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Don Amend

There are many important issues we could comment on in this space today.

Many of them are controversial, involving intense and often acrimonious debate.

But this issue is not the time to dwell on division and acrimony. It is our last edition before Christmas, time to speak of peace and goodwill rather than division and acrimony.

A semi-final loss to Star Valley prevented the Powell Panthers from repeating as champions of the Battle of the Big Horns, but they came back to take third by dominating Rock Springs 61-8.

Star Valley went on to defeat Worland and take the championship, but when the best of the Best of the Best round was wrestled, six Panthers took to the mat, and four came away with wins, more than any other team.

Well, Christmas is almost here.

Actually, saying that sounds a little silly, given the fact that we been observing the holiday for nearly a month, at least since the shopping season officially opened on Nov. 26. Within a few days, we had the first Christmas concerts of the season in Powell, and it wasn’t even December yet.

Once the calendar did turn, of course, it became even more hectic, what with all the shopping, decorating, concert attending, partying and worshipping that take up our time during the season.

The Laurel Locomotives visited the Powell High School wrestling mat Tuesday night and took home a 44-21 win over the Panthers.

While the Panthers scored five wins in the dual,  they gave up seven losses, including three pins and two major decisions. In addition, the Panthers forfeited two weight classes as wrestlers continue to adjust their weights.

 

When the Wyoming Legislature convenes next month, education issues will be a big part of the agenda.

The most important issue on the agenda is the recalibration of the state’s school funding model that was developed more than a decade ago to  provide equitable funding to all the state’s schools. The periodic recalibration of the model is necessary to account for changes in the cost of educating the state’s young people as well as changes in educational practices that might alter the way money is spent.

Well, here we are at the beginning of another year, January 1, 2011.

At least, it’s Jan. 1 as I write this. You won’t be reading it until Jan. 4, at the earliest, unless you’re one of the editors or proofreaders at the Tribune. Some of those people have the dubious privilege of reading my meanderings early.

But, that technicality aside, this essay is, as you might expect, the more-or-less customary effort by newspaper people such as I to look forward and tell you what I think the new year might bring.

Powell’s volunteer firemen once again had a holiday weekend interrupted by a major fire.

In May, firemen spent a chunk of their Memorial Day weekend dealing with the fire at Treasure Valley Seed. Last Friday, they spent their New Year’s Eve fighting a fire at a storage building near Glad Tidings Church and welcomed in the New Year at midnight while cleaning up their equipment and preparing it for the next fire.

The big issue these days is the national debt.

Pretty much everyone agrees that this is a serious problem for the U.S., and they should. The idea of the nation going bankrupt should give everyone pause. Some even claim our very freedom is at stake if we don’t solve the crisis, and they may be right.

Personally, I think the nation can weather the storm, but I think it will require a change in our thinking about what patriotism really is.

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