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4 The Lovell Chronicle I October 14, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Saying goodbye to 'old friends" It's never easy to say good-bye to old friends, especially when they've been close to you and shared many experiences. Such was the case recently when I had to let a couple of old buddies go. I have to tell you; it wasn't easy. I had put off their departure for a long time. But my wife, Jan, kept telling me Bob that I had to let them go because Rodriguez their time had come. She pointed out that I was keeping them around too long simply be- cause of an emotional attachment. I knew that they were tired, but like most guys, saying so long to elderly friends is not a matter we enjoy. We had been together on many labor-intensive ef- forts, including one in S.W. Oregon helping son Mike build his cabin. We were working with heavy, ungainly 4-by-10-by-22 hunks of lumber. They were difficult to move, but Mike, me and my two buddies did the job. They also helped with applying stain. As well, those companions -- so close to me -- were right handy many a time on digging projects. They were always ready to help, no matter what time of the day or how long the work lasted. Good friends like that are hard to come by. But after depending on them for several years, I could tell that they were about exhausted. It was time to say adios. So I bit the bullet and went to my pair of almost done-in work companions. I explained the situation, and affectionately held them in my arms, finding it so tough to let them go and have their final rest. Then I carefully put that tattered shirt and well- worn, stained jeans into a plastic bag, and bid the faded pair adieu as I gently placed them in our rubbish container. Good buddies are hard to let go, especially when they've been so close to your skin. Letters to editor Speed trap hurts economic development Dear Editor: This issue of the abusive speed trap in Byron has once again aris- en. Prior to his untimely death, the Honorable Cal S. Taggart and I had a series of letters in the Lovell Chronicle on this important issue. That speed trap is rotten to the core and hinders economic de- velopment of the entire area. Back then some malcontents disparaged Senator Taggart and me for bringing the topic up for discussion. Although milder, the criticism of Mr. Ron Jean reminds one of the protests against us. Now, Byron politician/colum- nist Gary Gruell has an article on Sept. 30, which takes issue with a noted journalist who suffered the same fate. Mr. Gruell seems to take some sadistic delight in the fact the Byron speed trap is leg- end on the Internet. When considering location of a business, executives consider schools, environment, medical fa- cilities, available workforce and general amenities. A negative fac- tor such as the abuse and ridicule of the Byron speed trap can veto everything else. That became obvious to me when several senior citizens cen- ters in the Central Indiana com- bined for a tour of the North- west including Yellowstone, the Tetons, Glacier National Park and many other venues. I was on the planning committee and arranged for two extra days be- tween Cody and Billings, with the expectation of spending time in Lovell. The tour company and the drivers refused to permit us to set foot in Big Horn County because of the Byron speed trap. So, there you are! Bertha W. Binford Indianapolis, IN 2810 MEr0000BER 2009 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 News Editor: Brad Devereaux Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parrner, Dorothy Nelson, Erin Henson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller. SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Big Horn and Park Counties $25 In Wyoming $35 Outside Wyoming $40 Single copy 75 The October night skies be- gin our introduction to the winter constellations, although the sum- mer triangle is still prominent in the early evening. This triangle of bright stars (Vega, Deneb and Al- tair) connects the constellations of Lyra (the Lyre, Turtle or Vul- ture), Cygnus (the Swan) and Aq- uila (the Eagle). Around 9 p.m. we find the great square of Pegasus (the Winged Horse) and Andromeda (the Chained Lady) rising toward the zenith. Within the confines of Andromeda, the Great Androm- eda Galaxy is the farthest object you will ever see without opti- cal aid, although you may want a small telescope or binoculars to view it more easily. The Andromeda galaxy lies 2' million light years away and is as large as six times the diameter of the full moon! In dark skies, look for it as a fuzzy patch just to the northeast of the Great Square. Jupiter is seen just below the Great Square while Mars and Ve- nus are waning in the early sun- set skies. Watch for the Orionid meteor showers peaking around Oct. 21. Look to the east after midnight and expect to see 20 or more "shooting stars" every hour. Last month we discussed Orionid meteor showers peak around Oct. 21 gravitational waves, believed to originate from orbital motions of very dense objects -- like pairs of black holes or neutron stars. Upon arrival at Earth these waves in- duce incredibly minute strains, approximately one thousandth of a proton's diameter over one kilo- meter! Such small strains may be de- tectable only because the sourc- es, due to their orbital motions, make periodic waves. Earth- based detectors would see vi- brating strains, like a miniature tuning fork. Gravitational wave observations will be important because they are unaffected by obscurations -- dust or electron plasma -- that prevent us from observing some celestial phenom- ena with light. The terrestrial state-of-the- art project for detecting gravita- tional waves is the Laser Inter- ferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. LIGO comprises two facilities, one in Louisiana, the other on Washington State's Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Simultaneous detection of iden- tical signals by both experiments would constitute good support for a celestial origin of the signal -- not arising from trucks rumbling down the highway. The LIGO experiments con- sist of pairs of four-kilometer tubes with laser beams bounc- ing off high-precision mirrors at the tube ends. The four-kilome- ter length separating the mirrors varies ever so slightly with pas- sage of a gravitational wave. This variation is detected using tech- niques that record phase shifts in the laser beam light. Much effort is invested in noise reduction and vibration isolation to eliminate Earth-based effects that could mimic the gravitational signal. The frequency range for gravitational waves from pairs of orbiting black holes and neu- tron stars is from a fraction of 1 Hz to roughly 1000 Hz. The bina- ry black holes and neutron stars may be detectab[g with planned: upgrades to the LIGO detectors (projected date, 2014) out to dis- tances of about 25 million light years. To learn more, visit http:// en.wikipedia.org/wikifLIGO. Wyoming Skies is a month- ly look at the night skies of the northern Rocky Mountains, writ- ten by astronomers Ron Canter- na, University of Wyoming; Jay Norris, Challis Idaho Observa- tory; and Daryl Macomb, Boise State University Guest column Opinions vs. knowlege BY GENIELLE BROWN The last copy of TIME magazine that I read has the following on the cover: "How conservative rebels are rattling the Republican establishment." Interesting why they would call me, my family and my friends who love the Constitution and be- lieve it should still be the law of the land "rebels." It is just their opinion and they base it on faulty pre- mises, without really considering in the least that perhaps they and their liberal ilk (that's my opinion) might actually be the REBELS!! We all have many opinions, and without ever testing them out, experimenting with them, trying to study them out and turn them into knowledge, we spew them out as if we are authorities on the sub- ject. I have been guilty of that, and all of us who are human do it, if we are aware and smart enough to have any opinions at all. Try this experiment: Take a blank piece of pa- per and on one side write "Opinions" at the top and on the other write "Knowledge." Then as you go through your day, write down the opinions that you have which have not been experimented with, or studied about, on the left side, and the things that you are sure that you know as factual because you have lived it, experienced it or had a sure knowledge of it, on the other. If you are not perfected yet, I bet you will have many on the left side and only a few on the right. The true rebels who are against the things that made this country the greatest, wealthiest, most gi- ving, honest and knowledgeable think they know what can make our country better by their power and control. They seem to be completely lacking in knowledge of history that our founding fathers stu- died of other types of governments which failed, who had tyrants that had to get rid of those who did not agree with them until another tyrant would conqu- er. History is replete with that type of anti-freedom logic, and you would think that those very educa- ted college intellectuals of today could see that. But their opinions come from others who have their opi- nions arid spew them out on a very intellectual ba- sis, without the true knowledge of the facts! Okay ... I concede that those who have been to China, Cuba, Venezuela, etc., come back with the opinions that those countries are thriving, have no poverty, and the leaders were wonderful to them. They are masters of deceit (my opinion). Recently, I read the book, Seven Came Through, written by Eddie Rickenbacker. It was his account of his airplane crew's 21-day ordeal on the ocean du- ring World War II, but in 1922 after the first great war where he was acclaimed as a national hero, he was in Germany and Hitler was in power, and he saw the plants where they were manufacturing the planes that they planned to use in the coming war, where he was told by Hermann Geering, "Our whole future is in the air and it is by air power we will re- capture our German empire." Eddie told Englishmen of what he saw in Ger- many and came back home and told them, but eve- ryone thought that was only his opinion and didn't listen. However, it was definitely knowledge on his part. And when war broke out in Europe, the U.S. fi- nally had knowledge and went to work building pla- nes. Tyrants will always exist and try to dethrone freedom. That is not just an opinion, but knowledge. It behooves us all to take every opinion and study it out until it either remains an opinion in our minds or becomes sure knowledge. If citizens of our coun- try would do that, we might be able to preserve our freedoms in this election year by studying the philo- sophies and opinions of the candidates and knowing what they really believe, not just what they say. Letters to the editor The Lovell Chronicle welcomes let- ters from its readers and will make ev- ery 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 discard- ed. 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 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced.