Jul 17, 2013 - Martin Chaffs, RivertonEditor:
In a letter to the editor, Riverton Mayor Warpness jumped on the writer of another letter to the editor who talked about how the city rolled out the red carpet when Walmart came to town. Apparently the guy writing the first letter didn't have his facts completely straight. That was more than 20 years ago, and I don't recall exactly what happened, but I remember how the city fathers were drooling over getting Walmart to town and just ignored the local business people who expressed their concerns. The point the letter writer made was good. My feeling was the city would have done whatever it took to make sure Walmart came here, so shouldn't we consider helping the only airline we've got?
I'm not an expert in airlines, so I can't get into that any further. I do know that some towns in Wyoming give some money to help the airlines and keep up their airport service and think it is a good enough idea that they have done it more than once.
Anyway, the best part of the mayor's letter was at the end when he said in the future anyone who has an opinion should just "call City Hall to get accurate information."
Who does he think he's kidding? Ask the lady who wanted to start the day care in a house she was buying, or ask hundreds of other people who have called about building permits or where utility lines are located or who have asked about snow removal.
Call City Hall to get accurate information? Maybe that works if you are the mayor. Everybody else probably did just what I did when they read that remark: laugh out loud.
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