Guest Essays & Editorials

In Letters to the Editor to the Powell Tribune dated Aug. 17, 2021, Mary Keller, current Wyoming Rising chair, spoke out against the Cheney “firing” and the Big Lie. Former chair, Harriet Bloom Wilson, criticized the Trump train in the recent parade in Powell. Thank you leaders for your opinions! Mary’s letter: Last November, sensing trouble while anticipating renewed civility, I wrote about Honeybee Democracy…

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The Wyoming Office of Tourism and Park County Travel Council promote Cody as a prime travel destination in Wyoming. They tout Cody as a family friendly town welcoming to all visitors. Tourism is the second biggest industry in Wyoming. Many Cody businesses and jobs depend on maintaining this welcoming atmosphere. This vision of Cody and the resulting tourist economy is sorely jeopardized by the vendor…

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Reprinted from the Washington Post: Opinion by Jennifer Rubin Columnist June 29, 2021 at 5:45 a.m. MDT We want to believe that goodwill can foster a return to less contentious and hyperpartisan times. But what if one side adopts noxious views antithetical to democracy — and, worse, rejects the basic premise of America? We have witnessed Republicans’ reflexive defense of the disgraced former president’s illegal…

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Spies in Wyoming?

Reprinted from the New York Times – June 25, 2021 They Seemed Like Democratic Activists. They were Secretly Conservative Spies by Mark Mazzetti and Adam Goldman CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The young couple posing in front of the faux Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas fit right in, two people in a sea of idealistic Democrats who had arrived in the city in…

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Ronn Smith Chair, Wyoming Rising March 3, 2021 Simply put, Medicaid is a joint federal-state health insurance program for low-income people that traditionally focused on children, pregnant women, the elderly and the disabled. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), each state was permitted the option to expand eligibility to include low-income able-bodied adults. Most of these are working people who lack employer-provided health insurance and…

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Editorial by Ronn Smith, January 2021. The last few months have strained America’s constitutional democracy, which Bill Moyers described as “our defense against ourselves, the one foe who might defeat us.” Granted, Donald Trump acted within his rights by launching in scattergun fashion scores of legal challenges to the 2020 vote count. But when that failed, he twisted the arms of state officials, rebuked his…

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