Here are some editorials from newspapers around the state:

Give a 4-H'er a high-five

From the July 24 Jackson Hole News & Guide

Go high-five a 4-H kid today.

This is Teton County Fair week, aka the big show, the week these kids spend all year preparing for.

Some of them wake up at dawn to feed and water their livestock. Others have been studying every fact they can find about their chosen breed of rabbit, or meticulously pressing the seams of their quilt squares until they’re flat enough to sew on another piece.

Dozens of 4-H’ers ages 8 to 18 will be roaming the Teton County Fairgrounds through Sunday, competing and showing the fruits of their labors. The club teaches kids responsibility, adherence to deadlines, financial literacy and mentoring. They get to become experts in their chosen field.

Competition can be fierce, and not everyone wins. Children learn that no matter how hard they work, some days they’ll be disappointed. It’s an important lesson.

In this hectic digital world the Teton County Fair offers a week packed with tradition, wholesomeness and gritty fun.

This spring the newspaper’s editorial board received some heated feedback on our opinion that officials should study moving the fairgrounds out of town to make way for dense housing.

Whether that makes sense is up to the community, but that opinion should in no way be interpreted as a lack of enthusiasm for the valley’s agricultural roots and the vital fair tradition.

Whether it’s a country concert, pig wrestling or the carnival rides that draw you to the fairgrounds this week, take an extra few minutes to wander into the exhibit hall to see leatherworking, photography, baked goods and more. Head into the Heritage Arena to breathe in a whiff of hay and organic matter. And take an extra moment to congratulate a 4-H kid on a job well done.

Transparency always good to see

From the July 24 Cody Enterprise

Wyoming State Auditor Kristi Racines is not only fulfilling her campaign promises, but is exceeding them.

Racines promised openness and transparency in the Wyoming auditor’s office. She has accomplished that with the launch of a new website WyOpen that can be found at wyopen.gov.

The site lists all monies spent by the State of Wyoming for the past three years.

In the past, lawsuits had to be filed to compel the auditor’s office to open the books and show where the state was spending its money. Now that information is available for anyone to see what the State of Wyoming spent and what entity received those funds. Every dollar and every penny is accounted for.

The introductory page on the website states: “Transparency in government should be the norm and not the exception. We are spending public funds – your funds – and it is paramount that you understand how these dollars are spent.”

We completely agree. It’s your money they are spending. You have the absolute right to know how it is being spent.

We hope the openness and transparency in the auditor’s office spreads to other government agencies at all levels.

That includes school districts, counties and cities. We don’t believe just listing one large payment to a credit card company is enough openness. We believe that the detailed information on what was purchased with that credit card and how much each individual purchase was should be readily available.

In the U.S. we have “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Government should work for you, not the other way around.

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