In The Mail

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Thanks to those who have worked so hard against COVID-19


Please accept this thank-you to all the people of Park County, especially our multiple community, school city and county partners who have worked so hard in the past two months to prepare for the COVID-19.

Throughout  the county, preparations have been going on behind the scenes for many weeks. From the creation of a food safety net, to transportation resources, health care facilities and social services, the teamwork has been exceptional. The compassion is overwhelming.

If you would like to volunteer as more needs arise in our community, sign up on the Park County Health Department or Facebook page. Our phone number is 222-4145.

Dr. Laurel Desnick 

and the Park County Health Department



Boosting your immune system


School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding ... We live in a new coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply social distancing, sanitize surfaces, wash your hands, don’t touch your face. But, there’s more ...

Does anyone wonder why uncounted numbers of infected people develop no symptoms and only 20 percent of symptomatic people require hospitalization? It’s because they have an effective immune system able to fight off the virus. But the CDC does not talk about that, perhaps for fear of offending powerful animal food industries.

Fortunately, good advice on boosting our immune system is readily available on the internet from trusted sources like WebMD and Healthline. And the advice is always the same:

• Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and leafy greens

• Refrain from dairy, other fatty animal products, and sugar-laden foods.

• Maintain daily exercise of 30-60 minutes.

• Minimize your stress level and get adequate sleep.

Did I mention that this advice works great for all other nasty bugs as well? 

Logan Easterly




How to utilize that $26 million


A few weeks ago it was mentioned in The Livingston Enterprise that there had been gathered by a grant writer $26 million dollars for Park County. I’ve not seen a description of these grants as yet. I figure a grant is given with some intention of how it is used and look forward to those intentions being shared with the people of the county.

Meanwhile, I wonder how that money could be constructively used. I wonder about the need for low-income housing. I wonder about some of the low-income neighborhoods having been taken over in some fashion or another. I’ve heard that there are other areas that the town looks to annex. I wonder about how that can be; that we take over low-income neighborhoods and then cry out that there is not enough low-income housing — and God forbid that the talk of ADU zoning is to help alleviate this need for low-income housing. We take over their homes and then offer them a doll house to live in?

I wonder about this $26 million dollars. I wonder if there is wiggle room for the paying off of city debt that may be held by these neighborhoods and that the people/families can continue to live in their homes which are needed for low-income families. I figure they didn’t have enough income to meet those debts that are always eating away their livelihood. Those debts to the town for electric, water and upgrading for sewage into the town’s sewage system. Wouldn’t it be a “ten/ten” for the town to have these debts and upgrades taken care of, filling our coffers, and at the same time people are able to be freed from their payments toward pooling their money in an attempt to meet those neighborhood needs. If those needs and debts are gone, then they would be able to pay their utilities and remain in their low-income homes as their neighborhood is annexed. And wouldn’t this be great if it could be retroactive, as possible, for those areas that have already been taken over?

To me this sounds like an excellent way to utilize some of that $26 million dollars.

What do you think?

Susan Vernon