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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 27, 2012 CHRONICLE HIOHS Letters to the editor A wonderful welcome to Lovell Dear Editor, We would like to thank the town of Lovell for so warmly wel- coming us! It was very special to finally see where our family began, and to walk the properties that our grandmother so loved. The expe- rience was larger than life, and our trip truly changed the way we look at our lives. We would also like to thank everyone on the board of the Lovell-Kane Museum. Karen Spragg was wonderful giving of her time so that we could experi- ence all that the wonderful town of Lovell has to offer. In addition, Rich and Janice Fink so warmly gave their time to us, meeting us at the airport in Billings and showing us the way "home!" They also took us on a memorable trip to the top of the mountain that we will never forget. Patti Carpenter from the Lovell Chronicle was so kind, and a pleasure to spend time with. Christy Fleming from the National Park Service took us on a very special tour of the ML Ranch, which we will never for- get. The fundraiser for the muse- um was so much fun, and for such a good cause! It will be wonderful to have a museum preserving the memory of Lovell and Kane. It is so important to have records and items from the beginning days, and it was our great pleasure to be a part of it. We would like to urge all to support and be part of this special museum as it pre- serves everything for future gen- erations. Once again, thank you to all! We can't wait to come back! Lisa Lovell-Zayac and Maria Vogt Bad sportsmanship in Cody last week Dear Editor, At the Cody High School girls' varsity volleyball game against Lovell High School in Cody on September 18, extreme unsports- manlike, rude and unacceptable behavior was exhibited by the Cody student cheering section. As the Lovell team mem- bers were being introduced, the Cody student group stood up and turned their backs to the court. During the games some Cody stu- dents made vulgar, derogatory, bullying comments to the Lovell players using language that can- not be printed in a newspaper. Afterwards Mr. Tony Hult, Cody's Athletic Director, was ap- proached by a Lovell parent to discuss the behavior of his stu- dents and to tell him that their actions are a reflection on the en- tire school as well as the parents and administration. He said that he was not in the gym at that time and did not see it, but gave his as- surance that he would talk to the students about their behavior. It was puzzling that none of the parents or school officials who were in the gym and did witness this behavior saw fit to stop it. In the next few days while discussing with community mem- bers what had happened, oth- er parents related that for years this kind of activity has been the norm when playing at Cody High School. Hearing this makes it ap- pear that sportsmanship is either not being taught or not being en- forced at Cody High School. Bullying is a serious offense in today's schools and in most cas- es warrants grave consequences. Good sportsmanship is stressed by all of the parents, faculty and administration in Lovell schools. While friendly rivalry is a part of sports, players deserve to be able to compete without being sub- jected to such harassment as the Lovell girls endured during that game. Under these conditions it would be completely appropriate for competing teams to refuse to participate against Cody High School. This letter is to urge the Cody school administration and staff to remedy this situation, not only to protect the opposing team mem- bers from this inexcusable treat- ment, but also to help their stu- dents become better citizens. It is also to urge others who feel that the actions of the Cody students were seriously outside the bound- aries of good conduct to also ex- press their opinions to the admin- istration of Cody High School. Joan Nixon Lovell Thanks to all for a great state golf tournament Dear Editor, Lovell High School had the op- portunity to host 10 other schools at the 2A State Golf Tournament this past weekend at Foster Gulch Golf Course. As athletic director at Lovell High School I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this tournament a great success. As with any large sport- ing event it takes careful plan- ning, hard work and the help of a lot of volunteers to run a state golf tournament. Many thanks should go out to LHS Secretary Denise Harrison, who had previ- ous experience hosting the State Golf Tournament in 2004 (the last time Lovell was host). She also was the liaison between LHS and the Foster Gulch Golf Course and the staff there (Randy Harrison, Luke Harrison, Chauna Bischoff and Joni Geiser) who helped to get the course ready and run the clubhouse where they had lunch for the golfers each day. Thanks need to go out to the parents of the golfers who cooked breakfast for the golfers each morning, all the local vol- unteers who served as markers for tournament, the booster club and cheerleaders who decorated Lane 13 for the visiting teams and making a poster for each member of the Lovell golf team. I would like to also thank Minda Ohman and the cheerleaders for lending us 40 American flags to put out at the golf course, presenting the col- ors at the opening ceremonies and also helping give out the medals, flags, certificates and trophies at the awards ceremony. The Lovell Swing Choir did a great job sing- ing the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies, and LHS Principal Scott O'Tremba sent the golfers off to the first day of com- petition with an inspiring wel- come address. I would also like to thank Tim Cahill and Jason Jol- ley for bringing the tables, chairs, sound system and tent to the golf course. Cindy Asay, LHS digital imagining instructor, did a ter- rific job making the scorecards to track the team scores each day, the top 10 golfers, top ten teams, the flags for the top ten golfers and the printing the design on the water bottles that were given to each golfer and volunteer. Finally, I would like to thank the LHS golf coaches Devon Parks and Danny Wolvington for their hard work (along with Denise Harrison) on grouping the golfers each day, communicating with all the players about the course rules and working with the coaches of the other teams to make sure that play went smoothly and helping with the scoring of each golfer at the end of the day. It was two gorgeous fall days in Lovell and the players had a great tournament and hopefully some special memories to take home with them thanks to the hard work of so many people. Joe Koritnik 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. Writers are limited to two let- ters 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. Let's complete the bell, tower Dear Editor, In 1994-95 the Lovell Education Foundation was formed. Its pur- pose was two-fold. One was to save the original Lovell School bell, which had to be hunted down and retrieved from where it had been gathering dust. The second was to build a tower of bricks around the bell as a memorial to Lovell education. The money gained from the sale of the bricks has been used to fund innovative ideas for some of Lovell's teachers. The remainder of it will fund education or our town in a beneficial way. The group is kicking ideas around as to how to benefit the most people with the remaining funds. The Foundation's intent was to sell bricks and finish the tower within a few years. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Now, in 2012, 17 years later, the tower is still about 70 bricks short of completion. Many of the original members of the group want to see the comple- tion of the tower before they die. With that in mind, the group met on Monday, Sept. 17, and decided they wanted to see the tower completed by next summer. Eighteen years is long enough. Won't you please help out and buy a brick so we can finish this project? A brick could be engraved with your or someone else's name in whose honor you buy it: as a memorial, a birthday or Christmas pres- ent, or as a graduation gift, past or present. If interested please call either Cliff Revelle at 548-7165 or Jeff Pearson at 272-0175. The bell tower is already a school landmark. Please help us to fi- nally finish this worthwhile project. Phyllis Bronkema, a younger foundation member 'Politics as usual' in Big Horn County? Dear Editor, I would like to know when people in Big Horn County will decide enough is enough. In the past month the Commissioners have made some decisions that make me think it's "politics as usual" in Big Horn County. Are they acting in the best interest of the county or on their own per- sonal agendas? Contrary to popular belief, the election is not over. Re- publicans, Democrats and Independent voters still have a chance to change the face of county government. Think about the decisions that have been made recently, and then on Nov. 6 write in Linda Harp for Big Horn County Commissioner. I think we deserve better leadership. Denise Ellison Burlington Frannie a town in denial Dear Editor, Reading the article in the Lovell Chronicle about the defeat of the liquor restaurant license application in the Town of Frannie caused me to comment about this issue. I am sure people will disagree with my opinion, but I am entitled to it. It seems to me the town is cutting off its nose to spite its face. They are not only denying a new business but also denying an increase in the tax base revenue, denying the possibility of jobs for residents of the town (people applying for these jobs will probably be those that objected the most), denying the possibility of other new businesses as a town with a negative attitude. One person commented that Frannie was her favorite place to drive through on her way to Montana, as though there was an- other direct way to Montana from this area. Possibly that person might stop at a restaurant in Frannie instead of just driving through. Many tourists travel the road through Frannie and might stop for a meal if they could enjoy a beer with their meal or an after dinner drink. The town of Frannie has a small population and the town of Lovell is like a metropolis compared to Frannie. Lovell has four bars, two in town and two at the edges of town, and at least three carry-out liquor stores. When the Brandin' Iron restaurant applied for a liquor license I spoke at the council meeting in favor of the license citing the economic values of a similar situation of revenue and jobs. The Brandin' Iron is not a bar but a fine restaurant where a person can enjoy a beer with their meal or an after dinner drink. It is located next to a residence and across the street from a church and a half block away from an elementary school. I have personally witnessed many out-of-county and out-of-state cars and the people from those cars en- joying an alcoholic beverage with their meal. I would stop at Frannie for a meal and probably have a beer, and if the food was good I would return. The thing that bothers me the most about the license rejection in Frannie is that the town seems to be rejecting growth, jobs and new businesses while asking the rest of the county residents to pay an in- creased sales tax to pay for their desires and improvements. I believe a town or person should take steps in improving their own situation be- fore asking neighbors to give them a helping hand and seemingly hav- ing a vendetta against a person. I believe the Town of Frannie should reconsider the rejection and look at the situation in a non-biased and economic way and approve the application unless the town wants to remain just a drive-through town. Jim Szlemko Lovell UPSP321.060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307.548.2217. FAX 307.548.2218 EmaU: lcnews@tctwest.net David Peck, Editor and Publisher Editor ................................................................................. David Peck Reporter ........................................................................ Patti Carpenter Office Manager ........................................................... Gladys McNeil Production Manager ........................................................... Pat Parmer Advertising Manager .......................... i ..................... 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