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Mandela's changed times

Dec 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Once branded a terrorist, he grew to become a great world statesman

Americans younger than age 40 -- and that is most Americans -- might find it hard ... [more]

There is a case to be made for an even higher gasoline tax

Dec 11, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  Ah, to be in the U.S. economy of the 1990s, a decade when the gross domestic product grew by about one-third and unemployment dropped from 7.5 percent to 4 ... [more]

Gift-giving is an art form

Dec 11, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  This year, apparently, my artistic talents have failed me

The discussion at my house this week centered on Christmas gifts.
It wasn't ... [more]

Overreaching

Dec 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The EPA can't change the border of the Wind River reservation any more than it could decree the Nebraska Panhandle to be part of Wyoming

It would be ... [more]

Lower approval for Obama, even worse for Republicans in new poll

Dec 10, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- The American public is unusually pessimistic about the direction of the country and increasingly fed up with Washington gridlock, a sour mood ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Big chill
A sure sign that it's been cold -- really cold -- is when 17 degrees seems warm. But 17 at 7 a.m. Tuesday felt almost tropical compared to the ... [more]

The hawk didn't note the freeway

Dec 9, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Musing on the realities of life in the predawn of a foreign city coming to life is worth considering if you find yourself on the road with a few minutes to ... [more]

Filibuster change was inevitable

Dec 9, 2013 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  And a case can be made that it was necessary as well.

Over the past century, the Senate has voted several times to curb the minority's ability to ... [more]

On the edge again

Dec 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  New regulations on flight experience for crews undermine local air service

Fremont County travelers have been given a lump of coal for Christmas with ... [more]

Cellphone calls on commercial flights? Ugh

Dec 6, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  To the already jumbo-size list of air-travel indignities -- snaking security lines, intrusive pat-downs, baggage fees on top of rising fares, and brown-bag ... [more]

Time for a re-examination at UW

Dec 6, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Well, that was short.
University of Wyoming President Bob Sternberg took office in July with great fanfare.
"We believe Dr. Sternberg is a great fit for the ... [more]

Mandela

Dec 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Humanity has lost a colossus

If ever a man had reason to harbor resentment in his life, it was Nelson Mandela, who had been imprisoned, beaten, ... [more]

At home, I'm chief of surveillance

Dec 5, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  And I've learned my boys thrive on privacy, independence

We are living in times of constant surveillance. Never alone, never unheard, we zoom ... [more]

Global student assessment is a 'Sputnik' moment for U.S.

Dec 5, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  A report this week that American students are lagging behind their top international peers in math, reading and science should give pause to those who argue ... [more]

Write to Santa

Dec 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  We're planning our 65th Christmas Greetings Edition, and we need letters

It's December, the lights are up, the giant snowflakes are glowing on Main ... [more]

Venus prominent in December sky

Dec 4, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  I got my first cold of the season the day after Thanksgiving, and it was a doozy: sore throat, sinus headache, coughing, sneezing, people saying "go back to ... [more]

Hometown stores

Dec 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Everyone does some shopping online, but shopping at home is good citizenship

If you've ever driven through a community and been left with the ... [more]

Gridlock pain could resume soon

Dec 3, 2013 - By Lisa Mascaro, MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- Congress's unfinished business threatens to leave millions of Americans -- including the unemployed, Pentagon contractors and even supermarket ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thermometer
Our mild November let us off easy. Early December is turning the tables. Experiencing the sudden turn in the weather at about 1 a.m. ... [more]

So much for 'youthful indiscretion'

Dec 2, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  What's the point anymore when everything we do is recorded and stored digitally, somewhere, just waiting for the right (or wrong) moment to ... [more]

Mr. President, the stakes are high

Dec 2, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  To President Obama: The late John Gardner was wise and patriotic American who, as cabinet secretary, successfully launched Medicare, oversaw the creation of ... [more]

Our own pathologist

Dec 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Autopsies as economic development? Stranger things have happened

After making hundreds of trips to an autopsy lab in Loveland, Colo., with a body in ... [more]

A legal lesson

Nov 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Shey Bruce trial put the legal system on full display

The second-degree murder trial that concluded over the weekend was an important ... [more]

Already dreaming of the White House

Nov 29, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  A presidential campaign is a $2 billion business, so you can be sure there's a lot of planning going on already.

Is it too early to think about who's ... [more]

Give thanks for where you are from

Nov 27, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Be thankful you are from Wyoming.
Thankful for the gin-clear mornings.
Thankful for skies at dusk that look like God's own majestic canvas if he were a ... [more]

Thankful for 'healthy wrinkles'

Nov 27, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  That's what I am during this time of gratitude for material things that bless our bodies, and the family and friends who bless our spirits.

On ... [more]

Thanksgiving 50 years ago

Nov 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Shortly before he died, JFK proclaimed the day

It's customary for the President of the United States to issue a presidential proclamation before ... [more]

Pentagon boasts clean audits, but system of accountability is suspect

Nov 26, 2013 - By James Rosen and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Burea:  WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's central payroll and accounting office, which pays out tens of billions of dollars a year to U.S. service members and defense ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Newspaper holiday
It's Thanksgiving week, which brings up a bit of newspaper scheduling information. The Ranger will not publish Thursday in observance ... [more]

Did off-year elections tell us much?

Nov 24, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  We've reached that point in the political post-mortems of election 2013 where as my wise and good friend, the late Arizona Rep. Morris K. "Mo" Udall used to ... [more]