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4 IT he Lovell Chronicle I July 13, 2017 CHRONICLE There's a battle of wills going on at our house, and it involves four furry and very stubborn animals. Missing our Iongtime companion Sparky, a vivacious rat terrier who died more than a year ago, we've been keeping an eye out for a dog, and Susan spotted one on the Lovell Animal Shelter Face- book page a couple of weeks ago. Shown on the page was an Australian shepherd mix the staff at the shelter had named Jack. He seemed just right - not too big and not too small - with what was described as a calm and gentle nature, and obedient, as well. We paid a visit to the shelter last Thursday and fell in love. We adopted Jack and took him home. Now, our three cats have been blissfully living dog free for about a year and a half and enjoying their "king of the hill" status, coming and going as they please, eating all of the cat food they want, sleeping where they want to sleep and basically enjoying the good life. Yes, the two older grey cats didn't much like it when daughter Danielle brought a kitten into the house a couple of years ago, a cat we, of course, inherited, but they adapted. Sure, there's been the occasional dust-up, but in general life was good. David Peck Observations Then came the dog, not just a visiting dog but a dog who moved in and stayed. A resident dog. A horrible beast of the worst variety. An evil, stinky, panting canine. And worst of all, a competitor for love and attention. Now, this dog wouldn't hurt a fly. He is sweet and calm, and we haven't heard so much as a yip out of him (another plus), nor has he made the slightest move in the direction of one of the cats. Oh, I suppose he might hit one of them with his wagging tail, horror of horrors. But he's competing for the attention of the Food Lady, a name our pets have given Susan, who provides the kibbles they live on. Interestingly, the young cat adapted to Jack immediately. Lola, the striped cat we inherited from Danielle, came right up, sniffed the dog and walked off as if to say ' 4qatever." She's carried on in her own indifferent way as if nothing has changed. She just ap- pears every now and then to eat and to drink out of the water fau- cet, which is always interesting. Since Jack's arrival, however, the older grey ones have most- ly gtayed away fromthe house, far dQwn hi!IIoward the canal, Qp. o c s nally vent.uring up to se : the large wolf atthe house has moved on. We won't see them for many hours at a time, and when they appear, they peer toward the house with suspicious and jealous eyes, then slink off the second they spy the dog, .They have ventured inside a few times for food and some at- tention, but the Food Lady has taken to placing a dish of cat food outside both the front and back doors so the poor kitties won't starve. "See if we bring you any more mice!" they sneer, although the Food Lady would appreciate it if no more dead bunnies are brought into the home, in any event. Clearly, the standoff will have to end sometime. I figure the cats will eventually get used to the dog, swallow their pride, and rejoin the family. If not, we'll have two phantom panthers lurking about for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, it's nice having a dog in the house once again. We like him, even if the cats do not. This is the tension between cats and dogs epitomized. By the way, the animal shelter has some wonderful dogs and cats who are well taken care of by ACO John Squires. If you'd like a pet, call the dispatch center and arrange a visit. Then you, too, can enjoy the battle of the jealous pets. Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, back a lot of memories and was I would just like to thank so fun! those who are responsible for Thanks to Loretta Bischoff the beautiful flowers on Mainfor donating the building and to Street. They look so nice and add all of those who worked so hard a lot. to get it ready. Your efforts are Also, I recently visited the appreciated! Lovelt-Kane Museum. It brought Sylvia Crosby LOVELL Publishers: David & Susan Peck News Editor: Patti Carpenter Staff: Marwyn Layne, Dorothy Nelson, Production: Karlie Voss Teressa Ennis, Leonora Barton, Dustin McClure Paul Roland, Sam Smith In person or by mail: 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431 or Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM Phone 307-548-2217.... FAX 307-548-2218 Email Editor ................. dapeck00@tctwest.net News ................. Iovellnews@gmail.com Advertising ........ ad.chronicle@gmail.com SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: 307-548-2217 Big Horn County $32/year In Wyoming $47/year Out of state $54 Single copy 75 Mail your check with address to: Lovell Chronicle, P.O. Box 787, Love& WY 82431 P0stmaster- Send address changes to: Lovell Chronicle, P.O. Box 787, L0vell, WY 82431 Published Thursdays in Lovell, Wyoming Periodicals postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming. USPS 321-060 THIS GUY WUZ DRIVIH' HOh l WHICH HIS .. AN' O Guest Column The Declaration of Independence opens with this statement: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are en- dowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights:' This statement was meant to be a sol- id and noncontroversial principle of what Amer- icans believed on the eve of rebellion against the British, So, of course, the meaning of nearly every word has been debated. Two words have perhaps re- ceived the most consideration: "all men:' Who is a "man?" Who is in- cluded in this broad claim? At the time, the writers referred primar- ily to adult white male Christians. But, since the Declaration's com- position, "all men" has been ex- panded to include members of all races, all genders and all religions. These changes were not easy: The nation fought a civil war. It under- went the struggles of the women's suffrage movement, the civil rights movement and the more recent debate over gay rights. Two other words have re- ceived almost as much dispute: "equal" and "Rights:' especially combined into a single term "equal rights:' Equal rights are a lofty prin- ciple held up as our highest na- tional goal. All people should be equal. They should have equal lib- erty, equal protection under the law, equal free speech and equal freedom to worship. These rights seem uncontroversial, but how about equal access to education, voting and civic participation? Equal pay for equal work? Equal access to health care? These are more provocative. Paul V.M. Flesher Religion Today The disputes lie in equality. True believers of nearly the shift from princi- all stripes see their way of life as ple to practice. It is one God-given. To compromise so that thing to have a broad nonbelievers have equal rights is principle; it is anoth- not encouraged. Indeed, religions er to put it into effect often have divine sanctions against for all citizens. Equal compromise with people of other rights are a balance, faiths, even if they belong to the but achieving balance is same nation. difficult. If this situation was not com- Humans divide plex enough, American businesses naturally into groups,have long had moral concerns, and whether by race, re-they often get involved in cultural ligion, belief, gender, debates over equal rights. family or any number of This happens frequently: The other,:r.iteria. Putting NCAA refused to hold tourna- the principle of equality into prac- tice is a matter of working out how to treat different groups the same. Much of the USNs legislative history features debates over how to provide equality to the mem- bers of all groups. Indeed, when ments in North Carolina after the state passed its anti-transgenddr bathroom law; PayPal and Deut- sche Bank cancelled expansion plans in the state, robbing it of jobs and investment. Disney ,and Marvel threatened to remove their cultural debates over equal rights movie business from Georgia over become strong, groups aim to cre- its recent "religious freedom bill. ate laws favoring them. This is how Google and Microsoft filed legal a group achieves a "win:' This process takes place in a back-and-forth manner. One group gains rights; then, another group sees itself as lacking rights because of the change in the first group; and it strives to make ad- justments in its favor. The Civil War ended slav- ery. Then came Reconstruction, when poor whites saw themselves overshadowed, by the newly freed blacks; their equal rights" were eroded by these new citizens. The whites then restricted black ac- briefs against the Trump adminis- tration's immigrant ban. Similarly, both Hobby Lob- by and Chick-fil-A worked against the contraception mandate in Obamacare, balking over the in- clusion of certain aspects of wom- en's health care. Whichever side businesses take, their motives are rarely al- truistic; their moral actions sus- tain their bottom line. The Declaration of Indepen- dence's seeming straightforward principle of equal rights for all cit- cess to equality (e. 2 voting rights) izens has led to centuries of moral to preserve whites equal rights, debate over its application. Equal- This example shows the his- ity of individuals is seen through torical dynamics of moral debate the eyes of groups, each group in the USA: It is a struggle for bal- striving to ensure its "equalness:' ance among competing groups. These groups bring their own eth- The same dynamic appears in the ical standards into the debate, evangelical Christians' response to whether the standards come from gay marriage. They want the right notions of human equality, divine not to act in a manner supportive ordinances or economic success. of gay marriage. Flesher is a professor in UW's Religions can inspire, in- Department of Religious Studies. Wyoming Business Tips Explaining export credit insurance programs BY JOHN PRIVETTE WSBDC Network Regional Director "I am evaluating credit terms with my foreign buyer. How can I protect against nonpayment?" 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