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PROPS and DISSES
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – We can get behind the National Day of the American Cowboy. Wyoming senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso introduced the resolution that makes the annual day, which has been observed unofficially for a decade now, a real Wyoming tradition shared with the nation.
U.S. Senator Craig Thomas began the observation on the fourth Saturday of July in 2005 to coincide with Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo. Enzi and Barrasso have carried on the tradition since Thomas’ passing.
The Wyoming senators got help from peers in Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Oklahoma and the Dakotas with Texans presumably pissed off they didn’t think of it first.
The resolution reads fairly predictably with the list of “Whereas” followed by “honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic and patriotism.”
The patriotism part might be a stretch. Cowboys of the 19th century were oftentimes barely on American soil long enough to learn the “Star Spangled Banner” when they started up the Goodnight-Loving Trail, but it’s not as questionable as the next line of the resolution: “Whereas the cowboy spirit exemplifies strength of character, sound family values, and good common sense …”
Sound family values? Hmm, that sounds like it might have been lifted directly from the Chamber of Commerce marketing materials concerning the whorehouses and saloons in Tombstone, Deadwood and Dodge City.
Today’s cowboy and cowgirl are American icons and it is good to see Wyoming lay claim to the day and the degree.
There is no way to make a victim of a crime, especially violent crime, whole again. Seeing a criminal punished harshly may satisfy to a degree but sooner or later many victims and survivors are haunted by unanswered questions.
Why did he pick me to rape? Why did he abduct and strangle my daughter? What drives someone to be so heartless and cruel?
Resolution for victims and survivors is too often unavailable. In fact, in Wyoming, it’s not even possible. Until now. Wyoming statute does not allow inmates to reach out to victims directly. But a new program established earlier this year allows closure for both victim/survivors and offenders with a conscience to clear.
Wyoming Board of Parole (WBP) launched the Victim Offender Dialogue program recently. It offers victims/survivors the opportunity to meet an offender face-to-face in a safe and secure environment.
“We try to help the victims and their families get some type of closure,” said WBP coordinator Randi Losalu. Four trained facilitators in Casper, Riverton, Rawlins and Cheyenne will monitor meetings that are completely victim-initiated. Grants have been obtained to help victims/survivors with travel expenses.
About 300 such programs are running in the United States.
Kudos to Sidewinders and Pinky G’s for making the cut to appear on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Guy Fieri was in town with his film crew months ago to shoot footage for the episode “Stuffed and Twisted.” It finally aired July 18 with Sidewinders featured in the season premiere.
Jackson Hole’s Dishing reported Fieri ordered up the famous giant pretzel, chicken pot pie, and French onion soup. Rice thinks the show’s producers were interested in his rags-to-restauranteur story as well as the good grub.
Pinky G’s Pizzeria will make its DDD debut Friday, July 25 at 8 p.m. Owner Tom Fay plans on packing the place to watch the episode titled, “Old Standards, New Styles.”