Millionaires, help homeless

As a reader of 20 years of your fine paper from afar (Grand Rapids, Michigan), I was saddened when I read about the lack of beds for your homeless community and the fact that the mission charges $12 a night. Usually, homeless means flat broke too.

I have gleaned over the last 20 years that Jackson Hole is beyond wealthy, has the highest per capita income nationally and obstructs affordable housing as a hobby. Don’t get me wrong, I also love its spirit, youthfulness, conservation and beauty. We have vacationed in Jackson Hole several times.

Now I read that the most unfortunate of your citizens get cast aside, and it pains me to see the injustice.

When I read the editorial in the Oct. 30 edition that your team also was embarrassed and upset by the uncaring nature toward your most vulnerable, it gave me hope.

I feel fortunate to live in a town that has 12 shelters and doesn’t charge anyone. Granted, Grand Rapids is much larger than Jackson Hole, but good grief, get those millionaires to open their wallets.

Julie Swanson

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Give wildlife a brake

Whilst great celebration is in order as a result of overwhelming support for wildlife crossings (among other measures) on the specific purpose excise tax ballot, it will be five years before the first is completed at the Highway 22 and 390 intersection and literally decades before the other 11 in the Wildlife Crossings Master Plan will be built. That is: There’s lots of time for more ungulates to be killed on local roads before this problem is fully addressed.

The best way we can help prevent such carnage in the meantime is to slow down. I’m appalled at the rampant, and mostly ignored, speeding that goes on. Broadway and Highway 89 South and North (even through Grand Teton National Park) are especially egregious.

Hamish Tear


Honorable police work

I am writing to commend Jackson police Sgt. Michelle Weber, who found my wallet on the street while she was off duty and took the time and effort to locate me. I was leaving the valley a day later and had an unusually large amount of cash in it, and thanks to her, it and all of my credit cards and identification were safely returned. Our honorable police are very much appreciated in moments like that. Sargent Weber, you certainly saved me.

Joy Watson


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