Letters to the Editor – July 19

You can’t do anything without everyone knowing your business or think that they do. You can’t hang out with a friend or help them move without someone thinking you are having an affair on your spouse. Jason Alden’s song “this small town he said she said ain’t it funny how rumors spread like I know something you all don’t know, man that talk is getting old, you better mind your business man watch your mouth before I have to knock that loud mouth out.” I have never cheated on my husband nor has he ever cheated on me. He has NOT been in the Turf and he has NOT been drinking.

It’s nobody’s business what we do or where I work or how often I’m home. When you work two jobs in one day, ya I’m not home. What’s it to you?

My dogs are not bad dogs. When some drunk is leaning over the fence provoking them ya they are going to bark at him. And you have the nerve to call them in after my husband has been home with them all day and do it the second he leaves. One of our neighbors dogs bark constantly at our fence and ours are getting used to ignoring them so how do you know for sure that mine are the ones barking? There are a couple of dogs that run our street and come over to our fence where our dog pens are and my dog barks at it because it’s on her property. Keep your dog on your own property like I do my own dogs. You can’t even walk your dog on a leash around the block without someone else’s dog out running around by itself. I do not go and get road kill for my dogs. I go down to the butcher shop to get bones for them so they are quiet during the day while I’m at work. Get your facts straight.

All my vehicles are licensed. An officer told us as long as licensed, nothing they could do. It does not say in the city ordinance how many vehicles you are allowed. I don’t drive them illegally like some people do the whole month of March. My husband is not running a junkyard. They are our vehicles and they are not for sale. He hauls scrap metal to the salvage yard. He does not sell out of our yard so again get your facts straight.

I have a copy of the city ordinance. One part says “lawfully constructed building so long as the building is ‘wholly’ enclosed.” There are other residences in town without a wholly constructed shed. I know there are other residences in town that have a lot of junk and vehicles sitting around and firewood that isn’t cut or stacked to the city ordinance, so why aren’t you doing anything about them? How is this fair to us, if you’re not making them comply with the city ordinance?

This town needs to start minding their own business instead of spreading rumors. You could ruin someone’s marriage or just plain make someone’s life miserable and hate living in this town.

Jenny Burrows

Dear Editor,

I attended the County Commissioners meeting on July 16, 2012, and found the whole meeting to be a huge joke. First off, the microphones were not utilized and people had a hard time hearing and understanding what was going on. Several people in the crowd were murmuring that this was done on purpose. People also didn’t know where they needed to be standing to address the commissioners.

Chairman Hadley came to the meeting already decided that the pipeline was going to happen, regardless of public concern. He watched the clock while he brushed off concerned citizens’ questions with phrases such as, “it’s not a big deal,” and “it won’t really matter,” and was out the door as soon as the meeting ended. Vice Chairman Dennis said hardly two words during the whole meeting.

Mr. Hadley went on to tell us that the geologists who worked for the State were unable to conduct their own survey of the land in question, and Governor Mead said he would defer to the studies done by ONEOK, and have State geologists review the report. WHAT?! Am I the only person who finds this to be insane? Isn’t that why the State employs geologists? Shouldn’t we have a second opinion, one not biased by the company that is building the pipeline? When a private geological report, which was paid for by some area ranchers, deemed some property geologically unsuitable due to aquifer concerns, Mr. Hadley still pressed on by making a motion to pass what was on the table without further looking into this new information.

You may think if the pipeline is not on your property, then it’s not your concern. But, if this pipeline is allowed to be built on geologically unsuitable land and an accident occurs that contaminates the Madison or any other water formations, it WILL be your concern.

Wendy Lamb

Given the recent concern about the Crook County School Superintendent, some friends and I thought it appropriate that the basic facts surrounding his employment be laid. The Crook County School District hired Lon Streib as the Superintendent in 2006. In September 2007, he resigned. After an Executive Session meeting, this resignation was rejected by the School Board. January of 2008, the Superintendent was given a two year contract, followed by a three year contract in January of 2010. Between 2008 and 2010, Mr. Streib’s salary increased from $103,000 to $121,000. In July 2011, he stated his intention to retire and be rehired by the School Board, in order to be able to receive both a pension and a paycheck. In December 2011, Mr. Streib was hired until July 2013. The Superintendent currently draws a full pension from the State of Wyoming and receives a salary from the Crook County School District of $124,800.

It is not in the best interest of the School Board to award the Superintendent multiple year contracts. Because of the Superintendent’s vast responsibilities and duties to the students of Crook County this performance must be evaluated on an annual basis and not left unchecked for years. To my understanding, our teachers are awarded contracts annually, their performance is reviewed annually, and their contracts are renewed annually, based upon their performance. It would seem to be only fair for all salaried contract employees of the school district to be treated equally.

If any of this information is incorrect, I would welcome the opportunity to see the correct information publicly disseminated.

Amy Julian