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Apr 22, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Easter weekend
The happiest Easter Sundays in memory for most of us are those from childhood, reminiscent of grandparents, green grass and sunshine. Ma ... [more]

Putin playing a weak economic hand

Apr 19, 2014 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  In global affairs, as in domestic politics, symbolism can be as important as substance.
So when the world's major industrial democracies, known as the G-7, ... [more]

A tough guy I was glad to know

Apr 19, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  There was a lot to George Swan, and I appreciated it all.

It was a little more than 40 years ago.  My recently restored 1962 Chevy Nova was making an ... [more]

Animal-control deputies

Apr 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  If we impose a new tax, then uniformed personnel for the specific job might be in order

It has been enlightening this spring to learn more about the ... [more]

Social Security ought to let old debts lie

Apr 18, 2014 - By Newsday:  Social Security Administration has paused its misguided efforts to collect debts more than a decade old, including dunning children of the dead. Collection ... [more]

From the air, Morocco looked a lot like central Fremont County looks

Apr 18, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Most of the similarities ended when we reached the ground.

Wyoming looks a lot like Morocco.
That was the first thought to fill my mind as the ... [more]

Pools in the park

Apr 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The State of Wyoming and a Thermopolis pool business are locked in dispute

For decades it's been taken for granted that there are commercial swimming ... [more]

Pulitzer Prize for Snowden coverage both important and well-deserved

Apr 17, 2014 - By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  There were other worthy contenders for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, but no reporting was more deserving than the revelations about the National ... [more]

Let's all practice 'holy peace'

Apr 17, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  The magic of this story is that of new life. It is also a story of Easter. And of spring itself.
I've strolled the aisles of stuffed toys and candy displayed ... [more]

Coal, speak up

Apr 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The industry relies too much on political wishful thinking to confront its problems

A U.S. senator from West Virginia has a good idea for ... [more]

Government as innovator? You bet

Apr 16, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion.
People who ... [more]

The blood moon and the night streets of town

Apr 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's only one way to see a lunar eclipse that peaks at 2 a.m.
So I stayed up until 2 a.m. Tuesday to try to get a look at the "blood moon."
I wanted a ... [more]

Countywide elections

Apr 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Those that remain are an antidote to the anti-voter lawsuits and districts of recent years

The political season is building speed in Fremont County, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Calendar counting
Monday was about as close as we're going to get this year to one of those fun calendar numbers  like Dec. 12, 2012 -- 12/12/12 -- or ... [more]

Dems in trouble if Obama numbers stay down

Apr 14, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Joseph Napolitan, who essentially created the profession of campaign consultant and who departed these earthly precincts this past December, was a wise man. ... [more]

Spring stirs the seeds of obsession

Apr 14, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  The gardening bug is endemic in my family.

The signs are finally here. Last week I watched a father and son playing catch at the Babe Ruth Park on ... [more]

Huggers and haters

Apr 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Interpretations of the newest wolf numbers will vary but ought to encourage both sides

So far, so good for delisted wolves in Wyoming and its ... [more]

Like it or not, Obamacare now might well be 'too big to fail'

Apr 11, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  When Obamacare's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state ... [more]

Equal pay

Apr 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  We share our information, and we encourage local businesses to pay equally

Equality of wages and salaries between men and women is in the news this ... [more]

Quoted in the news

Apr 11, 2014 - Staff:  It is with a heavy heart that we are sending this notice that Bill Urbigkit has passed away. Please keep his family in your thoughts during this very difficult ... [more]

Afghanistan moves forward, but fitfully

Apr 10, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  There's hope for Afghanistan. This perennial basket case of a nation, steeped in poverty and at war with itself for the past three decades, held national ... [more]

In need of cookies and a good book

Apr 10, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  I've endured a recent evening fighting iFrustration

Recently, I tried to give my iPod a makeover. By "iPod" I mean "portable music device, which, for ... [more]

Wyoming vs. D.C.

Apr 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sen. Barrasso points out a few lessons the latter could take from the former

Of Wyoming's two U.S. Senators, John Barrasso maintains a higher ... [more]

Dems hope equal pay issue will mobilize women voters

Apr 9, 2014 - McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- A Democratic blitz this week for new orders and laws promising equal pay for women is a key agenda item the party hopes will boost turnout this ... [more]

A loss to the city

Apr 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Bill Urbigkit's knowledge and experience won't easily be replaced

This office notes the death of Bill Urbigkit with sadness.
Claimed by death at ... [more]

Firms chip away at retiree health benefits

Apr 8, 2014 - By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers:  ALTOONA, Pa. -- Throughout a bitter winter, burly linemen gathered at daybreak around tiny fire pits on a street in front of where they've clocked in to work ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 8, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Change afoot
Central Wyoming College has its three finalists for the presidency soon to be vacated by the coming retirement of Dr. Jo Anne McFarland. ... [more]

Washington actually laughs at itself

Apr 7, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  How unpopular is Washington in the rest of the country? While it's true that Congress as an institution has never been highly prized by most Americans, many of ... [more]

A Shakespearean aspect to Hill case

Apr 7, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  'The worm has turned,' goes the old saying from the master.

The magic of studying the works of William Shakespeare often is found in the simple ... [more]

Wyohealth.gov?

Apr 7, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The state's post-election climate might permit looking at a state health exchange

President Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act - ... [more]