Monthly Archives: June 2016

Still Unresolved In Natrona County

by Mike Pyatt

A dose of Solomon’s wisdom would be welcome. This controversy regarding Natrona County GOP Chair, Bonnie Foster’s apparent primary endorsement of Pat Sweeney, candidate for HD 58, who’s apposing the incumbent Tom Reeder, is still unresolved in the mind of some in the Natrona County GOP party. Reeder has been at odds with Foster over issues since last year, at the State Convention at Casper College, when Reeder filed a complaint with the State Central Committee, regarding Foster’s administration of the 2015, election of officers, and a dispute over a proxy ballot from a Casper physician, that was personally received and delivered by Tom Reeder. Chairman Foster insisted that she already received his ballot. According to Reeder, he suggested they phone the physician to clarify the matter. Foster relented, and she shredded the invalid proxy, she held. In that same election, more ballots were tallied than potential voters. Ultimately, the votes were certified by the Natrona County clerk. read more

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Fed Mismanagement Fuels Sagebrush Rebellion

by Maury JonesMauryJones3

One morning I found that a bird had built its nest in the parted mane of Jumbo, our gentle draft horse. I called our veterinarian to tell him of the novelty. He claimed he had a sure-fire way of solving the problem. I said, “That’s easy; just destroy the nest and shoo the bird away.” He said that would rile the bird lovers. Too risky. He advised me to sprinkle brewer’s yeast over the nest and the mane. Screwy “solution” but I tried it. Sure enough, within hours the bird and its nest were gone and Jum was back to normal. I asked him why that worked. He replied, “Yeast is yeast and nest is nest and never the mane shall tweet.” read more

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Political Mischief In Natrona County GOP?

by Mike Pyatt

Haven’t we learned the bitter lesson of being too distracted by national politics, at the expense of taking our eye off local politicos? It may sound contrarian, and politically unglamorous, but the notion of “limited government” appeals more with each passing piece of legislation, whether it originates at the local, state or federal level. Staunch conservatives aren’t advocating for a cloistered life. Contrastingly, we’re inclined to speak out, stand up, and rarely avoid a worthy scrum. However, the State of Wyoming continues to look less like that which many generations recall-morally, fiscally, and politically. It’s evident that an “R” behind the politician’s name means very little. Unfortunately, unchecked, mischief, duplicity and rule violations occur in the GOP, at the state and county level, when leadership arrogantly pursues self-interest, over the citizens they pledge to represent. read more

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I Feel. Therefore I Might Be!

by Mike Pyatt

“Cogito ergo sum,” is a Latin philosophical proposition by French philosopher, Rene Descartes, usually translated into English as “I think, therefore I am.” This proposition became a fundamental element of Western philosophy, circa 1644, as it appeared in Latin, in his Principles of Philosophy. Translated in French, “je pense, donc je suis,“ he asserted that the very act of doubting one’s existence served, at a minimum, as proof of one’s own mind. In a similar vein, the Scripture posited, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” The former is a existential validation of self. The latter’s a validation of internal authenticity. It doesn’t mean if you’re a rotund five-foot tall white male, but “feel” you’re a six-foot five, svelte female from Senegal, that its fact, or entitles one to special privilege-except the loony bin. read more

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Predation by Wolves is Grief for Ranchers

by Maury JonesMauryJones3

On May 23 Jackson Hole rancher Russ Lucas went to his pasture to investigate his bellowing cows. As he approached the herd he could see they were riled and agitated. They were gathered around the bloody carcass of one of their calves and were vocally upset.

A pack of wolves had killed and eaten the week-old calf during the night. The ground around the carcass was all torn up where the cows had milled about, trying to get courage enough to drive the wolves away. All they could do was watch. The mama cow had been bitten on the hind end, undoubtedly during heroic efforts to save her calf. read more

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