Audette Fulbright thought she was fulfilling her civic obligation by sending letters to her State Legislature on issues of public policy. Two bills had been introduced in the Wyoming Legislature which prompted her concern, one would expand fracking in the State and the other would post armed guards in public schools. Audette wasn’t thrilled with either of these options so she wrote very polite letters explaining as to why she disagreed.
Audette was new to the State having just accepted the pulpit as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne, Wyoming. She wrote,
“My husband and I moved to Wyoming not too long ago. We believed it was a good place to raise children. With the recent and reactive expansion of gun laws and the profoundly serious dangers of fracking, we find we are seriously reconsidering our decision, which is wrenching to all of us. However, the safety of our family must come first. We are waiting to see what the legislature does this session. I know of other new-to-Wyoming families in similar contemplation. Your choices matter. It would be sad to see an exodus of educated, childrearing age adults from Wyoming as a result of poor lawmaking.”
Representative Hans Hunt didn’t like the newcomer’s uppity attitude. Who was this woman, this outsider, this “Unitarian”, this L-I-B-E-R-A-L to be telling the men-folk of the Sovereign State of Wyoming what their bizness is or ought to be! So Hans told her off, he didn’t agree to disagree, he didn’t assemble the facts on his side of the debate, he told her to get out of the State! When the local newspaper chastised him, the political yokel held firm, there wasn’t any room in HIS State for dissenters.
Fact is, Audette Fulbright is what every community needs, what every State needs and what Wyoming is blessed to have received, a woman, a person who cares enough to give a damn. It isn’t easy taking a stand and is even more difficult to take one in opposition to prevailing powers. Maybe Hans should take it on the lamm, his attitude isn’t American, it is alien to our customs and traditions. We are the land of free thinking folks who share ideas and arguments in order to make a better life and society.