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Editorials

The perceived shortcomings of American public schools have made them the object of numerous reform efforts in recent years.

This is nothing new. If one looks back on the history of public education in America, it has been under attack at one time or another at least since the 19th century, sometimes for not doing enough, sometimes for doing too much.

EDITORIAL: Snowmobile issues broaden

For years now, the subject of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park has been a divisive one. While many winter recreationists favor allowing as many snowmobilers into the park during the winter as possible, some environmentalists want to see them banned entirely.

The National Park Service has tried repeatedly to strike a balance between the two in its planning efforts for winter use in the park.

Raising and selling cattle in the Powell area got more complicated this week. As of Saturday, Powell and surrounding Park County areas are part of a “designated surveillance zone” for brucellosis, meaning more stringent requirements for testing and vaccinating cattle.

While adding the rest of Park County to the surveillance zone isn’t surprising, it’s a new headache for many. Livestock producers must properly identify all cattle before moving them out of the surveillance zone, which now adds all of eastern Park County to the Big Horn County line. Cows 12 months old or older must be tested for brucellosis 30 days before being sold or moved out of the DSA.

Nearly a decade ago, President George W. Bush stood before a joint session of Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to announce “whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.”

On Sunday evening, President Barack Obama stood before the world to confirm those words. Osama bin Laden, the architect of 9/11 and the person responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 civilians, was dead. A manhunt of almost 10 years was officially over.

The county clerk’s recent decision to charge for online access to public records and the protest it drew from Realtors and others is an example of the many dilemmas faced by elected officials as they try to provide services with limited resources.

The right of the public to access some public records is a given, and it is particularly important to real estate agents and others who deal with property sales. But others, including the media, may make use of that access as well.

Mayor Scott Mangold is considering asking for a proposal for a fifth-penny tax to Park County voters this fall. While the timing might seem questionable, there are reasons why this proposal should be considered seriously.

The first is the likelihood that, at some point in the future, the Wyoming Legislature will require communities to help themselves before coming to the state for a handout.

With the battle over the federal budget continuing in Washington, it’s easy to forget that, closer to home, government budgets are just beginning to be written for the next fiscal year.

Over the next few months, budgets will be developed and adopted by Park County and the City of Powell as well  as the school district, the community college district and numerous special districts.

EDITORIAL: Making their voices heard

City leaders should consider residents’ survey responses in decision making

A couple of months ago, the city of Powell posed nine questions to residents and members of the local business community. In recent weeks, they received hundreds of answers.

Not only did 780 residents respond to the nine written questions, many filled the margins of the survey with handwritten comments — dozens upon dozens.

EDITORIAL: Museum, Legion move forward

Cooperative solutions sought

Complicated issues often end up becoming contentious issues, but a meeting in Powell last week went a long way toward preventing that from happening.

At that meeting, the city of Powell, Park County, the Homesteader Museum Association and the American Legion agreed to work together to resolve ownership issues concerning the little piece of Powell that houses Homesteader Museum and the American Legion to the benefit of both entities as well as the county.

To celebrate the approaching Easter holiday, some Powell residents set up colorful, festive decorations in their yards. Though the springtime holiday draws fewer residential displays than the bright lights of Christmas, decorating remains an important tradition for a number of local families who take pride in sharing their holiday spirit with the community.

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