to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
My wife and I would like to jump on the band wagon and donate $250
for the renovation of the Community Hall. I appreciate this opportunity
to do this small thing for a town and people who will always be special
The Community Hall has a lot of special memories starting before it
was built. As I remember, it was built on the former location of
Simon Oil Company. In the winter of approximately 1952 my family
watched this warehouse, with oil and gas trucks inside, burn actually below
the ground. We were watching from the front window of our home.
(Located at the corner of Stockyard Blv. And Grain Growers Gulch.)
With the Gas and Oil it had to be one of the more spectacular fires in
Cottonwood, with flames shooting 100’s of feet into the air.
When the Community Hall was built I must have been in the 7th or 8th
grade. That summer I worked for Bill Jacks who was in charge of building
the structure. Along with a couple of my buddies, (Francis Jenny
was one) we shoveled sand, rock, and cement into this old mixer and made
concrete. Then we had a competition on who could push the biggest
load up the rickety scaffolding to the top of the walls, where we poured
it into the blocks. Don’t remember all we did, but I do remember
my hourly wage was 75 cents and I donated 50 cents back to the City.
As I remember my Dad was my agent. I’m not sure if he was mayor or
not at the time. However, looking back I’m wondering if there wasn’t
a conflict of interest?
In High School I performed in a Sodality Play-“The Maxwells” I was
Wilber Maxwell and I was supposed to knock my friend (the real Ted Toennis)
over a couch and break his arm. Seems unbelievable now but in practice
we did break his arm and we had to change the lines to accommodate.
A lot of other memories of times celebrated at the Hall; Anniversaries,
Weddings, Funeral Receptions etc. Also many Saturday Night dances.
These and many other memories will always be special to me as well
as the very special people in Cottonwood. Please pass on this small
token of thanks. But more important, thanks for the memories.
P.S. I hope my Memory is not too far off.
Hello to everyone!
To The Editor:
Mr. Arnzen (Shorty), in reading the most recent of your many articles
to the editor I felt compelled to respond and share some perspective with
you. You are clearly entitled to both, your political opinions and your
religious views as AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. Despite the confusion I have over
your points on voting for Obama translating directly into abortions or
Judge Sotormayer's appointment to the Supreme Court being solely the President's
doing. Those were not the points that motivated my response. Although I
would like to point out that no Federal Abortion law has changed under
any president, including this one, since the Roe vs. Wade ruling was finalized
in1973. Since that case's origin, five Republicans held the Presidency,
spanning over 20+ years ...and neither amidst their tenure nor any Democratic
Presidency has that ruling or its potential reversal come through the Oval
Office in bill form. Simply stated, the abortion laws are the same today
with Obama in office as they have been for over 25 years. Just to clarify,
as I expect you’ll have another fuming off-topic response, it is not your
abortion stance I’m disputing, just the relevancy of this President's 200
some-odd days in office somehow being the fault of a Supreme Court ruling
that occurred amidst a Republican Presidency in 1973. Regarding Judge Sotormayer's
appointment, she underwent the same qualifying standards as any other justice
on the board. The President's role starts with a nomination, but from there
every justice undergoes rigorous interviewing and screening before being
voted upon by the full United States Senate where she was then approved
by a vote of 68-31 (which included 9 Republican Senators' votes). However,
her appointment was not the reason I felt compelled to respond to you,
either. My compulsion came from the most appalling comment in your excerpt
that read, “If you agree with President Obama be quiet.” The hypocrisy
and audacity of this comment alone is quite possibly the worst I've ever
read in this periodical, and there have been plenty of submissions that
I've either strongly agreed or disagreed with over my 30 years on this
Earth. Here you are, exercising your own freedom of speech, however misinformed
it might be, touting your personal views and religious beliefs which are
granted to you in the US Constitution. Your sole aim is to silence anyone
who might not wholeheartedly agree with your own stance? I do not agree
with President Obama on every stance of his, nor have I of any President
to date, because that is not the point of democracy. One thing I am fully
certain of is that I live in the United States of America, not the “Retired
Idaho Cattleman of Cottonwood Butte Road's United States of America.” So
until your mythical country produces some documentation that supersedes
those that govern the actual United States of America, I suggest you take
your age and passion and use them to search out wisdom and tolerance. Perhaps
you can access ‘Senator Mike Crapo’s’ library for references.
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