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Opponents of Impact Fees Distort Facts in Campaign

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington


“Just because something works doesn’t mean it is desirable. Concentration camps work, if your purpose is to enslave people. Stealing works, if all you care about is money. Lying works, if you don’t give a damn about your personal integrity. Literally anything, no matter how monstrously immoral will work, depending on your desires and how you define the term ‘work.’” — Sy Leon, “None of the Above,” 1976 —

In discussing the possibility of impact fees for Cheyenne a few weeks back (“Who is Running Our City?”, WTE, June 25), I quoted Ward 2 Councilman Dr. Mark Rinne as explaining his “No” vote on that issue: “We were inundated with emails (from impact fee opponents) this weekend,” he said (“Impact fees off Cheyenne’s table,” WTE, March 24, 2015). read more

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Politics Corrupting Money, not the Other Way Around

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington


“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” — James Madison, Virginia State Convention, 1829 —

It’s an interesting thesis former Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson puts forth in his recent column, “Money’s reign in politics nation’s No. 1 problem” (WTE, Aug. 9) — but it’s a failed thesis that needs challenging.

“Money’s dominance over politics,” Simpson says, “is the number one problem our nation faces. It is a growing crisis that prevents us from tackling anything else … Either we are a country that makes decisions based on the common good, or one where the size of your wallet determines the worth of your ideas.” read more

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Stars Don’t Determine Fates

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington


“Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.” — Isaac Asimov, “The Deadly Misinformation,” 1982 —

After I ran my astronomy piece last week (“My Friends Up in the Sky,”), a good friend of a reader was joking with me and asked me if I’d cast him a horoscope.

I shuddered before I replied:

“While ASTRONOMY (i.e., the study of the nature of celestial bodies and the manner in which they interact) is a legitimate science,” I said, “ASTROLOGY (i.e., the belief in the supposed influence of the stars and planets on human affairs and characters) is certainly no such thing.” read more

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My Friends Up in the Sky

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington


“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” — Isaac Newton, “Memoirs of the Life, Writings and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton,” 1855 —

I’ve mentioned before that I was an astronomy freak when I was a kid — and, with a total solar eclipse heading our way on Aug. 21, I can’t help but want to share a few thoughts on those topics. read more

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Taking Everything You Have

By Bradley Harrington

Author’s Note: You wouldn’t expect a hamburger stand without any customers to do very well, would you?? Yet we keep shoveling millions and MILLIONS of dollars into an “airport” and “air service” that DOESN’T HAVE ANY PASSENGERS … And then, when that fails, we throw MORE money at it!! These local fools should strongly consider running for federal office … Give them the chance and they’ll all take everything you have!! read more

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