Someone’s left the gate open (Goodbye to our Old West town)

Someone’s left the gate open,

Jackson’s Hole is no more.

Someone’s left the gate open,

And it’s been cut to the core.

Someone’s left the gate open,

Our western town we can’t see.

Someone’s left the gate open,

now the old Jackson, sadly,

will never be.

The Old Timers are going,

the New Timers are here to stay,

they’re not blending in with the cowboy,

But instead they’re pushing him away.

The simple and the affordable are gone

to yesteryear, the modern and expensive

have replaced what we hold dear.

Someone’s left the gate open,

Too late to close it now.

Someone’s left the gate open,

Has anyone seen my cow?

Sandy Landis


Stay the course, Liz

Stay the course, Liz, as you are on the right side of history and the Constitution.

I was raised a Republican in a household where my parents spoke about the local and national events of the day and debated Republican and Democratic values over dinner. This was in the ’60s and ’70s when the world — and politics in particular — were much different.

As I grew up I learned how to balance political issues and support those that made sense to me and would seemingly take our country and our people forward, and oppose issues that would repress progress for all Americans, defy science and logic and continue, in some cases, senseless policy positions that only supported consolidation of power for power’s sake. In other words, I became an objective Independent.

It was more than disappointing to see this past week that, in essence, Rep. Liz Cheney and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, were the only Republicans acknowledging and showing support for the Capitol Police and acknowledging the recent events around Jan. 6, 2021, for what it was: an attempt to stop the peaceful transition of democratic principles and power.

Where are those Republicans who spoke the truth and condemned the actions in real time during and after the events on Jan. 6, 2021? This should not be a political issue, it should be an issue of preserving our democracy that Republicans, Independents and Democrats can get behind and support just as we did following the tragedy of 9/11. Yet there are only two Republican lawmakers who are even willing to openly speak to these serious issues and work to better understand exact circumstances around this political coup and how to put safeguards in place so it doesn’t happen again.

This should not be a controversial political issue, and the work of the Jan. 6 Commission needs the full support of the American people to ensure the integrity of our democracy. Those who are following the rabbit hole of the big lie are aiding and abetting the erosion of our democracy in real time and do not represent the majority of voters in this country, but are nevertheless putting our democracy at real risk.

I do not agree with many of Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger’s policy positions, but as a thoughtful, free-thinking Independent, I applaud their profound love of country and their support of our system of democracy over the hateful and harmful adoption of lies and conspiracy theories that are imbedding themselves in what has turned out to be a new Republican(?) party. This new Republican party has been consumed by egos, negativity, selfishness, lies and authoritarianism — all at the expense of building a stronger, more secure democratic system.

Wyoming should be very proud of Liz’s courage and leadership on these issues.

Rick Shea

Seattle and Jackson

Cheneys hurt our image

Dick and Liz Cheney, our Teton County neighbors, certainly made a big splash in the media Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. They likewise shined a negative spotlight on Wyoming.

I applaud dads supporting kids. However, our current Wyoming Representative is making our state look foolish. Way too many fellow Republicans and conservative commentators are casting her as a turncoat, as a vindictive, hate-filled Republican in Name Only, and as a Democratic agent. Too many are saying she used Wyoming as a career stepping-stone, thus earning her the disturbing name of “carpetbagger” (she did grow up in Virginia and she bought a house here to launch her run for the House).

Some say she is just using the Jan. 6 Select Committee as a stepping-stone to the national stage to run for president in 2024 or apply for a lucrative job at CNN+ or Foundation when she loses to challenger Harriet Hageman.

Liz Cheney is smart, articulate, and strong. I voted for her each time she ran. However, her party and perhaps a large swath of Wyomingites believe she is out of step with us as well as directionally myopic in her leadership role on the unconstitutional Jan. 6 Commission, which is void of Republican appointments. One writer stated the Jan. 6 House committee exists primarily as a way to channel Liz Cheney’s score-settling and Nancy Pelosi’s thin reed of 2022 hope. Others say it is a distraction from the unfortunate failures of the Biden administration (inflation, war on oil and gas energy, Afghanistan, the southern border, and mishandling COVID everything). Others ask why Liz is so selective on what questions to pursue on the select committee.

Here are some questions I wish Liz would select:

1. Why is 1/6/21 called an insurrection when none of the 725 people arrested are charged with insurrection or treason?

2. Why is 1/6/21 likened to the Twin Towers/Pentagon attack and Pearl Harbor when just one unarmed former Air Force veteran was shot that day, by a Capitol Police lieutenant, as opposed to 5,400 who were killed on 9/11 and 12/7/41?

3. Why did the Pentagon (specifically Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Mark Milley), Speaker Pelosi, the Capitol Police, and D.C. Mayor Mariel Bowser ignore President Trump’s request for 10,000 National Guard troops leading up to and including Jan. 6?

4. Why has Speaker Pelosi, responsible for the safety of the Capitol, refused to turn over documents and communications from the sergeant of arms and her office relating to that sad day?

5. Why isn’t Liz using her influence, platform and microphone to push for the implementation of the inspector general’s report, which outlines 140 recommendations to counter the failures of the Capitol Police that day? (Only 30 recommendations have been implemented).

6. Why are some calling 1/6 “Fedsurrection” as there is way too much video evidence that the federal government used their agents (maybe Ray Epps) to deliberately instigate and animate the violence of the riot that day?

7. And, lastly, why is this committee and thus Liz refusing to turn over to the public 14,000 hours of 1/6 video surveillance from in and around the Capitol, which just might demonstrate that 1/6 was ultimately a failure in crowd control, not a bona fide coordinated coup attempt, and according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is now being hyped to exploit partisan purposes?

Anne Stalker


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