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'g""" Opinions Se tember 27, 2012 Oa" "ons We welcome Letters to the Editor your opinion The 'Opinions' section of our newspaperbelongs 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 pub- lished when they cannot be verified, when they arrive unsigned, when they are libelous, when they are not considered in good taste or when they are meant personally for one reader. Letters are edited when they contain potentially libelous content or when language is in poor taste. All letters must include a signature, 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 Address and phone number will not be published.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 written as personal thank- yous or advertising mes- sages. The Sundance Times is not responsible for the views expressed in the 'Opinions' page and does not, in publishing them, necessar- ily endorse any particular opinion. Senator Ogden Dflsldll PO Box 155, Devils Tower, WY 82714 Cell: 307-680-5555 Email: senaedriskill@rtcon nect.net Representative Mark Semlek 1307 D Road, Moorcrofl, WY 82721 Home: 307-756-9294, Fax: 307-756-3886 Email: msemlek@wyoming.com Governor Maff Mead State Capitol, 200 West 24th S'eet, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010 Phone: 307-777-7434, Fax: 307-632-3909 Website: governor.v.gov/ US Senators John Barrasso Washington, DC Office: 307 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-6441, Fax: 202-224-1724 Tollfree: 866-235-9553 Sheridan Office: 2 North Main Street, Suite 206, Sheridan, WY 82801 Main: 307-672-6456 Website: barrasso.senate.gov Mike Enzi Washington D.C. Office: 379A Senate Russell Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Main: (202) 224-3424, Fax: (202) 228-0359 Toll flee: (888) 250-1879 Gillette Office: 400 S. Kendrick Avenue, Suite 303, Gillette, WY 82716 Main: 307-682-6268, Fax: 307-682-6501 Website: enzi.senate.gov US Representative Cynthia Lumrnls Washington DC Office: 113 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-231 I, Toll Free: 888-879-3599 Fax: 202-225-3057 Sheridan Office: 45 E. Loucks, Suite 30OF, Sheridan, WY 82801 Phone: 307-673-4608, Fax: 307-673-4982 Website: lummis.house.gov/ The Value of the Crook County Museum Mill Levy... I am thankful for the .01 mill levy that is desig- nated to keep the museums of Crook County. The county now has three museums that are attractive and open to the public eight hours each day, five days a week managed and operated by three dedi- cated young men. All have done a superb job the last three years. Before the mill levy was approved by the patrons of the county there was only one museum open to the public with consistent business hours and was located in the courthouse in Sundance. Moorcroff had a museum, but due to lack of funds the museum was operated by volunteers resulting in sporadic operating times. In Hulett, there were many relics in private homes or stored in locked buildings because there was no public place to preserve or dis- play these valued items. Several years ago a patron and other concerned parties met with the county commissioners to see if it would be possible to set a mill levy each year to be used to operate the museums of the county. The commissioners graciously responded and set up a .01 mill levy. When presented to the public, the mill levy passed by the own voice of the voters of Crook County. Subsequently, the commissioners, along with the county attorney, created a six mem- ber board to help facilitate the use of these mill levy funds. This, the Crook County Museum District, was again approved by the public and after being elected this board began their responsibility. Even though it was a challenge, the board now facilitates the opera- tion of museums in the most populated towns with- in the county. Furthermore, this gives the northeast comer of the state three great museums, adding to the already prosperous tourist industry. It is key to note that the board's control over these museums is limited as the daffy operations are handled by the respective museum foundation boards and the di- rectors. The Crook County Museum Board's responsibility is to use the mill levy money for one purpose only and that being to pay the salaries of the museum directors, to pay the utilities and the up keep of the three museums. The board is very proud of the three museums and the asset that has been added to our communities because of the proper use of your money. All this has been accomplished by an elected board working together to reach a common goal, reserving past and future history of Crook County. When you go to the polls November 6th, vote for the person who best represents the one who Will be faithful to the course and needs of your local and neighboring museums. For me, it has been a privilege, an honor and a joy to serve as a board member from the beginning. Thank You, Bob Smear Have you visited your local museum lately? WHAT'S WITH OUR SCHOOL BOARD? Having read Jennifer Nehl's letter in the September 20 issue of the Mooreroft Leader in which she prefaced her later scathing remarks by thanking those board members who took the time to listen to the citizens and teachers of Crook County and for their ethics and dedication, I had to smile at her guile. But I'm sorry Jennifer Nehl; your proffering a carrot to the school board will not penetrate their obtuseness in being honest With the patrons they represent. And by nowyou should realize that this board will only address matters that they deem appropriate and ignore questions asked by their patrons. And of course, they hid for over two hours in their pet conclave called EXECUTIVE SESSION. I often wonder what goes on in those sessions. Are they playing games? Cards? Poker? Gin Rummy? Clue? Or just finishing their dessert? Whatever they are doing, they blatantly ignored the core issue that you presented in July. I attended the September 17 meeting but when they went into EXECUTIVE SESSION, I left, not wanting to be ignored for a couple of hours as I was in Sundance. (see my article in the Au- gust 23 Moorcroft Leader) These EXECUTIVE SESSIONS by the board are just a subterfuge for hiding information from public scrutiny! Or maybe they're just hungry for dessert. Well we citizens are hungry for an- swers. But don't falter Jennifer Nehl. Hopefully your petition might be answered in the November elections with some new board members. Still seeking truth, as always, Mr.C .... Richard L. Castello The Federalist Papers BY TERRY HENDERSON Federalist Paper # 76 - April 1, 1788 Hamilton focuses this letter on the executive power of appointments. He quotes Article 11, Section 2, 2nd paragraph...the president is to "nominate, and by and with th advice and consent of the Senate, shaU ap- point..." which then lists all the offi- cers of the United States to fall under that category. "The true test of a good government is its aptitude and tenden- cy t produce a good administration." Hamilton insists that this mode of ap- pointing officers cannot be done by a better plan "to produce a judicious (showing good sense) choice of men for filling the offices of the Union; and it will not need proof, that on this point...depend(s) the character of its administration." The power of appointment ought to be done in one of three ways. It should be the responsi- bility of a single man, a select group of a small number, or a single man With the agreement of such an assembly. A large group is impractica- ble. Even if you waved other considerations, it would leave little time for them to do anything else besides confirm appointments. As previ- ously argued, a man of respectable abilities is better than a group that might push certain agendas. He offers the rule that one man of discernment is better fitted to analyze the pe- culiar qualities for certain offices than a body of men because the undivided responsibility of one man will increase the sense of duty and re- gard for reputation. One man will feel himself under stronger obligations, and have more in- terest in the qualifies necessary for the station that needs filled. He will have fewer personal attachments to gratify than a body of men who would each have attachments of friendships. A single well-directed man will not be warped by a diversity of views, feelings and interests which frequently warp the resolutions of a col- lective body. "There is nothing so apt to agitate the passions of mankind as personal consid- erations, whether they relate to ourselves or to others, who are to be the objects of our choice or preference." Every time the power (of appointing to office) is exercised by an assembly of men, we expect to see a full display of private and party likings, dislikes, partialities, attachments and animosities from those in the assembly. It will result in a victory for one of the parties and the intrinsic merit of the candidate will of- ten be lost. The qualifications for uniting the vote of the party will be considered more than those which fit the person to the station. It ud11 rarely happen that the good of the public will be the primary object of either party. Those who have found fault With this part of the Constitution contend that the President should have the sole authorization to make appointments under the federal government. There is the same advantage to this as to hav- ing the power to nominate, which is what is proposed. It also eliminates several disadvan- tages which goes with the absolute power of appointment in the hands of one person. In nominating, his judgment alone would be ex- ercised. Since it would be his sole duty to point out the man for approval of the Senate, his responsibility would be as complete as if he were to make the final appointment. Thus, ev- ery man who is appointed would be his choice. Even if his nomination is overruled, it would only make room for another nomination by himself, even if it is not his first choice. To be continued... HUNTERS!I.I. we've Got the Tires for Your ATVs, Trailers PLUS All Your Other Tire Needs! .:L /: S00daN Sept. Hulett Recreation ..,? 11 a.m.' 1 0.m: FREE i:30 p.m[ Ejection of( .... ]: ayday to FolloW including Hulett Queen Contest ! i00][dkpot Team Rop!ngffter' Playday ($ii5/m00i00 ?Aaded Event qhls Year: Team Ropmg! COWPOKES By Ace Reid "There they go again...always arguing if it's the Republicans or Democrats who won't let it rain." ONE thing there's no argument about is that Sun- dance State Bank KNOWS the NEEDS OF OUR AG PRODUCERSI We're LOCALLY OWNED, INDEPEN- DENT and all decisions ore made locally and quickly. Sundance State Member FDIC '' Equal Housing Lender Phone 283-1074