Commentary

Wyoming’s back roads and mountain roads are some of the best-kept secrets of our great state.

These are the places favored by the locals and cherished by visitors who can’t help coming back to them again and again.

It could be argued that many of the core values and traditional activities cherished by most Wyoming people do not match up with the values of the majority of American citizens.

If not so today, how will those values match up in the distant future?

After visiting six states in the last three weeks, it is abundantly clear that we are no longer in the pesky drought that affected western states in such a dire way over the last two decades.

The greenest state, though, is Wyoming. The Red Desert now has a new name: The Green Desert.

If I were asked to give a commencement talk to a group of high school graduates this year, here is what I would have told them:
Today’s graduating seniors face a much different world than the one faced by their parents and grandparents.

Xenophobia: intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.

When it comes to national and state elections, 2016 will be remembered as a real doozy.

Now keep in mind, in those days Lander was a big town in Wyoming. It was bigger than Gillette, Douglas, Cody, Riverton, Green River, Evanston, Rawlins, Worland, Jackson, Powell and Buffalo. Today, most of those towns are bigger than Lander or about the same size.

Part 2 - Impartial observers like the late Gov. Ed Herschler would point at Lander as the “worst hit” town in Wyoming during the 1980s depression. To those of us who lived through it, we certainly agreed with him, although that distinction brought us no solace.

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