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Why are we allowing a radical right-wing hate group from the EAST COAST called Mass Resistance to influence the policies of our public library?

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Merry Christmas Gillette! I just want to remind everyone just how lucky we are to live where we live and being able to shop at our local businesses. I recently had the good fortune to interact with Troy and his staff at the UPS Store in Camel Plaza. What a wonderful, helpful, knowledgeable a…

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I am heartbroken and sickened by the violence and death inflicted on the LGBTQIA community in Colorado Springs Saturday night. My prayers go out to the families of the five souls who were brutally taken from the world and for those who were injured and traumatized by this act of hate.

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Celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week, Nov. 13-19, 2022 as Campbell County and the City of Gillette join Gov. Mark Gordon to honor the over 50 Nurse Practitioners who care for citizens of Campbell County. Nurse Practitioners assess, diagnose and treat emergency, acute and chronic condit…

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The test results are in. Gillette has been infected with cancer, an especially virulent form of QAnon Christian Cancer. It came in through an Open Door thinly disguised as conservative Christianity on a wave of Mass Resistance, conspiracies, and FQX propaganda. It has infected the heart, min…

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The Oct. 24 Library Board meeting was an exercise in dumb and dumber. The new board members managed in a few hours to severely undermine the library. They changed the perfectly good mission statement to add something about reflecting community standards. No one is sure whose community standa…

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The decision by a majority of the library board to cement its narrow agenda by adding a community standard clause to the library mission statement runs counter to what libraries represent. The library is an institution representing access for all — access to literature, entertainment, reliab…

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I write this letter to the residents of Campbell County from a health care provider’s point of view. I am a lifelong resident of the community, born and raised. I joined Campbell County Memorial Hospital’s rehabilitation group as an occupational therapist in 2007, working in many areas, most…

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The 1% Sales Tax is important to our community. The tax supports local infrastructure projects based upon the input of local citizens on a public survey. Since 2019, the 1% tax has supported the purchase of $6.6 million of firefighting equipment. The tax also supports the police department i…

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While my wife has been politically active and vocal all her life, this is the first time I’ve ever written a letter to the editor, and it’s likely my last. But, after 77 years I feel strongly enough about an issue to write about it. I have known Eric Barlow since he was a small child. I watc…

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At the Oct. 24 meeting of the Campbell County Public Library Board a decision was made to no longer be associated with the American Library Association and, by extension, the Wyoming Library Association. As the title of the letter suggests, this voter is not in support of the move.

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Nathan McLeland is the right choice to be our next Mayor. I’ve known Nathan since he was a child and worked closely with Nathan at M&K Oil Company for five years. I can tell you that he is invested in whatever he chooses to take on. His commitment to a project when we worked together was…

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Senate District 23 has two clear choices in the upcoming election. On one hand, there is Eric Barlow, who has provided strong leadership for Campbell County in the House of Representatives, rising to the highest level of leadership as Speaker of the House proving his effectiveness as a legis…

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The last few years have been challenging for many organizations, especially Campbell County’s hospital. The only bright spot was the board’s vote to rely on Wyoming’s Healthcare Freedom Amendment to stand against the federal government and its proposed vaccine mandates for caregivers. Little…

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As the election nears and I read about whether or not our candidates are true Republicans or are they RINOs, I have begun to question what is a RINO? Is a RINO someone that doesn’t believe and support 100% of the platform put forth by the Central Committee? I have come to believe that a RINO…

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In the wake of the ongoing controversy about certain reading materials at the Campbell County Public Library that are geared toward young people, and the wishes of some in the community to have sexuality returned to the dark closet of the 1950s and their morals imposed on everyone in town, I…

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Kathy Halvorsen’s letter to the editor is liberal “group think,” her talking points reveal it. Librarians and the library aren’t “under attack.” Locals valuing childhood innocence (licensed professional doctors, psychologists, ministers, and educators) haven’t attacked librarians. They’ve de…

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Those who live in Senate District 23 have a choice for the first time in a long time. I am conflicted as a lifelong Republican and former Campbell County Republican Party chair.

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I have known Nathan McLeland since he was a young man. He has always been a steady, well mannered gentleman with a keen eye for problem solving. He has grown his oil company to successes not imagined a few years ago. Nathan knows the value of hard work. He runs a business. He knows how to ma…

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Pity the poor offended Wyoming lawyers who took offense that Harriet Hageman articulated the belief of millions of American voters that our last election was not conducted fairly. Even Axios-Momentive, not organizations associated with supporting conservatives, had polls revealing almost 40%…

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Come Nov. 8, we all have a chance to vote in a few new trustees to the Campbell County hospital board. I hope before you cast your vote you will ask yourself what should this future board bring to our community. If you have not had a chance to watch the Sept. 21 forum for those running for t…

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I have been watching, with increasing concern, the attacks on the library and librarians over the past year. These concerns went up about 10 notches after I watched the August board meeting.

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Here’s my perspective regarding the Star-Tribune article in the Sept. 24 News Record, “Lawyers denounce ‘rigged’ claims,” referring to Harriet Hageman saying that the 2020 election was “rigged to make sure that President Trump could not get re-elected.” Forty-one Wyoming lawyers denounced wh…

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Recently we had a company seal the cracks on our street and around our neighborhood. They did a great job doing that.

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Most all of us are familiar with the Spider-man origin story. How Peter Parker, after acquiring his powers, is cautioned by his Uncle Ben that, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” I would like to expound further on that by saying, “With failure to exercise that great responsibili…

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The loss of this program will adversely effect at-risk youth in the state of Wyoming. Currently there are five students out of Gillette who are being discharged mid program without the benefit of the hard work they put in over the last two months. The current class is to be returned to their…

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I am writing this letter to make comments on the discussion at the Campbell County Public Library Board about the role of the American Library Association at the CCPL.

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Why move the City Pool? There is already a pool at the Rec Center, and there is a water park out at the Energy Capital Sports Complex. The thing about the Sports Complex and the Rec Center is that they are out in the blazing sun in high traffic areas.

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In your Aug. 30 article on the library board meeting, you reference board member Charles Butler who said he read the ALA’s Code of Ethics, which opens with the sentence, “we significantly influence or control the selection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information.” Mr. B…

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Good luck to the voters in Senate District 1 that voted for Ogden Driskill. Based on our experience with him, they will need lots of luck.

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After doing a little research, I would like to clarify some of the “CONSERVATIVE” flyers being mailed and or sent with the newspaper or pop ups online.

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I would like to thank the semi-genuine letters of revival from Florida to anywhere else they lied from to renovate the Liz Cheney doctrine of “dip-stick-ed-ness” and conspire to continue her rule here in Wyoming. Unfortunately, unlike many states, Wyoming residents have a brain quite larger …

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I voted for Liz Cheney twice. I was even willing to give her a pass at the impeachment vote for former President Trump. But only one month after January 6, when she stated that President Trump “does not have a role as the leader of our party going forward,” I was amazed she could even voice …

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Republican In Name Only is a term that is disrespectful and violates Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not disparage another Republican.” Yet I find a use for it here.

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As July turns to August, school is just around the corner here in Gillette, and the question that all students and teachers have on their minds is once again asked.

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I just received one of those expensive full color campaign flyers in the mail today and am shocked at the hatefulness and tone of it. Has Ogden Driskill resorted to bringing Washington D. C. politics to Wyoming? Is the rumor true that Liz Cheney’s war chest is funding Ogden?

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To the voters in Senate District 23, I encourage you to support Eric Barlow with your vote. He has proven himself as an effective legislator with the ability to get things done for the good of Campbell County and the State of Wyoming. Being selected to be Speaker of the House by his peers sh…

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I would like to attempt replying to Ms. Eddy’s question about who would vote for congresswoman Cheney. Anyone that watched helplessly while an armed mob stormed the Capitol building and waving the American flag as they killed police officers. And you think that is normal?

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January 6, 2021 a coup nearly overturned the election and thus destroy our democracy. Every U.S. elected official and federal employees should be denouncing that day’s heinous actions at the top of their voices, condemning those who participated in the riot and work to find out how this coup…

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In youth sports today, where is the line that separates tough love, educating, teaching competitiveness and being “too hard”? As a teammate, parent, coach, or spectator. At what point does it become harassment or abuse? To me the answer is easy; when a player is afraid to play the game, go t…

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