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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 22, 2011 m ulls sa how to lesmen Few people like to be bothered by door-to-door sales- men, but most of us probably don't mind - and even relish - a visit by a member of the Girl Scouts or the local high school football team who drop by to sell cookies or a Bull- dog Card or Grizzly Card. And yet regulations designed to limit the former would also affect the latter. That the issue the Lovell Town Council and Chief of Po- lice Nick Lewis are dealing with as they attempt to enact an ordinance regulating door-to-door salesmen. What affects outside sellers also affects the local kids that citizens happily support. The issue gathered steam recently when security system salesmen blanketed the community, pressuring homeown- ers into purchasing expensive systems for their homes and misleading the public by claiming that the systems were en- dorsed by the Lovell PD and even Lewis himself. The chief started looking into the possibility of enacting a new ordinance, with the understanding that the old Green River Ordinance blocking door-to-door salesmen had been challenged in court and was no longer enforceable. Regulating salesmen is far more complex than most peo- ple realize, Town Attorney Sandra Kitchen told the council last week. She been looking into the issue for other mu- nicipalities, as welll There are different categories of sellers including transient merchants, solicitors and peddlers. Solicitors promote a product that is not physically on their person and/or comes from out of state. The security system folks are one example. A peddler brings the sales item to the door, or it is available in town. The football play- er selling a Bulldogs Card or the dancer selling flags fall into this category. A municipality cannot require a solicitor to pay a fee or restrict sales, nor can it require a background check, be- cause a local government cannot regulate interstate com- merce, athough the town can require a company to regis- ter. Peddlers can be regulated more easily, though Kitchen stressed that all peddlers must be treated the same. What good for the out-of-state fruit salesman is good for the band member selling the proverbial fruitcake. Lewis likes the idea of registration because it gives the police a tool to at least make contact with someone in here from out of state. He is very concerned about people be- ing taken advantage of and also young people, and others, coming in contact with undesirable characters. And so as this process proceeds, the chief wants to meet with local organizations, schools and others who typically sell door to door so that he can work wit'hthem to craft the best ordinance, one that won't be too burdensome and yet is fair to everyone. Look for meetings to be held in the coming months. -David Peck FOLKS RIB US BECUZ ALWAYS SIT HI P,E DRINKIN'q SOLVIN'TH' WOP-,LD s PROBLI S... BUT, IF WE DIDN'T IX) IT- WHO WOULD? YA MEAN-- WHO WOULD SOLV I"H' WORLD PROBLI S? WHO eLS WOULD "J///////H//////////////////////I When it comes to kitties, "enough' $S We had four cats when we moved to Lovell two years ago. Now we have six. At that rate, by 2020 (and that is not refer- ring to good vision) we'll have 15 kitties. Not a pretty picture. Talk about the difficulty of herding cats. Try taking care of them so that they're well fed and healthy. Think about shredded furniture. And legs. Our legs. We even have one feline, the all-black guy with yellow eyes who came with us from S.W. Oregon, who will claw your pos- terior if you bend and he wants to get your attention. Kind of like being the butt of a joke. Bob Rodriguez And our newest addition (ta-da!) enjoys using her baby claws not only on our legs, but our arms, hands, tummies or any other handy body part. She enjoys being "mole cat," which means that she bur- rows under the sheet and blanket to sleep with us. If we make an unnecessary move, she unleashes her kitten claws. Despite her youth, she is skilled at in- flicting noticeable derma damage. Oh well, there's always first aid cream. We acquired this newest beauty Several weeks ago after she yowled for a good part of the predawn hours from a tree in our neighbor's yard. She ran into their storage shed when I went to see what was going on, thinking that maybe it was one of ours. After all, Tasha Tiny-Dancer, who was found in the middle of Main Street about a year ago, could have been the one complaining. But no, it was a tiny beige-colored thing out on her own. So we took her in, and sometimes call her Blondie because of her coloration. In fact, she could be aptly named InvisiCat because of her tendency to disappear on top of bedspreads, blan- kets and the like. Blends right in. Some- times I call her CamoCat. Her real name, though, is Miss Kitty. We came up with that because her initial baby meows and yows sounded like Miss Kitty from the Gunsmoke series. You know, like someone who drank too much rough whiskey and had been around too much cigarette smoke. As she has grown, her saloon voice has diminished, but we're sticking with our original name for her. Tasha finally has stopped stalking Miss Kitty with the intent of disemboweling her. They're even becoming friends who can play without evil intent. Most of the time. The adult cats, who are Bubba, Jel- libunny, Scrappy and Flint, tolerate her, especially Scrappy, who makes a fine foster dad, as he raised Tasha. Perhaps "tolerate" is n t' eiltt ely correct cause periodically there are bouts of hissing and head-bopping. But those times are becoming more infrequent. There is an old TV series, "Eight Is Enough." I'm here to tell you to decrease that number by two. See you again in 2020. Letters to the editor ( i Letter to the editor Dear editor, The recent issue of the Lovell Chronicle (9/11 commemorative edi- tion) was a witness of our collective love of God and love of country. Thank you for these testimonies of hope and allegiance to this re- markable and great country. We live in such a protected spot, yet vulnerable, also. To those who protect and defend us I give special thanks and praise. Our freedoms are preserved and defended by each person who stands to defend these precious freedoms. Mary L. Jensen Byron 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 limited 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 I :00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. 2011 MEMBER 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 Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer, Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller, Cheryl Jolley, Stormy Jameson i i ~!i!iiii!!!!ii!iil; i i!!i i~ Dear editor, an issue with using tax dollars the old town police car should Last January the Mayor of By- to provide this bus due to what I be sold for $9,500 and that mon- ron, without consulting the town will call the District 1 vs. District ey should also go to the sewer la- council, decided to stop running 2 feud. So the solution is to pun- goons. Yet the Town cannot put the local town bus providing trans- ish the children whose parents feel out a few thousand dollars for the portation for the children of Byron they will have a better education safety and welfare of the children who attend School District 2. After in District 2 by not looking out for and run the bus around town to trying all summer to get a meet- their safety and well being, deliver the District 2 students to ing with Mayor George I was final- I appeared before the Sep-the bus location. ly able to get a meeting last month tember town council meeting in Mayor George used the phrase and when I asked for an explana- Byron and spoke about this is- "for the good of the town" sever- tion on why the bus was stopped I sue and was given a thank youal times when explaining some was told that it was because Dan with no further discussion orof these expenses. It is appar- Coe had told him we needed to comments. As I browsed through ent that protecting our children stop the town bus and he did not last month's minutes I see that is "not for the good of the town" want bus transfers. Upon speak- the council found it fit to donate and that sewer lagoons, remov- ing with Dan Coe about this he ex- $300 to the Rocky Mountain foot- al of old trailer houses, spraying plained that it is not his business ball team. Further discussion re- weeds and replacing sewer lines how Byron gets the children to the vealed that my tax dollars were for private citizens is something bus stop and he denied making used to remove a trailer house much more important to spend that statement to Mayor George. the homeowner could not afford our tax dollars on. As a taxpayer In plain and simple terms Ito remove, which is actually in and resident of Byron I must dis- believe this bus is needed for the violation of town ordinances and agree with this. Children are the safety of our children. We have is not the first time this has been most precious gift we can receive children who have to cross the done. They also spray weeds in .and should be protected and tak- highway to get to the bus and the right of ways, which is not the en care of to the best of our abil- home again and younger children town's responsibility, and even re- ity. I would much rather have are having to walk to the bus and placed a sewer line for a resident my tax dollars spent on protect- home several blocks due to parents who could not afford to do so. ing our children than getting an who are working. Winter is coming As the meeting continued early payoff on a lagoon, replacing and it will be getting cold enough it appeared as though there is someone else's sewer lines or haul- that even the older children should $25,000 that has been sitting in a ing off old trailer houses. Call me not have to walk numerous blocks raw water account and the may- crazy but children are more im- and cross an icy highway to go to or believes that since the money portant than all those things put school, has just been sitting it should be together. The Town of Byron and some used to pay on the sewer lagoons Cheri Abraham residents of Byron appear to have and additionally it was decided Byron Dear editor, To those that provided mate- over $5,000 in prizes at this year's The Lovell Police Dept. would rials or services, Larsen's Bikes rodeo including 11 bikes, one elec- like to take a moment to thank of Powell, Wal-Mart, Safe Routes tric scooter, more than 150 hel- everyone who helped make this to School grant, Lovell Build-mets, T-shirts and several other year's "Ride Safely" Bike Rodeo a ing Center, Big Horn Engraving, items. huge success, the Town of Lovell, Big Horn Co. It is wonderful to live and First of all, the volunteers were Sheriffs Dept., Lovell Fire Dept., work in such a community. Again, wonderful and we definitely could WyDOT, Big Horn Co. Emergency thank you and we look forward to not make it happen without all of Management, B.H.C.S.D. #1 and an even bigger "Ride Safely" Bike you. Thank you for taking time out #2 and the Big Horn Health Coali- Rodeo next year. of your weekend and help us teach tion, we say thank you. With your Randy Davis bike safety to 175 of our kids. help we were able to give away The Lovell Police Dept.