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Even in Wyoming

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I first met Tom Bell over 40 years ago.  He remains one of the most courageous men I've ever known and something of a hero to me (HCN, 8/30/10). Here is Wyoming, a state where the leading radio station daily broadcasts hours of Rush Limbaugh's bombast to eager listeners. Here is a state that can field a viable gubernatorial candidate (who, fortunately, lost in the primaries) whose platform consisted of hating the federal government (but demanding that it send more money), hating wolves and grizzlies, denying global climate change, and bowing before industry. Everything considered, you might understand why Tom Bell is less than optimistic about the future of Wyoming. Yet through it all, through the years, Tom Bell has remained vocal and steadfast in his convictions.

John Fandek
Cora, Wyoming

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