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4 The Lovell Chronicle August 6; 2015 Fun to meet up old friends It’s old home week for the Peck family. Susan and have the opportunity this week to get together with some old friends who we only get to see every few years. Both are classmates of Susan’s, but they’re also good friends of mine since we played together in the Riverton High School band in the 19705. As of this writing, we were planning to head to Powell Wednesday night to meet up with my old trumpet section friend Stuart Da- vidson, who retired a few years ago after a spectacular career in the US. Navy. Stuart’s father, Don, moved to Powell after his River- ton days, and when I encountered him at a recent church service, I asked him to pass along a message for Stuart to call the next time he was in town. To my great delight, he did, and we were to share memories over pizza on Wednesday. Stuart was the guy in school who nev— er even came close to earning a B. It was straight As for Stu, and after college at the University of Wyoming, he became a nuclear propulsion specialist with the Navy and soon found himself serving aboard nuclear sub- marines, where he quickly climbed the ladder with his leadership skills. My brother James and I visited Stuart in Washington State a few years ago when we attended a Wyoming vs. U of Washington football game. Stuart was at that time the second in command, the XO, at the Bangor, Wash., Naval submarine base, one of the home bases of the Navy’s Ohio Class ballistic missile submarine fleet. It felt good to James and l to see a guy as smart, dedicated and honest as Stuart in charge of a key part of our military. He’s now working in the private sector for a defense company. Friday, we’ll meet up in Denver with another 1979 RHS class— mate of Susan’s, Scott Acton, who played trombone in the band. Scott is an optics specialist who now works in Boulder, Colo., as a “wavefront sensing and controls scientist” for the James Webb Space Telescope working at Ball Aerospace. He’ll be part of a team aligning the space telescope when it is launched in 2018. He formerly worked at die Keck Observatory in Hawaii and before that worked for the Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Scott’s uncle, Loren, was a space shuttle astronaut and phys- icist who is now a professor of solar physics at Montana State University. Scott, too, applied for the astronaut corps, though with NASA downsizing he was not accepted. Scott is also an avid bicyclist who came through Lovell a few years ago on a cross-country trip. His next adventure is bicycling around the world to promote the space telescope, offering a se- ries of educational talks along the way. These are guys far smarter than me, and while our North Big Horn County readers don’t probably know them, I thought it would be good for folks to know that there are some brilliant people born and raised in the Cowboy State. And not only are they successful, they’re great guys who were fellow members of our high school Spock Baby Generation jazz band. . I also made contact with a former Lovellite this week, former Pacific Power manager Larry Bekkedahl, who now lives in Portland, trying to go three for three in my quest to see old friends. Larry and wife Denise will be out of town when we get to Portland next week, it turns out, but I did get to chat with him for quite a while the other night. He remembers his days in Lovell fondly. The great thing about old friends is that you may not see them for years but you’ll pick right up where you left off once you see them again. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing Stuart and Scott this week, kind of like “old band week,” I guess. illlllflht't Staff: Manrvyn Layne, Dorothy Nelson, Teressa Ennis, Ana Baird, Leonora Barton, John Lafko. David PBCK Observations Editor: Patti Carpenter Production: Karlie Voss Dustin McClure 3:60NTACT US 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 ................ .. lcnews@tctwest.net Advertising ...... .. lcadsOO@tctwest.net SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: 307-548-2217 Big Horn County $301year In Wyoming $44Iyear Out of state $50 Single copy 75¢ Mail your check with address to: Lovell Chronicle, PO. Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431 Postmaster — Send address changes to: Lovell Chronicle, PO. Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431 Published Thursdays in Lovell, Wyoming Periodicals postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming. USPS 321-060 LETTERS POLICY: 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. 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, or emailed to lcnews@tctwest.net. A strict 1 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. CHRONICLE Letter to the Editor I \ s N \ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\ ———_._.... § \\ I I I \ Xx IIIIIIIIS “If x“ I s u \\\\\‘\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\V \i It! \ // [Ill/ll/ ll/r//////////’//////I /////// // //////// r/l/l/I,‘ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\S\\\\‘&\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ssxxs . LN ~‘ \\\\\\\\\\\\ l . . x/IMI/zzl/I/I/ // \ ~/_/////. ; ////)///I z///////'/’"'-" l///// Arr/(Ill Our discombobulated town needs to get along Dear Editor, The term discombobulated is not used much anymore and I am sure many young people have never heard of it. Today most peo- ple I am sure would use terms such as messed up, screwed up, in a state of chaos or going to hell in a hand basket. Actually, all fit the descrip- tion of the Town of Lovell today. There are resignations, accusa- tions, finger pointing and gener- al discourse around town. I have heard complaints at the grocery store, gas station, restaurant and convenience store. Some people have asked me to write and complain, knowing that is what I do, but I cannot repeat some of the complaints I heard so I will use my own word— ing. It is time for all parties in- volved to use the FFCGA analo- gy. For those not into the using of initials like the federal govern- ment does I will explain. FFCGA stands for forget, forgive, cooper- ate, get along. It is time for all parties to ex- tend a hand, shake and get back to the business of running this town in a proper manner. In life all people are not going to agree on every little detail and that is where compromise comes into play. The hand used in a hand- shake is a powerful item. With the thumb you can signal a thumbs up or down. With the in- dex finger you can always point to someone else to blame. The third finger can be used in the middle finger salute. Next, the ring fin- ger is often used to wear a ring, however, I have seen hands with rings on every finger, sometimes on both hands. And, of course, the pinkie is used by many to exend while drinking a cup of tea. Enough complaining and gib- berish, it is time for everyone to start acting like mature adults, quit quibbling and get back to working together. If not, we soon may see residents taking to the streets in a vigilante type of movement or perhaps a call to the governor to call out the National Guard. Government at all levels, local, state and federal, often for get they work for all residents and personal ideologies and feel- ings should be put aside. Jim Szlemko Guest Column A tale of two relgious tours Important religious buildings, such as synagogues, mosques, temples or cathe- drals, derive their significance from their members’ activities in the building. Believ- ers may gather there for worship; they may make personal pilgrimages to it; they may believe that their god dwells there. In oth- er words, the building’s fame and attraction comes from its role as a place of religious ac- tivity for its religion’s adherents. So, What about tourists, people who trav- el away from their homes to visit important places? Tourists who visit religious sites, as opposed to pilgrims, do not come to worship and rarely belong to the religion associated With the site. They come to a cathedral or a temple because it is famous. They wish to see it and learn more about it; they rarely want to participate in the religious activities held there. So, how does a place of religious importance treat tourists? Some religious places allow in no one not belong- ing to the religion. That was true with the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and it remains true for the Muslim holy city of Mecca. Other places give the tourists a tour. The char- acter of that tour reveals what the religion, or at least the religious officials who run the site, think is important for visitors to learn. Take Westminster Abbey in London, for in- stance, the church linked to the British Houses of Parliament. Thousands of people visit it every day. Its tour is a well—oiled business that describes the building’s history and its place in British history. Highly trained guides lead groups around the en- tire, large building. The guides are experts in the church’s history and in its relationship to the government and the monarchs. They know the significance of every tomb, memorial and monument, and can provide key infor- mation about everyone buried in the church, from king or queen to poet, playwright or scientist. They can explain the purposes of every side chapel and Cloister. Buildings as old as Westminster require ongoing upkeep, and the wear and tear of the many daily vis- itors just adds to the building’s deterioration. To pay for the building’s maintenance, the church has nu- merous money-raising ventures, from entrance fees to the bookshop and the gift shop, to say nothing of the café. In this, the Abbey is just like the many palaces, castles, manor houses and other historical The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than words may not be printed. Letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writ- er. Unsigned letters will be discarded. Writers Paul V.M. Flesher Religion Today buildings throughout Britain. Between the historical presentation and the fundraising, Westminster’s on- going role as a place of worship is near- ly invisible. Tourists often fail to real- ize that three to seven worship services take place daily, including at least one celebration of the Eucharist. The Temple of the Church of Je— sus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City provides a completely differ- ent presentation. Tourists can keep their wallets in their pockets because there is nothing to buy: no food, no souvenirs, no books and no entrance fees. The tour guides are quite different. Instead of trained, older professionals, the guides for Temple Square are college-age missionaries. They know the Square, from the Temple itself to the Tabernacle and other buildings, but are not extensively versed in its history. Indeed, being able to give detailed his- torical information is not their job, and they some- times simply tell questioners they cannot answer a question. The tourists’ curiosity about the past may be better satisfied by the short videos viewed on the tour. The tour guides at Temple Square make up in faith and friendliness what they lack in historical knowledge. Their task is to provide an understand- ing of the Mormon religion, the place of the Temple in that religion and, perhaps most importantly, to give a sense of the vital immediacy of their beliefs in their own daily lives. There is no “hard sell,” but the tour guides mention their faith when relevant, and the tour itself ends comfortably in a contemplative room before a large statue of Jesus Christ, with the two guides each giving a minute or so of “witness” about their religion. The treatment of tourists at these two reli- gious sites could not be more different. At Westmin- ster Abbey, the guide delivers a historical message of English/British continuity and importance, reli- gious and otherwise, to which the Visitors will al- ways remain outsiders. At the Mormon Temple, by contrast, the guides deliver a personal message, one that links the founding of Salt Lake and its Temple . to the guides themselves and, through them, the of- fer is made to the visiting outsiders that they can be- come insiders, too. Flesher is a professor in the University of Wyo- ming’s Religious Studies Department. are limited to two letters in any 30 day peri- od.All letters must conform to the law of li- bel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431, or delivered to our office at E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced.