Oil City Speaks! ‘As soon as the FDA approves one I may think about it’
Governor Mark Gordon with the board and staff of the Central Wyoming Hospice at the 8th Annual Governors Invitational Golf Classic in July. (Gregory Hirst, Ölstadt)
CASPER, Wyo – Have a nice Friday everyone! What do you think of the news from Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon this week about COVID-19 vaccines? Do you think that anti-vaccination campaigners are more considerate than some would give them credit for?
Do you suspect that the Wyoming alcohol law relaxation is a way to keep people away from alcohol and marijuana? Are you looking forward to the new Spotlight Lounge in downtown Casper?
We’ll explore all of that and more in the latest installment of Oil City Speaks! We have collected a few hot takes, thought provoking views and heartwarming Comments Readers who submitted this week in response to our coverage for consideration.
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The governor said Monday that his office will not issue COVID-19-related vaccine or mask mandates. He will also not perform shutdowns or lockdowns.
Gordon encouraged people to get vaccinated, but admitted that in his opinion it is a “very personal decision” whether to get vaccinated. He noted that both he and First Lady Jennie Gordon are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. He also said that he believes that full approval of COVID-19 vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could improve vaccination numbers in Wyoming. Full authorization “could calm people’s fears,” he said.
What do you think of this governor’s messaging strategy? Believe he found a good way to simultaneously acknowledge that vaccines provide good protection against serious illness and hospitalization, while also recognizing that the decision to get one may not be as straightforward and straightforward as some think ?
Do you have some compassion or understanding when people are hesitant about vaccinations? Have you had personal conversations with such people? How much did you listen in this conversation? On the other side of the coin, do you have any compassion or understanding for the difficult situation the pandemic has created for Wyoming health officials? Do you think it is sometimes difficult to be asked the doctor / medical expert balance AND to act as a public speaker during a complicated pandemic?
Marc and Justin point out that some people are hesitant about the vaccines because they are finally new and haven’t received full FDA approval. While Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccines are all FDA “emergency” approved, full approval could be achieved within the next month or two. Terry suggests that even with full approval, he will remain skeptical about the vaccines. As a justification, he cites a more general distrust of the government. What do you make of it? If you trust the vaccines to be safe and effective, are there any other things about government policies or actions that will raise your eyebrows? Is it easier for you to understand why someone might be reluctant to get a vaccine, or do you think people are just too suspicious of the specific vaccine issue?
- Let’s look at another set of to be thought-provoking Comments that came in response to the story about Governor Gordon’s comments.
Thad suggests that people who have doubts about vaccines or masks might be more thoughtful than some would give them credit for. What do you make of it? Are there factors in choosing a vaccine that could make it more complicated than your own situation?
Are the factors that are important to someone else different from the factors behind your decision? Do you think there is a way to encourage your coworkers to consider vaccines if you feel this is best while respecting disagreements? Do you think people are currently too preoccupied with their position on vaccines in one way or another? If you were in a leadership position what would your message sound like?
What do you think of a message like this that Gordon shared on Monday? “More than 90% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 are not vaccinated. Think about it.”
Candice’s excitement over the new addition is downtown heartwarming see. It sounds like she has some great memories from when the 128 East Second Street location was home to the Downtown Grill & Venue.
Do you remember seeing any shows the last time the facility was open? Who would you like to visit when the Spotlight Lounge opens? Are you planning to see any performances at the 5150 ′ Festival at David Street Station or the Riverfest in Crossroads Park on Saturday? What’s your favorite Wyoming band?
The Teen Social was organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming and other community organizations in response to reports of persistent problematic behavior at David Street Station this summer (similar issues were reported in summer 2020).
Have you been encouraged to see some in the community taking the initiative to find ways to potentially address some of the issues by making teenagers some fun? Are you optimistic that such approaches will help or do you have doubts?
The urban planning organization Casper Area asks for feedback on a draft of a study that it has commissioned to deal with the topic of road reconstruction.
What do you think of the concept? Do you think there could be some benefits in converting roads like Wolcott and Durbin in two directions? Or do you think that would shake the boat unnecessarily? What do you think of Stan’s perspective? Do you like him sharing the experiences another community is going through? Do you think it sometimes helps to have a little outside perspective?
Wyoming saw population growth of 2.3% from 2010 to 2020, the seventh lowest rate in the country, according to the Wyoming State’s Department of Economic Research. Do you see this as good or bad? Would you like to see some of the economic benefits that could come from starting a new business or moving to the state? Or is your position: more people, more problems?
What if you raise kids in Wyoming? Would you like to see them live near you as they mature? Or do you feel happy when they go out and explore the country and the world and consider settling elsewhere?
The changes in Casper are in response to relaxed alcohol laws passed by the Wyoming Legislature this spring. Do you see anything inappropriate about the state easing restrictions on alcohol consumption while maintaining the ban on marijuana?
Do you share Brant’s suspicion that relaxing alcohol laws could be a deliberate way of keeping people away from alcohol and marijuana? Or do you think that loosening of the alcohol law suggests that some leaders are willing to rethink policies on other substances like marijuana as well? Are you enjoying the growth of Wyoming’s craft brewing industry, or do you think the state of alcohol availability is growing too fast?
The Natrona County Commissioners Tuesday tabled a decision approving the transfer of a liquor license from CC Cowboys – known as Racks Gentleman’s Club – to Monty Elliot.
While the subject is a bit complicated, Robert’s comment above is in response to an argument that Elliot’s attorney Steve Winship made to the commissioners asking them to approve the transfer of ownership of the liquor license.
Winship informed the commission that the license “would hopefully be sold by my client later,” adding, “It will not be sold to a strip club, I can assure you.”
The commissioners will consider whether to approve the transfer on September 20. As a strip club, should Racks influence their decision when making a decision? Or do you think that should be ruled out when making the decision since strip clubs are not illegal in Natrona County?
While Gordon said that he and other governors are discussing supply chain issues and thinking about what they could possibly do to address issues, Jerry’s comment suggests that even people in high management positions are limited in their ability to address certain types of problems.
The governor signed an executive order in July providing temporary emergency measures that allow drivers to make additional fuel deliveries. This order was in response to aviation fuel shortages.
Delays in fuel deliveries have affected both small and medium-sized airports. CNBC said last week of July that American Airlines was reportedly suffering from fuel shortages and was considering suspending some flights. American Airlines said the shortage was due to the lack of drivers, trucks and fuel supplies.
Gordon has taken steps to allow drivers to make more deliveries by August 20 than they would otherwise be able to under normal circumstances. Is there more you think he could do? Have you noticed bottlenecks affecting your life, business, or workplace? Do you think there are positive sides to product or delivery bottlenecks? Do you feel like you have a better understanding of the global supply chain because of some of the disruptions that have occurred? How often do you discuss things like this with your friends?
- That’s all of Ölstadt speaks for now! Disagree with everything we said? Big! Feel free to join the discussion on what is happening in our community by commenting on the stories posted on Oil City’s Facebook page. Have a great day!
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