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4 J The Lovell Chronicle J August 23, 2012 CHRONICLE J nomln, Hats off to the Republican voters of Wyoming House District 26, who saw through the smoke screen put up by challenger Rob DiLorenzo and voted over- whelmingly to re-nominate Elaine Harvey to the dis- trict seat in the House of Representatives. DiLorenzo, a Big Horn' Basin Tea Party activist, ran an aggressive, hard-hitting campaign in an attempt to characterize Harvey as a "progressive," the current national buzz word that carries a negative connota- tion among those on the far right side of the politi- cal spectrum. Rather than touting his own credentials, DiLorenzo went after Harvey with a barrage of adver- tisements and mailings attempting to brand her as be- ing somehow representative of left wing politics when nothing could be further from the truth. Make no mistake about it, politics is a full contact sport, and Rep. Harvey was more than ready to meet the challenger on the field of battle. But it was dismay- ing to see the political discourse sink to a level that stunk of the kind of politics we're not used to in Big Horn County as the challenger sought to demonize and mischaracterize Harvey and her voting record. As chairman of the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, Harvey has had to deal directly with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. She should be praised for her thoughtful consideration and study of the ramifications of the act on Wyomingites as chair- man of the committee, not hammered for refusing to pick up her toys and run home. Rather than taking a "bury your head in the sand approach" that so many opponents of the plan prefer, Harvey did the right thing and has worked hard to understand and some- how try to adjust the plan with its one-size-fits-all ap- proach to rural Wyoming= not an easy task, but itt Harvey job and she has done it well, attending countless meetings and work- ing with many experts in an effort to do what right for Wyoming citizens. Throughout the process, Harvey has learned about the many pitfalls the act presents for Wyoming, not the least of which are the insurance ex- changes called for in the act that simply do not work well in sparsely-populated Wyoming. If anything, all of Harvey work has hardened her opinion against the Affordable Care Act, but DiLoren- zo would have you believe that she supports it. Thatt bunk. Rob DiLorenzo may well be a good man, and he certainly appears to have skills that could benefit the voters of Big Horn County. But his attempts to cast Harvey in a highly unfavorable light on a small num- ber of highly ideological issues that are more the stuff of national politics was unfair and disappointing. Elaine Harvey is not a perfect representative. No one could be. But she has worked hard for the citizens of House District 26, putting whatL best for the people - her constituents - ahead of purity of ideology. And she refused to take the negative path during the cam- paign, choosing, instead, to stand on her record. That the kind of representative we need in Chey- enne, and it is good to see that voters ignored the smokescreen and are sending Harvey to represent us in the Wyoming Legislature once again. -David Peck 2012 mEMBER 2011 AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Editor and Publisher: David Peck Reporter: Patti Carpenter S~BSCRiPTIQN RATES Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer, In Bi~ R~d Pa~k COuntie~$28 Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, i6 Wyoming $40 Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller, O~id~ Wyoming ~5 Cheryl Jolley, Stormy Jameson Single www.LovellChronicle.com Believe it or not, our summer is over and school begins next Monday. Drivers need to pay attention and watch for our children heading off to school and return- ing home each day. The Lovell Police De- partment is determined to keep our chil- dren safe and part of doing so is to strictly enforce the traffic code in our school zones. Drivers will notice the new Hawk light system that has been installed at Main Street and Shoshone. This new sys- tem will allow the children and other pe- destrians to push the activation button, which will activate reds lights on both driving lanes for 20 seconds while pe- destrians cross Main Street. Traffic on Shoshone should not turn east or west during the red light activation because this could conflict with those crossing Main Street. Drivers should be aware that on Shoshone Av- enue in front of the elementary is a NO U TURN ZONE. It is going to be strictly enforced for safety concerns so please do not U TURN in this area. Driv- ers need to be aware that if you turn and pull into a driveway and then head the opposite direction it's considered a U TURN. Many parents drive north on Shoshone make a left turn and park in front of the elementary. This is a U TURN and is in violation of the NO U TURN ZONE. Kansas Avenue at the west of the elementary also has a NO U TURN ZONE for the safety of our children. Another traffic concern in our community is parking in the yellow no parking areas. These areas are painted yellow and prohibit parking for many different reasons. In our school zones these areas provide a greater area of view for the children in the crosswalks. Some have been widened to give the children and drivers a clear view of each other so we can avoid tragedy. Parking in these yellow no park- ing areas limits the view of our children and other drivers, which could result in a child being struck Chief Nick Lewis Cop Beat and injured. These areas will be strictly enforced and drivers should be on notice not to park in these areas. Of course the crosswalks will be in use and once the child/pedestrian enters the crosswalk they have the right of way. Drivers should stop at a distance that gives the child and other drivers a clear view of the crosswalk and the children/pe- destrians using the crosswalk. The school zone on Shoshone Avenue and Kansas Avenue are 20 mph, 24 hours a day. I would encourage parents to use the drop-off area on Shoshone Avenue and the Shoshone Avenue parking lot so you can drop your child off "curb side." This is, by far, the best way to ensure your child's safety while be- ing dropped off and picked up each day. The circular drive on Shoshone Avenue in front of our elementary building is for school personnel and authorized vehicle use only. The circular drive is not to be used by non-authorized vehicles and is marked as such. If this circular drive is used by all of us it would create a traffic hazard for our chil- dren. Remember that the circular drive is to be used by buses, school personnel and authorized vehicles ONLY! At the high school when the cones are up on Park and Hampshire, drivers should NOT enter this blocked off area. The cones are there so ONLY au- thorized vehicles can enter. This area is not to be used by parents, students and other non-authorized vehicles. Remember also drivers to have your children in a proper restraining device. Children that are not secured in the vehicle can be severely injured should you become involved in an accident or have to apply your brakes suddenly. Watch for our children and let's have a safe school year. Letters to the editor Im Dear editor: Good grief. I haven't heard so much whining since my lit- tle brother had to spend Satur- day mornings weeding the gar- den! The new Byron Poli ce Chief certainly has his "rough row to hoe" trying to maintain the law for citizens who don't think the laws should apply to them. I, for one, am grateful that Chief Wahl is not only aware of Wyoming state laws pertain- ing to animal welfare, such as they are, but is also willing to enforce them. In the many years here that I have reported animal cruelty, neglect, or abuse, in one form or another, to law enforce- ment, I have never had an action taken on behalf of the animal. Former Byron Chief Rohrer was the one exception, and he helped me with a disturbing rescue case for which I was very grateful. Some time ago, when asking the Animal Control Officer who held the position at that time to explain the details of one of the laws to me, he admitted he didn't know the Wyoming state laws pertaining to animals, but that I could find them on the internet! When I asked him how he could enforce laws he didn't even know about, he walked away. The same ignorance seems to exist in the general populace, or perhaps in the state that was the last in the nation to finally pass a law making dog fighting a felony instead of a misdemean- or, animal protection isn't a big priority. There are several "gaps" in the letters protesting the actions taken by Chief Wahl in the two dog incidents. Meeting with him, as I did, to clarify the 'l tv anti' his posi fiforci:i'i ttiSs '" laws would be fit anyone re ally interested. Also, you carl go online to research the Wyoming statutes pertaining to animal cruelty and you will find stat- ute 6-3-203, section (a), subsec, tion (iii) that covers the carrying of animals in a way that poses undue risk, injury or death, and also poses a public safety haz- ard. Let's be discerning and sup- portive, of an officer who's actu- ally trying to do his job. Sandra Scouten-Ford Lovell ronicle Dear Editor, Please accept my congratu- lations and gratitude for putting out the best weekly community newspaper in the United States. Prior to the Bush-Cheney De- pression of 2008, it had occasion- ally been my privilege to provide gift subscriptions. These were sometimes for people out of the area who had for some reason written to the newspaper. Mrs. McNeil was most helpful to me. Several recipients were Byron speed trap victims, whom I hope attained a more balanced view of the area after reading the Chron- icle for a year. Courtesy of Ber- tha Binford, Captain Jim Lovell received his Lovell Chronicle for several years after he marshaled Mustang Days. He sent a gracious thank you letter. So much for all of that. The vol- unteers at the Senior Citizens Cen- ter who handle my correspondence and computer work inform me that your web site is not user friendly insomuch as actually purchasing a subscription. They do say the com- pany you use to provide the e-edi- tion is the best in the business with a user friendly format. For you to go to the time and expense of providing a website, it would seem to maximize value to you by providing an easy proce- dure to subscribe online. Bertha Binford Dear Editor, A penny for our thoughts! The nine Big Horn County sales tax proposals to raise our county sales tax to six cents for a specific one cent purpose: (community im- provement at $24.8 million, to last 13 years) should be amended be- fore it goes on November's election ballot. It should offer property own- ers an "opt out" clause (similar to the states' "opt out" clause in the federal healthcare bill). We are aware that Governor Mead is already sharing more state funds with towns and cit- ies. It took eight years to get the sales tax off from groceries. How many know how much the grocery tax cost you annually? It's like the federal government's policy of hiding welfare's cost in the farm bill. (80 percent of the farm bill is welfare cost, 20 percent is farm subsidies.) We have identified the "needs" in these nine proposals and rec- ommend that a "volunteer core" in each community meet these needs instead of the six cents sales tax: Lovell: paving/museum/rodeo facilities/golf course: Need: paving. Greybull: new pool; Need: none. Basin: electric loop transmis- sion/town hall develop/lighting park/BCAC; Need: electric loop. Cowley: street repair; Need: street repair. Byron: sewer/park improve- ments; Need: sewer. Burlington: paving; Need: pav- ing. Deaver: water lines; Need: wa- ter lines. Frannie: water lines/Park RPJ demo Legion bldg; Need: water lines. Manderson: water lines; Need: water lines. In World War II, Mander- son collected enough scrap metal for the war effort to have a ship named after the town. Such inge- nuity should be utilized now. Since our property taxes raise annually we reject the idea that this property owner, paying $1,900 annually to live in her own home, should be responsible for further county projects, totaling $24.8 million, seeing as how we al- ready pay taxes for: BHC library/ fair/weed-pest/airport/five school levies/dist, fire/hospital/health care dist./soil conservation. Nora Marie Lewis Basin 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. Un- signed letters will be discarded. Writers are lira- 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. Tuesday deadline will be enforced.