Guest Columns

Voices from across Wyoming sound off on important issues and offer personal insights in WyoFile’s Guest Columns.

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Corporations lie. So what?

Commentary by WyoFile April 22, 2014 April 22, 2014

Corporate coercion could drive away legitimate researchers and replace them with the sort of scientists who used to work for the cigarette companies.

Featured University of Wyoming

Message from Session: UW Must Do More to Help Itself

Commentary by Guest Column March 20, 2014 March 20, 2014

University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity says UW has little choice but to examine increased student tuition and fees.

Featured University of Wyoming

Let’s talk about the direction of the University of Wyoming

Commentary by Guest Column March 20, 2014 March 20, 2014

Emeritus professor of geology Peter Shive wants to have a conversation about the fossil fuel industry influence on UW.

Featured Cari Wullner – Wyoming outdoor recreation industry

Strong conservation policies mean strong local businesses

Commentary by Guest Column February 20, 2014 February 20, 2014

Outdoor recreation contributes more than $646 billion annually to the U.S. economy, and here in Wyoming, direct consumer spending on outdoor recreation adds $4.5 billion …

Featured Steve Harshman and Eli Bebout

Planning for Wyoming’s future

Commentary by WyoFile February 18, 2014 February 18, 2014

What should we spend and what should we save? Responsible saving has served us well and we need to continue this practice going forward.

Featured Dick McGinity and Dave Bostrom - University of Wyoming

The Sternbergian Coronation of UW President McGinity; A Quiz

Commentary by WyoFile February 13, 2014 February 13, 2014

UW Professor Emeritus Peter Shive proctors a pop quiz on the Coronation of UW President Dick McGinity.

Featured Eric Barlow - WyoFile

State budget should be based on cash on hand

Commentary by Guest Column February 7, 2014 February 7, 2014

Rep. Eric Barlow (R-Gillette) says Wyoming’s budget should be based on cash available rather than forecasted revenues. The state also needs a fund for unforeseen …

Featured Carol Frost – Wyoming News

Past UW leaders built a solid foundation for university’s future

Commentary by Guest Column December 31, 2013 December 31, 2013

Thanks to Buchanan and Allen UW has been a strong institution, with a clear mission to create and share knowledge and to serve the state.

Featured Nicole Ballenger – University of Wyoming

The Biggest Little University in the World

Commentary by Guest Column December 19, 2013 December 19, 2013

Wyoming has the smallest state population, but students aren’t limited in their ambitions. UW must therefore be among the “biggest little universities in the world.”

Featured Professor Jeffrey Lockwood Questions UW Trustee Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy

Conflicts of Interest: Can we trust UW trustees?

Commentary by Jeffrey Lockwood November 12, 2013 November 12, 2013

As the new University of Wyoming president pushes ethical leadership, UW trustees fail to report close ties to industries UW helps develop.

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The quest for safety in Wyoming coal mines

Commentary by Phil Roberts November 12, 2013 November 12, 2013

Accidents have plagued Wyoming coal mines since territorial times, when mines lacked many of the safety features required in today’s mines.

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UW professor emeritus Peter Shive: ‘Why am I still here?’

Commentary by WyoFile November 9, 2013 November 9, 2013

Emeritus professor of geology Peter Shive writes a column about preserving the qualities that make the University of Wyoming unique.

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Simpson Forum: Wyoming’s identity & the Johnson County War

Commentary by Guest Column October 8, 2013 October 8, 2013

John Davis writes that the Johnson County War had profound political consequences for Wyoming by causing a shakeup in the Republican party.

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Simpson Forum: Wyoming’s Political Identity by Dave Raynolds

Commentary by Guest Column October 8, 2013 October 8, 2013

Buffalo rancher Dave Raynolds writes about Wyoming’s homegrown educational system and agriculture industry, saying the state needs to make its own choices.

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Liz Cheney is too new in Wyoming to “get it”

Commentary by Guest Column July 30, 2013 July 30, 2013

Liz Cheney came to Wyoming with the message that Wyoming needs a new voice in D.C. But there’s no substitute for knowledge and love of …

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Public Lands Pay Dividends

Commentary by Guest Column July 9, 2013 July 9, 2013

Could REI survive without America’s outdoor playground – our nation’s public lands?

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Wyoming’s energy policy should consider climate change

Commentary by Guest Column June 25, 2013 June 25, 2013

The U.S. is one of the world’s leading emitters of greenhouse gases and Wyoming’s energy policy should aim to reduce emissions.

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We voted differently on water pollution and that’s OK

Commentary by WyoFile April 30, 2013 April 30, 2013

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioners Ryan Lance and Tom Drean explain why their commission approved a disputed water proposal.

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Flaring Has Many Costs, Few Excuses

Commentary by WyoFile April 26, 2013 April 26, 2013

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission has an environmental and economic duty to regulate wasteful gas flaring as new oil production comes online.

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Is coal making a comeback?

Commentary by High Country News April 9, 2013 April 9, 2013

A “symbiotic relationship” between natural gas and renewables has yet to make as much headway as hoped.