Flag is no political prop

We like to think our special community is a unique example of tolerance and` respect for others. No longer. The national, political, unbridled hatred by some with the decision not to impeach our president has reared its head by an elected official, Jim Stanford. His front-page photo on Thursday’s Jackson Hole Daily shows total disregard of the principle that an elected official must leave his personal ideas at home. His job is to represent with an unbiased open mind those he represents. I regret he will now be viewed as a staunch progressive, a biased advocate with a tainted attitude.

As a Navy veteran, I take strong exception with his use of our flag as a political prop as well as wearing his father’s Army uniform while standing a few feet from the veterans memorial site.

Let’s hope our elected officials can set an example and lead us in forming a positive attitude and tolerance for different ideas. Councilman Stanford could begin by apologizing to our community.

Hort Spitzer

Wilson

MTPGA

Build a couple snow sheds. Make The Pass Great Again.

Rich Eidem

Tetonia, Idaho

Support Gill proposal

It is not news to anyone in this community that there is a critical need for workforce housing. I am writing to offer my support for the Gill family’s proposal to upzone 100 acres of their northern South Park ranchland for the benefit of so many who work and struggle to stay in Jackson Hole. For years I have watched talented young professionals exit our valley, not because they couldn’t find a suitable job but because the goal of homeownership here was out of reach.

Proposal A is for the right place at the right time, with no public funding sought for infrastructure or development and should not be delayed. It has been 35 years since a similar neighborhood was created. Its location is close to schools, public transportation, amenities, and the bike path.

As board president of Teton Habitat, we are extremely grateful that the Gill family has promised our organization a gift of 30 to 40 lots for development. It could not have been more timely as we are working towards the completion of the final stage of our 24-home Grove home project.

Our homeowners include loan officers, restaurant managers, operations managers, hospital and school district employees and contractors, and many were born and raised in Jackson Hole.

Affordable homeownership has community benefits that reach far beyond a stable, safe home. They include increased performance in school and work, more resources for everyday needs such as food, medical and clothing, and self-reliance.

Please do the right thing and grant the Gills the opportunity to make a positive change for our community. Vote for proposal A.

Carol Linton

Jackson Hole

Grazing re-allotments

I recently read the article in the Jan. 29 issue of the Jackson Hole News&Guide newspaper reporting on how the Bridger-Teton National Forest is considering the restocking domestic livestock on grazing allotments previously bought out by conservation groups. This is outrageous and wrong on several levels.

I strongly recommend this proposal be rejected.

The proposed allotments to restock with domestic livestock were vacated, retired and bought out in good faith and for a myriad of very good reasons, often to protect important wildlife habitats and populations. I oppose this proposed action for the following reasons:

1. Restocking these allotments with domestic livestock would revive the very problems that were reasons for vacating, retiring or buying out the allotments in the first place.

2. The proposed action is an extraordinary slap in the face to those who put in so many diligent hours and many thousands of conservation dollars to enact.

3. The proposed action would in all likelihood end up destroying all conservation buyouts throughout the entire country (which is likely a major purpose of the effort by these livestock organizations).

4. If this proposal is adopted it would also set the precedent for opening up retired, vacant, and bought-out grazing allotments in all national forests across the entire country (also a likely purpose of these livestock organizations).

5. The proposed action will, if adopted, present a portrait of the U.S. Forest Service as an agency that will make, then break its agreements. Is this what the U.S. Forest Service wants to be known for?

6. The proposed action would likely cause the extinction of the Darby Mountain Bighorn Sheep Herd. Is this something the U.S. Forest Service wants to be known for?

7. The proposed action will likely have negative impacts on grizzlies and other threatened, endangered and sensitive species.

8. The proposed action, if adopted and applied to other National Forests, will most certainly result in the decline or extinction of many bighorn sheep populations all across the western U.S. It will also have negative repercussions on a myriad of other important wildlife species and habitats.

I therefore urge the Bridger-Teton National Forest to take a firm stand against this proposal and other such assaults on the public’s wildlife and wildlife habitats rather than kowtow to the interests of groups who desire to utilize public lands for their own personal gain with considerable consequences to public resources.

Ron Smith

Lander

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(1) comment

William Addeo

Jim Stanford is a total disgrace. Politicians can't pretend that they are not politicians. Putting on his father's uniform is the sign of a traitor when he uses it against our country. All Hillary supporters can't stand the fact that they lost. Imagine if we did this after Obama got elected even for a second time? The impeachment scam was born out of hatred and not being in power anymore. The FISA scandal is obvious evidence of fraud. I look forward to four more years of President Trump in office in order to drain the swamp of all traitors. God Bless America!

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