Guest Essays & Editorials

Message from Nate Martin Healthy Wyoming Check out this graphic. It’s an illustration of how a bill becomes a law in the Wyoming Legislature. If we’re going to expand Medicaid in Wyoming and provide basic healthcare access to 24,000 of our uninsured neighbors, we need the Legislature to pass a bill making it law. Right now, we’re on Step One of that path. We need…

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Immigration—A Hot Button Issue.

Civil liberties are an issue of advocacy for Wyoming Rising, a local 501(c)4 nonprofit organization. Immigration and non-citizen workers are a major component of civil liberties in our nation. Immigration always makes it to the top priority in political party platforms and policy discussions. With climate extremes becoming more commonplace throughout the world (droughts, huge destructive storms, floods, etc.) and violence and oppression occurring in…

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How residents can help shape Park County’s Land Use Plan: Public meetings in Powell, Cody and Meeteetse scheduled for June   Reprinted from the POWELL TRIBUNE – June 9, 2022. By Eric Gill https://www.powelltribune.com/stories/how-residents-can-help-shape-park-countys-land-use-plan,41197?   Park County residents who are concerned about future growth have an opportunity to be heard. The county is updating its Land Use Plan, starting with a trio of upcoming meetings…

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Here are eight tips for having better conversations across our differences. By Mónica Guzmán | April 26, 2022 | Greater Good Magazine To be most useful and alive, our opinions—particularly our political opinions—must be in curious conversation with each other. When we’re divided, politics feels like it’s exclusively about stopping the other side. But at its core, politics is about how we coexist wisely, how…

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Wyoming Humanities Council offers some insightful web events. Recently, it featured Baktash Ahadi, who was born in Afghanistan and then moved to the US with his family. He served in the Peace Corps and then served as an interpreter and cultural advisor for the US in Afghanistan. He continues his work by producing, writing, speaking, and teaching about “individual, organizational and cultural change.” His message…

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The Covid Vaccine Imperative

By Ronn Smith, Wyoming Rising, September 30, 2021 On September 18th of this year, protesters gathered in Cody to express their outrage at COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Among them were State Representatives Dan Laursen and Rachael Rodriguez-Williams, and State Senator Tim French. Ostensibly the protest was about personal freedom and the rejection of government controls, not the merits of getting vaccinated. If so, then why not…

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