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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]

The Iron Lady

Apr 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  A giant 20th century figure, she relished her time on the world's stage

Margaret Thatcher, one of the late 20th century's most-famous people, died ... [more]

In North Korea, a strong play of a weak hand

Apr 9, 2013 - By Barbara Demick, MCT News Service:  BEIJING -- North Korea is sometimes mocked as the mouse that roared, one of the poorest countries in the world threatening two economic and military giants, the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wintry wallop
Regardless of the month or season, periods like the past day or two are unusual here in the semi-arid Riverton Valley. We've all seen ... [more]

The Hill Bill's great accomplishment

Apr 7, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  It has succeeded in uniting both Democrats and Republicans -- in opposition to it.

You might call it a quest. Why else should anyone really care if an ... [more]

Maybe not the sharpest knife in the drawer

Apr 7, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Miraculously, a single government policy initiative has united Washington, D.C. Elected officials who had been either locking horns or crossing swords over ... [more]

The 1 percent bite

Apr 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's not much point in obsessing about the new sales tax -- instead, try to mitigate it

The optional 1 percent sales tax now in effect across ... [more]

Poll: Most in U.S. favor relaxing marijuana laws

Apr 5, 2013 - By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, a new poll shows, with the change driven largely by a huge shift in how the baby boom ... [more]

Power in the poem

Apr 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  April is National Poetry Month, so consider a favorite verse -- or find one

We have no illusions about the modest observance of National Poetry Month, ... [more]

Google needs more than slap on wrist for invading privacy

Apr 4, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  By agreeing to a toothless invasion-of-privacy settlement with Google, federal and state authorities blew a chance to take a bolder stand against the Internet ... [more]

Is it spring yet? Calendar says yes

Apr 4, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Is it spring yet?
The calendar says we turned the corner two weeks ago. But during that time we awoke four successive mornings to a new sifting of snow on ... [more]

Rankings on health

Apr 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County gets slapped again from another time zone

Chalk up another low ranking for Fremont County on some out-of-state graduate student's ... [more]

Sequester causing pain -- for Congress

Apr 3, 2013 - Nance Shelsta, Riverton:  Here's a certainty: No one will suggest budget sequestration again for a long, long time.

Think the automatic budget cuts Congress ordered at the ... [more]

The rattling saber

Apr 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  North Korea's 20-something leader had better hope the U.S. doesn't take him at his word

Check the word "bellicose" in a thesaurus, and you'll find ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Find those eggs
Easter is over, but the Ranger's third annual spring Easter egg hunt is just getting started. The second of 10 possible clues appears ... [more]

Raising minimum wage is good for Main Street

Apr 2, 2013 - By Margot Dorfman:  The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce supported the last increase in the federal minimum wage on July 24, 2009 and we believe another raise is overdue. The ... [more]

Our search for the bogeyman

Mar 31, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  If there isn't one handy, we'll just create him ourselves.

After half a century of service to his country, service that included leading the ... [more]

'If it's OK with the undertaker, it's OK with me'

Mar 31, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Let me stipulate at the outset: I do not qualify for any youth movement. In fact, I first voted in the 1960 presidential contest between John Kennedy and ... [more]

A song in the heart

Mar 31, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Oscar Hammerstein wasn't writing about Easter in 1949 when he came up with the lyrics to "Younger Than Springtime" for the landmark musical "South Pacific," ... [more]

Children's museum

Mar 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Planners of such a facility in Riverton have a fine idea

A very worthwhile idea is encompassed in Riverton by the planning for a museum-style ... [more]

Consumers have right to know if food was altered genetically

Mar 28, 2013 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  A California ballot measure last fall to require labeling of genetically engineered foods was poorly drafted and, fortunately, failed at the polls. But we ... [more]

Beware the idles of March

Mar 28, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  For the Husband, it's basketball; for me, it was the literary sewers of Paris with 'Les Miserables'

Last Thursday, the Husband voiced his excitement ... [more]

Here comes the tax

Mar 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The extra penny per dollar kicks in April 1 -- no fooling

After more than a year consumed by considering, educating, lobbying, campaigning, voting, ... [more]

Until a real deal gets done, Congress should stay in D.C.

Mar 27, 2013 - By Nick Troiano, MCT News Service:  Spring break shouldn't just be for students, but usually, a "break"
follows a period of "work" -- and not much can be said of the 113th Congress's ... [more]

Times change

Mar 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  If the Supreme Court doesn't validate same-sex marriage now, it delays the inevitable

The recent panel discussion at Central Wyoming College on ... [more]

If anything, Syria's Assad now appears stronger, not weaker

Mar 26, 2013 - By Lara Jakes, AP National Security Writer:  WASHINGTON -- Foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad are distracted by fragmentation within their ranks, foreign meddling and new finger-pointing over chemical ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Never boring
Everybody is affected by the weather, but some of us enjoy crunching the numbers more than others. What those numbers showed over the ... [more]

Neither party looking all that good

Mar 25, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Republicans give their own party low marks on leadership, and the Democrats' approval rating is lower than it's been in more than a decade.

From ... [more]

A lesson in practical politics

Mar 25, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  As college students, a few of us decided to work for better conditions for renters in Laramie.

With government approval ratings hovering in single ... [more]

The act plays poorly

Mar 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Insulting voters is the wrong way for the state to prevails in the Cindy Hill case

Initial arguments in state schools superintendent Cindy Hill's ... [more]

Court's gay marriage cases complex, far-reaching

Mar 22, 2013 - By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday will confront two distinct gay marriage cases, which together pose some very sensitive ... [more]

Hudson homicides

Mar 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Plea-deal statements are an engrossing part of the process

The first of the sentences in the "Hudson homicides" has been handed down. Laziur ... [more]