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Public defenders often in tough position, deserve appreciation

Feb 24, 2014 - Dany Kurttila, Riverton:  Editor:
I recently read an article in your paper concerning public defenders. It occurred to me that those providing that service have an often thankless, but ... [more]

Don't assume 'the sky is falling' due to EPA order

Feb 21, 2014 - Frank Tanner, Riverton:  Editor:
Bravo, Mayor Warpness and ex-mayor Vincent. It's nice to see that at least a few of our leaders have not fallen prey to the "Chicken Little" theme ... [more]

Readers, please send Wyoming items for student project in Iowa

Feb 20, 2014 - Lauren A., Iowa:  Editor:
Hello. My name is Lauren. I am a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.
We are studying the history and geography of ... [more]

State's 'power grab' from Hill left some ugly scars

Feb 19, 2014 - Carole S. Anderson, Riverton:  Editor:
This power grab in our state government is ugly.
The cannibalistic nature of the governor and state legislature in their treatment of legally-elected ... [more]

If you disapprove of the Hill Bill, then remove those who did it from office

Feb 18, 2014 - Lyle Williams, Evanston:  Editor:
It occurs to me that Wyoming Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau is guilty of many sins, among them bearing false witness. Last session, Speaker Lubnau ... [more]

Legislators who backed SF104 ought to impeach themselves

Feb 17, 2014 - Evelyn Black, Riverton:  Editor:
 The Wyoming Constitution is the supreme governing document of the State of Wyoming. It is the law. Proposed amendments must be approved by a majority ... [more]

Second Amendment rights infringement needs corrected

Feb 14, 2014 - Jack Gordon, Dubois:  Editor:
Who is Steve Barlow? According to a story in the Jan. 18 issue of The Ranger, Mr. Barlow is the Central Wyoming College campus safety director. The ... [more]

Flashing speed sign 'really does help' on West Main

Feb 13, 2014 - Jen Lowry:  Editor:
The other day I was driving on West Main Street, and the sign that shows your speed as you are driving had been put up.
I think this is a very good ... [more]

EPA ruling must be challenged

Feb 12, 2014 - William L. Morgana, Riverton:  Editor:
When I hear people saying "calm down" over the EPA ruling trying to make Riverton part of the Indian reservation, what that says to me is "just sit ... [more]

Need in Wyoming for higher beer tax is real, and it is not going away

Feb 12, 2014 - Ron Warpness, Mayor, Riverton:  Editor:
This is an open letter to all our elected legislators who are starting the new legislative session. You are going to have the opportunity to do a ... [more]

Lawmakers, consider the worker

Feb 11, 2014 - Bruce Palmer:  Editor:
This week the Wyoming Legislature convenes for a 20-day budget session to hammer out the budget for the next two years. Fortunately, the state is in a ... [more]

Sue Wallis will be missed dearly

Feb 11, 2014 - Steven R. Doyle:  Editor:
Sue Wallis, a state representative from Recluse, passed away last week.  Many in Fremont County had the pleasure of working with her on several issues ... [more]

Now is the time to 'get real' on state beer tax

Feb 7, 2014 - Ron Warpness, Mayor, Riverton:  Editor:
This is an open letter to all our elected legislators who are getting ready for the upcoming legislative session. You are going to have the ... [more]

Community concern eased holiday emergency greatly

Feb 6, 2014 - The Peden family, Riverton:  Editor:
As a family, we would like to voice our appreciation for the many hours spent on Christmas Eve search and rescue efforts to find Adam.
We were so ... [more]

A 2-year-old has more sense than all of Washington, D.C.

Feb 5, 2014 - Dan Wimp, Riverton:  Editor:
Between Obama, the government, the Senate, and the house, our dog Bella is more grown-up than all the people in the White House.
You people should ... [more]

'Concern for the younger generation'

Feb 4, 2014 - Tom Lindsey, Cheyenne:  Editor:
I feel concern for the younger generation. They desire independence, freedom and happiness, but in reality by not critically analyzing what it takes ... [more]

Bebout and others correct to question red carpet for Magpul

Feb 3, 2014 - Jess Rodgers, Casper:  Editor:
I couldn't believe the news that the State Loan and Investment Board would turn Casper's request for a conference center down, and then the Wyoming ... [more]

Shoshones' survival as a tribe being threatened

Jan 31, 2014 - Mary Hope, Ethete:  Editor:
I am writing in response to recent articles and letters to the editor about whether Riverton is on the Shoshone Indian Reservation, now called Wind ... [more]

Event for writers was well done and well received

Jan 30, 2014 - Carol Deering, Riverton:  Editor:
I'd like to say how much I enjoyed reading at the Westword Writers "Winter Gathering of Words" at the Riverton Branch Library on Jan. 23.
I believe ... [more]

Question to a reckless driver

Jan 29, 2014 - Kim Rogers, Pavillion:  Editor:
This is an open invitation to the driver of the white Ford pickup that was heading east on Highway 26 before turning left on Airport Road at around 7 ... [more]

Stranded air traveler helped by 'exceptional young people'

Jan 28, 2014 - Beverly Higgs, Riverton:  Editor:
Recently I was scheduled to take a plane from Denver to Riverton. The flight was canceled by Great Lakes Airlines, which left us unable to leave until ... [more]

Legal landowners 'thrown under the bus' by EPA ruling

Jan 27, 2014 - Janet Conover, Pavillion:  Editor:
What follows is from a letter to the Fremont County Sherif's department:
"I respectfully request an increased number of patrols and wellness checks ... [more]

Kindness matters, both to the giver and the recipient

Jan 24, 2014 - Tracy Morrin, Riverton:  Editor:
I was touched by an unexpected act of kindness recently. I was in a store the previous week to get some little books to send to my twin ... [more]

Nobody seems to care about the public's safety anymore

Jan 23, 2014 - Mary Sue Shoup, Riverton:  Editor:
Let's see. Marijuana is now legal to buy, the speed limits are already at a crazy speed, yet they are asking to have them increased?
People don't ... [more]

Don't let passion 'overpower our tact' during civil discourse

Jan 22, 2014 - Charles “Mike” Broadhead, Chief of police, Riverton:  Editor:
Over the past several months, I feel that there has been an increasing racially charged rhetoric in our community.
Internet-based chat boards give ... [more]

Cindy Hill ought to be praised, not persecuted

Jan 21, 2014 - Kathryn Cardovan, Riverton:  Editor:
What a total waste of time all this Cindy Hill business has been. I can't believe they are trying to get rid of her when her biggest "crime" was ... [more]

Museums left 'in shambles'

Jan 20, 2014 - Carole J. Boyd, Dubois:  Editor:
I recently attended a meeting of the Fremont County Museums Board, which was held at the town hall in Dubois on Jan. 10.  The room was packed with ... [more]

EPA ruling changes nothing for time being in Riverton

Jan 17, 2014 - Ron Warpness, Mayor, Riverton:  Editor:
As mayor of the city of Riverton, I feel a strong obligation to respond to the recent EPA ruling declaring Riverton as Indian Country.
First of all, ... [more]

Someone please find a way to improve local air service

Jan 16, 2014 - Joan Graf, Riverton:  Editor:
Trying to fly through Riverton Regional Airport is akin to trying to pay for three months' worth of groceries with Confederate scrip. It just doesn't ... [more]

EPA ruling throws legal landowners 'under the bus'

Jan 15, 2014 - Janet Conover, Pavillion:  Editor:
The following is from a letter I wrote to the Fremont County Sherif's Department:
"I respectfully request an increased number of patrols and wellness ... [more]

Lower legal drinking age to 18

Jan 14, 2014 - Lena Wammer, Riverton:  Editor:
At the age of 18 we are being considered as adults. Being able to vote, go to war, purchase tobacco, get married, adopt a child, sign legal documents ... [more]

Pathologist in Fremont County is a good idea, but 'think big'

Jan 13, 2014 - Michael Heninger, M.D., Atlanta, Ga.:  Editor:
I heard about your newspaper's coverage on doing autopsies in your own home town. Very interesting.
I grew up in Cache Valley Utah and still return ... [more]

Caring cancer advocate missed in community

Jan 9, 2014 - Teresa Engstrom, Riverton:  Editor:
I have lived in Riverton for more than 40 years. I have seen wonderful things happen in our community that I am very thankful for.
One of those ... [more]

EPA action on rez 'is unlawful'

Jan 8, 2014 - Matthew H. Mead, Governor, Cheyenne:  Editor:
The Environmental Protection Agency's administrative action expanding the Wind River Indian Reservation raises many questions. Here are a few of ... [more]

EPA ruling a 'power grab,' pure and simple

Jan 7, 2014 - Bill Bzedalyk, Riverton:  Editor:
I do not believe the Washington lawyer called the "spokesman" for the Wind River reservation tribes, and nobody else should believe him either. Air ... [more]

People of Wyoming deserve answers on lengthy probe of superintendent

Jan 6, 2014 - Cindy Hill, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction:  Editor:
Below is an open letter I have sent to all members of the Wyoming Legislature:

Dear Legislator,
A question I often am asked is "How are things ... [more]

Decision to release Drennen from prison was 'outrageous'

Jan 3, 2014 - Dennis Quinfeldt, Riverton:  Editor:
I simply could not believe my eyes when I saw that the Fremont County attorney was going to let Gabriel Drennen walk free. This man was convicted of ... [more]

Nutrition program actions insensitive to community

Jan 2, 2014 - Teresa Hanway, Arapahoe:  Editor:
The Cent$ible Nutrition Program, under the auspices of the University of Wyoming, is undergoing turbulent times.
A petition is being circulated ... [more]

Tribes' push on air quality has nothing to do with air quality

Dec 30, 2013 - Pam Noriega, Riverton:  Editor:
Mr. Breight, well said (letter to the editor Sunday, Dec. 15).
The EPA ruling letting the tribes monitor air quality has nothing to do with air ... [more]

Look hard at all members of the Legislature, and consider a change

Dec 27, 2013 - Ed Thomas, Kinnear:  Editor's note: The published version of this letter included an inadvertent error that affected the meaning of one sentence. The proper version is published ... [more]