Guest Columns

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

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This Land is Your Land: Let’s keep the public in public lands

Commentary by Guest Column December 2, 2014 December 2, 2014

Advocates of state sovereignty claim that states will do a superior job of managing public lands. Examination of these assertions against historical evidence tells a …

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Clean Power Plan: If Montana can, why can’t Wyoming?

Commentary by Guest Column November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014

Wyoming appears to favor litigation over actual steps to reduce carbon emissions to meet EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

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Political allies Simpson and Cheney differ greatly in public life

Commentary by Guest Column November 4, 2014 November 4, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is taking part in a new PBS documentary, but isn’t likely to “spill his guts,” says journalist Geoffrey O’Gara.

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Wilderness at 50: Understanding its role in today’s economy

Commentary by Guest Column October 14, 2014 October 14, 2014

A survey from earlier this year found that “69 percent of Westerners are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports protections for some …

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Historic cattle drive traverses battlefield of beliefs and science

Commentary by Geoffrey O'Gara October 10, 2014 October 10, 2014

Documentary crew follows Green River Drift families, as well as conservationists who would like to reduce public lands grazing.

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EPA chooses experimental coal gasification over water

Commentary by Guest Column October 2, 2014 October 2, 2014

In 2012, the Powder River Basin Resource Council published a six-point plan to protect Wyoming’s groundwater.

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Essay: Futility Refuted

Commentary by Jeffrey Lockwood September 30, 2014 September 30, 2014

University of Wyoming professor says the work of stewardship will never be done — that is the curse and the blessing of being human.

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To thrive in online media, WyoFile must evolve

Commentary by Guest Column September 23, 2014 September 23, 2014

The recipe for success isn’t always obvious, and that’s because there are many variables that go into the success of a news organization on the …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.