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Letter to the editor: Responses to Y letter

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 8th, 2014

I would like to offer some responses to Mr. Pieper’s letter in defense of the Lingle Town Council’s recent decision not to support putting the “Y” issue on the ballot. The councilmen he describes as “dictators” are actually representing the people of Lingle as they were elected to do.

He mentioned a petition in favor of the YUSA; it contained 110 signatures. The other petition he did not mention contained 250 signatures against the project. Logical people might conclude that means at least two people are against the project for every one in favor of it in Lingle.

I think the promoters of the Y are the ones with “self-fabricated notions.” The mention of surveys and experts is rather amusing. We have never seen anyone visit the county with nationally recognized credentials relative to this topic, nor have we seen a scientifically valid survey conducted.

The only membership commitments we have heard seem to be very questionable. Are we talking about the prison and guard camp making out a monthly check for all employees to the Y for memberships, or just a token endorsement of support for the Y, which is virtually meaningless to all concerned? It does make a difference.

The Lingle Town Council is following the process prescribed by state law and voting how they perceive their constituents would want them to in representing them, and now the “elite” of Goshen County, who claim “to know what is right for all of us”, have again began their campaign of harassment, intimidation and bullying that seems oh so professional.

The verbal threats of some elected officials against our council members for retaliation and retribution are quite troubling. The highway signage showing up in the county also helps to highlight just how juvenile some of these self-proclaimed progressive leaders can be.

The primary concern of Lingle’s council seems to be aimed at preventing having a failed recreation center in Goshen County like Wheatland in Platte County or Douglas in Converse County did in past years.

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