Tax increase ridiculous

Teton County, I don’t get it. My property taxes just were increased by 70% this year and what do I get for that? Not a property bill. I had to go online to find out what my bill would be. Was the county too embarrassed to send a bill?

Why was the 10-acre property, next to the river, off of Green Lane, with a $12 million dollar home, assessed only a 30% increase? Just what do I get out of this? Just what do we get out of this? Are you serious? How am I supposed to pay this 70% increase?

Multi purpose sports fields in the Stilson lot? Multi purpose housing in the Stilson lot? A bus barn in the Stilson lot?

As Mary Kate Buckley from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort stated last spring, the resort wants to reduce traffic on the roads and highway. Great! I live down the road across from the Stilson lot and unfortunately can’t envision how adding subsidized housing, a larger transit center and “multi” purpose sports fields is going to decrease traffic. I can’t even cross the highway now on my bike. During the winter if I need to go into Wilson, I have to turn right on 22, left on the Village Road, left through the Stilson lot, then right on 22. Now the county and resort want to add more traffic?

Guess with the multi-purpose sports fields, the Kemmerers can hold some more rallies. Invite the likes of Gaetz, Abbott, DeSantis, MTG. Maybe even the Trumpet.

If this wasn’t all so unbelievable, it would still be unbelievable.

70%?

Don Everitts

Wilson

Help is available

Nearly half of responding Jacksonites described a deterioration in their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, as reported in the JH Behavioral Health Community Needs Assessment Survey released last week. The impacts of isolation, loss of income, and housing insecurity triggered an escalation in alcohol and substance use throughout our country. In Teton County, the number of reported binge drinkers was 40%, more than twice the national average. Let’s talk.

For more than 30 years Curran Seeley Foundation has responded to urgent and increasing demands for treatment and prevention programs by those affected by substance use issues. COVID-19 prompted many human service organizations to reimagine and innovate outreach with online, virtual and Zoom opportunities for individuals, families, and co-workers.

Nearly 50% of all American families are affected by alcohol or substance abuse, according to Gallup. Addiction is a treatable disease like diabetes, dementia or cancer that has far-reaching impacts on others who frequently need ancillary support. Sadly, addiction is too often swaddled in shame, which prevents many people from seeking the help they deserve. This bygone stigma needs to change, and our community is a great place to start.

Taking that first step toward recovery and getting treatment can feel like an overwhelming process. Many times, services are accessible only if a person knows where to go, has a way to pay, and can get help in their native language. Recovery doesn’t work that way. Those in need require support at the time they are ready or that window could close tragically. Most importantly, those in need are more likely to seek care if they know their courage will be met with compassion, kindness and dignity.

The challenges in providing compassionate individual care fall to a uniquely trained team of dedicated professionals who count on us all to scaffold their efforts with encouragement. Recently, prevention efforts have required a focus on coping skills associated with isolation that led to binge drinking in all age groups.

Consultations for those in need are a phone call away. “I’d like to talk to someone about a free consultation.” At Curran Seeley Foundation, the caller would be forwarded to a professional for advice on a course of action. Fees for services are based on a sliding scale of a person’s income and no one is denied help.

Our organization is committed, along with our partners in Teton County Prevention Coalition, to creating a healthy, caring, and vibrant Jackson Hole for all of us.

Paul Clementi

Board Chair of Curran Seeley Foundation, with board members Dr. Lou Hochheiser, Paul Kamstra, Bill Klyn, Tori McGough, Penny Mohan, Callie Peet and Judy Singleton, Interim Executive Director Smokey Rhea and Clinical Director Dr. Mani Faez

Not just for bears

So I get everything cooked up, out camping. The young woman ate salad and ribs and corn. The guy ate a piece of corn and sat there crying how his teeth hurt. They left after awhile.

I was settling down to sleep when I heard all this cussing and swearing. Things being thrown around, more swearing. I yelled out my window, “stop that!” It kept going on and on. I kept yelling “stop.” I thought to myself, what do I do? Should I just drive further away? I finally yelled “I’ve called the Sheriff!” knowing there was no reception, and I am coming to get her.

She amazingly got in my car. I drove back to my house at 12:30 a.m. to get out of there. I took her home, she slept till 2. We talked, she said he was high on mushrooms, pot and alcohol. He had been for a couple of days, after being fired from his job at the golf course. He had lost his housing, where she was staying. So the night before they camped in the Gros Ventre. It was too cold there, so they went to the Granite area. He kept telling her he wanted to be in the wilderness.

She was scared because he was acting so out of control. She called her mom and her brother to come get her. She also called her ex-boyfriend. Mom was busy going canoeing, brother did not answer. Ex-boyfriend said he would come get her. We waited and waited for him, no show.

At 8:30 it was obvious no one was coming. I made dinner for us. She spent another night. Called her mom the next day, mom’s busy playing. Brother did not answer. Ex-boyfriend said he would come, never did. She finally answer a call from another ex, a golf pro. They agreed to meet at Calico. He had all her belongs in his car. She accepted a ride to her mother’s place.

I made sure she called me when she arrived there. The sad thing was that her family would not come help her. If only someone had heard Gabby’s cries. Remember, bear spay is not just for bears.

Carey Ininns

Wilson

Compassion needed

Now more than ever, in my opinion, our community needs to showcase an overabundance of compassion. We have all endured trauma, loss, exhaustion, disappointment, fear, and the cascading effects of being isolated due to COVID-19. As a result, I believe, no one has the right to stand in judgment of another seeking help.

Councilwoman Chambers, as an elected official I hold you to the highest standard of decorum and expect integrity beyond reproach. During your campaign you sought to champion the underserved, those without a voice and to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion tactics into the system. Thank you for those efforts.

Help me understand why you felt compelled to make such a public issue of Councilman Rooks’ attendance when you knew he was absent for a medical issue? As an older member of your woman-folk tribe and a 31-year resident, I encourage you to have a course correction; one with compassion — compassion without accountability strings attached.

There’s plenty of time to address attendance issues if the public deems them a major concern. We have much bigger issues to contend with at the Town level — so, I respectfully ask, could you please hunker down and stay focused on what really matters?

Lisa Lord Clementi

Jackson

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