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Every day is Saturday now

Apr 21, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Which is good, because Saturday always was one of the busiest days of my week.

A question has come up often since last June when I "officially" took ... [more]

Iraq was a war with too few victors

Apr 21, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  We were told it would be an inexpensive cakewalk, but it was far from it.

"History is written by the victors," as Winston Churchill wrote. But the ... [more]

Just as predicted

Apr 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming is learning that federal sequestration is as bad as advertised

Everyone always said that the federal budget cuts known as the sequester would ... [more]

Careful in using the T-word

Apr 19, 2013 - By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- It took President Barack Obama nearly 24 hours to describe Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon the same way that lawmakers, experts and even ... [more]

A better fiscal note

Apr 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Local governments appreciate fewer strings attached to a new state allocation

It is encouraging, even exciting, to anticipate a nice chunk of ... [more]

In Boston, one act of terrorism, millions of acts of humanity

Apr 18, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  An 8-year-old boy was among the three people killed and at least 176 people injured, many severely, by a pair of explosions near the finish line of the Boston ... [more]

Back to the basics may be best

Apr 18, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  There are rewards for living many years.
One of them is the experience you gain. If you can remember it, you'll eventually find an opportunity to toss it ... [more]

The Age of Aquarius

Apr 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  'Hair' was a sensation in 1967, and it remains unique in 2013

That the hippie musical "Hair," which begins its second and final three-day run at ... [more]

Homeland security grants being gutted

Apr 17, 2013 - By Maggie Clark, For MCT News Service:  WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the state of Massachusetts, the city of Boston and federal authorities quickly joined together to ... [more]

Vandals with a bomb

Apr 17, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Boston attackers made the worst kind of trouble

On Tuesday, trying to keep worried citizens calm, no doubt, an official in Boston who had some ... [more]

Coming up: Gay marriage chaos

Apr 16, 2013 - By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers:  If the Supreme Court decides the two gay marriage cases it heard last week the way most court watchers believe it will, expect legal and political chaos. The ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Spring as winter
Fremont County is getting more winter in April than we got all winter combined.
In case you have forgotten -- which is perfectly ... [more]

More to 'Oz' than meets the eye

Apr 13, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  In its time, the story was chock full of political satire.

Now that four generations have grown up with the imagery of the "Wizard of Oz," much of ... [more]

Different paths ahead on immigration, guns

Apr 13, 2013 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  Victory for President Obama is far more likely on the former than the latter.

The contrasting paths of President Barack Obama's two prime legislative ... [more]

The beer tax

Apr 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's hard to justify keeping the 1935 rate in place

A curious tidbit of Wyoming's revenue stream comes in the form of the state malt beverage tax. It ... [more]

Who's the likely winner in budget fight?

Apr 12, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's $3.78 trillion budget Wednesday provided fresh, vivid evidence that Washington remains desperately divided over key ... [more]

Demolishing Lincoln

Apr 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In light of the new student-teacher ratio rule, the old school might have had one more role to play

There is understandable confusion related to the ... [more]

Obama inches toward GOP on Social Security

Apr 11, 2013 - By The Miami Herald:  The 2014 budget proposal unveiled by President Obama on Wednesday represents a daring bid to break the gridlock over spending and revenue that has kept ... [more]

Still time to learn to snowshoe

Apr 11, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  And in this weather, don't do much driving unless you possess the NASCAR gene.

It looks like Old Man Winter got hooked up to a defibrillator this ... [more]

December again

Apr 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  When life gives you record snow in April, make a snowman

The sudden revisitation of December in the middle of April has been a shock. We've all been ... [more]

Trading one flawed Social Security formula for another

Apr 10, 2013 - By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's coming push for less generous increases in Social Security benefits is angering his party and perplexing economists, many ... [more]

The Iron Lady

Apr 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  A giant 20th century figure, she relished her time on the world's stage

Margaret Thatcher, one of the late 20th century's most-famous people, died ... [more]

In North Korea, a strong play of a weak hand

Apr 9, 2013 - By Barbara Demick, MCT News Service:  BEIJING -- North Korea is sometimes mocked as the mouse that roared, one of the poorest countries in the world threatening two economic and military giants, the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wintry wallop
Regardless of the month or season, periods like the past day or two are unusual here in the semi-arid Riverton Valley. We've all seen ... [more]

The Hill Bill's great accomplishment

Apr 7, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  It has succeeded in uniting both Democrats and Republicans -- in opposition to it.

You might call it a quest. Why else should anyone really care if an ... [more]

Maybe not the sharpest knife in the drawer

Apr 7, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Miraculously, a single government policy initiative has united Washington, D.C. Elected officials who had been either locking horns or crossing swords over ... [more]

The 1 percent bite

Apr 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's not much point in obsessing about the new sales tax -- instead, try to mitigate it

The optional 1 percent sales tax now in effect across ... [more]

Poll: Most in U.S. favor relaxing marijuana laws

Apr 5, 2013 - By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, a new poll shows, with the change driven largely by a huge shift in how the baby boom ... [more]

Power in the poem

Apr 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  April is National Poetry Month, so consider a favorite verse -- or find one

We have no illusions about the modest observance of National Poetry Month, ... [more]

Google needs more than slap on wrist for invading privacy

Apr 4, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  By agreeing to a toothless invasion-of-privacy settlement with Google, federal and state authorities blew a chance to take a bolder stand against the Internet ... [more]