That may not sound like the bold type of action you’d hope to expect when workers have become disposable commodities. It’s not the sort of action that comforts families ripped apart by a death or serious workplace injury (state studies show that workers who are seriously injured can expect a severely reduced income earning ability for the rest of their working career). But for now, it appears, this is the Wyoming way.
Chuck Townsend was one of my favorite people. I thought about that a lot at his funeral on January 2. Chuck worked his ass off in the family businesses, devotedly raising three kids, serving on more public boards than anyone else I know, elected as a popular state senator, only to be robbed of another 15-20 years of being “Grandpa Chuck” by cancer at age 68.
Members of Teenage Bottlerocket admit there’s a certain pleasure in living a sort of dual life, with fame in the international punk world and the anonymity of being an average Joe at home in Wyoming. Now that they’re back on tour, the punk rockers from Wyoming are anything but average Joes. After several shows in Spain this month, Teenage Bottlerocket will play the Groezrock Festival in Belgium, then continue their tour with NOFX in Berlin and London, then make their way back to North America with about a dozen dates in Canada.