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Thursday, February 27, 201 Op ons We welcome your opinion The 'Opinions" section of our n belongs to you, the readers, We encourage you to use it to express your opinions. The Sundance Times does not solicit any particular viewpoint and publishes most all,letters we receive. Letters are not pubrhed when they cannot be verified, when they arrive unsigned, when they are libel:, ous, when they are not con-  Sideredin good taste or when they are meant personally for one reader. Letters are edited when they contain poten- tially libelous content or .when language is in poor taste. All letters must include a signa- ture, physical address and a telephone number. Address and phone number will not be published. Letters that do not have an original signature will be verified by a telephone call to the author. Letters to the editor are intended to express the writer's viewpoint and will not be printed if they are writ- ten as personal thank-yous or advertising messages. The Sundance Times is not responsible for the views ex- pressed in the 'Opinions' page and does not, in publishing them, necessarily endorse any particular opinion. SAME GREAT STYLES- NEW LOCATION! Funded by the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. Managed by Brothers Redevelopment. Senatbr Ogden Ddsldll i PO Box 155, Devils Tower WY 82714 Cell: 307,680-5555 Representative Mark Semlek 1307 D Rd, Moorcroft WY 82721 Home: 307-756-9294, Fax: 307-756-3886 Mark.Semlek@wyoleg.gov Gel'nOr Matt!Mebd  State Capitol, Website: govemor.wyigOv ..... US Senator John Barrasso .... Washington, DC Office: 307 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 205 I0 Main: 202-224-61, Fax: 202,224-1724 Toll Free: 866-235-9553 Sheridan Office: 2 N Main St Ste 206, Shn  82801 .... 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Anyone with questions or ;: concerns about the hospital, nursing home or clincs may Contact the following CCMSD Board members: Ju Bettman: 756-3260 :: San neiman: 467-5351 or 756-2966 onnie Lindmier: 467-5227 or 3491286 :: Br0ce Brown: 257-0137: Ju Hutchinson: 896-2172 ......... 645-5684 Page 5 The Sundance Times In England, we expect our winters to be marked by a nip in the air and the odd spot of rain, a far cry from the frozen roads and ter- rifying blizzards of Wyoming. What we do not expect is for half the country to suddenly find itself underwater. Whatever disturbance in the jet stream caused the polar vortex at the beginning of the year is continuing its sightseeing expedition in Europe. In other words, the same weather system that brought zero-degree condi- tions to the Midwest has been dumping inch after inch of rain on England since the year began. While, on this side of the Atlantic, we spent most of the holiday period wrapped in as many blankets as can conceivably be applied to a human being, the United Kingdom is now donning a snorkel. Europe's beaches are being stormed, but this time it's not by the military. The first indication that things were going wrong was a section of sea wall collapsing, leaving a railway line suspended in nothing- ness. And while locals stared at the rubble and scratched their heads, water on the southern plains began to creep up from the ground, forming an unexpected lake where once there was farmland and villages. Eventually, the seas were in such turmoil that an ancient stack rock just off the coast that weighs many hundreds of tons, and is known affectionately in my home county as =Pom Pom Rock,  simply crumbled into the water. In Cornwall, down on the foot of our island, a landmark stone archway in Porthco- than Bay was battered by 30-foot waves and eventually met the same fate. The wind cut power to thousands of homes as the number of counties under severe flood warnings began to rise. Living rooms turned into swimming pools and the capital city decided to get in on the action as the River Thames reached its highest level in 60 years. The armed forces were dispatched to pile sandbags against houses, but this just irri- tated people. It turns out that rocking up to a flood-ridden town without packing your wel- lington boots and waders will elicit a rolled eye and a snort from the beleaguered residents. A lot of these troops were forced to sit help- lessly in their trucks while the locals wandered past in their hip-high rubber boots, sorting out the sandbags for themselves. Meanwhile, fire fighters floated by on their old and creak- ing boats, too low on hlnding to deal with floods as well as flames. Anyone brave enough to step outside their dinghy was immediately transported to hospital with a vicious water- borne disease. Our prime minister had trumpeted the ar- rival of these troops as a clear sign that the flooding was well under control. Clearly, it was anything but. Had I been in England when these storms hit, I would probably have been living in my tiny London apartment. It was located near the top of Richmond Hill, the view from which stretches out forever and is so idyllic that it has inspired many a master painter and poet. Nearby was Richmond Park, the highest point of which is King Henry's Mound. Leg- end has it that King Henry VIII once stood on This Side of the Pond Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman BY SARAH PRIDGEON thedral in the heart of the city, more than 10 miles away. He was waiting for the sign that Anne Boleyn had been executed and he was free to take on yet another wife. As these facts demonstrate, Richmond Hill is one of the taller locations in London. This was quite the inconvenience when I was carrying grocery bags up from the supermarket and led to several interesting experiences involv- ing unexpected snow, inappropriate footwear and an uncoopera- tive alarm clock. But while I would still be cursing the bus stop for being located at the bottom of the hill and suffering from sore buttocks on a semi-regular basis, I would also have been far above the flood waters. Down in the suburb of Richmond-Upon- Thames, the River Thames burst its banks. Hundreds of cars were completely submerged, causing the nation's insurance companies to suffer minor hernias. And my old stomping ground was not the only part of London in trouble. I've shaken my head in the past when I've discovered towns and cities in other parts of the world that have been built on the sides of volcanoes and along the main thoroughfare of tornadoes. I couldn't quite imagine what would possess someone to build their home in the way of an obvious harm. But this week, as the Thames Barrier was closed repeatedly to keep the waters at bay, I found out that 1.25 million people in my country are living on a giant floodplain called London. It would seem that Mother Nature in- sists on being present, no matter where you choose to live. Up on Richmond Hill, which is certainly not part of the floodplain, I would have looked down on the carnage with pity and concern. Much like Winnie the Pooh in similar circum- stances, I'd have sat on my branch surround- ed by honey jars and waited for Piglet to arrive on an upturned umbrella. When no umbrella arrived, I imagine I would have decided to skip the commute to work. I would have been thankful for this decision when Virgin Trains tweeted a message read- ing simply, =ALL CUSTOMERS TO ABANDON TRAVEL." Never let it be said that the English are incapable of doom-mongering. As these things tend to do, the storms brought whole communities together. Just as hotels in this region flung opened their doors for shel- ter when the power went out during Oct0ber's snowstorm, England puUed together. The pubs made space for makeshift clin- ics, farmers ferried aid to one of the worst-hit counties on a convoy of tractors and hundreds of volunteers filled and handed out sandbags. The soldiers, once they found the right boots, built steel barricades in a race against time and overflowing rivers. So while you are searching the skies this week for the signs of our next bad blizzard, be assured that your cousins in England are very much feeling your pain. The awful win- ter weather seems to be affecting us all, one way or another, so perhaps the answer lies in spreading that community spirit more widely. The Brits could send over their soggy spare blankets, and we could lend them Keyhole's this mound and looked over at St. Paul's Ca- sailboats in return. Letter to the Editor We lost our battle with the state and it will hurt us in Sundance. I contacted Senator Driskill tonight but by the time I connected him, we missed the filing dates for budget amendments and the way the budget stands, we are going to lose $84,000. This is quite ironic in a state that says they will spend more on local government than ever before. The budget that starts this year and runs until July 2016, had all hardship payments removed in lieu of payments based strictly on population. This gives towns like Casper, our largest city, $1.6 million at the expense of small towns like us. I fought for us but lost. Below is my last letter to the JAC (Joint Appropriation Committee). My name is Paul Brooks and I am the Mayor of Sundance. I have been the Mayor for the past three years and in that time we nearly doubled all of our rates, at this time the minimum bill is $84 dollars. We have also cut three full time positions. I am writing you about the Governor's recommendation on the budget. Here in Sundance, we have limited sales tax and that means very little discretionary spending. The State of Wyoming has been very good to us but almost all grants, including our county's consensus money, requires a match. With the current pro- posal we will be financially crippled. Last night we met with the DEQ and they want us to transfer our waste this fail, and then I have 180 days to close the landfill. The numbers we have been provided by them would require me to raise the garbage pick-up and tipping to $125 per account to have the rate base to apply for a grant. I need discretionary spending to apply for that SLIB grant to close the landfill and keep the rate affordable. Our water tank failed two years ago and we still don't have it back on line. We are getting 66/33 % money from WWDC but it is difficult to make our match. I am being pushed to have the ISO model done and without that water tank, Fire Insurance will go up in Sundance. I also have a pending law suit because the land owner of the failing water tank site wants it reclaimed and I don't have the money for that. That reclamation is called for in a 1949 agree- ment. I am also trying to prepare for the 2015 take off of the Rare Earth Element Mine. This type of preparation takes discretionary funds. I realize that communities with large populations or large sales tax receipts are not confront- ed by this type of problem but it is tough in the smallest of towns. I would respectfully request you go back to the Governor's recommendation. Sincerely Paul Brooks Mayor of Sundance Opinions Movi..ng_.Feb. 26  -ItairStylbt , Conveniently " ,,, Located Inside "- Th-F-Sat By Appoinbnent / Wild West Espresso "- .. 307-281-0871 / 107 North 3 r Street "- --  " We have answers! !! 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