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Obama still frustrated by Guantanamo Bay

May 3, 2013 - By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers:  In one of his first actions as president, Obama issued an executive order that called for the facility to be shuttered within a year -- but that still hasn't ... [more]

Lives cut short remind us to love

May 2, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  I'd hoped to really tune in to spring in this column; to mention the flowering almond branch I brought inside to watch pink blossoms and shiny green leaves pop ... [more]

News on the radio

May 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Ranger stories now can be heard daily on KTUG radio as well

The Ranger makes a low-key entry into the world of radio newscasting with the debut of ... [more]

As always, the barbs were sharp at the White House correspondents dinner

May 1, 2013 - By Bradley Clapper, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from a "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree ... [more]

May Day

May 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Its wintry arrival in 2013 is not quite the stuff of poetry

Sir Thomas Malory had a thing about May. On our snowy May Day following a wintry April, ... [more]

In wake of Boston, GOP sees opening on national security

Apr 30, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- After being tarred for a generation as the party of weakness, Democrats finally clawed their way back to political parity with a 2012 campaign ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Really?
Yes, it's true: Another snowstorm is on the way. Weather forecasters say all signs point to another 2-3 inches between now and Wednesday night. ... [more]

More than red, white and blue

Apr 28, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  There are lots of ways -- incuding bad ones -- to assess human intelligence.

In a lecture on linguistics, Dr. John McWhorter of Dartmouth University ... [more]

Pope isn't married, but he's on a honeymoon

Apr 28, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  In politics, maybe even in life, perception frequently becomes reality.
If enough people see you as a winner, then you will be treated like a winner, which ... [more]

Town-only taxes

Apr 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In Fremont County, there is a strong case to be made for it

Fremont County could be a good test case for the concept of allowing cities and towns to ... [more]

Bush uses library opening to try to polish record

Apr 26, 2013 - By Tom Benning, MCT News Service:  "People ask me, 'What about the economy?'" Bush said, "and my answer is, 'Why don't you go hire an economist, or hire five economists and get 15 different ... [more]

War of words

Apr 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The allegations against the state schools superintendent remain vague and unclear

The war of words continues between certain Wyoming legislators and ... [more]

Tottering toward the future

Apr 25, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  I admit that the light-hearted commentary isn't really coming to me this week. There are no personality quirks, no local oddities, and no minor annoyances to ... [more]

The balloons are coming

Apr 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Now's the time to show your interest in sponsoring a pilot for the July rally

Would you like to fly in a beautiful balloon?
The opening lyrics to ... [more]

Boston bomb suspect is in civilian court, where he belongs

Apr 25, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  A 19-year-old naturalized American citizen is accused of committing a crime of violence in the United States, and a gaggle of elected officials are urging for ... [more]

Old-school things cherished while traveling

Apr 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In another city, I find the bookstore, the movie theater and the local paper

Three of the things I like best are now described often as worn-out ... [more]

Back to the top

Apr 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County won't say No. 2 in hay production for very long

We are a people interested in lists and rankings, from the TV ratings to the college ... [more]

Firefighters have a rich service heritage

Apr 23, 2013 - By Craig Haslam:  The fire service has rich traditions that date back to the Roman Empire. For centuries, leaders and rulers understood the need for fire prevention and fire ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Winter in spring
There have been four Mondays in April so far, and three of them have brought heavy snowfall. The only one that didn't so far was ... [more]

Every day is Saturday now

Apr 21, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Which is good, because Saturday always was one of the busiest days of my week.

A question has come up often since last June when I "officially" took ... [more]

Iraq was a war with too few victors

Apr 21, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  We were told it would be an inexpensive cakewalk, but it was far from it.

"History is written by the victors," as Winston Churchill wrote. But the ... [more]

Just as predicted

Apr 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming is learning that federal sequestration is as bad as advertised

Everyone always said that the federal budget cuts known as the sequester would ... [more]

Careful in using the T-word

Apr 19, 2013 - By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- It took President Barack Obama nearly 24 hours to describe Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon the same way that lawmakers, experts and even ... [more]

A better fiscal note

Apr 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Local governments appreciate fewer strings attached to a new state allocation

It is encouraging, even exciting, to anticipate a nice chunk of ... [more]

In Boston, one act of terrorism, millions of acts of humanity

Apr 18, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  An 8-year-old boy was among the three people killed and at least 176 people injured, many severely, by a pair of explosions near the finish line of the Boston ... [more]

Back to the basics may be best

Apr 18, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  There are rewards for living many years.
One of them is the experience you gain. If you can remember it, you'll eventually find an opportunity to toss it ... [more]

The Age of Aquarius

Apr 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  'Hair' was a sensation in 1967, and it remains unique in 2013

That the hippie musical "Hair," which begins its second and final three-day run at ... [more]

Homeland security grants being gutted

Apr 17, 2013 - By Maggie Clark, For MCT News Service:  WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the state of Massachusetts, the city of Boston and federal authorities quickly joined together to ... [more]

Vandals with a bomb

Apr 17, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Boston attackers made the worst kind of trouble

On Tuesday, trying to keep worried citizens calm, no doubt, an official in Boston who had some ... [more]

Coming up: Gay marriage chaos

Apr 16, 2013 - By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers:  If the Supreme Court decides the two gay marriage cases it heard last week the way most court watchers believe it will, expect legal and political chaos. The ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Spring as winter
Fremont County is getting more winter in April than we got all winter combined.
In case you have forgotten -- which is perfectly ... [more]

More to 'Oz' than meets the eye

Apr 13, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  In its time, the story was chock full of political satire.

Now that four generations have grown up with the imagery of the "Wizard of Oz," much of ... [more]

Different paths ahead on immigration, guns

Apr 13, 2013 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  Victory for President Obama is far more likely on the former than the latter.

The contrasting paths of President Barack Obama's two prime legislative ... [more]

The beer tax

Apr 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's hard to justify keeping the 1935 rate in place

A curious tidbit of Wyoming's revenue stream comes in the form of the state malt beverage tax. It ... [more]

Who's the likely winner in budget fight?

Apr 12, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's $3.78 trillion budget Wednesday provided fresh, vivid evidence that Washington remains desperately divided over key ... [more]

Demolishing Lincoln

Apr 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In light of the new student-teacher ratio rule, the old school might have had one more role to play

There is understandable confusion related to the ... [more]

Obama inches toward GOP on Social Security

Apr 11, 2013 - By The Miami Herald:  The 2014 budget proposal unveiled by President Obama on Wednesday represents a daring bid to break the gridlock over spending and revenue that has kept ... [more]

Still time to learn to snowshoe

Apr 11, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  And in this weather, don't do much driving unless you possess the NASCAR gene.

It looks like Old Man Winter got hooked up to a defibrillator this ... [more]

December again

Apr 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  When life gives you record snow in April, make a snowman

The sudden revisitation of December in the middle of April has been a shock. We've all been ... [more]

Trading one flawed Social Security formula for another

Apr 10, 2013 - By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's coming push for less generous increases in Social Security benefits is angering his party and perplexing economists, many ... [more]