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A nation trembling in fear

Nov 25, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  That seems to be the way regulatory America wants it.

His demeanor suggested a rogue bull elephant.  When he walked down the hall, most people ... [more]

Never eat at a place called 'Moms'

Nov 25, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  Nelson Algren, the great Chicago writer, provided American males with three timeless rules for life:
Never play cards with a man named "Doc." Never eat at a ... [more]

We need the law

Nov 25, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A recent, prominent case and trial in Fremont County shows exactly why

During the recent trial of the Lander man charged with homicide after the ... [more]

Small Business Saturday

Nov 23, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Local business owners offer as much as online merchants -- and then some

There is a very real worry among storefront businesses that a critical stage ... [more]

Education agenda has many loose ends

Nov 23, 2012 - By Josh Lederman, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's education agenda for next four years may look less like real reform and more like tying up loose ends, experts say, with ... [more]

The big general's big blunder

Nov 21, 2012 - The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.):  Petraeus never should have let his guard down

Powerful man, beguiling woman: The combination has been sabotaging national interests since the days of ... [more]

Hurrah for the pie

Nov 21, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Lydia Child's comforting holiday words

The best-known words about Thanksgiving Day in America were written by the American writer and editor Lydia ... [more]

Not your average city meeting

Nov 20, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  I've heard a lot of negative comments stemming from the Oct. 9 work session at Riverton City Hall.
The meeting was advertised as an opportunity to talk about ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 20, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  No paper Thursday
Give thanks, readers, give thanks. The Ranger will not publish this Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
By that ... [more]

Sour grapes and secession

Nov 18, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Much of the current grumbling stems from inherent prejudice against anyone but a white man serving as the nation's commander in chief, but other factors are ... [more]

Nothing bleaker than the day after an election loss

Nov 18, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  The next morning after an Election Day defeat, there is no place I know more empty than the headquarters of the losing candidate.
Long gone are the bunting, ... [more]

No pattern yet

Nov 18, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Districted county commission voting has yielded unpredictable results -- and that's not all bad

There is no question that the conversion of Fremont ... [more]

When the light comes on

Nov 16, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Think of a school bus as a traffic signal on wheels, and drive accordingly

New concerns are being raised about school bus safety. Not so much the ... [more]

With Obama secure in new term, foreign-policy changes weighed

Nov 16, 2012 - By Paul Richter, MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has begun to reassess its foreign policy on such topics as Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and missile defense, that were viewed ... [more]

Room for excellence

Nov 15, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Joe Meyer's reassuring words

Former Wyoming congressman, Secretary of Defense and Vice President of the United States (yes, we put "Wyoming ... [more]

Life on 'Planet Wyoming'

Nov 15, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  The holiday is past, but I'm remembering a small boy about age 5 who rang our doorbell on Halloween. He sent my thinking into an orbit of its own.
I always ... [more]

Testy Obama blasts critics of ambassador Susan Rice

Nov 15, 2012 - By Ben Feller, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- Setting an unflinching tone for his second term, President Barack Obama on Wednesday accused two top Republicans senators of lobbing outrageous ... [more]

Obama, GOP can find reasons to work together

Nov 14, 2012 - By The Dallas Morning News Services:  So for all that cash (billions) spent to fund all that campaigning (relentless) and all those ads (millions), what do we get? The same president, the same ... [more]

Leonid meteors visible Saturday

Nov 14, 2012 - By Carl Manning:  Daylight Saving Time has ended, so we get a little more morning light, but evening is upon me before I get off work. It is just a little bit shocking that ... [more]

Pronghorn pathways

Nov 14, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Highway overpasses and underpasses for critters may well be needed in Fremont County

The construction of man-made pathways to accommodate the ... [more]

Here's the post-election prediction scoreboard

Nov 13, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  I doubt Karl Rove is doing this, nor the football prognosticators who picked Alabama and USC to go undefeated in college football and play for the national ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 13, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Warm vs. cold
We're almost halfway through November, but we still haven't had any typical November weather. The first five days were much warmer ... [more]

The temptations of a fall day

Nov 11, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  It's difficult to work up a good worry when it's almost 70 degrees in November.

It was tempting to take her out one more time.
We've never had the ... [more]

You did it, Mr. President -- now get busy

Nov 11, 2012 - By The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Congratulations, Mr. President. You've overcome one of the nastiest political campaigns in the nation's history. And, at $2.6 billion, one of the most ... [more]

Time to get voting right

Nov 11, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Too many states proved again Tuesday that they don't know how to run an election

Why do so many U.S. states still have so many problems running an ... [more]

Peering over the cliff

Nov 9, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  With Obama re-elected, Republicans must find a new focus for the next four years

Campaigning for an election can be habit forming. Once the long, ... [more]

Latino clout obvious in election outcome

Nov 9, 2012 - MCT:  WASHINGTON -- The outsized role that Latino voters played in securing victories for President Barack Obama and Democratic Senate candidates has energized the ... [more]

Obama's second act could be a minefield

Nov 8, 2012 - By Doyle McManus:  He might escape the pattern of history, but only if he finds a way to turn his own weakness into an asset.

Second terms have rarely been kind to ... [more]

Election notes

Nov 8, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Hubbub
We're doing separate news coverage on voter turnout, election-day voter registration, and early voting in Fremont County, but many who voted ... [more]

Election day

Nov 7, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The quirks of the ballot gave the 2012 vote its own flavor and distinction

'Big man of the future'
The Ranger hosts an election night ... [more]

TV searched for drama that never materialized

Nov 7, 2012 - By Chris Jones, MCT news service:  There was insufficient evidence of a Romney upset to get the talking heads excited by the possibility of a real surprise.

Around 9:30 p.m. on CBS, ... [more]

Generally speaking, some election day guesses

Nov 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  At last, election day is here, and with it my biennial list of ballot predictions. What follows does not necessarily match my own voting. Unless otherwise ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Election night at The Ranger
We have reached election day 2012. It's taken awhile, but we're here. As it has on every primary and general election ... [more]

Get in the game, vote for the kids

Nov 4, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  When choosing a school board member, avoid those who seem to have an ax to grind.

Who is the only person on American currency never elected to a ... [more]

Campaign deficits: humility, humor

Nov 4, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  After watching the 2012 presidential debates, I only wish that President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney could have personally observed ... [more]

By a nose, and liking it

Nov 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Today's presidential election strategists deliberately shoot for a close election

On Tuesday we'll vote in the 2012 general election. In the case of ... [more]

Not too hot, not too cold

Nov 2, 2012 - By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- Nearing Election Day, the economy offers mixed signals to voters.
A flurry of positive data on jobs, growth and consumer confidence suggest that ... [more]

Pass the tax

Nov 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  If we don't help ourselves, nobody else will do it

Some years ago, the State of Wyoming changed the way it shared revenue with Wyoming's cities and ... [more]

The R-word is hurtful, objectionable

Nov 1, 2012 - By The Chicago Tribune:  John Franklin Stephens is a Special Olympics athlete who has written a letter that we hope all Americans will read, regardless of their political philosophy or ... [more]

Create the change you wish to see

Nov 1, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  Leave home? Surely you don't really want to do that?
Well, maybe kids do. And maybe that's a perfectly normal part of growing up.
Actress Angelina Jolie ... [more]