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Federal Light Bulb Follies

During the Laramie County Commission’s discussion last week about whether to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to participate in an Airport Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program, those in attendance were treated to a nice reminder of how misguided environmental crusades can be.

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A Good Day for the Free Market in Wyoming

At their respective August 20 meetings, the Casper City Council and the Laramie County Commission voted in favor of applicants seeking to open businesses that will compete with existing businesses in the two communities. In both cases, the governing bodies were asked to limit the ability of the applicants to do business on the basis that new entrants to the marketplace will disrupt existing business(s). Thankfully, both governing bodies seem willing to accept that the marketplace, and not government, should make the final decision on which businesses remain in business.

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Does the ‘Rule of Law’ Apply in Cheyenne?

When we talk about the rule of law, what we are saying is that no one is above the law; even politicians and bureaucrats must follow it. We also are saying that the rules a governing body must and will follow in a specific situation are known by everyone in advance. If a private person follows the law, that person is protected, to an extent, from interference or unpredictable actions by government authorities.

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Kentucky AG Attempts Advice-Column Censorship

by Bruce Edward Walker

Imagine – if you stopped at a gas station to ask for directions and the attendant gave you advice about the route – that the Wyoming attorney general might declare the attendant cease from delivering furthering instructions because she wasn’t licensed to do so.

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Senator Enzi Spurns Internet Sales Tax Sense

Senator Enzi (R-Wyo) was in Cheyenne on February 19, 2013 during his statewide listening tour to collect “common sense for Washington from Wyoming.” One piece of common sense he ignored was the call to reject the proposed Internet retail sales tax.

Sen. Enzi has long pushed for legislation to collect the tax on Internet sales. With no luck getting his bills passed, he recently changed his modus operandi and attached the tax grab as an amendment to the latest Senate budget bill.  

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Worry About Gun Control or Celebrate a Successful Stimulus?

Anyone in the market for ammunition lately has come across shortages and often sticker shock when there is actually stock available.  From run-of-the-mill .22 caliber to the less common .30 carbine, I’ve found at our local shops here in Cheyenne a frenzied atmosphere that I suspect is similar to that of a bank run.  The internet is no better, as major retailers like Cabela’s are often sold out across the board.  Although national media has picked up on the growing number of back-orders for AR15-style and other “assault” rifles, and there is an equally heightened demand for high-capacity magazines, it’s ammunition that’s the most prominent sign of gun owners’ concern over gun control—that is, the concern that all gun rights are at risk. 

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Public Utilities: The Current State of Affairs

by Keith Phucas

Utility costs for a business aren’t cheap.

Roger Hovel, who own Crow Creek Meat Processing in Cheyenne, keeps a close eye on his monthly bill – especially his electricity usage. But given the numerous separate charges, fees and taxes reflected on his statements, it’s anything but easy reading.

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