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L]lmmLum.tLmIlam:uajmaiLlmjALuuUu$aimi|illsaJ[JL  ' J  ;;.,]llj  ialm.l]:,.,illli EJiff,[]II'.'P.I:JIIlJQ'IK[DEI][ ' 4 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 14, 2011 www. LovellCh ronicle.com [ ? A new face joins our veteran crew at the Chronicle There a new face on our Chronicle staff this week. Sit- ting at the news desk now is Patti Carpenter, who made the short move from Red Lodge to cover the news in north Big Horn County. Brad Devereaux has moved home to Michigan after four years with us, and we will miss him. As nice a young man as ever walked the Earth, Brad did a bang-up job for us as a reporter/photographer and later news editor. But he missed his family in the Detroit area and life in the "big city," so he moved back to the Midwest. We were lucky to find Patti right up the road in Red Lodge, where she honed her skills as a community jour- nalist for the Carbon County News. North Big Horn Coun- ty has already made a very positive impression on Patti as many people have stepped forward to give her a hearty welcome to Wyoming. Our readers will enjoy Patti excellent photography, as well as her down home style with the written word. She loves small communities and small-town life, so we believe she will be right at home here at the Chronicle. We are proud of our staff at the Chroficle. Our crew has been very stable over the years, and we are grateful for the Iongtime efforts of people like Pat Parmer, our talented and dedicated production manager who pieces together the Chronicle with a clean, crisp look and designs award-win- ning ads each week - and has done so for more than 20 years; our Iongtime office manager Gladys McNeil, who has anchored the front office and helped operate the business end of our operation for 33 years; our upbeat, talented and fairly new advertising manager, Stormy Jameson; Marwyn Layne, our friendly afternoon face at the Chronicle front desk; Photoshop whiz Jason Zeller; our excellent proofread- ers Dorothy Nelson and Teressa Ennis; our intrepid van driv- er, Mike Kitchen; and Peggy Fowler, who cracks the whip Wednesday night on our teenage mailing crew. We hope you will stop by to say hello to Patti and further welcome her to the community, and we appreciate the on- going efforts of all of our crew members who bring you the news of north Big Horn County every week. -David Peck BLM, 'Just leave it alone' Dear Editor, To whom it may concern and project manager BLM, I'm a 73-year-old man that has seen a lot. I'm very upset at this projected land deal the BLM wants to push down our throats. No matter what plan happens, the people lose. Just leave it alone. All you have to do is look at the record of past things enact- ed. Example, the Endangered Special Act is a disaster and the Wolf Management Program is a total disgrace to the wildlife and ranchers. It's because of bureau- crats like you that our country is in the shape it is in. Gary P. Young The burden of debt The Founding Fa- thers belonged to an age when debt was rec- ognized for the ugly spectre that it really is. Benjamin Franklin warned, "Think what you do when you run in debt; you give to an- other power over your liberty." Concerning nation- al debt Thomas Jeffer- son said, "I place econ- omy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared." It was popular in some coun- tries to justify the practice of Joyce Collins Principles of Liberty passing on debts to the next generation. But this was not the view of American Found- ers. They considered passing debts to the next generation as "taxation without rep- resentation." In addi- tion, they felt that the burden of debt was as destructive to freedom as subjugation by con- quest. Thomas Jeffer- son said, "The max- im of buying nothing without the money in our pock- ets to pay for it would make our country one of the happiest on earth." Letters to the editor 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 lim- ited 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, WY 82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tues- day deadline will be enforced. .WtllN THFY'IF OPI00H! CLOUD Letters to the editor The Byron tax strikes again Dear Editor, We were going to visit, our an- cestral home where my 80-plus- year-old room was raised by founders of the city. We had a tough drive with a tow truck to- taling two cars and sending us to the hospital, but we were miles from our location when we had to drive through Byron. And, we paid the Byron city tax. The speed limit goes from 65 to 30 with al- most no time to slow down time. Officer Frankie Rohrer was waiting at the 30 mph sign, know- ing that unsuspecting travelers who were slowing down would be caught in his speed trap and pay the "Byron tax." He did not lis- ten, care or express empathy ... felt like he was an IRS collector finding a way to pay his way. We were going 38.5 as we passed the 30 mph sign and 35 when we passed his car. We are guilty of routing ourselves through this tax zone. We goofed. We will avoid By- ron forever more and may now appreciate why our ancestors moved. This is far from a "friend- ly" state. It is disappointing to know that this type of speed trap is a way for local citizens to col- lect money from unsuspecting vis- itors. So, we send this warning to all those who might have a choice when they go to northern Wyo- ming. You will not find Byron the "friendly" place advertised on their web site. And, when you go, you will likely get to pay the By- ron tax for the privilege. Dave Ulrich Seatbelts do save lives Dear Editor, scene we see the flashing lights How often have we heard the Jf the ambulance and fire truck; statement "seatbelts save lives?" this can't be good. I ask myself, ................ thelawto wear where is the car they were rid- a seatbelt While driving or rid- ing in? Where is my son? What ing in a motor vehicle, many peo- ple continue to ignore it. A week doesn't go by where you don't read in the paper that someone was ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt, "click it or ticket." I can attest from firsthand experience that seatbelts do save lives! It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Billings, and the sun was shining. We had been shopping, didn't have a worry in the world until I received a text message from my son Dylan say- ing he had been involved in a car wreck. As you can imagine my mind was racing; who was hurt and how bad? As we arrive on the were they doing out on 56 TM Street West? As I walk up to the accident I see blood on the asphalt, and the car is in the drainage ditch. The car is totaled -- broken win- dows, roof smashed in, glass ev- erywhere. In the middle of this nightmare is my son being load- ed on a stretcher, his clothes cov- ered in dirt and blood. The EMTs assured me that his injuries were not life threatening and said, "He was very lucky because he was wearing his seatbelt." The accident was witnessed by a couple who were irrigating their field that afternoon. The car was traveling at a high rate of speed; it became airborne as it crossed ove,a 'small bridge. The car rolled tWi en& overLend, landing in a drainage ditch facing the opposite direction it had been traveling. The highway patrol- man on the scene said, "This type of wreck usually ends up with fa- talities. These teenagers are very fortunate to be alive; they were wearing their seatbelts." Seatbelts do save lives. Just ask my son, Dylan. He came away from the accident with a broken nose, a few scrapes and some sore muscles. I hate to think of what could have happened. So the next time you get into a car whether you're a passenger or the driv- er, buckle-up. It may be your life that is saved by a seatbelt. Jeanette Ohman Outstanding Citizen award proposed Dear Editor, Most organizations have an award for an outstanding person. In pro sports you have the MVP, in college football you have the Heisman, Hollywood has the Os- cars, school systems have the Best Teacher, business has the Man of the Year. I believe it is time for Lovell to have the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award. If by some weird stroke of fate I would have been elected mayor, I would have initiated a program to select Lovelrs Outstanding Cit- izen of the Year. The names for this award should not be select- ed by the mayor or council but by names submitted by the residents of the town. Perhaps the Lovell Chronicle could publish the names and why that person should get the award and once a year prior to the Mus- tang Days parade, a vote by resi- dents be held and the person se- lected be honored as a special person in the parade. Lovell has many fine people that would qualify for this honor. There are people that volunteer as coaches for the junior sports programs, volunteers at the New Horizons Care Center and hospi- tal, the volunteer firemen and the list goes on and on. To me, the choice would come down to two individuals or busi- nesses that would qualify for this award. Both are mentioned in the Lovell Chronicle or on the com- munity channel week after week throughout the year. The first choice would be Big Horn Engraving and Larry Slat- er and family. Almost every week someone not only from Lovell, but Byron and Cowley, are thanking Big Horn Engraving for the sig- nage they donate to numerous groups and organizations. The second choice would be Minchow's Service and the Min- chow family. Every week during the school year, Minchow's Service keeps the residents up to speed on the school athletic games and tournaments with their advertis- ing on TCT's community channel. I would hope the mayor and council and the Lovell Chronicle would cooperate in this what I call a worthwhile event for the Town of Lovell and would help the com- munity in the area of pride in our town and show some outstand- ing citizen or business that all the residents appreciate what they do for the town. Jim Szlemko Editor's note: The Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce has hon- ored a "citizen of the year" for many, many years - nominated by mem- bers of the community and select- ed by the Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The outstanding citizen and two outstanding educa- tors are honored at the annual com- munity banquet, along with Lovell Inc. entrepreneur and trailblazer awardees. This year's outstanding citizen was Bob Croft, honored on March 26. UPSP 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307-548-2217 FAX 307-548-2218 Email: Icnews@tctwest.net David Peck, Editor and Publisher Editor ........................................................................... David Peck Reporter ............................................................... Patti Carpenter Office Manager ..................................................... Gladys McNeil Production Manager .................................................. Pat Parmer Advertising Manager ........................................ Stormy Jameson Staff ......................................... 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