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5 - Thursday, October 14, 2004 "WHERE I~HE KID GOT HIS NAME" !, ,Letters to the Editor The Sundance Times After reading the front page of last week's newspaper, I felt inclined to something. I have known Craig and Sandy Hemmah, and their kids, for twelve I have watched them struggle, and work very hard and very long to make their business at C & A Meats the success it is today. Craig Sandy both worked two jobs when they started on this venture. Craig as the meat department manager at Decker's and Sandy worked as a Waitress at the Aro Restaurant. When they finished there, they would go to the plant and work. Back in the "early days", when I worked for them, a friend of mine would for me. We found the records she kept one day, and to my astonishment, all of the days I worked were over twelve hour shifts, soma =s long as sixteen. This was of course during fair and hunting season, and Ihe reason I bring this up, is because Craig was always there before I Clocked in, and he was still there when I went home at night. So obviously, ~at's a lot of time he put in. When you put that many hours a day into a business, you know a person really believes in his dream. And that's what C & A Meats is for Craig and Sandy. Craig had a dream, idea, he followed through with it and achieved it! How many people do know who have followed their dreams and achieved them? The thanks they get for all their long hours and hard work, the thanks being an important part of this community, is a neighbor who yells at =Why don't you just leave!" Two (T-W-O), that's 2, days a year the Hemmahs work all night long, taking care of this community's fair animals. These nights are on a tt~ekend. It's not every night. It's not every weekend. It is simply, two nights a year. This is their business. This is what they do for a living. Unfortunately, hunting season follows pretty close on the heels of fair. For those of you who don't know, most beef hang (ages) about 14 days before it is cut. Hogs can be done rather quickly as long as there isn't any (ham, bacon) or sausage to be made. Most people want ham, and sausage out of their hogs, this takes time. That's time that =arts to run short when you have to draw out the kill time on the animals. Hence, get in done in two nights, and on to business. In some peoples' worlds, work days are 9:00-5:00, five days a week, no But in the real world, well, the rest of us work as our jobs tlemand. Too bad we can't all have 9:00-5:00 jobs, but life doesn't work Ihat way. . In my opinion, you have been given several options as to what you can on those two days, and have refused. Yes, you live there, yes that is your home, and yes, YOU chose to live in that location. It's a small town, and a lmall community, and its ONLY TWO NIGHTS. But you know, I can see your point...I can hear the fair activities from my Hmmm, maybe we should have them tum down the volume on the dance. And of course, Fourth of July you know, those are pretty loud too...and I live by the you know those semis running up and down the road at all the night, well, maybe we could have them charged with a breach of peace ordinance, or better yet, lets just move the interstate! Oh, and let's ~ot forget rally week, my goodness, those bikes... I guess I could go on, but I think I have made my point. There are all Iorts of things that people don't like. I thank the good Lord that I live in such a wonderful community with good, hard-working people like the Hemmahs.. And if their doing business like they do, two nights a year is vJhat it takes to keep their business on schedule, then I say, give them a break and let them do it! Thanks for your time. Teresa A. Dodd Dickinson State has added new coaches for 013 the the 2004-05 rodeo season now underway. Scott Road Kleeman will be the head coach. He's been teaching in Belle Fourche, S.D., and now moves north of ~ trm~ar to W his t~tml-.at~ ..... coaching for the first lime. Scott was a three time qualifier for the College National Finals so he definitely knows what its about. He replaces Tom Nelson whom we wrote about here a few weeks ago. I'm not sure how to judge this change. Som~mes a new coach is all thafs needed. Perhaps this is one of those limes. I do know that Dickinson State has had a in men's and women's rodeo for some lime, they just haven't go over the top and win the national title. But then, no team in Plains Region has in the long, illusb~us history of college rodeo. the heyday of Paul "liemey and Bob Christopheren at NCB, not in the of Tom Miller and Lonnie Hall and Cliff Glade at Black Hills not in the days of Marty Melvin at SDSU....so Scott Kleeman has a job ahead of him, but fortunately it appears he also has a team to win for this season. Good Luck Scotty. Speaking of college rodeo, the 2004-05 season is off and running. Here the surrounding regions: In Plains Region (ND/SD, Minnesota, W'~sconsin, Iowa, Nebraska), Slate leads the men's team standings through two rodeo while National American leads the ladies' category. Joe of SDSU has been tough in the barebacks, and Jessica Muelier the barrels handily. In the Central Rocky Mountain Region (Wyoming of Wyoming has a narrow, seven point lead over in Riverton in the men's standings while Central has a small lead over Lamar in the women's battle. Chelsea ,= U of Northem Colorado has been swamping the barrel racing rodeos, and Kim Nesius of Central Wyoming has lead in the goat tying. In the Big Sky Region of Montana, Westem leads the men's standings over Northwest College by hree rodeos. The women's lead belongs to Slate. There's a ~ at the top of the men's All Around with Shane Proctor of NWC leading the way. Clay Tucker of leads the bull riding by a bunch, Shawn Downing has a sizable lead the doggin', and Mecede Knudson is a big leader in the barrel racing. Montana Western leads the men's team standings with NWC the ladies' team with National American of Rapid 2nd. Shane Proctor of NWC leads the men's all around, Clay leads the nation in the bull riding, Shawn Downing has the most in the nation in steer wrestling, Tate Dempewolf, Westem Montana, teammate Bob Robertson has the lead in the heeling. a lot of college rodeo to go before the June finals in Casper and you ~n read updates here regularly es to how your favorite is faring. I've heard rumors that the Casey Td~)s Hall commemoration for 2004 switched dates. Originally I had written that Sam Olson would be November 6 in Pierre, South Dakota. That was a conflict for me of the Badlands Circuit FinaJs in Deadwood and the Cowboys and Now apparently the date has been moved to to Sam's widow. No one has officially informed me and Ill let know as soon as I know for certain. VOTE Randy Gantz qP ,.j, for Crook County School Board 4~ Hulett Area Trustee PAID loll Iff CAJBOA1E To the Citizens of Wyoming: The best response to blackmail is to not give in. The citizens of this state, the legislature, and in particular the fine physicians in this state have been subject to a blatant effort by the insurance industry to blackmail the state into tort reform. Despite absolutely no evidence or promise of lower malpractice rates the citizens face a vote to relinquish their rights, with no offsetting benefit. I would urge the citizens of this state to vote no on the current proposals for tort reform. There are solutions which will benefit the citizens of this state, and not the out of state insurance carders. The state is in crisis. Although it is an artificial crisis designed and implemented by the insurance industry, none the less it must be dealt with. The current proposals however are no solution. I have advocated for the establishment of a program similar to that of worker's compensation. In such a program, although recovery is limited, one would not be required to prove malpractice to be awarded recovery. Thus while one relinquishes the right to sue in the event of an unforeseen or unlikely injury, one gains a sure recovery in the event that such an event occurs. Since premiums paid by the physicians would be based upon claims paid, physicians no longer have to practice =cover my behind' medicine, ordering unnecessary medical procedures just because insurance lawyers have convinced them that if they do not, they may be sued. One may imagine that a side benefit to the citizens of this state is lower cost medical care. In such a program, the blackmailer insurance companies obtain no benefit from their blackmail. In fact they lose the opportunity to make a profit of any kind off of the Wyoming citizens. An appropriate response to blackmail. While I am an attomey, I do not practice tort law, and I am not opposed to reforms which will truly benefit the state and its citizens. I consider myself a friend to the medical community, and despise the adversity between the medical and legal occupations, much of which is a result of the venom manufactured by the insurance industry. I urge the citizens of this state to vote no on the current tort reform proposals, and to write or contact their legislators to consider a no fault program such as is proposed here. Patrick M. Hunter Casper Dear Editor, I would like to introduce your readers to our local Freecycle Group. Unfortunately, most residents of Sundance do not even know that this program exists, so I hope you will consider my letter for printing. The Southem Hills Frescycle is a web based group that tries to benefit the community by giving away things we no longer need to others free. Rather than wasting those items in a landfill, you can give them to somebody else who needs it! You can even ask for free things on our site too! This is far better than am/yard sale or thrift store, because everything is always free! Nothing is ever wasted and that helps improve our environment. This is a blessing for parents who need to unload or acquire items for growing children, those on fixed incomes, and those who need to get rid of unwanted clothes, toys, or household items quickly. We perform a great public service to the community in which everyone benefits from the gift of giving. Freecycle has also been introduced nationwide to colleges, schools, and other organizations as a conservation and recycling program. Join us free at: h~://arouDs.vahoo.com/orouD/So(~hemHillsFreecycle. Sincerely, David Frankenbery Site Owner Newspapers are continually on guard in an effort to keep errors and bloopers from Ink appearing. Evidently church bulletins have the same problems. Here are a few examples that a cousin of mine found ~ the internet, and passed along. "L~dies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance ~to get rid of those things not worth F.|Jzal:~tk CaurLt~|d keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands." "The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict." The last quote reminds me of the way our national Congress is operating these days. I like to tune in to C-Span and C-Span II to listen to Congress in action. About all you can get these days is our congressmen and senators giving orations regarding their opinions on whether President Bush or Senator Kerry should be elected to the presidency. I truly believe their time could be better spent in taking care of the business of the nation. Both sides seem to tell us, =1 have all the facts. Everything else is not true." This session is neady over; what will they have to show for it? For an example of their work, I am not having much luck with the highly touted prescription drug legislation they enacted. I enrolled in a highly recommended plan. I find that my prescriptions can only be filled at pharmacies in Newcastle or Gillette. Using the short list of eligible drugs sent by the policy, I would save $1.11 on one of them, which wouldn't cover postage/phone call. In regard to the second one, I would pay $27.82 under the plan; I get the generic alternate locally for $9.95; I called one eligible pharmacy and was told they do have a generic alternate, but they could not give me a price except by running my card through...It took time to check these two, so far. And my policy states, =Please be aware that this list ...can change from time to time." I was told that there is an enrollment fee of up to $30; so far, I've not received a bill for this. The handbook also states, "You MAY be required to pay an enrollment fee of up to $30, for the use of the card in 2005. PrimeScripts will notify you later this year (about this)...and how much the fee will be." Another paragraph states: "Remember, if your prescription drug is not listed on the PrimeScript Discount Drug List (which can change from time to time) or if you go to a pharmacy that is not on the list...you will not be able to use your...Discount Card to obtain a discount on your prescription." My most expensive medication is Pot listed, and the pharmacy I called told me it's not available under the plan. If other people are having better luck with this, I would like to hear from them. Last year, my prescription drugs cost me well over $1250; I did receive $250 back from a small drug policy I've had for years. Many senior citizens with whom I've visited about this subject are in dire straits, trying to pay for necessary and expensive medications. I had high hopes for this much publicized prescription plan. I hope I'm wrong about its value... According to the pharmacist with whom I spoke, there is help and reimbursement of up to $600 for low-income people. If the price of prescriptions keeps climbing, perhaps I will eventually be eligible for assistance. My disposable income is decreasingl I for Mayor mB lllltl To The Editor: On September 8,2004, my husband and I started out on a long anticipated trip from Vancouver, Washington through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, etc. We planned to be gone about two months. We also planned to take our time, stop when we w;.~,ted, stay where we wanted, and visit sights along the way. On the second day Of our journey, I began to feel ill. I thought it was something I ate or drank and expected it to go away in a day or two. When it did not, I called my doctor who gave me some advice, which I took in hopes of feeling better. Still, it persisted so when we got to Montana, we visited the Billings Clinic. The doctor prescribed some medication, and I assumed I was on my way to a full recovery and off to spend some joyous vacation time with my husband. By the time we got to Sundance, Wyoming, I was not feeling any better, but we noted that there was a hospital in town if needed. We planned to stay in Sundance for several days so that we could see all the sights in the area. Little did I know that the sights I would see were within the confines of the Crook County Hospital. While a hospital is not what I would call a glamorous experience, it would become the highlight of our trip. Dr. Cynthia Casey diagnosed my illness and proceeded to provide excellent care, showing a genuine concern foy my welt being. In addition, every nurse, nurse assistant, lab technician, x-ray technician, etc. was kind, knowledgeable, helpful, and so friendly that I could not help thinking that my husband and I should take up residence in Sundance. (My husband is quite serious about this.) I wish I could name every single person (Karen, Marlene, Patty, Anna, Candy, Cindy, Janet, Jerry) that we came in contact with at the hospital but, unfortunately, I cannot. However, my husband and t want to express our sincere appreciation for all the excellent care and consideration that was extended to us by every person we came in contact with at your hospital. And, special thanks to Dr. Casey for her commitment to seeing me get better and "on the road again". The residents of Sundance can be very proud of this facility and confident that they will receive the best possible care at this hospital. Thanks So Much, Gloria and Larry Parrish Vancouver, Washington GROUCHING Have you noticed When you go shopping in a store, They don't say, "thank you," anymore. They take your money with no palaver And act as if they're doing you the favor. I wondered Had "thanks" gone from the dictionary? No, only from their vocabulary. I pondered, as I walked out through the door, Why should I ever shop here anymore? --Orval Meier Sundance Times Editor: I've lived in Newcastle approximately three years and I enjoy reading the Sundance Times for coverage of area activities, rm a reasonably conservative Wyomingite (born and raised) on most issues although I don't always like the so-called conservative public servant. I like to read a balance of perspectives - contributes to the thought process perhaps. This corner of the state appears to conform to its historical perspectives and that is okay until social changes proceed and leave the area in a state of s~gnation and being out-of-touch. So, I was surprised to read Worth Mentioning in the last edition. Those new teachers, in residence only a few weeks, have been publicly chastised for their "inexperience". Schools and parents really should work together to educate children. The taxpayers who provide funds for education need to participate also. Some activities that were okay in the past are no longer acceptable in a more densely populated wodd. The smoking of cigarettes is a great example, It has been a long and tiresome journey from the '60s to awaken the population to the facts. I suppose it will take a long period of consciousness raising to get peole to see that better activities than =hazing" can be used to welcome new students and new teachers into their communities. By the way - I miss Ernie's contribution to the Times. Thank you for listening, Jean Martinez Newcastle COW POKES' By Ace Reid "1 dunno whether to vote for the sllckest liars or the biggest crooks, an' I ain't even sure which ones is whichY' The decision on where to bank is SIMPLE. It's with US, your locally owned, hometown, independent bank. Sundance Bank Member FDIC '~ Equal Housing Lender Phone 283-2074