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07-17-2022    07:27 AM    OPINION    Compensation for costs vs an attempt to shut citizens up when knowing is half the battle

As County Commissioner, Del Shelstad has been offended at discussion of provably corrupt cops who have lied under oath and who have violated Civil and Constitutional rights in Campbell County, and he has been offended by frank discussion of provably corrupt sitting judges.  However, he has no problem calling Campbell County citizens "bad apples" if they question the way Commissioners spend county money.

The county is said to have worked on this policy for several months before passing it, but did they ever ask for public input?  If I understand the Federal Law correctly, public input is necessary prior to the policy implementation.

Let's talk about the efficacy of the county employees, as well.  "One clerk worked 41.5 hours, while four other employees put in between four and nine hours for this one request."  Were they monitored for how much of that time was spent on cell phones, other phone calls, interruptions to deal with other tasks, etc.?

A web search regarding fees for FOIA brought this result:  The full text of the Freedom of Information Act, with Amendments

(4)(A)(i) In order to carry out the provisions of this section, each agency shall promulgate regulations, pursuant to notice and receipt of public comment, specifying the schedule of fees applicable to the processing of requests under this section and establishing procedures and guidelines for determining when such fees should be waived or reduced.  Such schedule shall conform to the guidelines which shall be promulgated, pursuant to notice and receipt of public comment, by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and which shall provide for a uniform schedule of fees for all agencies.

(iii) Documents shall be furnished without any charge or at a charge reduced below the fees established under clause (ii) if disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.

As I understand it, the Wyoming Public Records Act requires these records to be inspected free of charge, it only costs for reproductions.

We are electing three Campbell County Commissioners this year.  Jacob Dalby is a true American.  Please elect him even if you can already see he and Del Shelstad would be locking horns over major issues.  We need Commissioners who will lock horns instead of bending over.

Campbell County Republicans believe that Kelley McCreery and Butch Knutson are also Americans that would be well-placed as Commissioners.

Please do not elect Bob Maul.  Bob Maul, Rusty Bell, and DG Reardon as Commissioners refused to sign a petition opposing mask mandates, mandatory vaccination, quarantines, curfews, and restricted capacity on businesses.  All three of them went on to vote to silence public comments at Commissioner meetings.  In addition, the documents provided in response to an FOIA request (regarding the books being provided to minors at the library) showed that these Commissioners responded mainly to the socialist/pedo/minor-attracted-persons who wrote to them -- while Americans who wrote to the Commissioners (opposing the anti-American material being forced on children) were largely ignored.

To further American activity in Campbell County, please choose Jarik Dudley for Mayor, Bill Fortner for Senate District 1, Abby Angelos for House District 3, Larry Williamson for House District 53, and write-in Patricia Junek for Senate District 23.

Also, Helen Hayden wrote a letter to the editor that encourages everyone to be an informed, concerned citizen.  In addition to being an informed, concerned citizen, it is critical to discuss civic matters and current events with friends, neighbors, and family.

To quote the old G.I. Joe animated series, "Knowing is half the battle!"

Thank you for reading. The purpose of my campaigns is to highlight corruption and to get assistance from anyone who is able and willing to help return Gillette and Campbell County and Wyoming to American Ideals, and hopefully a culture that applies the law equally to all citizens regardless of position or social class. Thank you so much for the efforts you are making and have already made. Please forward to everyone that you know who might be interested in the information I share. God Bless You, and God Bless America.

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