I’m writing this letter in response to a letter to the editor written by Senator John Barrasso that appeared in the Washington Post on January 23, 2020.
We know climate change abatement will be inconvenient and costly, and the longer we stall (50 years already) before taking any meaningful action, the more painful it will be.
There are thousands of examples of how climate change is impacting our world and lives. We need to think about what our world will look like in 10, 20, 50 years, and what that means to our descendants. I see no rational reason(s) for environmental-conservation reversals to combat climate change as suggested by the senator. I have no issues with environmental regulations. I would like to see an America where atmospheric carbon and temperature levels are falling, and our energy sources are renewable and sustainable. I don’t see an expansion of nuclear energy in our future, contrary to the senator.
No one action is going to solve our climate change dilemma; it will take a multifaceted approach and years of concerted effort. One piece of legislation that should be part of the solution is the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. This bill was introduced in the House of Representatives. Among other things, the act puts a carbon fee on fossil fuels. The money collected from the carbon fees is allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit. Economists around the world agree that a carbon fee is the simplest, most effective way to reduce carbon emissions in a meaningful way. The senator doesn’t care for fees. The energy innovation component will stimulate research and technology, create jobs and stimulate the economy. A carbon fee will work, we just need to make the commitment to get it done. Americans and their descendants will see a much better outlook for their environment and climate as more than adequate return on climate change abatement investment.
The senator supports building smarter infrastructure. At least we agree one point; we desperately need major infrastructure investment.
An important takeaway from the Senate impeachment trial of the president should give all Americans, even the most ardent Trump supporters, a reason to fear for the future of our republic. The Senate Republicans violated their oath of office by voting against allowing testimony from first-hand witnesses like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney and refusing to subpoena relevant documents from the administration. Their kowtowing to Trump has weakened the Constitution, shifting the balance of power the framers built into that document in favor of the executive branch. When one branch of government shirks its responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution and the nation in favor of protecting one corrupt individual and allowing him to act as though he is above the law, it sets the nation on the road to a dictatorship. The glue that holds our republic together is that our form of government, set down in the Constitution by the framers, is based on the rule of law, not the rule of men. Dictatorships operate by the rule of men. In those, the law is whatever the leader says it is and can change from day to day depending on the whim of the leader. Trump has never had any respect for the law. All one has to do is look at how he has operated in his business dealings throughout his life. When his plans have bumped up against the law, his response has often been to break the law rather than change the plans. Trump erroneously thinks that Article II of the Constitution gives him the right to do whatever he wants. Now the sycophantic Republicans in the Senate have just told him: yes, you can do whatever you want. This is one of the arguments the House managers made during the trial: Once you have given one man ultimate power, what do you do when you realize your mistake? What do you do when you realize you have enabled a dictator? How do you take that power back? Answer: We must now see if the words “We the People” really mean anything.
So what was the main reason Trump ordered the assassination of that Iranian general? Salon recently quoted Elizabeth Warren as saying he did it for "his own political benefit," and I think she's right.
Mr. Trump is sharp enough to know that hit will probably win him more than 10,000 Jewish voters from the Dems come November. And his good buddy Netanyahu probably reminded him of that while he was weighing the options.
Mountain goats are native to Wyoming according to concrete, irrefutable scientific evidence gleaned from their fossils found in Little Box Elder Cave in the Laramie Mountains, and confirmed by an official National Parks Service document in addition to other sources.
Furthermore, several ancient Native American tools fashioned from mountain goat bones of the lower foreleg and near the hoof were found in this cave. To find bones so modified for a specific task is very rare. Not sure how they get more native than that.
These tools are listed among items found in the cave near Casper, in the heart of Wyoming, detailed in an official National Parks Service document filed for NAGPRA to repatriate the ancient “culturally unidentifiable” human remains to the Arapaho of the Wind River Range, in 2010.
Not only that, these bones are identified as being from Oreamnos Americanus, their scientific name, translated to mean the fossils are from anatomically modern mountain goats, no different than those found in the Tetons today.
If they are still unwanted in the Tetons, instead of gunning the goats from a helicopter, why not enlist the expertise of Olympic National Park, gained through much practice, of tranquilizing them, still using the helicopters, and transporting them in those orange nets suspended under the chopper while the goats are wearing blinders, possibly to a holding pen. Then, the “valuable” goats can be trucked just across the border to release sites already scoped out by Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance in Montana, where perhaps there’s more acceptance.
If they transplant goats elsewhere, why not also seek the consultation of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, with a proven track record, of translocating bighorn sheep to other areas within Grand Teton National Park, since these wild sheep don’t really disperse well anywhere recently, it’s not a problem unique to Grand Teton, or any sort of human interference. With two or three separate populations, disease is much less of a concern and they can rest easy.
Lastly, if mountain goats are removed, an arguably more beleaguered creature will lose important prey from their menu: mountain lions.
Number one: Thank you to the personnel of Metro. Their endeavor to get the recently rescued animals into the home loving and caring humans is inspiring. Thank you and God bless you.
Number two: Thank you DK Hauling and especially Margaret for donating during this hectic endeavor so that compassionate people would have toilet facilities during their long nights' wait. May God bless and keep you all in His loving arms.
Especially blessed are all the souls who are stepping up to adopt the fur-babies.
Let's pay attention though, the person facing these ramifications may be allowed to continue this travesty. Watch folks, anyone who would do this to innocent animals is capable of much, much worse.
In the 19th century the Democratic Party categorically refused to accept the legitimacy of the election of Abraham Lincoln, the first pure Republican. For you histrophiles the first Republican was Thomas Jefferson, he ran as a Democratic-Republican. The refusal of the Democrats to accept the election of Lincoln had very dire consequences as we all know. In this century, the first Republican president was G.W. Bush; the Dems also refused to accept the legitimacy of his election. Now the same with Trump. When one political party refuses to accept the results unless they win, that is civil war. The Democratic Party is completely out of control and only we the people can stop them. Is it too late?
I’m appalled and surprised by the recent State of Wyoming Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the jury’s guilty verdict in the Tony Cercy sexual assault case. Appalled at their decision because the evidence was clear that this young victim woke up in the middle of the night stripped naked with Cercy between her legs. I’m surprised that they let him off due to a technicality in the judge’s incomplete instructions to the jury. But the Supreme Court’s decision was unanimous, so Judge Forgey must have really messed up. Judge Forgey knew that the million-dollar attorneys hired by Cercy would look at any and every loophole. Would the jury have found him innocent with proper instructions? Not with the evidence presented at the trial. Forgey failed our community by not preparing and allowing the jury’s guilty verdict to get overturned. Cercy goes free after the victim spends over two and a half very difficult years trying to help our community get a predator off of our streets. Judge Forgey failed us and I urge you to vote against his retention this November when he is up for retention. I would think all five members of our Wyoming Supreme Court would concur with my recommendation.
“Take her out, right now, do it!” Sounds threatening, doesn’t it? But that’s what Trump ordered regarding Ambassador Yovanovitch. He’s on tape, no denying it.
And John Barrasso obviously has no problem with that. After all, when is the last time you have heard him denounce Trump’s words or actions? Crickets. Not a word. He has become McConnell’s waterboy and Trump’s minion. He will do whatever it takes to protect this vile, vulgar man who thinks he is king.
Barrasso ignores facts! With the revelation of Bolton’s transcript, he said, Hey, that doesn’t change a thing. Seriously? Doesn’t change a thing. Crickets. A couple of weeks ago he was open to new witnesses. But as soon as he heard what Bolton possibly had to say, he changed his tune. Nope, no witnesses needed, I’ve heard enough he now claims.
Barrasso does whatever it takes to represent his own interests and those of Trump. He refuses to speak truth to power; he’s become a puppet. Is this the type of person we want representing Wyoming? I don’t. I want someone who is independent, thinks for him or herself, and doesn’t go along to get along. And I am so weary of seeing John standing next to or behind McConnell. He needs to stop ridiculing Democrats and reach across the aisle for a change. Oh, but that would require leadership.
So how about, the next time you are at the voting booth, and John Barrasso’s name is on the ballot, why don’t you stop and think: Take him out, right now, do it.