Cheers & Jeers

2011-01-29T00:00:00Z Cheers & JeersStar-Tribune Editorial Board Casper Star-Tribune Online
January 29, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Party preference

Cheers to the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee for killing a bill that would have required voters who wished to change their party affiliation to do so at least 90 days before a primary election. Wyoming law allows people to register to vote and change parties at the polls, which encourages participation in elections.

Weaker bill

Jeers to the Wyoming Senate, which greatly diluted Senate File 51 by removing a provision that made not wearing a seat belt a primary offense. The bill, which would increase the fine from $25 to $75, was meant to improve workplace safety. A Wyoming study found that 60 percent of workers killed in motor vehicle accidents were not wearing seat belts.

Chief is retiring

Cheers to Tom Pagel, who announced he will retire as Casper's police chief this spring. Pagel, former director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, has headed the police department since 2002. He's been effective in reducing drunken driving and methamphetamine use, and has supported drug abuse treatment centers.

No respect

Jeers to Rep. Gerald Gay, R-Casper, who asked members of a House committee to "respect" his last name and use the term homosexual instead of gay. Gay has pushed an extreme right-wing agenda this session. Jeers to the Star-Tribune's editorial board for endorsing him in last year's election.

Athletic honor

Cheers to the University of Wyoming Nordic ski club's men's and women's teams, which were selected to participate in the Winter World University Games, which began Wednesday in Erzurum, Turkey. That's quite an achievement for a ski program that hasn't been a varsity sport at the university since the early 1990s.

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