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Critics carrying the day

Aug 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  If there are supporters of a single director for the county museums, they are keeping quiet.

On the single-director concept for the county's museum ... [more]

Three years out, Cruz is a 2016 force

Aug 20, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Ted Cruz is on a roll.
The tea party firebrand from Texas has been in the Senate all of seven months, but he's already looking like a strong contender for the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Still the season
No, last week's day or two of cooler, damper weather didn't mean summer was over. This week's hot, dry, smoky weather proves it's ... [more]

Leroy changed a lot of lives

Aug 19, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  For decades, he was exactly what kids needed -- and they loved him for it.

It's almost rhetorical, nearing the edge of reason as much as the old ... [more]

A decent, genuine class act

Aug 19, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  That's former President George H.W. Bush in a nutshell.

Tom Rosshirt, a friend of mine, was a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. ... [more]

The PAWS dip

Aug 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  How long will it take for someone to blame it on Cindy Hill?

By now, anyone who still cares has heard that scores in the Proficiency Assessment for ... [more]

Jackson Jr. got softer fall than he might have

Aug 16, 2013 - The Chicago Tribune:  "I grew up in a house with great expectations. Everything I do has a mark of excellence on it. I did what my community said do -- go to college, get a degree, ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: Blueberry ice cream, Martha Raye, and a young man named Island

Aug 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  At a recent Sunday afternoon reception for former Riverton resident Jan Saban, who gave so much for so long to youth activities in Riverton, visitors got to ... [more]

All hands on deck

Aug 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Job Corps is happening because local government kept the feds on track

It's an established fact that local government is the most responsive form. ... [more]

There is sense in de-escalating 'war on drugs'

Aug 15, 2013 - By The Seattle Times:  Attorney General Eric Holder's speech Monday to the American Bar Association in San Francisco was a bit like hearing from a stockbroker after trading has ... [more]

Check 'yard sale' off the must-do list

Aug 15, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  Ours went well, thanks to lots -- and lots -- of string cheese

While there are certain endeavors in adult life which are entirely optional -- like ... [more]

Celebrating 60

Aug 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Today is Riverton's 107th birthday, and The Ranger is marking its 60th

This date -- Aug. 15 -- is marked as Riverton's birthday.
Although there are ... [more]

A.G. on right track in calling for discretion in drug sentences

Aug 14, 2013 - By The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  The federal prison system in the United States is an $80 billion industry that houses more than 219,000 prisoners, with about half of them serving time on ... [more]

Enjoy the skies, from a campsite or anywhere

Aug 14, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  Another month has gone by and August is upon us. Last month we did a little camping, watched a full moon rise, and sat around a campfire roasting marshmallows ... [more]

The high-speed chase

Aug 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  No one likes it or wishes for it, but sometimes there is no alternative

Riverton and its vicinity have witnessed two high-speed pursuits of private ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Dog days?
We don't get too many days like these in Fremont County in mid-August, namely cool, mostly cloudy and something resembling humid. Take note, ... [more]

Two 'first friends' gone too soon

Aug 13, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Kemper Sackman and Wesley Rice didn't know each other.
And they never will -- at least in this world.
Both men played memorable roles in my life. Both died ... [more]

GOP could take some 'Frank' advice

Aug 11, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  WASHINGTON -- The slump of his shoulders told the story.
He cleared his throat and then told the 100 or so reporters waiting at Los Angeles's Good Samaritan ... [more]

Forget the war; smell the cookies

Aug 11, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Today's never-ending military missions are marketed like fast food.

It's an old trick used by hucksters to get prospective buyers in the mood. If you ... [more]

Sensible, not sexy

Aug 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The first project to be funded by the 1 percent sales tax meet basic community needs

Less than one year after Fremont County voters agreed to impose ... [more]

Privacy in the age of terrorism is complicated

Aug 9, 2013 - By The Miami Herald:  Incredibly, Edward Snowden has found freedom from persecution in Russia, of all places. That puts him out of the reach of U.S. prosecutors for at least a year, ... [more]

A very personal thing

Aug 9, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  'American Dream' has different meanings

"Most (people) see the American Dream slipping away," reads the headline of a recent news article.
But don't ... [more]

Somewhere out there

Aug 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The perpetrators of two felony firearms offenses last month are still at large

In late July, when an armed man, or men, barged into a residence in ... [more]

Eaton's case demonstrates why death penalty should be abolished

Aug 9, 2013 - Daniel Talley, Riverton:  Editor:
Recent headlines in The Ranger offer yet another update in the now decade-long saga of appeals for Wyoming's only death row inmate, Dale Eaton. There ... [more]

West Nile is back

Aug 8, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Don't raise your or your family's risk this summer by ignoring the danger

There is a mosquito out there with your name on it.
That is the only safe ... [more]

Less-popular Obama still outpolls Congress

Aug 7, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  But House members who stand in his way aren't worried about pressure from voters who support the president; they are more worried about primary challenges ... [more]

High-level visitors

Aug 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two cabinet officers are coming to town, so let's show some class

If two members of a president's cabinet have ever visited Fremont County on the ... [more]

Realities of Wyoming's water

Aug 6, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  The wide spot in the road known as Eden can be found just beyond To Hell and Gone on the Wyoming highway map.
Just kidding.
Eden is an actual place, as ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Target: Potholes
There's more to fixing potholes than the average person might think. The City of Riverton will use its first chunk of optional 1 ... [more]

I got Indiana in a nutshell

Aug 5, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  The conversation started with sports, but it went a lot of other places.

As a tag-along at a classical education conference last month I had some ... [more]