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4 J The Lovell Chronicle I July 30, 2009 www.LovellChronicle.com 00trons Sometimes that spotlight can be too bright One of my favorite standup rou- tines from comedian Jeff Foxworthy is one where he talks about how different things were when he was growing up, including television watching. In the routine, Foxworthy notes that there were only three television chan- nels, and when the president gave an address, it was horrible for kids wanting to watch TV. David Peck "The president's on!" Foxworthy would scream. "He's on every channel! We're gonna miss Flipper!" Nowadays, we have 8,750 cable and satellite channels and the president is still on every channel - every week and almost every night, it seems. If Ronald Reagan was the great communicator, Barack Obama is the great over-communicator. Indeed, our presi- dent seems to think he can talk, convince, persuade, cajole and coax his way to success on any issue. Our president is smart and articulate, and the news media clearly have a love affair with him after eight years of George W. Bush's more behind the scenes (some would say secretive) way of doing business. Although far smarter than people gave him credit for, if not a great wordsmith, Bush clearly was not as comfortable with the news media as Obama is. But how many inside-the-Whitehouse and day-in-the- life-of-the-president specials can we take? Obama will call a news conference to tell us he's switching brands of cereal. Conservative journalist and commentator George Will put it well on Sunday's "This Week with George Stephanop- oulos, program when he said, "The president is everywhere. This president is ubiquitous. Now, somewhere between the remoteness of Charles de Gaulle and the ubiquity of Barack Obama there's a happy medium." Will said our nation is in the grip of a cult of the presi- dency, believing that the president is "our all-purpose teach- er, tutor, moral auditor,:,,h osopher,,,,,..." People seem to want Obama.-:: i,e. Washington D.C. -to do everything for them, Will said. ,, ...... ,, Obama is undertaking a mind-boggling number of mas- sive policy and program changes in his first six months as president, and while he remains well-liked, his policies are not as popular as his personality. But instead of modifying policy and negotiating with critics, he seems intent on ram- rodding policies through by way of pure persuasion. As a result, Obama is spending political capital at a ter- rific rate, and I wonder if he is in danger of becoming over- exposed. On Sunday's "This Week" show, Will pointed out that Ronald Reagan understood that the first rule of en- tertainment was to "leave the audience wanting more, not less, of you." "This president has grabbed the country by the lapels and shaken it and talked to it and lectured it and there will be a time when the novelty is gone. You can only be a nov- elty one," Will said. Whether Barack Obama will be known as a novelty or a strong president remains to be seen. He certainly has the smarts and the mannerisms to be a good president. But like that bossy, older sibling who was always telling you what to do, sometimes enough is enough. Barack Obama may be on the verge of talking us to death, and there will be a time, at this rate, when Obama fatigue sets in. Maybe it's time for a return to an older style of governing: rolling up the sleeves beyond the glare of the television cameras and getting something done behind the scenes that will work. That would be a welcome change. 200 M[MB[R 2008 AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER Postmaster: Send address changes to: The L0vell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, L0vell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published evenj Thursday Periodical postage paid at L0vell, Wyoming Editor and Publisher: David Peck '1 IIII I L I ' . F II I "When Morn can't buy me the latest video game !" i BUOOY X. BOX Today's Kid k "When the 8tbucks near us closes l" MARY KAFEENE Coffee Freak "When we have to settle for Basic Cable !" i |i i SEYMOUR FI00ZE Sports Addict II PH "When I don't exterminate mlce - I cook 'em... KENT FUEGETTE 190s Survivor Letter to the editor Watch for invasive weeds Dear Editor, In our little corner of the world we have a couple of weeds that have invaded. One is the goathead. The seeds of this weed will puncture a bike tire, a wheelbarrow tire, and may even puncture a car tire. You can pull the weed, but when it gets those tire puncturing seeds on it, you'll want to wear gloves. Spraying with any good weed kill- er works, but watch for it and get rid of it. It is a terrible spreader. Another one is purslane. This ground hugging weed has rather succulent leaves and looks harm- less, but it is a terrible spreader. We have tried weed and grass killers, Round-up and oth- ers. But currently the most ef- fective method we have used is to burn them. When purslane first appears it colors the ground red. Burning is most effective when it is in this stage. Purslane doesn't punc- ture tires, it just seeds and seeds. If you can stop its spread before the yellow blossoms come you can fight it more effectively. Perhaps you would like to know and help get rid of these two weeds. Sincerely, Mary Jensen Housing: The Need, the Means and the Pay,00ff You may have noticed a recent article in the paper that talked about a grant plus matcng funds for a housing assessment d y6 ay. be asking, "Do we "tO :hire sgniebody and pay them ff lot money o figure out what to do abott hous- ing in our area?" The answer is "Yes." First, let's look at the need. In the Town of Lovell Master Plan one of the three themes is: "Development of housing in and around Lovell that meets the needs of exist- ing and potential new residents." The goals are to promote the construction of a wide range of housing types, sizes and costs - to encourage the development of more afford- Sue Taylor Consider the Possibilities pleted will put us about a year ahead of other Wyoming communities who may be scrambling to commission a survey. Next, let's lQok the val.0 ,.  quality and affordable housin as e role in the success  our commuaity and the health of the regional economy. Decent, affordable and stable housing promotes family stability and plays an important role in helping families find and hold jobs - housing stability creates a positive environment for raising chil- dren and can have especially positive effects on school success and social out- comes. A lack of available housing may inhibit economic development and may able and innovative approaches to housing - and to eliminate housing that is in poor or dilapidated con- dition. The Master Plan document also states that the Town of Lovell should commission a survey of housing conditions as an implementation strategy. The 2009 housing assessment will include a physical survey of housing stock, a housing needs assessment, an action plan and research of an eco- nomic model for housing and business development. We need to be able to identify specific needs and gaps in the current housing stock as well as identify areas for potential rehab. This assessment will help to guide future growth and set priorities in the area of low-income and affordable housing - both rental and ownership. Additionally, the assessment will present an ob, jective evaluation of current housing conditions. This is very important if we are able to apply for hous- ing grants directed towards housing projects. These types of grants require a third-party assessment of conditions and having the assessment already corn- cause our labor force to live elsewhere. The ability to find and purchase a home generally creates an im- mediate and often lasting tie to the community. The bottom line is that we need to be able to de- velop appropriate housing to meet the needs of ex- isting and potential new residents and we need help to identify what those needs are. Do we need more rental units? Do we need more senior living options? Do we have homes in need of rehabilitation? Do we need more housing options for young families? Do we need more housing options for teachers, nurs- es and community support staff?. How many units? What kind of units? What price range? The only way we can realistically answer those questions is to commission an assessment by a neu- tral third-party based on facts and not guesswork and thankfully, we were able to secure a grant to help with the cost of this assessment. If you would like more information about the housing assess- ment, please contact Lovell Inc at 548-6707 or stop by the office across from the post office. Be wary of Vacationer's Disease on your garden Fair time is fun time. Your County Fair is happening this week in Basin. Get out and support those 4-H and FFA mem- bers. They worked hard to get their ex- hibits prepared for youto look to enjoy. A common problem in the vegetable garden this time of year is "Blossom End Rot" on tomatoes. Affected vegetables will have water-soaked areas near the blos- som end. These areas become enlarged and turn brown to black. This is due to the fungi and bacteria, which often colo- nize on the distorted tissue. This physi- ological disease also affects peppers and squash. This particular disease is often referred to as "Vacationer's Disease." Why, you ask? The garden- er leaves on vacation and the plants get extremely dry while he or she is gone. This stress, particularly when the plant is blossoming, will promote the dis- order. The primary cause of blossom end rot is a cal- cium deficiency at the growing point of the fruit. This kills the tissue at the blossom end. Several en- vironmental and management factors contribute to Jim Gill Ag Chat the problem. Poor root growth caused by continuous watering or root disease will reduce :calcium uptake from the soft. Management practices, which ag- gravate the problem, include setting out transplants too early when soil temper- atures are low. Injuring roots by culti- vation or hoeing is often associated with the problem. The biggest factor, howev- er, is watering and fertilizing the plant in early summer and less during late summer when rapid growth is occur- ring. The key to blossom end rot preven- tion and control is to maintain uniform watering and fertilization schedules. Folks tend to use too much nitrogen on tomatoes. In general, a mixed fertilizer ration of one part ni- trogen and three parts phosphate is ideal. Water deep and avoid light frequent irrigation. Our barley growers are starting to harvest the bounties of thy labor. I hope the rain showers hold off until they get the crop out. It certainly looks like it will be a good one. Again, during harvest season, let's be careful out there.