To the editor:

The Enterprise’s recent article exposing intolerance from a few “social mediators” was spot on and I could not agree more about the “Don’t California Our Cody” sign. I guess, but do not know exactly, that I am referring to one person quoted as saying that the sign “degraded the entire state.” Well, no, the sign states a position that is rational. 

You are welcome here, but do not bring the bad policies here that you are trying to escape from. Makes sense to me. I understand perfectly what this Colorado resident is saying and have experienced it personally. I am from Texas, been here 20 years, have run for office several times and am more conservative than the establishment. 

Was I elected? No. I am not, as one local told me, “from Wyoming.” OK, fine, but I do not whine about it on social media. The whole point of coming to Cody is to live the cowboy lifestyle and experience the natural beauty that God created for us to enjoy. 

So if you are from Timbuktu, white, black or green, welcome, embrace us … just don’t bring it with you.

(s) bob berry


(12) comments

Dewey Vanderhoff

Scott Conger: do you honestly believe that today's Republican Party even remotely resembles the Party of Lincoln in 1860 ( that was cobbled together from the wreckage of the Whigs and the Know Nothings ) ? Or that the post-civil war Old South Democrats that were Jim Crow conmen are the same as today's civil liberty Dems ? If so you would be wrong . Revisit your 6th grade civics. Relearn your forgotten history . Today's Republicans and Democrats are nowhere near being the same as their grandpappy's Klan lynchings . Just in my own lifetime since the 1950's the GOP and Dems have totally swapped ideology on things like blue collar jobs ( formerly a GOP bastion ) , the environmental movement ( endorsed by GOP decried by Dems ) , infractructure ( the GOP quit building any of it after Ike ) , and so many more examples.

You cannot make a comparison of today's political parties with their Civil War forebears and expect to have a winning argument.

Scott Conger

Dewey, I am not comparing post civil war party's to today's party's. You are the one who equated "red" states to "old south". You and I are of the age to both remember the Wallace years, and I very much suspect that you remember the Boston bombings over forced do a grave disservice to younger readers to imply that racism is entirely the domain of "the old south". You also intimated that the notoriously racist Democrats Thurmond and Wallace were somehow associated with "red" (or republican) states. They were Southern Democrats; they were racists; and the states that they represented then, as you state so eloquently, are nothing like that now, so it looks like you agree with me. So, I suppose I must apologize: you are able to change your opinion.

As far as treating Minorities equally, Liberal policies from forbidding parents to choose the schools their children attend, to every form of Welfare, nothing has worked as promised and in fact prior to the last President, Minorities have seen steady declines in home ownership, wages, two parent homes, etc. How's that for keeping them reeling from one disaster to another! The last 4 years prior to the pandemic gave all Americans a hand up and everything from wages to home ownership rose for all segments of our Society. Those gains have vanished, those policies eliminated, and we all now, from bottom to top are being groomed to accept Government handouts as being necessary and desirable in order to survive. A very sad state of affairs. Isn't it ironic that those backward, "old south" states are the ones that the Intelligentsia and wealthy are fleeing to, in order to remain open for business, pay low taxes to a fiscally responsible state government, and finally, have some semblance of freedom and prosperity?

Schelly Jordan

Mr. Berry's point is similar to many comments as a result of the recent article regarding the new billboard out by the airport. I hesitated to jump in that particular discussion as it seemed the the usual group of "writers" had already weighed in. I find myself agreeing with Mr. Berry not only philosophically but based on my own experiences. Like a number of Cody residents, I am not from here, In fact, I was not even born in the USA, instead I was born in wartime Germany. I came to this country as a young child and settled in midwestern city with a large German and Central European immigrant population. The desire of me, my family and my German, Austrian, Czech, Polish and Hungarian neighbors were singularly committed to ONE THING: assimilating into our suburban neighborhood, city, state and country. My family and others wanted nothing more that to become one with our community, adopt its' values, customs and way of life. That is the same perspective my husband (2nd gen Austrian) and I assumed when we moved to Cody years ago. We knew exactly what this community's mores, customs, history and was and we knew what what was expected of us to "blend"...and we wanted to! Thats one of the more important "draws" that brought us here! You don't have to be a political scientist, economist or sociologist to see what has happened to the states of California, New York, Washington, Colorado or cities like Boise, Minneapolis or St. Louis to see what Democratic Governors, state legislators, mayors and city councils have done to render those places expensive, dangerous and unlivable. So, should someone from California move to Cody? Sure, but don't expect the people of Cody or Wyoming to embrace the disasterous policies and practices of their home state. Instead, these transplants should embrace, assimilate, preserve and support a way of life that is all too rare in a modern society that increasingly looks to homogonize us all into the latest "groupthink" now being mandated by Washington, DC, some of the states/cities above and nearly all forms of media. Change happens but the many people of Cody (according to the CE survey) are correct in feeling that any attempt to "California" our Cody is a bad thing that should be resisted on all fronts. Be vigilant. If my parents, grandparents and fellow citizens present in 1930s Germany had not so willingly accepted a "new" way of thinking from an "outsider", the world would be a very different place today.

Dewey Vanderhoff

- you seem to conveniently ignore the deep red abundantly Republican states in the Old South and what powerhouses of intellectual greatness, quality of life, and political profundity that spawned the likes of the George Wallaces, the Strom Thrumonds , and a whole lotta KKK gatherings with thewir little strange fruit parties. In the present day if you think the likes of Guv Kristi Noem in South Dakota , Guv Abbott in Texas , Guv Kemp in Georgia, Guv deSantis in Florida et al are on the path of wisdom to American Dreamland, you are downright delusional or else listening to less than jalf your own cerebral lobes. Don't even get me going on the scorched earth that is Trumpism...

Scott Conger

Uh, Dewey, there is no such thing as "red abundantly Republican states in the Old South". The old South was staunchly Democrat. And, by the way George Wallace and Strom Thurmond were also Democrats. You remember that guy, Abe Lincoln, right? My history books labeled him as a about yours? While opinions may change (though I doubt yours can or likely ever have), Facts are darn stubborn things, wouldn't you say?

Schelly Jordan

Mr. Vanderhoff's latest missive reminds me, in some ways, of how former President Trump would occasionally respond when confronted with concepts he disagreed with. He often resorted to name-calling. Mr. Vanderhoff's reference to someone being "delusional" or "not listening to cerebral lobes" sounds kinda Trump-like, so perhaps you two have more in common than you might have thought? My adoptive mother once said that name-calling was the last refuge of the unimaginative. Wise lady was she. Now lets review Mr. Vanderhoff's history lesson. I have read about and traveled to these "deep red" states of the "Old South". If Mr. Vanderhoff has not done so, I would encourage him to do so. I have always found the subject of racial intolerance interesting s& repugnant as a result of my family's history in Germany. The antebellum South no longer exists. I have been to Atlanta, Charleston, Birmingham, Tallahassee and other places in recent years. In some places to actually visit African American colleagues (or former) in these cities. While they state racial situation is not perfect, it is no where near the situation of 1950's or 60's, In fact, many of my friends say that the situation is better in the "Old South" that in some northern and in some cases Democratic cities in terms of racial tolerance. The days of Wallace and Thurman are over, they're dead, along with their hate, face facts. The Second Klan peaked in the 1920s and the state with the largest membership was Indiana. The efforts of federal law enforcement and legal challenges of the 1960-1980s have resulted in the Anti Defamation League's 2016 report which states that "despite a persistent ability to attract media attention, organized KKK groups are actually continuing a long term trend of decline...". The "strange fruit" of Billie Holiday's song is a paean to terror in a bygone era. As for "quality of life", the "Old South" seems to be seeing an influx of people moving there, usually from Democratic states & cities. Must be painful for some folks to see those "red" states succeeding. Last month Mr. Vanderhoff cited some antique Cody residential covenants containing racial restrictions as evidence of present racism in Cody. Fortunately, someone put such documents in perspective as reflective of long gone thinking prevalent in post war USA. These existed by the tens of thousands across the country. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made all of those covenants null and void. In the suburban Midwest city I lived in as a girl, there existed such a covenant. In 1967, we welcomed the first 2 African American families to our street. The covenant was never repealed as it was irrelevant. A copy of it hangs in the county historical museum to remind people of what is now ancient history, just as Cody's covenant is just that, ancient history. A little over 3 years ago, a nice young mixed race couple moved into our subdivision here. Recently I asked the husband (African American] if he has experienced any type of racisms or problems since arriving from out-of-state. He said absolutely not, in fact he felt that folks had gone out of their way to welcome and assist them in adjusting to life in Wyoming. Oh yeah, they both said that they ditched their ball caps and sweatshirts from their past life for U of W caps and Carharts. I asked why they did that. They said "we're Codyites and we want to fit in". Nuff said...

Tom Conners

" was the last refuge of the unimaginative." Really? Is that why so many right wing kool aid drinkers label all democrats as liberal loonies and belong to ANTIFA?

Justin Smith

So a person from Texas wants to change Cody to be more conservative to his liking and not have outsiders with different opinions?

Also this is the same guy who had a mask less rally and was on the front page of the Powell Tribune calling covid-19 a hoax.

Joe Whittaker

Sure, Cody & Park County are changing...and I believe for the better. Once the old racists, politically myopic people start leaving (the area or this earth), then we can begin to make this the town it deserves to be. People are coming here to live in a great, family friendly area. People from all walks of life. But when there's harassment against those people, all that'll do is make people fight back more. You can agree with the "Don't California Our Cody" sign all you want. Heck, I think the people moving here from those states would agree. I agree to an extent, but not as 'scorched earth' an approach as some would like to see. Cody is at a crossroads, and I think the old guard needs to step aside because the next generation is ready to step up and mold this town in to what is can be. Wyoming used to be a 'Live and Let Live' some point that changed, for the worse.

Bob states, in this letter: "So if you are from Timbuktu, white, black or green, welcome, embrace us … just don’t bring it with you.-- what is "it" exactly? I would like to think you mean high taxes, more regulations, anti-business practices, etc.. But what I see with my own two eyes is that "it" means anything that goes against the republican party, anyone that is not straight, or anyone who disagrees with the aforementioned 'old guard'. This needs to change. It will...

Dewey Vanderhoff

My enrolled pureblood Native American friend with his sage dried wit say his people had really bad immigration policies, especially towards upstart Texans...

Tom Conners

By all means build a wall around Park County and let no one in that does not dance to y'all's tune,Life is a trip pal..accept change or go the way the Roman Empire did.

Pete Demoney

Huh, I've been in Wyoming all my 53 years. All of the cowboys I know would tell you to stay out of their darn business. Does that value count? I'm way more tired of the Texans, Missourians, etc. than anybody from California.

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