Tying up loose ends from our Roaming Wyoming Campaign Tour… In Cody (as in “Wild Bill Cody”) Wyoming, we attended an Old West Show in the downtown area. While the kids watched the fake gun fight (they do it every weekday night in the summer), Liz walked about in her cowgirl hat, and me in my Cleveland Brown’s cap. passing out campaign cards to the audience. (Given some of my stances, I’m surprised none of the gunfighters aimed at me.) …We then headed north to seven miles before the Montana border on Highway 120. There we toured the Mt. Carmel Boy’s Youth Ranch. Troubled youth (drug and alcohol problems, behavioral problems, et. al…) are sent here by their parents from all over the country. Volunteer “house parents” here, said they had to actually hire a “transporter,” (former DEA agent) to come into their house in Kansas late at night, handcuff their son and transport him here. He had become severely addicted to marijuana and was becoming a threat to his family, the community… After six months of clean living and hard “cowboy work” on the ranch, the son turned things around and is now attending college and doing quite well… Youth Program Director Lester Dumm said that after the youth arrive here, they are stripped of any vestiges of the negative culture they often come from. No earrings, no jewelry, no wearing pants too low, no rock/rap music… Each is issued some cowboy jeans, cowboy shirts, cowboy boots… and a horse. They’re given a short time to learn how to ride (a couple hours), then sent out to the ranch to work, and work, and work… It’s a working ranch in the truest sense, and they learn early on, that they are valuable to the operation. Many of the youth have never had that type of responsibility, said Lester. And it becomes a key to their character development.