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The many weapons of summer

Jul 31, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  From Popsicle sticks to water bottles, we got them all

August begins Friday, but it has already marked its approach with summery debris: Popsicle ... [more]

Change at the top

Jul 31, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Central Wyoming College is seeing it, and everyone is involved

One of several tests to prove the worth of any institution is how well it handles ... [more]

A useful step back from unfair drug sentencing

Jul 30, 2014 - The Philadelphia (Pa.) Daily News:  The nation's retreat from a mission to arrest and imprison our way out of our illegal drug problem has taken another important step.
A federal commission has ... [more]

Mother Nature 'delisted' mustangs

Jul 30, 2014 - By Walter Cook:  Evolution doesn't simply take a break for 12,000 years.

According to scientists, indigenous modern horses died out in the so-called New World at the ... [more]

The city lot

Jul 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Is there a bona fide reason to impose new regulations?

The sight of commercial vehicles from a couple of companies occupying spaces around the clock ... [more]

Split decision on health care law

Jul 29, 2014 - By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau:  It sets the stage for another Supreme Court case, possibly next year.

WASHINGTON -- The legal battle over President Barack Obama's health care law has ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 29, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fair is there
After some preliminaries that got the wheels moving last week, the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo is really rolling now. For a lot of ... [more]

We say we hate favoritism, but ...

Jul 28, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  The cult of celebrity keeps putting the same old names and faces
on top.


Ever notice that the coach's kid always gets to pitch? No matter how ... [more]

Time machine

Jul 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  At fair time, it almost seems plausible

Is there such a thing as a time machine?
Maybe.
At the Fremont County Fair.
Of course the fair is new each ... [more]

Downed jetliner shows weakness in NATO alliance

Jul 25, 2014 - By Richard Parker, McClatchy Newspapers:  The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has claimed yet another casualty: the NATO alliance.
Most assuredly the human costs -- the loss of 298 lives in the shootdown of ... [more]

The guy who follows a legend

Jul 25, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Cristobal Valdez has that task; give him a chance

I haven't met new Central Wyoming College president Cristobal Valdez yet, but I sympathize with his ... [more]

Must everything be political?

Jul 25, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Driven by media commentators who need us to fight, we politicize almost everything

This summer a quarrel has emerged in Wyoming over whether it is ... [more]

A fair sales tax for online shopping is a good proposition

Jul 24, 2014 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  It's been nine years since Congress first took up online shopping's unfair sales tax advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers. But Virginia's Bob Goodlatte, ... [more]

Sometimes ordinary is pretty great

Jul 24, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  We'd all do well to celebrate the basics more often

"We're all so busy chasing the extraordinary that we forget to stop and be grateful for the ... [more]

Parade needs you

Jul 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Here are a few ways almost anyone can participate

The Fremont County Fair deserves a proper kickoff in the public eye, and the fair parade is a great ... [more]

Animosity in would-be peacemakers mirrors larger split

Jul 23, 2014 - By Laura King, MCT News Service:  CAIRO -- As U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry embarks on his latest Mideast mission, seeking to stem the escalating carnage in the Gaza Strip, he also wades ... [more]

Lend a hand

Jul 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Community events such as Riverton Rendezvous don't happen by themselves

For a community festival such as the just-concluded Riverton Rendezvous, ... [more]

Proving airliner claims won't be easy

Jul 22, 2014 - McClatchy Washington Bureau:  Until then, it is unlikely that anyone will be held accountable for the deaths of the 298 people on board.

WASHINGTON -- The downing of a Malaysian ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 22, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Au revoir, Rendezvous
Put Riverton Rendezvous in the memory banks for another year. It proved again over the weekend that it remains a vibrant summer ... [more]

Internal GOP squabbling in primary

Jul 21, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  The three candidates for governor can barely settle on one mutually agreeable debate site and format.

A favorite topic among political science ... [more]

Boundaries erased

Jul 21, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sometimes, we must simply be citizens of one community

At times each of us claims citizenship  in a neighborhood, a congregation, a work force, a ... [more]

Solution to U.S. border crisis not quick or easy

Jul 18, 2014 - By The Los Angeles Times:  There have been some recent stirrings of reasonableness in Washington over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, stirrings that should be supported ... [more]

Not exactly a relaxing weekend

Jul 18, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  How about this for a weekend of fun?
Take a day or two off.
Get out your bike, your hiking shoes, and your canoe.
Then, rise early to ...
- Trek 20 miles ... [more]

Our skyscrapers

Jul 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  For the 34th summer, hot-air balloons grace the local skies

Editor's note: This editorial on the Riverton Rendezvous balloon rally first ... [more]

We're jumping into the pool

Jul 17, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  I mean this both literally and figuratively

This week more than ever, I have been tempted to write from a well of cynicism -- to point out the darker ... [more]

Listing the mustang

Jul 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  If the wild horse truly is 'endangered,' it will take strong sales pitch to make the case

When we think of an endangered species, there are certain ... [more]

Drones' impact covers more than military success

Jul 16, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  They may be an efficient way to kill terrorists, but they're no way to make friends.

The drone has become America's counter-terrorism weapon of ... [more]

Making it easy

Jul 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  From the looks of it, virtually all of the recent car burglaries were preventable

We have reported repeatedly in recent days on many automobile ... [more]

Obama may hold key to border fix

Jul 15, 2014 - By Alicia A. Caldwell, The Associated Press:  Some in Congress say wholesale legislative changes may not be necessary and that the president already has the authority to return the children to their ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Rainout
Not too many events get rained out this time of year in Fremont County (or any time of year, for that matter), but that is what happened Friday ... [more]