Wyoming Liberty Group
Free speech is under attack from three main sources around the world.
- Government repression has increased. After the Soviet Union fell, Russia enjoyed a free-for-all. Alas, today Mr. Putin has tightened the muzzle again.
- A number of non-state actors are at that game. Journalists in Mexico who investigate corruption may end up dead. Jihadists shoot French cartoonists.
- Finally, there are people who think they have a right to not be offended, and who expect to use the state – or the university administration – to enforce that right.
Another government attack on free speech is from a coalition of environmental alarmists and law enforcement. It may be more pernicious than the first three because of its subtlety.
The Food Freedom Act has passed in Wyoming. It decriminalized some voluntary capitalist acts between consenting individuals and not a moment too soon. Government regulation is no panacea and food regulation could soon become even more disconnected with its purported purpose of keeping us healthy. Seems the USDA may incorporate environmental sustainability in its upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. As special interest groups exert more control over government, we must eliminate the dead hand of government from our food choices.
by Jason Gay
We are currently watching the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experience a complete meltdown in public confidence. As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa became a matter of public concern in the U.S., we saw the CDC promptly warn Americans that stopping flights from these nations would put everyone here at greater risk. Those of us using common sense were perplexed, as quarantine is a time-tested successful method for containing a disease. However, the experts had spoken and there was little initial disagreement.
by Jason Gay
Earlier this month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told us to expect a warmer winter in most of the country. Most of Wyoming is supposed to expect warmer than normal weather with a greater than 33 percent chance, while the southeastern part of the state has equal chances of a cooler or warmer than normal winter. Of course, that is if you trust the NOAA’s predictions.
Coal is a major industry in Wyoming. According to the most recent data available, Wyoming is not only the nation’s top coal producer, it produces well over three times as much coal as West Virginia, the nation’s second largest. Mining in Wyoming accounts for of U.S. coal production.1
Mining (excluding oil and gas production)2 accounts for nearly $11 billion, or 28.4 percent, of Wyoming’s gross domestic product. Wyoming’s coal industry employs approximately 7,500 people with income averaging over $80,000 per year. Coal not only brings jobs to Wyoming, it brings well-paying jobs.
This Letter to the Editor was published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on April 23, 2014 (albeit with a different and inaccurate title).
We should congratulate Wyoming’s legislature for defunding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS are biased and riddled with propaganda designed to indoctrinate students and drive an eco-agenda.
- State Board of Education must reject eco-indoctrination
We should congratulate Wyoming’s legislature for defunding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) because these standards indoctrinate children with misinformation to drive an eco-agenda. Our legislature made the right decision when it decided to keep partisan political viewpoints out of Wyoming schools.