Letters to the Editor

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

Letters Nov. 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

National leaders deserve shame Re: U.S. in decline   Quotes from some famous folks in our past: • “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” — Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, English/American political activist/author • “I believe there are Read More

CRPD treaty a bad idea

November 8, 2013

Re: U.S., before then U.N. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard testimony Nov. 5, hugely weighted for proponents who want the U.S. to submit herself to the United Nations again. The current threat is called Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Yet not one, no not one person, said we need to improve Read More

Letters Nov. 7, 2013

November 7, 2013

Comparing men Re: President Obama, Dr. Ben Carson   I’d like to cite the case of two different men, both raised in a single-parent home. One was raised as a Muslim until he was 10 years old. The other, the father left when he was 8 years old, but the mother took him to church, Read More

Letter Nov. 6, 2013

November 6, 2013

Remembering a friend Re: Those who saved us in WWII   A little bit of history died Nov. 1. Jim Norton, a member of the “Greatest Generation” was my friend, and a true friend of all who know him. Jim graduated from high school in Minnesota in 1943 and was in an officer training program. Read More

Letters Nov. 5, 2013

November 5, 2013

Obama staffers provide deniability Re: Rath letter, Press, Nov. 2 Dale Rath has done a superb job of listing the scandals and hubris of the Obama administration in his letter “Lying or Incompetent?” I would like to take the analysis one step further. First, consider the current health care debacle. President Obama told an SEIU Read More

Letters Nov. 2, 2013

November 1, 2013

Code development moves city forward Re: Songer story, Press, Oct. 29   We would like to extend our thanks to Brian Songer for his service to the Sheridan community and wish him a grateful “fare thee well” in his future endeavors. Sheridan has grown leaps and bounds over the past few years with respect to Read More

Letters Oct. 31, 2013

October 31, 2013

Send a message: No ‘bait/switch’ big spenders Re: Cap tax vote, Nov. 5   I have decided to vote no on the upcoming Capital Facilities Tax and encourage Sheridan Press readers to do the same. I recognize that probably the most responsible elected officials are the county commissioners. But I have to ask just how Read More

Letters Oct. 29, 2013

October 29, 2013

Thankful for WYO, Local talent Re: ‘Cabaret’ on stage   My wife and I attended Friday night’s presentation of Cabaret at the WYO Theater. I would like to thank everyone involved with this fantastic production. Sheridan is blessed with an amazing amount of talent and your commitment and dedication to putting on a truly remarkable Read More

Letters Oct. 24, 2013

October 24, 2013

Beliefs and demagoguery Re: Letter, Press, Oct. 22   In today’s Sheridan Press, a letter writer opines that Obamacare will this and that. “I believe. . .,” and “I don’t believe. . . .” The problem with beliefs is that they require no basis in fact, and in that regard, often spread untruths, mere opinions Read More

Letters Oct. 22, 2013

October 22, 2013

Feral cat study Re: Krumm letter, Oct. 19   I don’t want to belabor the argument about Trap – Neuter – Return programs being used world-wide to manage feral cat colonies. Mr. Krumm quoted a very flawed published paper written by researchers at the Smithsonian Biological Conservation Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read More

Vote yes Nov. 5

October 18, 2013

Re: Cap tax renewal The Capital Facilities Tax is up for renewal November 5, 2013. Everyone in Sheridan County benefits from the projects that have been completed with this critical revenue source. This is the sales tax that generates approximately $5 million annually for infrastructure projects within Sheridan County, including the communities of Clearmont, Dayton, Read More

Letters Oct. 16, 2013

October 16, 2013

Trap, neuter, return Re: Humane way of dealing with feral cats   Oct. 16 is National Feral Cat Day. This distinction is to bring attention to the plight of feral cats all over the world and to inform the public of the work being done to make them better neighbors. Outdoor cats have existed alongside Read More

City ‘principle’ challenges good faith IAFF contract

October 11, 2013

Re: Kinskey column, Press, Sept. 21   In a recent guest column by Mayor Dave Kinskey entitled, “City right to stand on principle regarding IAFF contract”, the mayor states that the firefighters came before the City Council to “demand a 5 percent increase for some of its members” and that the Council is correct to Read More

Questions remain for seniors

Re: Affordable Care Act   With the opening of the federal health insurance marketplace last week, there are a lot of questions and concerns we have heard from our Wyoming AARP members. One of the most prolific concerns is some seniors on Medicare think they have to enroll in the health insurance marketplace or they Read More