Re: Nov. 6 election
It’s not everyday that we have the opportunity to elect a real quality candidate like Hollis Hackman for Wyoming Senate District 21. He has spent a good part of his career helping veterans and making their lives more tolerable. He is a veteran himself and understands their issues. Also he is an avid hunter, pro-Second Amendment, wants to keep public lands in public hands and demands that our kids have access to a quality education.
As a retired coal miner and a care giver, we know that Hollis believes that we must keep the coal industry viable and that a lot of Wyoming’s economy depends on mineral extraction. In addition, Hollis is adamant that we have a diversified economy and will use every opportunity to attract new businesses to keep Wyoming’s workforce in Wyoming. He will also work hard to insure families have access to affordable healthcare and that seniors are taken care of and treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.
Finally, we have found that Hollis is open to others’ ideas, is willing to work outside the box and is not a strict partisan. Not right or left, red or blue, but red, white and blue. For Sheridan County and for Wyoming.
Please consider Hollis on Nov. 6.
Larry & Jody Deeds
Reconsider the One-Cent Tax
Re: ‘Largess’ of government
The voters are urged to vote for the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax. This urging is coming from the groups that spend that penny. Over four years, the county and the city will collect $13,076,000 in Optional One-Cent Sales Tax revenue. This money is earmarked for government departments. The economic development groups will receive $3,424,000 over four years. The city and county have come to expect this largess since, as they point out, 1988, when the voters gifted the first penny.
At an October city council meeting, the city public works director — this department will receive $4,432,000 over the four years — asked for $20,000 for a study to determine if they city should tear down the C&C Tire building. At this time, the city does not own this building but plans to buy the building under the 2019-2020 budget.
The city is in a rent with option to buy contract on this property. This is the city contracting to spend money it hasn’t achieved yet.
Vote for the penny. This extra money is a gift. You are growing government with this gift. Could the city and county function without this extra largess? Now is your opportunity to find out.
Pot calls kettle black
Re: Uncivil attacks in politics
A recent letter to The Press by Charles Cole (Oct. 20) cast considerable blame on Democrats and leftists for their uncivil attacks on Trump and the Republican Party in general. Lest it seem to be resorting to the old playground retort of “but he/she started it,” this appears to be a perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black. Faulting the opposition for this incivility is disingenuous and hypocritical (not that hypocrisy in politics is anything new).
While there are plenty of examples from all points on the political spectrum of both words and actions that do little to contribute to productive discourse and possible courses of action to address the myriad issues facing this country, this president has done little, if anything, to set a more civil tone. He might from one side of his mouth call for national unity but out of the other side of his mouth praise a Montana U.S. representative for body slamming a reporter (as at a recent rally in Montana).
There is not enough room in a letter to the editor to catalog all the slights, slurs and racist and sexist remarks that have emanated from this president’s mouth (or Twitter account) or other members of his party. While not yet confirmed, it would seem to be highly likely that the recent bomb threats against those (almost entirely Democrats) who have been highly critical of Trump might have been, at least in part, due to that kind of inciteful rhetoric.
I fear Trump is temperamentally incapable of taking the high road, but I really would love to be proven wrong. One of the qualities of a great leader is to set the right moral compass of a nation. As per President Harry S. Truman, “The buck stops there, Mr. President!”