Born and raised in Arizona. I've lived in Wyoming since 1983, currently in Jackson Hole. A lifetime of working with horses, taking tourists on trails in the high mountains, including scenic summer trips and fall hunting. I owned a gun shop for 5 years. I owned numerous other businesses over the decades. Active in conservative politics. So my "Cowboy Common Sense" draws on a LOT of life experiences.

Jackson Hole sign ordinance violates the law

Jackson Hole sign ordinance violates the law By Maury Jones The US Constitution says “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.”  The Wyoming Constitution says “Every person may freely speak, write and publish on all subjects.” Is my bumper sticker protected by free speech?  It expresses my views and is published on my property, my car.  I may “publish on all subjects”, according to the Wyoming Constitution.  Okay, how about a tattoo?  Is that free speech?  That expresses my view and is published on my body, my property.  (Well, on your body perhaps.  This cowboy doesn’t put bumper…

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Petition online to reinstate my column

After 15 months the Jackson Hole News and Guide decided to discontinue my column. They still have their liberal columnists and editors and reporters. The conservative common sense side has been silenced. Please sign the petition to have Cowboy Common Sense reinstated. And write a letter to the editor complaining about censorship. Petition link. is the link to sign the petition. Go there and read it. Then comment. Well worth reading the comments. Here it is pasted in its entirety; To: Management and Editors of Jackson Hole News & Guide: The undersigned are current and former readers of…

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A wolf is a wolf is a wolf

Thank you for comments on my last column regarding the wolf, which I compared to a disease infecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It hit a nerve. Expressing an alternate point of view in an opinion column should set the stage for thoughtful public discussion and debate. Since this is obviously a very divisive issue, let’s apply common sense to what some of you labeled as nonsense. First, search the web for wolf subspecies. Some sites claim that subspecies doesn’t matter while other sites claim there are as many as 14 subspecies in North America. Taxonomic listing, photos, description, habits and…

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