Guest Columns

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

Featured Mnie

Proposed “transfer” of public lands is a prelude to privatization

Commentary by Guest Column September 9, 2014 September 9, 2014

The history, politics, and economics of the state transfer movement explains why this fear is a legitimate one.

Featured democratic process

Wyoming has opportunity to correct voter disenfranchisement

Commentary by Guest Column August 28, 2014 August 28, 2014

Advocates say democratic process suffers in Wyoming for lack of restoring voting rights to former felons.

Featured epa's plan

The lamest of excuses for faulting the EPA’s carbon plan

Commentary by Guest Column August 12, 2014 August 12, 2014

This idea that the U.S. should do nothing because we can’t immediately solve the problem by ourselves is a gloomy one.

Featured Oil and gas

Time for Wyoming to reform oil and gas bonding regs

Commentary by Guest Column August 3, 2014 August 3, 2014

Why doesn’t the oil and gas industry have to live up to the same standards applied to other industries?

Environment air regulation

A Wyoming two step for better air regulations

Commentary by Guest Column July 17, 2014 July 17, 2014

Wyoming can improve upon air quality regulations by applying them evenly throughout the state.

Featured climate change

Who should we trust in climate change debate?

Commentary by Guest Column June 24, 2014 June 24, 2014

In the climate change debate, we can listen to attorneys hired by corporations to make a case, or scientists who’ve studied the problem for decades.

Featured Wyoming budget

Cale Case: Wyoming budget process needs fixed

Commentary by Guest Column June 3, 2014 June 3, 2014

The last-minute amendment to block Next Generation Science Standards should have been a stand-alone bill.

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Nursing community poised to improve care in Wyoming

Commentary by Guest Column May 6, 2014 May 6, 2014

Community colleges and the University of Wyoming are collaborating to increase the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees.

Guest Columns Grand Teton

Keeping public lands in public hands is good politics, and good business

Commentary by Guest Column May 6, 2014 May 6, 2014

The Republican National Committee’s endorsement of proposals to turn our public lands over to Western states is wrong-headed and bad for America.

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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.

Featured Wyoming Coal Safety

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.