Letters to the Editor

Letter, Jan. 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

1949 winter one to remember Re: Kuzara letter, Jan. 8   I also remember the winter of 1949. I was working with my dad on the Frank Curtiss Ranch in Wolf. I remember the snow was over the fence posts for almost three months. We were lambing at the time and watched as about 50 Read More

letters, Jan. 21, 2014

January 21, 2014

Republic vs. democracy Re: Where’s ours? A Republic is governed by a set of laws. After the Constitution was written, Benjamin Franklin said, “we have given you a Republic, if you can keep it.” A democracy is governed by majority rule and can easily slide into a dictatorship. Winston Churchill once said that “a democracy Read More

Letter, Jan. 18, 2014

January 17, 2014

Shielding Hillary for 2016 run begins Re: Milbank column, Press, Jan. 16   With the ink still wet on the special reports on the Benghazi tragedy from the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, the purveyors of leftwing spin began circling the wagons around the frontrunner for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination Read More

Letter, Jan. 16, 2014

January 16, 2014

Wyoming winters always interesting Re: Snowstorm of 1983-84 The winter of 1983-84 was not too bad until April of ’84, when the “snow” hit the fan, so to speak. Cattle and sheep were out on the range. Cattle piled up in fence corners, and in one case I know of, the critters walked over the Read More

Letter, Jan. 15, 2014

January 15, 2014

What is stalking? Re: Challenges for the victims   Stalking is a pervasive, dangerous crime. It is underreported and often difficult to identify. Stalking often exists in domestic violence relationships and sexual assaults. It can happen with a neighbor, acquaintance or total strangers. According to Wyoming law, stalking is a repeated behavior that seriously alarms Read More

Every politician tried to get it done

January 10, 2014

Re: Universal health care I am tired of professional Republicans and political pundits bashing Obamacare. Virtually every president since FDR wanted to attain universal health care. They just couldn’t get enough agreement on how to construct a bill that would pass. Well, now we have it. What do the naysayers want to bankrupt America and Read More

Letter, Jan. 9, 2013

January 9, 2014

Taking care of one’s self welcomed with new year   With all the holiday season sentimentality in the past, a new year has dawned and we are all in the throes of this modern dilemma together. Long-term planning and changes take precedent over the instant gratification of more Christmas cookies. We have all heard the Read More

Letters, Jan. 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

Keep our streets clean Re: snow removal Our City Council has declared that all sidewalks in Sheridan must be maintained by having all snow and ice removed at all times. What’s up, then, with our streets? I fell into a hole in the end of an alley because of poor maintenance by our city snow Read More

Letters, Jan. 7, 2014

January 7, 2014

ACA latest example of entitlement failure Re: Carmichael letter, Press, Jan. 4 Letter writer Carl Carmichael asks the rhetorical question, “Whatever happened to the American spirit where we all worked to make things happen?” In answer, that spirit still exists and continues to make America the greatest nation on the earth. However, Mr. Carmichael confuses Read More

Far-left presidential candidate conspiracy

January 3, 2014

Re: Media promotes RINOs Once again, the media is preparing for the next presidential election. They’re promoting the most liberal Republican, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, while they attack constitutional conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). They’ve been pulling these shenanigans since the 1952 elections. They’ll give us a Read More

Letters, Dec. 28, 2013

December 27, 2013

We are all better than that Re: Hit and run To the insensitive and uncaring person who hit the mirror on my parked truck between 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Someone going south on Main Street across from Sanfords carelessly hit the mirror on my parked truck (right up to curb mind you). The impact destroyed the Read More

Stop accepting the erosion of freedoms

Like Mike Kuzara, I, too, am thankful for the efforts of the Tea Party to reign in government. Reading the Federal Papers (they are on the Internet), not only is it obvious that the Founding Fathers of our country did not trust government, they also never intended, nor relied upon, any level of government to Read More

Letters, Dec. 24, 2013

December 24, 2013

Tea Party are “first responders” Re: Out of control government Paul Rand said, “Our Founders never intended for Americans to trust their government. Our entire Constitution was predicated on the notion that government was a necessary evil, to be restrained and minimized as much as possible.” Consider fire as an analogy. It warms your body, Read More

Letter, Dec. 18, 2013

December 18, 2013

Missed plowing Wyoming Ave. Re: 5,000 miles of snow off the streets   I read recently that the city had cleaned up and removed 5,000 miles of snow off of the streets. Well, evidently they forgot at least one. (I’m sure others also.) Wyoming Avenue which just went through a $4 million improvement has totally Read More

Letters, Dec. 14, 2013

December 13, 2013

Christmas now and then Re: True meaning of the season I can remember in the not too distant past, the wonderful Christmas issues produced by prominent woman’s magazines. Besides the usual ads and the gift giving sections, one would find pictures of manger scenes and their prominence in or in front of the home. In addition Read More

Return to values needed for recovery

Re: Great Recession “Businesses must control their costs to stay in business and they willingly pay valuable employees what they are worth to keep them,” asserted one friend about the national rallies for a living wage. Anyone in the work market for long knows that’s not true. Three of my jobs offered considerable raises only Read More

‘Christmas Wish’ lifts holiday spirits in city

December 12, 2013

Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a “Christmas Wish” letter that was hand-delivered by a very pleasant man, Gene Sturlin. Even though it was bitterly cold outside, he was delivering these letters because he thought they were important. This old woman cried. So many Sheridanites step up to help our less fortunate but this Read More

Letters, Dec. 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

A great loss Re: Nelson Mandela   The news of Nelson Mandela’s passing touched hearts around the globe, including mine. As a Director of Training and Development for World Vision U.S. & then WV International for more than 13 years, I traveled to South Africa four times to teach Master’s level courses offered by Eastern Read More

Letters, Dec. 10, 2013

December 10, 2013

‘Navigators’ challenged by law, prices, rollout Re: ACA meeting in city   The Sheridan Press recently (Dec. 5) reported on a briefing about the (so-called) Affordable Care Act held in Sheridan. The report noted that the discussion was “met with skepticism from audience members who experienced sticker shock at the prices,” but that “tensions eased Read More

Letter Dec. 7, 2013

December 6, 2013

South Africa’s future in question Re: Mandela’s death   There is no question that Nelson Mandela was one of the truly greatest figures in world history, a man shaped by history and a shaper of it, one of the few who could ever be considered a secular saint, who remained utterly human. His death, though, Read More

WAEA proposal is more bureaucracy

Re: school instruction The old maxim that “a camel was the government’s attempt to design a horse” is not a jab at our well-intentioned government, but a statement that some things are better left out of politics, and education is first on the list. The federal government that brought us “No Child Left Behind” and Read More

Letter Dec. 3, 2013

December 3, 2013

Reach out to vets; provide counsel, help Re: PTSD-related suicides   On Nov. 9, my nephew, 27, a veteran of the Iraq war, took his own life. He had been struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the past several years and was being treated for that all-too-common side effect of war but to Read More

Letter Nov. 29, 2013

November 29, 2013

Extraordinary lady Re: Berry Bocek   Another link to our local history just slipped away. Born in 1924, Betty E. Bocek was able to experience a life similar to that romanticized in western movies, which she loved to watch, by the way. Betty talked about working at the Post Office at Passaic. She talked about Read More

Letter Nov. 26, 2013

November 26, 2013

Inept, uninformed president Re: Gettysburg blunder   The current administration and its less than truthful president have to be considered the most inept and uninformed in American history. The president has frequently quoted from the Declaration of Independence, but skipped the word, “creator.” Not only did President Obama not attend the 150th anniversary of the Read More

Letter, Nov. 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

Lying then, or now? Re: Senate filibuster rules   There’s an old courtroom lawyer tactic employed whenever a witness makes a statement which conflicts with testimony he has given. The lawyer mentions both statements, then asks, “Were you lying then, or are you lying now?” Seems the same could be asked of Senate Majority Leader Read More