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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Where Are The Images?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Americans value photos and images. We’re reminded a picture’s worth a thousand words. Six years of unrelenting televised anti-war protests softened an ever obsequious public’s will against the Vietnam War. The graphic photos hastened its demise. The New York Times and other major news outlets did their best to stoke anti-war sentiment. Second Lieutenant, William Calley was charged with six specifications of premeditated murder on September 5, 1969, associated with the MyLai Massacre of around four hundred unarmed South Vietnamese civilians on March 16, 1968. He was convicted of personally murdering twenty two civilians and sentenced to life imprisonment. His sentence was reduced on appeal to twenty years, and further reduced to ten years by the Secretary of the Army. Many thought Calley was the “scapegoat”. He was paroled in 1974, after serving a third of his ten year sentence. His photo appeared on the April 12,1971, Time Magazine, titled, “Who Shares the Guilt?”. read more

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Eclipse Offers Opportunity for Thoughts, Appreciation

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“When you clamor for public ownership of the means of production, you are clamoring for public ownership of the mind.” — Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged,” 1957 —

As I trekked to Torrington on Monday to observe our recent solar eclipse — and, prior to this one, I’ve never seen one completely total — I couldn’t help but think of all the thoughts of all the individuals who’ve lived over the millennia who made predicting that eclipse possible. Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton and Einstein, just to name a few — an invisible web of thoughts that spanned dozens of men and more than a dozen centuries. read more

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Moral Motions Meet Economic Prosperity

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Many confuse micro and macro economics. Few understand the marginal propensity to save or consume. Most understand a three percent GDP has investors and markets mesmerized. Conservative economists attribute the impetus to President Trump’s turbo charged economic stimulus. Craft and trade workers, those who “shower after work,” now feel the momentum of his “Make America Great Again” policies. More dollars in one’s pocket. Democrats predicted economic disaster. Solid indicators are hard to dismiss, as historic low unemployment, or home ownership among blacks and Latinos at historic high levels. Eighteen states legislated an increase in the minimum wage rate for 2018. read more

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