“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” — Abraham Maslow, American psychologist, 1962 The woman who taught this ink-stained journalist how to excel in public affairs for about 20 years taught me about the parade. It’s really a simple…

Since 2010, there have been waves of bills involving food and food safety washing through state capitals on subjects such as cottage foods, agricultural security, raw milk, and labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. The 2015 legislative sessions underway in 47 of the 50 states are different. In this second part of our look…

Just before she had to go Laramie for the Wyoming Legislature’s two month session, libertarian Republican Sue Wallis had to bury her husband of 19 years, cowboy poet Rod McQueary. But the Recluse rancher has not slowed her pace. She was one of the most passionate advocates of a domestic partnership bill for the Cowboy…

A class action lawsuit was filed last Friday against the Golden Corral restaurant, charging the buffet-style restaurant was negligent in last December ‘s norovirus outbreak in Casper, WY. Jason Ochs of the Casper-based Ochs Law Firm brought the case with Seattle attorney William Marler as co-counsel. Marler is managing partner of the nationally known food…

The norovirus outbreak that spread like wildfire through Casper, Wyoming last December sickening several hundred people was a restaurant-associated event, meaning the illnesses were not acquired in the community at large. Instead, the virus got a push from 31 sickened food handlers at the restaurant who mostly kept working their normal shifts. Those facts led…