Wyoming Liberty Group
Letter to the editor published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, September 28, 2014
As is often the case, those without a response to an argument resort to ad hominem attacks, as in Rodger McDaniel’s commentary, the rick think differently, in Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Former state of Wyoming pensioners, such as Mr. McDaniel, must understand that without reform they, like government workers in places such as Pritchard, Alabama, could be left standing at their mailboxes, waiting for a pension check that never arrives.
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.
When a juvenile misbehaves in Wyoming, whether in school or at home, that juvenile has a very high probability of becoming embroiled in the justice system. Juveniles all over the country face the same potential consequences but a few things make Wyoming unique for potential juvenile delinquents.