A Look Back: December 29, 2017

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100 Years Ago
Dec. 27, 1917
Goshen County Journal
A calendar party is jolly at New Year
A calendar party makes a novel and informal entertainment for the evening of New Year’s Day or any night during holiday week.
It is a very pretty idea to make the invitations look as much like the first page of one of the single-leaf calendars as possible. Paste on a sheet of white note paper a leaflet from the calendar bearing the date on which the party is to be held. Below this, write:
This is an invitation hearty
To my little Calendar party.
Next Monday night at eight o’clock
Bring all the wits you have in stock.
Be sure to come whate’er the weather;
We’ll have a jolly time together.
75 Years Ago
Dec. 31, 1942
War Board concludes meeting
Meeting to discuss methods of achieving food productions goals for 1943, 52 delegates from six Eastern Wyoming counties convened in Torrington Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in a district Dept. of Agriculture War Board gathering. Counties participating in the discussions included Converse, Niobrara, Platte, Albany, Laramie and Goshen.
Presiding over the meeting was J.S. Veeder, the Wyoming National Forest director and a member of the USDA War Board, and W. R. Morten, local chairman. Many government agencies, organized to meet the emergencies created by war time needs, were represented. Agency leaders presented the problems that must be solved by the farmers of the country if food is to be produced adequate to meet the needs of this nation, its armies and the lend-lease countries.
F.P. Lane of Laramie County discussed the importance of food in any war and the relative importance of food in a war of the present scope. He outlined the part the United States farmers are playing in furnishing the United Nations with food materials.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 28, 1967
Traffic toll to worsen before gets better
With a new year ahead, what’s the outlook for traffic safety?
The question is an important one, according to Col. F. J. Wickam, director of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Wickam believes the traffic toll may get worse before it shows any improvement.
“Many feel the new federal safety standards will work some kind of magic and immediate cure-all,” he said. “Nothing is further from the truth.”
It’s well and good to have the added authority of the federal safety standards. But, as Wickam pointed out, it will take a number of years before the new standards affect most of the cars and drivers on the road. He listed several “pressures” influencing the projected upward trend in traffic accidents, including increased numbers of young drivers, greater speeds, failure to use seat belts and alcohol.
“When you consider these influences carefully, you realize each is a matter of individual responsibility,” Wickam said. “They involve problems of human behavior. The immediate solutions are up to individuals drivers and pedestrians.
25 Years Ago
Dec. 29, 1992
NAFTA could destroy sugar industry
With the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the federal government may have accomplished what it was previously impossible to do – import more sugar and reduce the price, according to North Platte Valley Beetgrowers Association President Dennis Eisenbarth.
“We are extremely disappointed that President Bush has signed an agreement that is so unjust for U.S. sugar farmers and unfair to American consumers,” he said. “The agreement permits the less-efficient Mexico producers to flood the U.S. market after the sixth year, undermining the current industry.”
The sugar industry creates 200,000 jobs a year and adds $10 billion to the U.S. economy annually, Eisenbarth said.
He says the administration has been trying to decrease the sugar price support guarantee in the sugar program every time the farm bill came up on the Legislature. Eisenbarth said he believes the NAFTA is the way the federal government will accomplish this without including the normal, legislative processes.

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