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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I November 11, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com View Remember the families, too, on Veterans Day Throughout the years we have urged people to thank a veteran on Veterans Day. This year, let's add some people to the thank-you list: veterans' families. Veterans certainly deserve our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Their sacrifice has helped keep our country strong and free. Most veterans are modest about their role in our lives. They have a job to do and do it well - or did in the past. Few tell grand stories about their service, he- roic though it may be. Still, it is right and proper to extend a hand to a veteran you may encounter and simply say, "Thank you for your service." This year, let us remember, too, the families back home - the wives, children, mothers, fathers, broth- ers, sisters, extended family members and friends who wait and worn/while loved ones serve in lands far away. We have all seen the strain of worry on a moth- er's face as she awaits word from a son (or daughter) serving half a world away in a place like Afghanistan or Iraq. Some may even say that military service is, in some ways, harder on those back home than on the soldiers, sailors and airmen doing the fighting. In this modern age, e-mail and cell phones can keep loved ones closer, but it's not the same as being there. How hard must it have been on our fathers and grandfathers - and their families -- who fought in Eu- rope, the Pacific, Korea and Vietnam decades ago? Six- ty or 70 years ago, a mother could go for weeks and even months without any first-hand knowledge about the current well-being of her precious child. They un- derstood the sacrifice, but it must have eaten them up inside. The U.S. Dept. of Defense is honoring families by designating November as Military Family Appreciation Month, celebrating the tremendous support families provide to the military and service members and not- ing the sacrifice families make for the cause of free- dom. In our current times, military families are enduring multiple deployments, spending h01idays and family , i milestones far apart and juggling everyday household and life tasks while a family member is in harm's way. So this week, when you think of the sacrifice of military service and are ready to extend a hand to a veteran, remember, also, to thank the family members he or she left behind worrying and waiting. Their sacri- fice is great, too. --David Peck 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 lim- 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,  82431, or de- livered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict t:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. 2010 MEMBER I 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 Parmer, Dorothy Nelson, Erin Henson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller. Letters to the editor Halloween history explained Dear Editor, It would seem that your city leaders and "some" citizens view Halloween as morbidly gothic and dark in nature and are opposed to the celebration of Hal- loween and allowing children to trick-or-treat on Oct. 31, especially if it falls on a Sunday, as a bad thing. To educate those who feel this way, here is a bit about Halloween... "Halloween is one of the oldest holidays celebrat- ed today, and one of the most popular, second only to Christmas. Millions of people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins, and myths, or the his- tory and facts about Halloween. "Some people view Halloween as a time for fun, putting on costumes, trick-or-treating, and having theme parties. Others view it as a time to avoid at all costs. "Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holi- day, honoring the dead (loved ones or passing sea- sons). Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve dating back over 2,000 years. All Hallows Eve is the evening before All Saints Day, on which pagans were converted to Christians, and is celebrated No- vember 1st. The Catholic Church honored saints on this designated day. "Halloween culture can be traced back to the Dru- ids, a Celtic culture in Ireland, Britain and North- ern Europe (where many of our families originated from). Roots lay in the feast of Samhain, which was held annually on October 31st to honor their dead. "Samhain signifies "summers end" or Novem- ber. Samhain was a harvest festival with huge sa- cred bonfires, marking the end of the Celtic year and beginning of a new one. Many of the practices in- volved in this celebration were fed on superstition. The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next years crops would be plentiful. This custom evolved into trick- or-treating." So before folks begin changing dates to appease a few. I encourage the powers that be to do their re- search. I did mine at: http://www.halloween-website. com/history.htm. There is nothing sadistic or harm- ful about something so basic as honoring our dead loved ones (it's actually quite religious) or celebrat- ing the end of a fine harvest season and wonderful autumn such as we've enjoyed this year. Cammy Kretschmar Powell Do we have government by the Church? Dear Editor, After reading that the mayor of Lovell proclaimed that he want- ed Halloween celebrated on Satur- day instead of Sunday I thought maybe I would address the entan- glement of Church and State that exists within this area. I will freely admit that I am not someone who was born and raised in this area and moved here after visiting and falling in love with the community. I also am not a member of the Church but am very aware of the Church and its teachings. Although I love this area and the friendliness of those in the community, the wholesome envi- ronment that it provides for rais- ing a family and the overall safety that does not exist in the big city I am often times very disturbed by the power the Church has in the community. I am aware that an overwhelming majority of the pop- ulation are members of the Church but I still do not see this as 'an ex- cuse. You do not know how many times I have brought up a topic and the answer has been related to the Church or related to someone being or not being a member as to the outcome of the issue. I can only wholeheartedly agree with the questions raised in a recent editorial regarding the Halloween Proclamation by the mayor of Lovell. This was not a de- cision based on the best interest of the children but was based more on religion. We do not move Hal- loween when it is on any other day of the week, only when it is on a Sunday. The towns of Byron and Cowley also held their Halloween activities on Saturday. Coinciden- tally, Byron and Cowley also have a high percentage of their popula- tion being members of the Church. What about those in the commu- nity who may have alternative re- ligions other then those of the ma- jority of the population? Halloween, also tied to All Saints' Day (Nov. 1), is a time for celebration and although Hallow- een has become commercialized with costumes and trick-or-treat- ing it is in fact a national holiday and as with other holidays such as Christmas it has religious mean- ing to others. Thomas Jefferson believed so much in the separation of Church and State, even though he was re- ligious, that he discontinued the practice set forth by Presidents Washington and Adams of declar- ing days of fasting and Thanksgiv- ing. I wonder what he would think of the entanglement our communi- ties have of Church and State and the power the Church has in this community? What if we had an overwhelm- ing population of another religion that did not believe in Christmas or some other holiday? Would we then allow the local government to make a proclamation that these holidays be moved or maybe not even celebrated at all? I am sure that many of you will be thinking that if I don't like it then move back to the city and actually when addressing anoth- er issue with a recent candidate for mayor in one of the towns I was pretty much told just that. I love this community and what it has to offer and have no desire to move back to the city. I just have some concerns on what could hap- pen if this trend continues. Basically, as a matter of speaking, being an outsider and looking in, I see communities that are being run by members of the Church, according to the Church, and reaching into many aspects including local government and the schools. It appears as though city council meetings are not in re- ality being held at the local town hall but at the churches among those that choose to be members and decisions being made there and then only due to necessity and requirement being presented at the respective "official" town meetings. Will it eventually come to the point we do not even have a choice of who will govern the towns and ultimately there ill be no need for local government because all the decisions will be simply set forth by the Church? Cheri Abraham Byron Editor's note: This letter was edited for length Taking America back Don't you love election time? We're sure hearing a lot about the results determining "control" of the House and Senate. The joke is that none of them are in control. They have totally lost control of the economy, the war on terror, their spending and entitle- ment programs. The balance of power isn't the biggest problem. It's the loss of the constitutional balance between the three branches of gov- ernment and the omission of the will of the people in decision making. The Supreme Court is legislating from the bench, the Executive Branch is controlling the Legis- lative Branch and the Legislative Branch is making up the rules as it goes along in- stead of representing the people. Checks and balances? Or Czars and Emperors? The pundits are claiming that this election will determine control, but they are getting it all wrong. I don't see much at all changing, regardless of whether the seats are won by Democrats or Republicans. The government has grown too big and has become too in- trusive to relinquish any power at this point, and that's true of either party. I held out hope for a return to our foundation with the emergence of the Tea Party but it, too, is now caught up in the process. Without a clear idea of what they are trying to achieve they have, in too many cases, split the vote and changed the mandate. When he was a candidate, President Obama prom- ised that he was going to "fundamentally change" America. Thanks, Mr. President, for a campaign pledge kept. Thanks for a crippling debt. At least I have some- thing to pass down to my grandchildren. Thanks for being so busy controlling every aspect of my personal life that classified information leaked on the Internet isn't even of interest to you. Thanks for putting me in my place and telling me that I am a dumb American who doesn't need to understand what's going on in my government. And thanks for making it clear that I need to depend upon the government for my life, my liberty, and my pursuit of happiness. I grew up believing that that was my responsibility. What was I thinking? Oh, and thanks so much for Obama Care. I appre- ciate being threatened by the 14,000 new IRS bulldogs hired to penalize and tax us for not buying what you consider approved insurance coverage - an example of job creation at its finest. During the recent debates in Delaware between Christine ODonnell and Chris Coons, Ms. O'Donnell presented the best synopsis of the health care bill I've heard yet. She said that the bill didn't address health care at all. Nobody is going to get better care or have better access to care. This bill is all about insurance reform and government control, not health care reform. "In the course of the public debate over health care reform," she said, "we've begun to confuse coverage with care. Our goal should be to make health care more affordable." This bill doesn't come close to doing that but it's Dianne Badget View from the soap box now the law of the land. It will make a total shambles out of our already dismal econo- my. Administrations dating back to the turn of the previous century have all had a hand in where we are right now. We can trace the state of this nation to several ad- ministrations. As citizens we just sat back and let it happen because we were too busy living our Norman Rockwell lives to get involved. Prohibition probably resulted in more American protests than any legisla- tion, until now. The current administration has sin- gle-handedly done more to pull out the last bricks from our foundation in a few short months than any previous administration in history. Under this administration we have men and women who would once have been considered "enemies of the state" serving in positions of authority without the consent of Congress. A new bureau has recently been formed to monitor our personal finances under the guise of consumer protection. We are no longer per- sonally responsible for paying our own bills. Unions are openly telling the government what to do and get- ting away with behavior that is quite literally crimi- nal. I've said before that as long as the government is providing for all our needs we will become so indebted that we will be unable to separate responsible govern- ing from arrogant rule. I do, however, genuinely thank President Obama for our great awakening. Americans who once just went to work, paid the bills, and did their best to raise solid families are now adding political awareness to their lives. We are listening to what's being said and figuring out what's being left unsaid. We are attend- ing rallies and forums and town halls. We are writing letters to editors, to each other, and to our represen- tatives. Look at us! We are united in our deep need to get back to the very fundamentals that Candidate Obama pledged to change. We are re-reading the Constitution and the Decla- ration of Independence and trying to see where today's political climate fits into the foresight of our earliest Americans. We are taking a hard look at what outside influences are changing our kids and doing our best to make sure that our parental influence is stronger. We are taking America out of the hands of career politi- cians family by family, neighborhood by neighborhood and town by town. We know that it's wrong to allow non-citizens to vote in our elections. We know that allowing unions to bully Americans into following a specific party line is wrong. We also know that the rights of individual states are guaranteed in the Constitution. We are pre- pared to remind those we elect that we will no lon- ger sit back and let them decide what is best for us without restriction. We are America. We will remain America. And we will honor our personal commitment to America one household at a time.