Monthly Archives: June 2017

Speaking of Benefits

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Years ago in Corporate America, in the world or recruitment, rarely did one inquire about salary in the early stages of the interview process. At some point, salary range was discussed and the array of benefits commensurate with the position. Today the importance of benefits are elevated more than ever, according to a recent Kellogg School of Management survey. If one has dependents, it takes on new significance. Most know rising health care cost has shifted to the employee side of the ledger. With many small employers, benefits packages are slim to non-existent. Those fortunate enough to get multiple job offers, may consider less dollars in salary for an organization rich with benefits. Obama Care put the squeeze on small firms who’ve had to reduce staff to part-time to avoid the strangling cost of providing healthcare benefits. read more

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Who Is Running Our City?

(Aurthor’s Note) The City of Cheyenne seeks to plunder the pockets of its Sanitation customers … While they throw a $76,000 study into the trash that gives them an honest way (as honest as it can get in a mixed economy, at any rate) to raise millions of dollars to pay the bills for infrastructure. Why? Because they don’t want to anger the business interests who control them and have them in their pockets!! This isn’t money corrupting politics, this is politics corrupting money … read more

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City Budget Shenanigans

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“I realize this presents a challenge to you … But this gives us all some time to get our heads wrapped around the very rapidly increasing bond payment we’ve discovered on the Spiker parking garage.” — Cheyenne City Councilman Dicky Shanor, Speaking to Mayor Marian Orr, City Council Meeting, June 12, 2017 —

For anyone laboring under the delusion that Cheyenne’s City Council has any kind of a clue about proper ways to spend money, or even how it is they are spending it, this story should abuse you of those delusions: read more

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Instruments of Tyranny

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny.” — Calvin Coolidge, “Memorial Continental Hall Speech,” 1924 —

For anyone who has an honest interest in what Wyoming’s financial problems are — and the ways to not solve them — you’ll find all the answers you need right here:

“Some state lawmakers [the Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee] are facing a bear of a task during this year’s interim as they must address the dreaded five-letter word no one wants to hear: Taxes … As Wyoming enters another year of dismal revenues because of a downturn in the prices of minerals, the state’s elected officials are trying to figure out how to cope with deficits. That includes a projected $1.8 billion shortfall in education funding through the next five years.” (“Wyoming lawmakers consider tax increases to meet deficits,” WTE, May 24.) read more

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Belong To Yesterday?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Rear view mirrors serve a function. However, one’s obligated to spend more time looking through the windshield to navigate the circuitous roads ahead. Threescore and ten generation members have been criticized for our “rear-view mirror syndrome.” That’s valid. Few phrases aggravate younger generations more than “In my day we…” Nevertheless, there’s wisdom in reflecting on yesterday. Visiting for perspective-not setting up housekeeping.

Some from aged generations have disdain for the Beatles, mostly philosophical.Their 1965, hit,Yesterday, are haunting lyrics of lost love, and conflicted feelings, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away…Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play…Oh, I believe in yesterday…There’s a shadow hanging over me…Now I need a place to hide away, Oh, I believe in yesterday.” We get it. Lost love is vexing. Morose sentiments persist. Yesterday, it’s not a hiding place. Memories are for visitation, not an retreat from life. read more

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