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What did we expect?

Nov 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There is no one to blame for intrusive electronic spying but ourselves

A boy grips a baseball, hurls it toward the kitchen window, and then is ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: Weebles, reflective fire engines, and the old days of uranium

Nov 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  At a recent Friday night football game at Wolverine Field, as I was working the end zone with my camera, some younger boys were having fun with the "weebles." ... [more]

FDA decision on painkiller is questionable

Nov 1, 2013 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  The United States consumes 99 percent of the hydrocodone used in the world. Opioids are over-prescribed and frequently abused. Overdoses from narcotic ... [more]

Trains are not the issue

Nov 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Objectors to shipping Wyoming coal to the Pacific ports need a better argument

The news these days is full of updates on the decline in the great ... [more]

Halloween on the prairie

Oct 31, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Somehow, we found a way to make it fun

Do I realize that this column hits print on Halloween? That it could fall victim to a heap of melting ... [more]

Is now the time to slash money for food stamps?

Oct 31, 2013 - By The Miami Herald:  Members of the U.S. House and Senate are meeting this week to reconcile disparate farm bills. The prospects are not pretty. Though the bills are similar in ... [more]

Throwing money

Oct 31, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sometimes it really can solve a problem

A popular cliché spouted off by certain political leaders goes something like "you can't solve a problem ... [more]

Bad days and silver linings

Oct 30, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Why did the dog have a bad bowel accident on the very day that my wife and I were leaving for a week of vacation?
And why does the copy machine jam just ... [more]

Halloween

Oct 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  If can be safe and fun at the same time

Halloween probably is a safer event than it used to be, thanks to public education, product improvements, and ... [more]

An end to the middle class?

Oct 29, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Imagine a future in which real wages for most workers decline year after year; a future in which middle-class jobs that disappeared in the Great Recession ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Four out of five
Five weeks of autumn, four snowstorms. That is the updated tally for the strange fall of 2013 in the Wind River Basin of ... [more]

Wyoming's chance

Oct 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  With the federal health care website failing, let's prove our state can do a better job

Wyoming, it turns out, is not immune to the problems of ... [more]

Sacred cows and good ol' boys

Oct 27, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  In case you hadn't noticed, the first begets the second.

Andrew Jackson often is referred to as the first "western" president. The rough-edged ... [more]

Employment rate shows improvement

Oct 25, 2013 - By Kevin G. Hall, MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- The monthly unemployment rate holds almost mythical importance as a barometer for the health of the U.S. economy. But what if it's not telling us ... [more]

Beating the drum

Oct 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Recent events again point out the shame of not having a school auditorium

Perhaps what Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton needs in order ... [more]

NSA watches us, but who watches it?

Oct 24, 2013 - By The Seattle Times:  Disturbing revelations about the voracious appetite of the National Security Agency for personal email and instant messaging accounts stir a basic question: ... [more]

Preparing to celebrate fear

Oct 24, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  Or, as we refer to it at my house, Halloween

With Halloween preparing to rampage, this seems like a good time to write about fear.
The subject is ... [more]

Open the closet

Oct 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  You know there is an unused coat in there, and Coats for Folks needs it

One of our community's most-successful and best-utilized public service ... [more]

GOP must hear from business interests to stem next crisis

Oct 23, 2013 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  The partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis cost the United States billions, after nearly upending the world economy.
We could go through it ... [more]

Moose feeling pinched on all sides

Oct 23, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  They aren't very well equipped to deal with change

Bullwinkle likely is the most famous moose in America.
A star of TV and movies, Bullwinkle the ... [more]

Wolf hunt scrutiny

Oct 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It probably will be years before a consistent hunting season is established

The second season of legal wolf hunting in Wyoming is getting close ... [more]

Eyeing '16, Christie on gay-marriage tightrope

Oct 22, 2013 - By Mark Z. Barabak, McClatchy-Tribune News Service:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie backed away from a court fight over same-sex marriage on Monday, further staking his place near the political middle ground as ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Snowy fall
Three weeks of autumn, three snowstorms. There's a seasonal scorecard we usually don't see this time of year, when we often are experiencing ... [more]

The loss of Gordon Cooper

Oct 19, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  He and the other astronauts were the heroes of my youth.

They were the heroes of my youth. Even the Marvel and DC comics I collected had ... [more]

Last legs?

Oct 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  With the Wyoming State Winter Fair struggling to survive, here's a suggestion -- again

It is sad news indeed that the Wyoming State Winter Fair's ... [more]

Miles and days, Wyoming to Connecticut

Oct 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  I was relieved to learn that echoes of early childhood and fatherhood still can be heard.

Does a parent ever entirely stop thinking in terms of ... [more]

Everyone felt it

Oct 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The federal shutdown had a psychological effect on all American citizens

More than two weeks after it began, the partial shutdown of the federal ... [more]

Despite initial problems, new health care law deserves a chance

Oct 17, 2013 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  It's hard to tell which has done more to hurt the initial phase of the Affordable Care Act: continued Republican opposition or the inept rollout of the new ... [more]

Loudest growl doesn't always win

Oct 17, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Voters can provide some clarity next election day, if only we'll remember.

I'd rather not write on political things. I'm not a dedicated party member ... [more]

Local flag days

Oct 17, 2013 - Staff:  As Veterans Day nears, consider helping the Avenue of Flags with money or time

Sometimes, little things can mean a lot -- especially if everybody ... [more]