Letters to the Editor – Feb. 21

In last week’s editorial, “The Future of Power in the USA…” Bill Sniffin wrote, “The biggest threat to the coal exporting opportunity involves environmentalists in the Northwest.”

I disagree wholeheartedly. The biggest threat to our coal industry and our economy comes from the other direction, from Washington D.C. The Democrats have done everything they can to quash our coal industry thru taxes and legislation. The President once again pushed his greenie agenda at his State of the Union Address. Furthermore, while campaigning, President Obama was quoted as saying, “Under my plan, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.” He and his cohorts are pushing hard for a “carbon tax” which will raise the price of everything.

Yes, the problems presented by the Northwest are real, but let’s not be blinded by looking only in that direction.

Mac Frank

Dear Editor,

Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) provides important information about the origin of the food we purchase for our families. ICOW applauds Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso for joining a bipartisan group of 31 senators signing onto a bipartisan letter to USDA and the US Trade Representative to keep COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) requirements in place.

Because Congress passed COOL, we now have a legal right to know the origin of our food. This makes good, common sense. Unfortunately, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is trying to force the United States to weaken our COOL law.

ICOW is appreciative of Senators Enzi and Barrasso reaching across the aisle to defend COOL against the WTO’s attack. Consumers should be able to distinguish USA beef, and make the choice of buying Made in America beef, which is born raised, fed and processed in the USA.

Frank Eathorne, ICOW President

Dear Editor,

I’m writing concerning the folks at the Wyoming Life Resource Center (State Training School) in Lander, WY.

While I worked there as its first full time chaplain for ten years and volunteered for one more year I was well acquainted with most of what went on at the facility.

I know you, at the legislature, are concerned with saving money. I am also a conservative and don’t believe in bloated bureaucracies either, but I view this “institution” as a loving care center that’s importance cannot be matched in a community setting. You who have visited W.L.R.C. have seen many cases which would be impossible for the community to contend with on its own. From the employees, to the physical plant, to the specialized services, W.L.R.C. is designed for the specialized care of its very physically and mentally handicapped residents. They must be cared for 24 hours a day seven days a week on an intensive basis. Yes, around the clock care must be offered to meet the unique needs of these residents.

To me, it is “the apple of Wyoming’s eye” for what it does for the residents, not to mention their families who have done and will do all they can at great sacrifices.

If Wyoming hospitals and care centers could supply all the employees, housing, specialized accommodations, and around-the-clock care it might be different. But that would be extremely expensive in the private sector. (Probably 100-150 million dollars)

China, Russia, and Nazi Germany chose to deal with these people in the least expensive way. I’m sure we do not wish to stoop to those standards, but our morals have sunken to where it may be possible. Let’s see to it that we don’t.

30 Million spent at the W.L.R.C. is nothing in comparison to the amount spent on killing just one Afghan al-Qaeda soldier or paying for a couple of days expenses at the White House.

Come and visit and take a tour in order to know what you are voting on when it comes to these Wyoming residents.


Dan Brossman