Monthly Archives: December 2017

Christmas In The Rearview Mirror

by Mike Pyatt 

Mike Pyatt

Christmas 2017, is on the books. The National Retailers Association bragged about a record Christmas, both in brick and mortar, and online sales. Economic optimism and President Trump’s turbo charged economy appear to be the drivers behind that report. Consumer Reports said millions are still hamstrung with credit card debt from Christmas of 2016, and they spent 3% more this year. Myths about Christmas persist. Scoffer, naysayer, and scrooge carped after discovering another lump of coal in their stocking. Prince, president or royalty gain no greater joy than paupers. Some have cast unwarranted blame at the Christmas season and attendant festivities for a spike in suicide. According to Psychology Today, the suicide rate peaks in the springtime, not wintertime. Certainly not at Christmas. To the contrary, most people with suicidal thoughts find some degree of insulation from such perverted thoughts by the proximity of their family, relatives or friends at Christmas time, and the prospect, of “things getting better from here on.” A legitimate springboard for hope. read more

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Groping For Answers in Wyoming

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

The recent allegation against Wyoming’s Secretary of State Ed Murray, considering the onslaught from #Me Too campaign, surprised few. Murray vehemently denied the allegations from thirty-fives years ago. His accuser evidently has a renewed interest in making the details public, after discussing it with her seventeen year old daughter, who reportedly pressed mom to tell her story. Tatiana Maxwell insists her allegations aren’t politically motivated. The alleged sexual assault happened, she maintains, when she was an eighteen year old intern at a law firm in Cheyenne in the 1982. When she was reached by phone by the Denver Post, Maxwell said, “This supersedes politics, because it affects women across the spectrum,” she continued, “It’s about standing up for ourselves and younger women who followed us.” Though she insisted it wasn’t a comfortable thing to discuss, she used graphic details to outline that incident, that “horrified and disgusted” her. According to a CST article, Maxwell had donated nearly $73,000 dollars to Democratic organizations in Wyoming, Colorado and nationally since 1998. She claimed she was unaware Murray had considered a gubernatorial run. Murray said, “I struggle to understand what would motivate someone to make this kind of accusation.” If it’s true, did Maxwell have amnesia? If it’s untrue, how does Murray refute it? Was she swayed by the recent allegations against men across the nation? Is it assassination by accusation? read more

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