the roots of the trees are being greedy. Allow for extra moisture in these areas. Gardens always need water. And all of your vegetables require different amounts. When wa- tering your garden, whether you use sprinklers or drip/soaker hoses, make sure that you use enough to saturate the ground around the plants. You don't need to do this every day, but check on a regular basis. I have been enjoying fresh peas lately and I can tell that by making sure that they have plenty of water, they have tasted better this year. Now for you lawns, there are several things to consider. Yes, watering is important, however, we have a tendency to over water and this wastes water. If your lawn has a deep root system, you shouldn't need to water more than three times a week. Healthy rooted lawns should be able to be watered only twice a week without showing any stress. Watering longer and less often is what helps create healthy roots. With this heat, also come some necessary warn- ings. If you notice weeds in your lawns, DO NOT spray them with weed killers. 2, 4-D, a common weed killer used in lawns and elsewhere, can vol- atize or evaporate and drift to surrounding areas where you might not want plants to die. If you feel like you need to fertilize your lawn because it is los- ing its green luster, use a fertilizer that has a lower amount of nitrogen, which is the first number on the bag, but has higher amounts of iron and sul- fur. Use extreme caution when using other chemi- cals, too, including fertilizers and insecticides. You might end up damaging your plants, rather than helping them. Even with this heat, your yard doesn't have to show the signs of this sweltering heat. If you have any other gardening questions, you can email them to getgrowingwithgary@gmail.com. Merry Christmas, Washington I'd like to give Washington DC a Christmas gift this year. I'm just trying to figure out how to wrap up common sense and accountability and deliver it with a big red bow. The tax cut bill was a farce. Don't you love to see all the rich and powerful stand- ing in front of TV cameras talking about the disparity between the "millionaires and billionaires" and the "working fami- lies of this country?" How do they do that with a straight face? They say the word rich as if it were a dirty word. Those state- ments are geared to achieve one thing. They want us to blame each other for the mess we are in instead of blaming them. Here's a news flash: Most of the wealthi- est Americans started out being - gasp - the working families of this country! We're supposed to work hard and reach for the American Dream. Why? So we can join the ranks of the people that are treated like some kind of inter- nal enemy? The wealthier segment of our population is not Washington's personal piggy bank! Dear Con- gress, the Constitution you all swore to uphold and defend doesn't break America into classes, so you folks can knock it off any time. Want more tax revenue? Then roll up your col- lective sleeves and start wading through the convo- luted masses of regulation and close the loopholes that make it perfectly legal for some to avoid pay- ing their fair share. Notice I said "fair share." I don't advocate additional taxes for anyone based on some misguided theory that because it's there, it's mine. I have no right to look at my neighbor and decide that since he has more money than I do he has to give me some of his. Congress doesn't have that right, either, or shouldn't. Punish those who blatantly violate the tax laws of this country, and I don't mean with a slap on the wrist and a government job! Then recover the billions of lost dollars and make an attempt to sub- mit and stick to a budget. Did you happen to catch the news conference a few months ago when former President Clinton ap- peared with President Obama to try selling a com- promise on the tax bill? I'm not the biggest Clinton fan but two things struck me as I watched. First of all, President Clinton leaned into the podium and answered questions using facts, figures and the be- lief that we are smart enough to get it. The second thing I noticed was that, with total sincerity and simplicity, Mr. Clinton said, "l love this country." I don't recall ever hearing those words out of Mr. Obama's mouth. The majority of entitlement programs go to folks who haven't paid a dime in federal income taxes, in too many cases, for generations. If an American Diane Badget View from the soap box wants the benefits of citizenship without bearing any financial burden then fine .... give him or her shovel and point the way to some of that infrastructure we're sup- posed to be fixing. Barter services. Citi- zenship is hard work. I resent my money being used as a handout. A hand up is an entirely different matter. Do something to create a climate which is friendly to job creation, encourage our good old Ameri- can inventiveness instead of piling on re- strictive regulations. And please,, stop re- warding those who make their living by taking what I make for a.living. Armed terrorists are flooding our bor- der states and the solution is a "Dream Act" shoved through once again right past Congress (and implemented on a Friday afternoon) as a step toward im- migration reform. Providing a low cost or free col- lege education to illegal immigrants when my own kids couldn't afford college is a reform act? Thanks to Operation Fast and Furious, Brian Terry lost his life protecting the borders that Washington assures us are "more secure now than they have ever been." Thanks, I'm sure his family appreciates your confi- dence, Ms. Napolitano. Criminals (and the minute the border is crossed illegally the crosser is com- mitting a crime) are entering this country, many with machine guns, drugs and a cartel mentality, but I have to photographed virtually naked to take a plane to Peoria. It's all about priorities. Washing- ton sees its own citizens as the biggest threat to na- tional security. Oh, yeah, and chubby first graders. And in one final blow to common sense, the Su- preme Court has ruled that the insurance mandate section of Obama Care is constitutional. First the punishment for not having acceptable health insur- ance was called a "penalty," but when convinced that Congress can't pass a law which singles out and penalizes select citizens they switched to call- ing it a "tax." It flip-flopped between the two defi- nitions until nobody knew what it was. Now we do know. Justice Roberts ruled that since Congress has the power to impose taxes, the monetary pun- ishment handed down to Americans is officially a tax. That's great. What's next, taxing me for not buying a car I can't afford? And why did one Jus- tice make the call and finalize the definition? Aren't there nine Justices? Merry Christmas a little early, Washington. You just keep working hard on passing last minute legis- lation that does nothing to promote jobs and protect America. I'll just keep working toward getting back the America which was God's gift to us 200 years ago. Your Christmas package should arrive about mid-November. Forgive the lack of a bow. UPSP321.060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307.548.2217, FAX 307.548.2218 o o Emall. lcnews@tctwest.net David Peck, Editor and Publisher Editor ................................................................................. DavidPeck Reporter ........................................................................ Patti Carpenter Office Manager ........................................................... Gladys McNeil Production Manager ........................................................... Pat Parmer Advertising Manager ...... . ......................................... Stormy Jameson Staff ................................................. 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