Monthly Archives: February 2018

Upholding “Permanent Things”

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Stunned Americans grapple once again to make sense of the six minute shooting carnage in Parkland, Florida, perpetrated by a “troubled” 19 year old, who had operated under law enforcement’s radar. Stoneman Douglas high school students anticipated this tragic event that has sparked the ensuing debate as how to end these senseless massacres. We’ve seen this rerun before. Once the pain, anger, speculation and viscerally charged comments subside, perhaps a precious few will peer beyond the beguiling symptoms that we’ve seen since Columbine, and explore the underlying roots of this upheaval. read more

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Casper’s SOGI Resolution-Where’s the Debate?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Wednesday’s K2 News headline told us that the Casper City Council won’t hold a public hearing on the SOGI resolution scheduled for February 20th. Council member Chris Walsh said, “I think that this will be so divisive that people will attack each other.” Dallas Laird said it isn’t an ordinance. Should that mitigate our concern? Many understand how pernicious philosophies like SOGI infiltrates our community. Will they vote on it at a February 13th, 4:30, Work Session, to skirt public input? Does that violate Wyoming meeting statutes? If they vote it down, it’s not over. This issue’s like herpes: Just when you think it’s gone, it shows up again. read more

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A Time For Political Assaying In Wyoming

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Anyone remember the Gold Rush of 1848, at Sutter’s Mill, California? Like a moth to a flame, it attracted tens of thousands of people with “gold fever” by land and sea seeking their fortune. The non-California Territory population swelled to more than 100,000, compared to the pre-rush figure of less than 1,000 in 1847. Lands accessible by boat drew migrants, mostly men, from places like Mexico, Chile, Cape Horn, Panama, Peru, and even China. That same year near the Kenai River in Alaska, gold was discovered with similar outcomes-booms and busts. read more

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