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Letters to the Editor

Letter: City subsidizes drive home after drinking

October 2, 2014

City subsidizes drive home after drinking Re: Tipsy Taxi, socialism In August, the Sheridan City Council approved a payment of $3,320 to the Tipsy Taxi. The July payment to the Tipsy Taxi was $2,807. The taxi is a contract service with a private sector provider. The taxi gives a bar patron a free ride home from Read More

Letter: ‘The Buck Stops Here’ Nope. Not with Obama

September 30, 2014

‘The Buck Stops Here’ Nope. Not with Obama Re: Truman phrase, failed WH policies After virtually every intelligence service in the world had reported to their administrations that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, President George W. Bush acted in reliance on that information and went into Iraq.  For this he was excoriated in Read More

Letters: Food Bank lifts city; volunteers, support needed

September 26, 2014

Food Bank lifts city; volunteers, support needed Re: ‘The Little Engine That Could’ There is a child’s story entitled, “The Little Engine That Could.” It tells the tale of a small underdog train engine that demonstrates mighty powers to accomplish impossible tasks. So, do you know what it takes to move 12 tons of goods? Read More

Letter: Scary moments eased by responders

September 24, 2014

Scary moments eased by responders Re: When missing hikers are family During the Labor Day weekend, we, as parents, experienced one of those scary moments that everyone hopes they never have to go through. Our daughter, Alissa DeVille, and her fiancé, Blake Fuhriman, were the ones stranded in the Bighorn Mountains over that weekend. Thanks Read More

Letter: Republic vs democracy; appreciating the contrasts

September 23, 2014

Republic vs democracy; appreciating the contrasts Re: Fafoutakis letter, Press, Sept. 16 With regard to John Fafoutakis’s letter chastising Sheridan County School District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza for contributing to the failure of educating the children of Sheridan properly (Tuesday, Sept. 16), “republic” and “democracy” are descriptions of two different things (one is a form Read More

ACA ‘opt out’ costly to citizens

September 19, 2014

Re: Hospitals and uninsureds The Wyoming Legislature and governor have decided over the last couple of legislative sessions to opt out of the Medicaid expansion portion of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, that would have gone in to effect Jan. 1 of this year. By the state Department of Health’s own projections, that left Read More

City leaders force ‘pox,’ tyranny

Re: Flouridation project By all means, we should keep Rich Adriaens in place as the city’s new chief of staff to assist the mayor with running Sheridan.  Apparently, the mayor feels incompetent for running the city’s affairs if he does not understand that no sitting city council can commit or obligate any future city council Read More

Letter: Lessons learned from Tiny

September 18, 2014

Lessons learned from Tiny Re: Spay, neuter pets Tonight I want to share with you the story of a kitten named Tiny. I don’t have any pictures of Tiny because she only lived for two hours after I first met her. Tiny was given away, along with several of her littermates, on a public Facebook Read More

Letter: Who is crazy now?

September 17, 2014

Who is crazy now? Re: Role of elected officials In his letter to the editor Sept. 12, Jack Landon Jr. offered, “We expect our elected officials to listen, to study, to gather enough information based on peer-reviewed studies, so that they can make decisions which will serve the best welfare of our society.” Landon gave Read More

Letter Sept. 16, 2014

September 16, 2014

‘Democracy’ nowhere in top U.S. documents Re: Kobza letter, Press, Sept. 13 Marty Kobza, superintendent of Sheridan County School District 1, discussed the schools and the U.S. Constitution in a lengthy letter. In his letter, Kobza said: “To function as a democracy, we must certainly be educated.” The problem is how can the children be Read More

Letter Sept. 16, 2014

27th amendment, Constitution Day noted Re: DAR, Sheridan Bar Sept. 17 is the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The Daughters of the American Revolution, in partnership with the Sheridan County Bar Association, will visit every fifth-grade class in Sheridan County to celebrate Constitution Day. The classrooms will have interactive education sessions and Read More

Letter: Constitutional influence in education

September 13, 2014

Re: It’s everywhere Recently, a representative of the Daughters of the American Revolution approached me about writing a letter as a community member for Constitution Week.  The assignment was to write about how the Constitution relates to my work as a public education superintendent. Although education is not expressly included in the Constitution, it is Read More

Letter: Doomed to failure

Re: Plans to defeat IS On Wednesday, President Obama outlined his plans to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State terrorist group through a systematic campaign of airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq and Syria and an increase in military support to forces fighting IS on the ground. Unfortunately, these plans as stated are doomed Read More

We elect leaders to make tough choices

September 12, 2014

Re: Fluoride debate I appreciate the sharing of opinions concerning adding a trace of fluoride to our water.  Though the letters have been repetitive, one quoted Tolstoy “Tyranny happens when good men do nothing.” I think I am a good man, so I will add to the sharing of opinions. A letter bemoaned that “a Read More

Letter Sept. 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

Do nothing  Republican Congress? Re: Democrat sloganeering One thing you must concede to our Democrat friends — they are persistent rascals, continually  resurrecting old saws of yesteryear from their musty vault of golden oldies. One which the “news” media keep harping on is the “Do nothing Republican Congress.” If only, the story goes, those recalcitrant, Read More

Letter to the Editor Sept. 9, 2014

September 9, 2014

Positive attitudes  can enrich city Re: Sheridan’s history, future It has been said, “history is not presented in one neat, tidy, little package” and this seems to be the case with the Sheridan community. Living, working, raising a family, growing older against the backdrop of the spectacular setting of the Bighorn Mountains is enticing and Read More

Letter to the Editor

September 6, 2014

What happened to freedom of choice? Re: Keep fluoride out of water Water fluoridation is a topic of concern for many in our community. I have read pros and cons. My primary concern regarding this issue is that we have not been given a choice. I believe that we have the right to decide. A Read More

Council’s stubbornness on fluoride harms citizens

September 5, 2014

Re: Tolstoy, trust, ‘Big Pharma’ Week after week, we sit at the Clean Water Sheridan table at the farmers market sharing with residents what we have learned through our sometimes exhausting research on fluoride. We see young moms with innocent babes who have been encouraged to give fluoride supplements to their child while their hearts Read More

Sept. 3, 2014 Letter to the Editor

September 3, 2014

Pure water a human right Re: Fluoridation In 1931, Dr. H.T. Dean of the U.S. Public Health Service initiated a major project to investigate dental fluorosis. Fluorosis is a condition of brown stain on teeth caused by fluoride in drinking water. Dr. Dean saw a benefit of fluoride, that it hardened tooth enamel. In 1944, Read More

Freedom! Freedom! charities and fluoride

August 30, 2014

Re: November vote Two big issues facing Sheridan are the addition of fluoride to our water and the vote on re-imposing a 6 percent sales tax in November. Your freedom is a common factor in both. The freedom to choose what we ingest is at stake in the fluoride debate. And the freedom to decide Read More

Humans not ‘bright’ with voting choices

Re: Aug. 19 primary I’m so disappointed and confused by the outcome of our Wyoming primary with the race for governor and Wyoming state representative, District 40. It is beyond my understanding how the Republican Party (or any other party) could support a candidate for governor who broke the law (or at least was not Read More

Candidate info access needs improvement

August 27, 2014

Re: Aug. 19 primary It’s no wonder less than 40 percent turned out for the Aug. 19 primary. Informed voting takes more than a little time and effort and I suspect many lack the time or resources to do it adequately. In the state where I used to live, sample ballots were mailed out weeks Read More

Low voter turnout keeps Republic at risk

August 26, 2014

Re: Apathy, Congress   No wonder Congress is so comfortable in Washington, just talking and blowing smoke while they do nothing but add to the cost of government. They vote themselves raises and increase the debt. I guess most of our registered voters feel comfortable with what is happening or just don’t care. It is Read More

VA director retiring; Vet appreciates tenure

August 22, 2014

Re: Hirschman story, Press, Aug. 21   The director of our VA hospital will be retiring. I am president of the Veterans Support Council, so on behalf of the Veterans that utilize this facility, I want to say thank you to Ms. Debra L. Hirschman for her service. I first met the director when she Read More

Want growth, get out of the way

Re: Aug. 14 Press article Those of us experienced Sheridan citizens know that historical opportunities for growth have been greeted with reluctance and tepid enthusiasm.  The resistance generally prevailed, producing a lengthy trail of rejected prospects. That’s why I was very intrigued and yet perplexed with the front page article in last Thursday’s Sheridan Press Read More

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