Dangerous e-bike policy

Our community bike path system was always sold to the taxpayers as a healthy alternative to motorized travel around the valley. After 30 years of preaching and millions of dollars of taxation, Jackson Hole Pathways has completely sold out to electric motorcycles. Pathways used to be a place where you did not have to worry about high-speed motorized travel. Kids and dogs better be on a tight leash. A 60-pound killer is silently whipping around the next bend.

If a roadie passes me at 25 mph, at least I know he’s got his sh-t together, he owns it. That’s not the case with most e-bike riders, who can do that same speed by pushing a button. Allowing electric motorcycles on bicycle paths is dangerous policy. I can’t believe Pathways, the National Park Service and others sold out so quickly.

Stephen McDonald

Moose

Bike paths — really?

Be prepared to reap what you sow. Originally it was just for pedal-powered bicycles. Now here comes the electric scooters! What’s next? We don’t have a clue, but the door has been left open.

Bob Caesar

Kelly

ShelterJH: ‘Yes’ to housing

In a Guest Shot published last week regarding the Legislature’s Joint Interim Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee and housing mitigation, our organization was mentioned.

To prevent any misunderstanding, we want to clearly state that we (1) support a robust housing program that includes a mitigation program that requires developers to build housing for some of the workers they generate, and (2) oppose any efforts to take away local control to address our housing needs and get rid of this option by going to the state legislature. ShelterJH is a membership organization dedicated to saying “yes” to housing — especially for our neighbors in most need — and in doing so, building a diverse and healthy community for all of us.

Mary Erickson, Skye Schell, Bobby Thomson, Christine Walker and Mike Welch

ShelterJH Board of Directors

Party on, festival

I’m writing in support of the Fire in the Mountains music festival, as the organizers are in the process of seeking approval for next year’s event. I have attended the 2018 and 2019 events and I hope that Teton County will allow this amazing event to continue and grow.

With plans to increase the maximum attendance there will be more logistical concerns to address. I have full faith in the organizers to do this. As to the impacts of the event, it is true that for a few days some of the neighboring property owners will be impacted. In a “live and let live” place like Wyoming, we can all get through a couple of days of inconvenience.

Meanwhile, I think the deer, elk and birds have not been bothered in the least by the event. I thought I saw a moose headbanging to the music this year, or maybe that was just a hairy dude. Anyway, maybe we can all follow the example of the animals: either join in the fun or saunter out of the area while the music is playing. Once the music is over, everything is back to normal. Life is short, enjoy the party!

Garren Stauffer

Afton

Aggressive screening

This letter was addressed to the Jackson Hole Airport Board and copied to the News&Guide. — Ed.

As I passed through the security scanning machine at the Jackson Hole airport around noon on Sept. 10, the screener stopped me for additional screening. She pointed to the image on the screen as the reason for my extra surveillance. The area highlighted on the screen was my pelvis, approximately where one’s colon would normally be. However, since my colon was surgically removed due to a life-threatening disease (ulcerative colitis) in 1998, that area might have looked different than it would look in most people.

The screener proceeded to aggressively and invasively search my entire pelvic area, which included putting her hands down the back of my pants, in between my legs and on and around my abdomen and buttocks. She didn’t find anything suspicious so I was allowed to proceed when I burst into tears.

Immediately after this took place, I spoke with the Jackson airport screening supervisor, Shane Thompson, who apparently works for a TSA contractor. He was rude and asserted that his screening machine could not have been wrong and that his screening procedures were required by TSA.

I asked why I hadn’t been allowed to go through the screening device a second time before being subjected to a degrading body search. He claimed that this is not allowed by TSA. I do not believe that this is true, as I have seen people going through scanners more than once on multiple occasions at a variety of airports when alarms were triggered on an initial scan.

I am a 61-year-old woman who weighs 100 pounds and has never committed a crime. I have traveled extensively within the U.S. and internationally, including Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East and Russia. I am usually assigned TSA PreCheck status at most airports (but not Jackson Hole for some reason).

In all my travels, I have never been subject to the type of treatment that I suffered at the Jackson Hole Airport. I do not believe that the treatment I was subject to is required by TSA but rather reflects the practices of an overly aggressive TSA contractor, acting in an inappropriate manner.

I was at Jackson Hole Airport traveling with my husband and two sons, returning from a very enjoyable family vacation in the Jackson Hole and Yellowstone vicinity. Before the airport screening incident, we were already discussing a return visit to the area.

Now, I doubt that we will return there and would certainly not recommend that anyone fly in or out of the Jackson Hole Airport. I don’t know why the scanner indicated that I was high risk — improper calibration, unfamiliarity with someone missing an organ, or something else? I do know that the invasive screening I was subjected to was unnecessary and humiliating.

Surely an area so dependent on tourism needs to ensure visitors passing through its airport are treated respectfully, and security screenings conducted by TSA contractors are conducted properly, accurately and are not unduly invasive.

I recommend that the TSA contractor at Jackson Hole be subject to a thorough investigation and proper and severe disciplinary action be taken to address the multiple management and operational deficiencies that I suspect will be identified. I would appreciate being informed of exactly what corrective action will be taken in this regard.

Deborah Moritz, Ph.D.

Atherton, California

Blood drive set

Did you know that ... approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States? That every three seconds someone needs blood? That 1 out of every 10 people entering a hospital needs blood?

Just one pint of donated blood can help save as many as three people’s lives.

The last Jackson Community Blood Drive of 2019 will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 16, and from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Oct. 17. The drive is held at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church in west Jackson.

You can expedite the process by making an appointment at Vitalant.com or by calling 877-827-4376. As a special incentive, Snake River Brewing has joined us with a Pints for Pints promotion. Every donor can pick up a voucher for a free beer. Our goal is to collect 100 units of life-saving blood over the two days.

Jolene Moulder

Jackson

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