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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 25, 2012 CHRONICLE IOHS Tirade embarrassing for UW football University of Wyoming head football coach Dave Chris- tensen made the news this week for all the wrong reasons, suspended for one game and fined $50,000 for a foul- mouthed confrontation with Air Force coach Troy Calhoun following Wyoming 28-27 loss to the Falcons in Laramie on Sept. 13, Wyoming fifth in six games at the time. Christensen was livid and was surely feeling the frustration of a season that had featured four losses by a touchdown or less when he tore into Calhoun following the game. Chris- tensen believed that the Air Force coach had been unethical by "faking" an injury to quarterback Connor Dietz during the go-ahead touchdown drive after his helmet came off, requir- ing the quarterback to sit out for a play per NOV rules, giving the backup quarterback time to warm up and coaches time to prepare a play, a play that ultimately proved to be the winning touchdown. Rather than dealing with the issue in private, however, or taking the alleged unethical act to the Mountain West Confer- ence, Christensen went ballistic, berating Calhoun with a ti- rade laced with F-bombs and calling him names not fit to print in this newspaper. Christensen may have been justified in his outrage, but his reaction was outrageous as a representative of the university and the state of Wyoming. He was clearly emotional following another tough loss by a team that was expected to challenge for the conference crown but has now fallen to 1-6 with a 42- 14 loss at Fresno State on Saturday night. And on October 13 he made a terrible mistake. We've all been there, wishing we could take back words ut- tered in a fit of anger. And coaches are known to curse from time to time. There nothing new about that. So it seemed ini- tially like it would blow over, Christensen apologized to Coach Calhoun, the university and the Mountain West Conference, which early the next week publicly reprimanded the coach. Many fans even praised the coach for sticking up for his team. But then the video surfaced. A video of the tirade was posted on the video posting website You Tube on Friday, and to use the modern parlance, it quickly "went viral." Just as the university and Coach Chris- tensen were trying to put the incident behind them, it was in front of them - full in their face. Monday, the university suspended Christensen for one game and issued the $50,000 fine. The timing of the suspension, if not the suspension itself, is puzzling...and suspicious. Did Athletic Director Tom Burman, who made the ultimate call, feel pressured into doing some- thing? Some said he didn't immediately realize the scope of the incident until later in the week, but he admitted in a news con- ference Monday that he had seen the video two days after the Air Force game. So why wait so long? How were things any worse on Mon- day, Oct. 22, than they were Monday, Oct. 15? Was this a de- cision prompted by You Tube and the criticism that came with it from boosters and state and university officials - decision by You Tube? Burman admitted that the video did have an influence on his decision but wasn't what pushed him over the top. He said he didn't want to make a hasty decision and ultimately decid- ed, '%Vejust needed to do it." Uh-huh. Whatever the timing, the whole affair is sad and embarrass- ing for the university. Speaking of sportsmanship, we found the following letter to the editor penned to the Chronicle in a back issue. It reads, in part: '(/hy is it that some people insist upon throwing insults at the other team while a game is going on? That is a question I don't believe they can answer themselves. "When a team plays at our home town, do we want them to go away and tell their home folks that they don't like to play a game at our town because the people are so insulting? Of course, none of us want anyone to do that. "LetL all join hands in combating this foe of ours, which is liable to pop up just anywhere, anytime, and watch our- selves at our last game. We'll be able to conquer it if we all pull together," -lone Boxrud The letter appeared in the Nov. 11 edition of the Chroni- cle - in 1937. It seems as if poor sportsmanship has been an issue as long as humans have played competitive sports. There were probably bad sports at the Roman Coliseum and the origi- nal Olympic games in Greece. Maybe we should all remember IoneL words from 75 years ago. -David Peck Letters to the editor One-cent tax a farce Dear Editor, Many weeks have passed, with a constant barrage of may- ors' opinions laid out publicly, trying to coerce the population to vote for increasing the tax base. It has been written over and again that this tax is for the good of the entire county. But the facts may prove dif- ferent. For instance, early on I read in the Lovell Chronicle that the Pryor Mountain Mustang Center would not be eligible for penny tax funds because the Mus- tang Center did not fall within town limits. If this is indeed the case, I sure find this "town lim- its clause" strange. From a lay- man's view, it seems a stupid rule, especially when Lovell golf course improvements are still on the books. Golfers should pay for their own recreational costs and especially cart storage improve- ments if they choose not to walk, in my opinion. So why are the stipulations in place to allow the entire county constituency be taxed, while ben- efiting only infrastructure within town limits? The idea, propagated by may- ors in writing over the past sev- eral weeks, that infrastructure improvements to towns will en- courage development and new people to invest in the county is ludicrous. For instance, during the recent election, a Big Horn County commissioner took out paid advertisements in the news- paper to name call and deride the newcomer (a 10-year resident with vested interest in Big Horn County with possible valuable life experience in other localities throughout America). And after the election, the incumbent re- elected winner submitted a taste- less and boastful tirade again de- riding the challenger from out of town. These actions by our "leaders" show a real lack of respect to oth- ers, sending a clear message to those with discernment that Big Horn County is closed for new business and ideas from newcom- ers. So although many of the town projects other than those in Lovell seem noble and possibly needed, I don't buy into this tax, not even for a penny. Kevin Schilthuis Lovell Setting the record straight about sixth-cent tax Dear editor: As the date draws nearer to election, I wanted to take this op- portunity to answer some of the questions that have come up with regard to the sixth-cent proposal that will be on the election ballot this November. 1) What type of items does the sixth-penny tax affect? There are 49 categories of items exempt (not taxed) from tax for the sixth cent. Most notably, you will not be taxed on food items you buy at the grocery store or your prescription items. Also not taxed are farm imple- ments, sale of gasoline and diesel, livestock, feed, fertilizer and many more. 2) How much of the revenues from the sixth penny come from tourists? It is estimated that 18 percent or more of the tax revenues. comes from out-of-county or out-of- state shoppers. 3) If you buy a $30,000 vehicle, what will the additional penny cost you? It will cost you $300 more than you would have paid. That is less than $1 per day over the course of a year. 4) The rumor is that the sixth cent will never go away, is that true? That is not true. In fact, by statute the sixth penny has to expire once the cost of the approved projects is paid for. In our case, it could take as long as 13 years for the tax to ex- pire, but it will indeed expire. It has totally separate guidelines than the fifth penny that the county has vot- ed to keep permanently. 5) How will your support of these projects benefit our commu- nity? First and foremost, it will al- low our communities to build in- frastructure and boost economic development. Many of the proj- ects will likely never be affordable for communities if not supported by this proposal. As we look to the future, we wonder how we are going to attract people to our com- munity to visit and also to take up residence. We need adequate in- frastructure in place to convince people to build in our county. We need recreational attractions to encourage them to want to bring their families here. In addition, we need economic projects that will encourage tourists and other residents of Wyoming to stop in our town and spend their money. Those same tourists will be pay- ing for our projects by spending their money in our communities. I am sure that you have many other questions and I would en- courage you to talk with your lo- cal government officialswho can answer some of those questions for you. We, as a county community, must begin to think about how we are going to sustain our communi- ties and build a strong foundation for our future. Please take the time to look over the projects that will be funded by this penny. Whether you support this initiative or not, being informed and knowing all the facts is important. Sara Schlattmann Greybull One-cent projects add to quality of life Dear Citizens of Big Horn County: As mayors, we strive to make our communities a safe and great place to live, work and play. In our last letter, we addressed the criti- cal infrastructure improvements that can be attained through the 1 percent specific purpose sales and use excise tax. In addition to improving critical infrastruc- ture needs such as water, sewer and street improvements, this tax will allow the communities in Big Horn County to pursue much needed economic develop- ment and community enhance- ment projects that are necessary to stimulate tourism, strengthen our communities and make our towns and neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work. With this funding, the follow- ing projects will be possible: Lovell will be able to con- struct a local museum - the Lovell/Kane Area Museum; con- struct bathrooms and concessions at the rodeo grounds; and address high-priority improvements at Lovell's community golf course. Greybull will be able to par- ticipate in the school district's construction of a new swimming pool and create an operations and maintenance account for the pool. Basin will be able to refur- bish the existing Town Hall to serve as a community center for senior programs, youth programs and other community events; add/ upgrade lighting at park facilities and provide enhanced outdoor recreational facilities at park lo- cations; and replace the heating system, finish kitchen improve- ments and create an operations and maintenance account for Basin City Art Center. Byron will be able to make improvements to Memorial Park including restrooms, a gazebo with picnic tables, RV and camp- sites, utilities and landscaping; and make enhancements to other town-owned parks. These economic development and community enhancement projects will have a large and lasting impact on the future of our communities. Good facilities and amenities will contribute to the general quality of life in our communities. A community with good parks and other facilities is a pleasant and sociable place to live. Residents spend more time in the community and, therefore, are more familiar with one an- other and contribute to a sense of community. Further, good facilities can help attract new residents. Peo- ple are more likely to move to our communities if we have well-kept parks, lively cultural institutions and good schools. These projects can also improve the economic cli- mate and prospects of the commu- nity by attracting business and tourism. Businesses want to lo- cate in communities with good fa- cilities for the same reasons that individuals do. It helps them at- tract and keep the best employ- ees and also tells them something about the management and pride of the community. More business- es means more jobs, a higher tax base and a healthier local econo- my. Again, we ask you to take the time to ask questions, understand the proposed projects and make an informed decision in Novem- ber on Election Day. Lovell Mayor Bruce Morrison, Cowley Mayor Joel Peterson and seven others Letters policy The L0vell 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. 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