Commentary

The political fates of our nation and of Wyoming are being decided right now across the country through a series of presidential primaries, debates and caucuses.

Soon, members of the tourism industry in Wyoming will be gathering in Cheyenne to celebrate a banner year, which saw about ten million people visiting the state in 2015, including over 4 million visiting Yellowstone National Park.

Picture this:  State Sen. Leland Christensen (R-Alta) is walking the neighborhoods of Worland knocking on doors. It is cold and snowy. He encounters “a friend of a friend” and they talk for 20 minutes.

It is embarrassing to see how shortsighted and stingy, the “settler” members of our Wyoming legislature can be.

It is easy to feel good about Wyoming’s future when visiting the Big Horn Basin.

Not sure what a writer from Torrington, Oscar nominations and Rudyard Kipling have in common, but that is what this column covers.

For some reason, small town newspaper publisher-types get called upon often to speak at funerals. I have done it many times.

The wind is our neighbor. Wind was here first. We deal with it. – Number 14 on the list of fundamental values.

When you talk about Wyoming people or think about our wonderful state, are there specific universal truths and fundamental values that come to mind?

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