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Why teach? Sometimes the answer is obvious

On Tuesday, one of my for Shoshoni High School students takes command of a Virginia-class nuclear submarine.

When people ask young teachers why they ...

Helping out

Trails development project is good mix of federal and private cooperation

Nobody is writing Valentines to the federal government these days, but ...

Sage grouse and Fremont County

Whether the bird survives in the wild may come down to us

The fate of sage grouse in Wyoming --and perhaps the entire United States --likely will ...

Alleys and dumpsters

The city ought to keep open the option of limited dumpster service

The problem faced by the City of Riverton in municipal trash collection involving ...

Challenges women can meet

I've always felt we were endowed with leadership qualities often unrecognized or not put to use where they could make a difference.

Isn't this an ...

Can we be just a hologram?

Holy matrix! Do we live in a hologram? What's a hologram?
One scientist used the hologram you see on your credit cards to describe the idea. I guess that's ...

Off with their heads

Reporters used to be cultivated by rebellious militants, not killed by them

Cutting the heads off of reporters is a new and, at least historically, ...

Tuesday notes

Happy holiday
Your daily newspaper staff appreciated the day off on Monday in observance of Labor Day. It didn't affect daily publication, but the ...

Yes, there's poetry in farm work

I'm thinking of the one that begins "For the want of a nail."

Maybe you are familiar with the poem "For Want of a Nail." The first three lines read ...

When optimism goes, we're in trouble

A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion ...

Working and singing

Being on the job has scratched the creative itch of many a singer or songwriter

When it comes to subject matter for songs, love beats everything ...

Competent for trial isn't the point

We've got to make young people competent for parenting

The front page headline said "Woman accused in baby killing found competent for trial.''
Wait ...

Medicaid expansion

His primary election won, the governor shows signs of wanting to solve the problem

Word comes this week from Cheyenne that Gov. Matt Mead, whose ...

Blame Congress, not Burger King for turning to tax 'inversion'

Burger King, corporate deserter?
That's what President Barack Obama would call the fast-food giant now that it's buying Tim Hortons Inc., the Canadian coffee ...

Gambling can take several forms

We have a state lottery now -- and also an election

On Sunday, the Wyoming Lottery opened.
I didn't give this much thought until The Husband --and ...

Police shooting

Pavillion isn't Ferguson, Mo., but the public still needs to know what happened

The attention of the nation has been focused often this month on ...

Global chaos: Better get used to it

Governments are less capable of coping than they used to be

It's a chaotic world out there. But we'd better get used to it; this may be the new ...

Biennial lament

Let's hope the rush to chop every local election into districts has run its course

Reader response to the newest "The Way It Was" photograph and ...

Tuesday notes

Every summer there comes a time -- perhaps the time is the better way to say it -- when the haunt of fall first arrives. Some say it's a smell. ...

Paying for wildland fires

It's time the federal government updated an outmoded funding model for this crucial function

Wyoming can thank two things for its easy wildfire ...


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