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Continuing delay on XL pipeline in embarrassing

Apr 23, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  That metallic sound you hear is President Barack Obama again kicking the politically tough decision on the Keystone XL pipeline down the road.
This is ... [more]

Consider the poet

Apr 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Once a year, it's an enriching effort

There are no ticker tape parades for National Poetry Month, no television specials, $10,000 per plate banquets ... [more]

Highway cable barriers could save lives

Apr 22, 2014 - By Curtis Tate, MCT Washington Bureau:  Missouri and North Carolina, which have installed the barriers on parts or all of their interstate highways, have seen cross-median fatalities cut by as ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 22, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Easter weekend
The happiest Easter Sundays in memory for most of us are those from childhood, reminiscent of grandparents, green grass and sunshine. Ma ... [more]

Putin playing a weak economic hand

Apr 19, 2014 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  In global affairs, as in domestic politics, symbolism can be as important as substance.
So when the world's major industrial democracies, known as the G-7, ... [more]

A tough guy I was glad to know

Apr 19, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  There was a lot to George Swan, and I appreciated it all.

It was a little more than 40 years ago.  My recently restored 1962 Chevy Nova was making an ... [more]

Animal-control deputies

Apr 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  If we impose a new tax, then uniformed personnel for the specific job might be in order

It has been enlightening this spring to learn more about the ... [more]

Social Security ought to let old debts lie

Apr 18, 2014 - By Newsday:  Social Security Administration has paused its misguided efforts to collect debts more than a decade old, including dunning children of the dead. Collection ... [more]

From the air, Morocco looked a lot like central Fremont County looks

Apr 18, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Most of the similarities ended when we reached the ground.

Wyoming looks a lot like Morocco.
That was the first thought to fill my mind as the ... [more]

Pools in the park

Apr 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The State of Wyoming and a Thermopolis pool business are locked in dispute

For decades it's been taken for granted that there are commercial swimming ... [more]

Pulitzer Prize for Snowden coverage both important and well-deserved

Apr 17, 2014 - By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  There were other worthy contenders for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, but no reporting was more deserving than the revelations about the National ... [more]

Let's all practice 'holy peace'

Apr 17, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  The magic of this story is that of new life. It is also a story of Easter. And of spring itself.
I've strolled the aisles of stuffed toys and candy displayed ... [more]

Coal, speak up

Apr 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The industry relies too much on political wishful thinking to confront its problems

A U.S. senator from West Virginia has a good idea for ... [more]

Government as innovator? You bet

Apr 16, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion.
People who ... [more]

The blood moon and the night streets of town

Apr 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's only one way to see a lunar eclipse that peaks at 2 a.m.
So I stayed up until 2 a.m. Tuesday to try to get a look at the "blood moon."
I wanted a ... [more]

Countywide elections

Apr 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Those that remain are an antidote to the anti-voter lawsuits and districts of recent years

The political season is building speed in Fremont County, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Calendar counting
Monday was about as close as we're going to get this year to one of those fun calendar numbers  like Dec. 12, 2012 -- 12/12/12 -- or ... [more]

Dems in trouble if Obama numbers stay down

Apr 14, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Joseph Napolitan, who essentially created the profession of campaign consultant and who departed these earthly precincts this past December, was a wise man. ... [more]

Spring stirs the seeds of obsession

Apr 14, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  The gardening bug is endemic in my family.

The signs are finally here. Last week I watched a father and son playing catch at the Babe Ruth Park on ... [more]

Huggers and haters

Apr 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Interpretations of the newest wolf numbers will vary but ought to encourage both sides

So far, so good for delisted wolves in Wyoming and its ... [more]

Like it or not, Obamacare now might well be 'too big to fail'

Apr 11, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  When Obamacare's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state ... [more]

Equal pay

Apr 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  We share our information, and we encourage local businesses to pay equally

Equality of wages and salaries between men and women is in the news this ... [more]

Quoted in the news

Apr 11, 2014 - Staff:  It is with a heavy heart that we are sending this notice that Bill Urbigkit has passed away. Please keep his family in your thoughts during this very difficult ... [more]

Afghanistan moves forward, but fitfully

Apr 10, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  There's hope for Afghanistan. This perennial basket case of a nation, steeped in poverty and at war with itself for the past three decades, held national ... [more]

In need of cookies and a good book

Apr 10, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  I've endured a recent evening fighting iFrustration

Recently, I tried to give my iPod a makeover. By "iPod" I mean "portable music device, which, for ... [more]

Wyoming vs. D.C.

Apr 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sen. Barrasso points out a few lessons the latter could take from the former

Of Wyoming's two U.S. Senators, John Barrasso maintains a higher ... [more]

Dems hope equal pay issue will mobilize women voters

Apr 9, 2014 - McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- A Democratic blitz this week for new orders and laws promising equal pay for women is a key agenda item the party hopes will boost turnout this ... [more]

A loss to the city

Apr 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Bill Urbigkit's knowledge and experience won't easily be replaced

This office notes the death of Bill Urbigkit with sadness.
Claimed by death at ... [more]

Firms chip away at retiree health benefits

Apr 8, 2014 - By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers:  ALTOONA, Pa. -- Throughout a bitter winter, burly linemen gathered at daybreak around tiny fire pits on a street in front of where they've clocked in to work ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 8, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Change afoot
Central Wyoming College has its three finalists for the presidency soon to be vacated by the coming retirement of Dr. Jo Anne McFarland. ... [more]

Washington actually laughs at itself

Apr 7, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  How unpopular is Washington in the rest of the country? While it's true that Congress as an institution has never been highly prized by most Americans, many of ... [more]

A Shakespearean aspect to Hill case

Apr 7, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  'The worm has turned,' goes the old saying from the master.

The magic of studying the works of William Shakespeare often is found in the simple ... [more]

Wyohealth.gov?

Apr 7, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The state's post-election climate might permit looking at a state health exchange

President Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act - ... [more]

Reflections before Passion Week this spring

Apr 4, 2014 - By Kurt Schafli, Riverton Ministerial Association:  Passion Week is coming up again. To us it is known as "Easter", but it's origin is in the flight of the Israelite slaves from Egypt, known as "The Exodus". ... [more]

Evangelicals seeking souls, not votes

Apr 4, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  Only a decade ago, Christian social conservatives were a commanding force in American politics. They helped elect one of their own, George W. Bush, to two ... [more]

New airline

Apr 4, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Attracting another carrier to Riverton Regional would be no simple thing

As the new task force assembled to address air service problems at Riverton ... [more]

When the meadowlarks sing

Apr 3, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Isn't spring a mystery?
Of course, it's all in how you view it. But after all these years, it's still an annual wonder to me.
Life begins anew where it ... [more]

The missing plane

Apr 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's not that there's a conspiracy,
but rather that the ocean is huge

A new group of spacemen arrived last week at the International Space Station. It ... [more]

Who's calling

Apr 2, 2014 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  Increasingly these days, it's someone you dare not trust
Among the sleaziest of the criminals is the telephone con man. Fremont County residents are being ... [more]

Cooperative med school program has new Wyo chief

Apr 1, 2014 - From staff reports:  A veteran University of Wyoming faculty member with a strong interest in health care quality improvement has been chosen to lead the Wyoming WWAMI Medical ... [more]