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CHRONICLE Guard buildings intact for comm unity use We remember the meeting well. Wyoming National Guard Adju- tant General Luke Reiner met with a number of local officials at the Baird-Harston Armory in June of 2012 to discuss the future of the National Guard in Lovell. The Guard, at that time, was undergoing changes throughout the state, and the meeting was held to assess Lovell’s interest in maintaining a strong National Guard presence in the community. The answer was an emphatic yes, and General Reiner made the statement, “As I sit in Cheyenne and look at the landscape, the community that values the National Guard the most is Lovell.” Reiner, now the director of the Wyoming Dept. of Transporta- tion, has also been quoted as saying Lovell is the most patriotic town in Wyoming, and while such a Statement is inherently diffi- cult to substantiate, the community certainly does have a long and proud history of military service, including the National Guard. The first National Guard unit in Lovell was organized in 1910, and for many years the unit operated as the 115th Cavalry, train- ing with horses and later becoming mechanized. The first armory was constructed in 1925, and hundreds of guardsmen proudly trained in Lovell and deployed, usually through Ft. Lewis, Wash- ington, to serve in World War II and then Korea. In fact, members of Service Battery out of Lovell provided heroic service during the Korean War as a key part of the 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. In the decades since, the‘local Guard unit has undergone a number of “reorganizations,” but the National Guard presence was strong. Retired career guardsman Rich Fink, now commander of Robert Boyd Stewart American Legion Post 11, recalled in the 2012 meeting that, during its heyday, Service Battery had more than 100 people in the local unit, most of them from Lovell. We can recall soldiers flowing into Lovell for drill and a long convoy of trucks heading to Camp Guernsey for training every summer. ,Of course, things change and organizations are often restruc- ' tured. Perhaps Lovell and the Big Horn Basin are simply too far from the center of power in Cheyenne, but the National Guard presence in the Basin is a shadow of its former- self. Long gone are the days of a weekend of drill in Lovell, an armory filled with vehicles and numerous full—time employees. But we still had the Field Maintenance Shop and the employ- ees working here, though the facility hopped from one building to the other and then back again. In recent years efforts were made to find land for a new FMS in Lovell, and for one reason or an- other, those efforts didn’t bear fruit and now the shop is likely to move to Sheridan. Going from being one of the most active National Guard units in the state of Wyoming to losing the Guard presence altogether is a hard pill for a patriotic community to swallow, but at least we can preserve the heritage of the Guard unit by utilizing the build- ings that, while no longer meeting the needs of the Guard, can be used by the community from the Town of Lovell to Big Horn Coun- ty Search and Rescue. We urge the Wyoming Military Dept. and the Wyoming Army National Guard to do right by the cOmmunity of Lovell and figure out a way to transfer the facilities to community entities so that they can continue to provide valuable service, as they were de- signed to do. It would be a shame to see the buildings first abandoned, then fall into disrepair and eventually demolished. We urge the State of Wyoming to do what’s right by our “most patriotic" community. 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The riot started 30 minutes before Trump was done with his speech. At the end of the speech Trump told the crowd to go to the Letter to theEditor Our religious cu Dear Editor, I have always thought that the religious culture of the Unit- ed States was Judeo/Christian, but our culture is rapidly chang- ing. That common theme was how we conducted our lives, how we treated our family, friends and neighbors, how we did our business transactions. The telephone book lists the churches in our area. It may not include all the churches, but it does represent a Christian cul— ture. Although doctrines of these churches differ, nevertheless Don’t misunder— stand what follows and send a musically aveng— ing posse-t0 smack me with a busted guitar. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy western-flavored . country music (I do; > H most of it anyway). It’s just that when I hear m folks claim that the western style favored by ' many makes them feel happy, I chuckle. (Please place a hold on that posse ‘til I’m finished.) Oh yes, there are a good- ly number of amusing country western tunes. Some simply tell a story that is in tune with neutrally emotional topics...But, and as Pee Wee Herman points out, when describing how some people back off on positive statements, “All my friends have big buts.” ‘ I submit that country music is not always aimed at making us feel good. For example: a trucker Bob Rodriguez your III")!!!- Capitol and peacefully demon— strate. Antifa, black lives mat— ter and 40 unindicted co—con— spirators were involved in the siege of the Capitol. Over a thou— sand hours of camera footage has yet to be seen. Why? This whole thing was a setup. All Trump wanted was a re- count in the swing states where no doubt the election was sto- len. I do not believe the Constitu- tion wants a fraudulent election . upheld. Will, Cheney smite; tend-mm; peach Biden who, him, and‘ his family who took millions from China, Russia, Ukraine, Kyr- gyzstan and other countries. No way no how. , People are still in jail for tres- passing. One unarmed Trump supporting, Republican woman was shot dead for trespassing. If we seem to live in peace with our neighbors, whatever their religion. However, the national press paints a different picture. That picture is of a people without a moral code of civility and with— out a common belief of right and wrong. That is a battle we face as citizens of this nation. It is very concerning to me, and I hope you also see the dangers involved. My solution, however sim- ple and seemingly impossible, is for Christian people to constant— returns home early and discovers that his wife is in a motel with an- other man. So he drives his 18-wheeler into the establishment, there— by killing his wife and her partner. Ouch. Not a‘ feel good moment for me. Or, a young couple 'g obviously has a aby out ' of wedlock and throws the newborn child off a bridge into a river. Yeah, real pleasant. The list continues: One wom— an asks another to please not take her husband simply because she can, and a man asks anoth- er man to please not make off with his wife. Happy happy. Not. Country western songs are filled with tales of alcoholism, marital cheating, lost loves, motor vehi— cle crashes taking loved ones, plenty of lamentations. Oh sure, some songs are, as stated earlier, amusing and fun to an unarmed woman of color was shot in a democratic city or state Antifa, black lives matter and the media would go berserk. Congresswoman thanks for nothing. Also, it was reported in the Lovell Chronicle that, as of June 15, 35 percent of North Big Horn Hospital employees were vac— cinated. Personally, I could not care less. Get vaccinated if you want, or do not. Do the hospital em- Cheney, .plo'yeesknow something we do riot? The government is shoving the COVID—19 vaccine down our throats, and the price is right. Any negative news about the COVID—19 vaccine is suppressed. Is this an anomaly or is there in— formation we do not know? Just simply curious. Owen C. Wantulok lture is changing ly voice our objection to these pressures to live without the ex— ample of the Judeo/Christian culture. , Our common fight can be expressed through our lives, our personal contacts, our let- ters, our phone calls to neigh- bors, families, legislators, may- ors, governors, etc. The battle is real, and this nation needs valiant soldiers. My prayer is we will fight the fight and look and pray for freedom. Mary L. Jensen Country tunes not always uplifting hear. Plus, there are pleasant bal— lads and uplifting tunes. Those are, I find, pleasantly entertain— ing, morally 'or spiritually. Or simply entertaining ‘cuz they are well done and have a good beat. It’s said that country and western rural, or cowboy, music originated in the United States. Also that it usually is accompa- nied by a guitar. OK, run that by your banjo strings. I cannot help but recall a scene in the movie “Blues Broth— ers” when the late'John Belushi asks a bar maid what kind of music usually is played in Bob’s Country Bunker. She replies sweetly, “Oh, we have both kinds, country and western.” So there you have it. Strum and fiddle with that awhile while you get the beat, hopefully a hap- py one. I will continue to listen to “cowboy music,” but I’ll likely re— duce the volume on a depress— ing, sorrowful composition. Can’t beat a good twang. call 301—548—2211 swell nnotosshroflmm©nmalLoam . .