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In L.A., temptation is the enemy

Jul 10, 2012 - By Walter Cook:  I live in Los Angeles's Westside district. Right outside my front door is a college bar where actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is a regular and who, incidentally, my ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 10, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Cooler stuff
Statistically speaking, July is the warmest month of the year in the Wind River Basin.
Our area usually tops 90 degrees about 35 days ... [more]

Undimmed by human tears

Jul 8, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Independence Day's origins are obscured by a cloud of hamburger smoke.

The temperature hovered near 100 degrees, and the humidity wasn't far behind. ... [more]

There's importance in luck

Jul 8, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  Whenever an overly generous soul praises me for my alleged "success," I thank them and gently remind her (and myself) of the unearned luck of my life. ... [more]

Seek out citizens who understand what you're doing

Jul 8, 2012 - George Parks, Director Wyoming Association of Municipalities:  Editor:
We are now well into the election season. Candidates have filed, and campaigns are under way. Because my focus is Wyoming municipal government I want ... [more]

Keep building

Jul 8, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County's offer on the 17 Mile Road rebuild can keep the job on track

Now that the Fremont County Commission has offered to cover much of the ... [more]

Climate of contentment

Jul 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Andy Griffith created it on TV, and it endures

I have reached the age when I am shocked to learn that those of a younger age have never heard of ... [more]

Time for public funding of the conventions to be ended

Jul 6, 2012 - By The Los Angeles Times:  As delegates arrive at the national party convention, supporters of two rival candidates scheme to secure enough votes for the presidential nomination, but at ... [more]

The heat is on

Jul 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  No one likes a heat wave, but science says we'll tolerate the second one better than the first

The change in the weather from Thursday to Friday was ... [more]

Romney confronted by arithmetic problem

Jul 5, 2012 - By Doyle McManus:  Could the budget be balanced and taxes lowered while also increasing military spending by 50 percent?

Here's an issue that hasn't been debated much ... [more]

A chance to work ... or fail

Jul 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Court ruling raises possibility that 'Obamacare' might be given an actual test in marketplace

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week upholding ... [more]

Highway fund running on fumes

Jul 3, 2012 - By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- Last week, lawmakers in Congress approved a bill that keeps highway and transit spending at current levels for the next two years, but there was ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 3, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  No paper Wednesday
There's a holiday coming up, and your daily newspaper staff plans to celebrate it. Consequently, The Ranger will not publish ... [more]

Downside of using aged equipment

Jun 30, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Mowing a field of hay brings its share of hiccups, and this season is no exception.
It's the season for one our area's most enticing aromas: the ... [more]

Great businessman presidents

Jun 30, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  John G. Stewart, a philosopher friend of mine, is uncharacteristically agitated. What provokes John Stewart is the Republican argument that the cure for what ... [more]

Home of the brave

Jun 30, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Fourth of July is at hand. We'll take a paid holiday on Wednesday so the newspaper staff can observe Independence Day.
There's no more patriotic holiday ... [more]

Shirttails, shoes and ferries home

Jun 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Twenty-five years ago Wednesday my wife and I stood near a big cottonwood tree on a hot Wyoming afternoon and said our wedding vows to one another. Today we ... [more]

Obama has edge with Hispanic voters

Jun 29, 2012 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers:  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- This time, President Barack Obama insists, he really means it: He's going to fight to overhaul the nation's badly broken immigration ... [more]

So much for experts

Jun 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thursday proved that predicting what the Supreme Court will do is a game for suckers

Immediately upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision ... [more]

Independence Day, personally

Jun 28, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  Family changes led me to learn more of my strengths

July 4: Independence Day.
Have you ever considered honoring your personal independence along ... [more]

'Toothless' best describes campaign finance rules

Jun 28, 2012 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  If disclosure laws are off the table, what chance does real campaign finance reform have?

You might think that the laws forbidding coordination ... [more]

Replacement time

Jun 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  School District 25 couldn't ask for a better slate of candidates to fill its board vacancy

With a vacancy looming on the Riverton school board, the ... [more]

And the winner is ...

Jun 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Egypt has its new president, but the generals aren't sure how to take him

In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Egypt's presidency, Mohammed ... [more]

Speaking in three voices

Jun 27, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  My trio of Boston Terriers are of three different colors and they speak in three different voices.
The elder stateswoman, Rita, wears the traditional black ... [more]

High court is still America's best tool for keeping power in balance

Jun 27, 2012 - By Cathy Young, MCT News Service:  With the Arizona immigration law case decided, America now awaits the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. The case has once again turned the ... [more]

Court is part of D.C. that can keep a secret

Jun 26, 2012 - By Jesse J. Holland, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- It's been the biggest secret in a city known for not keeping them.
The nine Supreme Court justices and more than three dozen other people have ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jun 26, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  True summer
The first week of true summer brought us our hottest weather of 2012 to date, with four straight days of 95 or warmer. Sweat out these ... [more]

We could do with some Socrates

Jun 24, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  While technology continues to move forward at an ever-increasing rate, we humans don't have the ability to keep pace.

Rarely do we hear of the ... [more]

'Poultry pirates' want a fast buck without accountability

Jun 24, 2012 - By Chris Sherrard, Riverton:  Editor:
In reading Jack Lee's complaint of the Department of Agriculture's poultry processing rules creating "Poultry Pirates,"I felt compelled to respond. ... [more]

Saving water

Jun 24, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's easy, if everyone does it
Those of us who live in the requested water conservation areas ought to try to comply. It's the right thing to do. ... [more]

'Feeling pain' trumps facts in race for the presidency

Jun 22, 2012 - By The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  BlackRock Inc. managing director Michael Fredericks let about 3,000 investors in on a secret Tuesday evening at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis.
Remember ... [more]

Home-grown 'air pocket'

Jun 22, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  My little daycamp neighbors are enjoying it

I've gained roommates this week.
To be more exact, I've gained yardmates this week -- not of the "lockup" ... [more]

Get busy, coal

Jun 22, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  New EPA regulations should inspire a major technological effort to comply

A month's worth of reporting as we prepared our 57th annual Ranger Mining ... [more]

All pain, no gain in southern Europe

Jun 21, 2012 - By Doyle McManus:  As one Italian put it, "Things are so bad, that to save money, they've turned off the light at the end of the tunnel."

MILAN, Italy -- From the ... [more]

Main Street opportunity

Jun 21, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A vacant lot on a downtown street corner comes along very, very rarely

The demolition of the old gas station building at the northwest corner of ... [more]

Here's to a lump of coal

Jun 20, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  There's a mixed message to children in "a lump of coal."
Traditionally, a "lump of coal" is what all naughty children get in their stockings on Christmas ... [more]

Then and now

Jun 20, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our biggest edition of the year is good for cultivating the long view of a key industry

The extra-thick newspaper you're reading today is the 57th ... [more]

Root for the Miami Heat

Jun 19, 2012 - By Walter Cook:  Although I was an enthusiastic fan of the NBA in my youth, I haven't paid attention to the league in awhile. As I grew older, I tired of the egos involved and ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jun 19, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Spring's farewell
It's the last day of spring. The summer solstice arrives Wednesday, bringing the first day of official summer to the northern ... [more]

Leadership can be hard to come by

Jun 17, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  Leadership, or the lack of it, has been one of the most controversial topics since man first invented the concept eons ago.
Management styles differ, ... [more]