The Times it is a-changin’
By Chad Abshire
Daily Times editor
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Typically that carries a negative connotation, but not so in the case of some fond farewells we’re waving to some key positions here at the Daily Times.
With Sports Editor John Roark headed out East last week and Graphic Designer Gavin Elliott headed back South as of Friday, plus on top of the executive shuffle we had (of which the aforementioned two are not a related to), the winds of change are upon the newsroom.
We certainly wish John and Gavin the very best. They’re talented and we certainly do and will miss them.
But change is good. And even though things are changing, they’ll stay the same in the best way possible. We’ll still continue to produce an accurate, visually pleasing and informative newspaper to the absolute best of our abilities until our new bloods come in to make it even better.
We’re seeing the complaints on social media regarding the city’s decision to go ahead with a $470,000 wayfinding project and an additional $100,000 in adding and replacing entry signs in Rawlins.
There’s folks talking about how Rawlins DDA/Main Street is off its rocker, how the Council needs to be out of office and questioning decision-making — wondering why those funds weren’t used to repair roads.
And in all that, there are valid concerns and questions that can be raised. Yet, they weren’t at the Council’s Tuesday night meeting and we fear they may never be formally raised at all.
That’s because the only people at the Council’s last meeting were the people who needed to be there, as it usually is. With a community presence at the meeting, some Council members may have been able to be swayed, if that’s what the community had wanted, especially because it wasn’t a clean sweep in votes for the new entry signs.
For example, Linda Smith said she was under the impression they could be moved elsewhere and now there’s talk online that they can’t be. That’s information that needs to be conveyed at the meeting.
And the Council’s meetings are well advertised — whether by flipping open the Daily Times or a few keystrokes to the City’s website or boarddocs.com access point.
And while the $470,000 was grant money that could only be used for such a project, that extra $100,000 was a sales tax disbursement — money that could have presumably gone into local streets.
Get out and let your voice be heard. It’s your government; get involved.
Though nearly 20 years ago, the wound is not fully healed regarding the tragic murder of Cpl. Wayne Martinez, who was killed in the line of duty during an attempted prison break at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in June 1997.
With the death of Bryan Collins, one of his killers one week ago yesterday, that day was brought back for a few people in the city.
It’s hard for us in the newsroom to celebrate death, but it’s fully understandable how Wayne’s father, Charles, could tell us that it “made (his) day” when he learned of Collins’ death.
And it’s terribly ironic that the story broke this week, considering Correctional Professionals’ Week just ended Friday.
Our sympathies head out to the Martinez family once again, as they did back in 1997, along with our hopes for the continued safety of the prison guards and inmates at the Pen.