Lure bears north

It does not take rocket science to figure out one could lead bear 399 and her cubs north with a trail of dead elk. Surely the now-millionaire locals of the Hole could buy and donate 100 elk licenses, the officials called Game and Fish could shoot the elk, and a trail could be laid going north. Positive reinforcement, not firecrackers. Face it: It’s not natural anymore, but helping a great-grandmother bear live out her job.

It’s a simple solution, even legal. On the way — you know where they will be — collar them all, and let five stuffed bears take their winter break, not five sugar/honey-full bears with ramped-up energy cruise around the valley.

Send them home full and happy. Then do the groundwork needed for the future.

From another great-grandmother,

Pam McCool

Victor, Idaho

Real help for locals

So what exactly is a local? If you ask the question you will get a variety of answers: You have to be born here, have been here 50 years, 10 years, arrived yesterday.

Regardless of the exact definition I think locals in this valley get short shrift.

There are businesses and restaurants that give breaks to locals and I applaud them. But remember when locals could ride the tram for free in June and September, get a discounted fare on the Jenny Lake shuttle? What happened to the great park-to-fly program, when you could leave your car in the parking garage and get a $10 shuttle to the airport instead of paying high parking fees at the airport or paying exorbitant taxi fares.

I guess the fact that people who stay at the Marriott park in the garage to avoid the daily hotel parking fees didn’t help that situation. So much for that convenience for the locals.

The worst area where locals get the short end is from our town and county governments. The property tax situation here is out of control. They go up and up and we never get a break. We need a PTR movement: property tax reduction (reform).

The way they are based now, on recent sales, when everything is selling at record highs should not be the basis on which taxes are based. Values will go down, but do our property taxes ever go down? Not that I have seen in my 45 years as a property owner in this county. Florida has it so that property taxes on a primary residence cannot be raised more than 3% a year. When the home is sold that cap is erased. Sounds good to me. Even 5% a year would be acceptable. Give us something sort of consistent and more fair.

The elected always cite an increasing need for social services, etc. Figure it out. Say no to any more hotels. Hotels mean hiring employees which means housing, and it is a vicious circle.

Instead of incessant blithering about it already being zoned for this or that, step up to the plate. As electeds, do you want to be remembered as at least trying to preserve the integrity of this place or politicians who always sold out to developers?

We need you to be guardians of this place, live within our means and give locals a well-deserved break.

Brooke Bullinger


Vax for self, others

This letter was addressed to the board of trustees of Community Entry Services in Riverton, Lander and Jackson and copied to the News&Guide. — Ed.

Why should the onus of staying safe fall on those who have already done everything they can to keep themselves and those around them safe, that is, being vaccinated?

Being vaccinated or not being vaccinated is more than a personal freedom choice. It shouldn’t be someone else’s personal freedom to make me ill. In the past, unvaccinated children could not attend school if they had not been vaccinated against smallpox, diphtheria, polio, etc. And by being vaccinated against those diseases they (diseases) have been eliminated. The only way we can put the pandemic behind us is through vaccinating the majority of people. My personal freedom of not being made ill shouldn’t be someone else’s decision to make.

According to one study (this was presented on Fox News) 99% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated. Other studies have shown that of the relatively few fully vaccinated persons who have been hospitalized, only 57% of those few had serious symptoms. And, in general, the death rate of fully vaccinated people is extremely low compared with unvaccinated individuals.

The only consideration as to whether or not to get our clients and staff vaccinated is the health and well-being of our most vulnerable population of adults with developmental disabilities. As parents (our son has been a CES client for 26 years), legal guardians, caregivers and advocates we are the clients’ lifeline. Our loved ones depend on us. They trust us to keep them safe.

Edward and Roberta Taylor


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