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Attitude is everything

Jan 10, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  We're better when we tune in to our positives

I used to approach the desk of then-editor Dave Perry with, "Dave, I've been thinking."
In feigned ... [more]

The PIT count

Jan 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The objective is to enumerate the homeless in Fremont County

Winter is a poignant time to count the homeless. At no other time of year is their ... [more]

A new year for the nighttime sky

Jan 9, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  It turned cold at the end of December, so you have probably been looking at stars from inside through a window. I don't blame you. It does seem sometimes that ... [more]

No to Norquist

Jan 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Enzi, others show courage

An undermentioned positive development from the 2012 election featured Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, among others. Our ... [more]

Working for school accountability

Jan 8, 2013 - By Cindy Hill:  As I travel the highways of Wyoming, I find a great number of Wyoming educators and parents see their schools as models for the rest of the state and the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 8, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thawed out
The weather forecast called for temperatures in the low to mid-30s over the past couple of days, but longtime residents knew better. The ... [more]

Not exactly a happy ending

Jan 6, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  But the story of our Christmas calf could have been worse.

A professor in one of my English literature classes offered an explanation of the ... [more]

Rapping the gavel

Jan 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Take the session seriously, lawmakers, and keep Wyoming issues uppermost

Some hard and serious work is about to begin as the Wyoming Legislature ... [more]

Differences in the details

Jan 4, 2013 - The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- Politically, the 213th Congress that was sworn in Thursday won't be much of a change from the less-than-stellar 212th Congress it replaces: ... [more]

Wyoming's top news

Jan 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Try this top-10 list on for size

For years the Associated Press (of which The Ranger was the very first Wyoming member newspaper in 1953) produced an ... [more]

A wake-up call in a steamy cup

Jan 3, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  My voice says 'good morning,' but my breath says 'bring it'

Coffee: in our society, the most fundamental drink besides water.
Usually served hot, ... [more]

No joke

Jan 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's no room anymore for wisecracks about violence at school

A visit to a local elementary school on a cold January morning brought to mind a ... [more]

Quoted in the news

Jan 2, 2013 - From staff reports:  Our community ... has to pull together and work together to reduce this mortality rate.
-- Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan, after announcing that the ... [more]

The perils of punditry

Jan 2, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Back in 2011, at the dawn of a long presidential campaign, I established a fine baseline for my credentials as ... [more]

Wednesday notes

Jan 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  First of the year
The staff of your daily newspaper appreciated the day off Tuesday as the new year arrived. Happy 2013.
We don't expect to close the ... [more]

A very bad idea from Cheyenne

Dec 31, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Some education "experts" in the Legislature want to remove elected control of the department of education from the people.

We were in the midst of a ... [more]

Picking a president will never be the same

Dec 31, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  Who needs the Iowa caucuses if you've got a billionaire in your pocket?

Over the last 10 presidential campaigns, the first two -- and the most ... [more]

AP top 10

Dec 31, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We agreed with most of their choices, with some exceptions

Each year as December winds down, our newspaper gets to participate in the process of ... [more]

New Year's is crystal-ball time

Dec 28, 2012 - By Patrick May, McClatchy Newspapers:  Here's a prediction for 2013 you can take to the bank:
This time next year, the world will be awash in predictions for 2014.
It's December and the ... [more]

To 2013

Dec 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Next week's calendar transition is more than just Monday to Tuesday

Here is a New Year's resolution suggestion for everyone in 2013.
Be ... [more]

Where's the 'cliff' urgency?

Dec 27, 2012 - By The Dallas Morning News:  If your paycheck is a little thinner in January, don't fault your boss. Blame rests squarely at the ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Congress, returning to ... [more]

A Christmas season stained

Dec 27, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  Wasn't Christmas Day 2012 a glorious one in Wyoming? Fresh snow lit up the countryside just as we dreamed it might, just as the songs portray.
Yet in the ... [more]

Winter arrives

Dec 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  It doesn't seem to have its old strength, but don't be caught unprepared

The notion of "winter preparedness" hasn't been on the minds of ... [more]

Wednesday notes

Dec 26, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Headline oddity
There haven't been many editorials in this space titled "Wednesday notes," but the headline applies today because of the holiday ... [more]

Bork's legacy: Bitter partisan fights over court appointments

Dec 26, 2012 - The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  Since then, most high-court nominees have talked a lot but revealed as little as possible, as opponents cast any views discernible from a nominee's work not ... [more]

We can help Newtown's people from long distance

Dec 26, 2012 - Maureen Olin, Riverton:  Editor:
I am sure everyone is shocked and upset about the terrible killing of so many little school children in Newtown, Conn. First-graders! It is ... [more]

A Christmas Wish

Dec 23, 2012 - By Tatum LaBoucane:  Editor's note: Students at Riverton Middle School have formed a club called the RMS Guild. Members selected three pieces for consideration in our annual ... [more]

Christmas Miracles

Dec 23, 2012 - By Kaitlyn Ward:  Editor's note: Students at Riverton Middle School have formed a club called the RMS Guild. Members selected three pieces for consideration in our annual ... [more]

It is Christmas soon, and I have never seen it so clear

Dec 23, 2012 - By Anonymous:  Editor's note: Students at Riverton Middle School have formed a club called the RMS Guild. Members selected three pieces for consideration in our annual ... [more]

Beyond the latest, greatest gadget

Dec 23, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  A quick fix rarely works -- at Christmas or any other time.

We live in an interesting and occasionally entertaining time.  The combination of ... [more]

Love and belief

Dec 23, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A long-ago Santa letter still sings

What does the community newspaper editorial have to add to the cup of Christmas cheer? Consider a simple letter ... [more]

Santa letters a sweet, enjoyable duty

Dec 21, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Over the past week, members of The Ranger news staff have collaborated on the job of typing more than 700 letters to Santa Claus from local children.
We have ... [more]

Here comes the sun

Dec 21, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  On solstice day the upward climb begins

As of today, we have left summer as far behind us as possible on our planet. Winter, it seems, is here.
The ... [more]

Benghazi report pulls no punches on findings

Dec 20, 2012 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  Independent investigators pulled no punches in their report on the security breach in Benghazi that left Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other ... [more]

Calculations

Dec 20, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Benghazi investigation will put the president's skills on display again

The sacrificial lambs are being served up as the dust settles on the ... [more]

Moms, men and football

Dec 20, 2012 - By Clair McFarland:  When I entered the work force of domesticity in high spirits, I was harboring the archaic belief that my peers -- the fellow moms -- would share my lack of ... [more]

Finding the words

Dec 19, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  President Obama's Newtown speech

In trying times, the President of the United States can find himself shouldering the duty of speaking to a troubled ... [more]

First they need to grieve

Dec 19, 2012 - By Gerald McKinstry, MCT:  NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Standing next to friends holding a sign that read "Peace for All, Pray for Newtown," Dan Fisher extended his two fingers in that universal ... [more]

Blue Christmas in Newtown

Dec 18, 2012 - McClatchy Newspapers:  NEWTOWN, Conn.-- This shattered town on Monday began burying the dead from one of the country's worst mass shootings as the nation fought to overcome days of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 18, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Happy holidays
Newspaper holiday housekeeping: The Ranger will not publish next Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas Day.
Our annual ... [more]