Monthly Archives: September 2016

Let Us Face It

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt
Mike Pyatt

Political races reveal the best and worst of the human condition. With the advent of television and 24/7 media access to politics, there’s an inordinate focus on presidential campaigns, and external glitz. It started with the Nixon Kennedy debate. The 2016 presidential race is no exception. Hillary’s medical background, has drawn comments from medical experts, political pundits, and novice alike. Both Trump and Clinton’s handlers make every attempt to enhance their candidate’s public persona. Trump acknowledged on Dr. Oz, “I would like to lose ten to fifteen pounds.” It’s Hillary’s pant suits and fainting. read more

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Cowboy Common Sense Last Article With JHNG

by Maury JonesMauryJones3

Final column in the weekly Jackson Hole News and Guide, published Sept 21, 2016, entitled, “Common Sense rides away into the sunset”   http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/opinion/columnists/cowboy_common_sense/common-sense-rides-away-into-the-sunset/article_cae7afe6-78b0-5b75-8ebc-e8a0ff539993.html

This is my final column. The newspaper Editorial Board has decided to go a different direction with page A7 therefore opinion columns have been discontinued there. This cowboy is riding off into the sunset hoping that common sense will eventually prevail. read more

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Where Few In Wyoming Will Tread

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt
Mike Pyatt

Since our founding, America has been a generous nation, with a storied history of charitable and philanthropic giving. Last year Americans donated a staggering 373 billion dollars to charitable causes. People dig into their pockets for a variety of reasons. Passion, gratitude, generosity, conviction, tax write off, or perhaps, some for guilt. Most early endeavors were Christian based. The Bible’s rife with references regarding helping the less fortunate. Industrialist, 19th Century philanthropist, Scottish born Andrew Carnegie, whose 1887, “Gospel of Wealth,” explained his rationale for giving away his vast fortune to causes he believed his Christian duty. Scripture informs us that, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Some say in jest, “He’ll even accept it from a grump.” Give out of the abundance of the heart! read more

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So, There’s No Thirteenth Floor?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt
Mike Pyatt

 

Triskaidekaphobia isn’t a recent phenomena. To the general population, it’s an irrational, unwarranted fear of the digit thirteen. A Greek word, that’s hard to pronounce-but harder to treat. An estimated 10% of Americans are actively superstitious about the number. There’s a myriad of theories of its origin. Some contend the Last Supper was attended by thirteen, speculating that the traitor Judas was the thirteenth person at the table. Thirteen reportedly was considered good luck in ancient China and Egypt. Speculators claim that Jesus was crucified on the Friday the 13th-thus a cursed number. read more

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A Wolf is a Wolf is a Wolf

by Maury JonesMauryJones3

Thank you for comments on my last column regarding the wolf, which I compared to a disease infecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It hit a nerve. Expressing an alternate point of view in an opinion column should set the stage for thoughtful public discussion and debate. Since this is obviously a very divisive issue, let’s apply common sense to what some of you labeled as nonsense.

First, search the web for wolf subspecies. Some sites claim that subspecies doesn’t matter while other sites claim there are as many as 14 subspecies in North America. Taxonomic listing, photos, description, habits and home range give credence to a subspecies’ uniqueness. Yes, a few wander outside their core area but that is the exception. If all of them ranged freely they would interbreed with other wolves until their subspecie disappeared. No, there is not a wall or ocean prohibiting them from mixing with other subspecies, but their DNA keeps them generally in their home range and separate enough to classify. Even though there are no barriers to prevent it, Canadian wolves did not migrate to Yellowstone in the 80 years after local wolves disappeared. These wolves were brought here by government. Taxonomists say the original Northern Rocky Mountains Wolf was smaller than this introduced wolf and didn’t run in large packs. read more

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