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Hard work and good attitude

Aug 7, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  I learned both at a young age on the farm

The teacher's writing assignment reads: "What I did this summer."
A child responds: "If you followed me ... [more]

We lived through it

Aug 7, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Construction-related traffic problems didn't come close to ruining the Fremont County Fair

Traffic to the Fremont County Fairgrounds during last ... [more]

Fraud abounds in talk of science

Aug 6, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  But don't be so skeptical that you view anything new as wrong.

There was an interesting discussion the other day on the radio about scientific ... [more]

Baby, the rain must fall

Aug 6, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Rare rainy days here bring to mind the inspiration of the songwriter

Central Wyoming does not have a rainy climate.
But that doesn't mean we can't ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 5, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wet one
No one will ever confuse the Riverton Valley with Puget Sound, but we are having what seems to be a wetter warm-weather season than normal. ... [more]

Anti-poverty talk from unlikely source

Aug 5, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  Quick quiz: Which potential 2016 presidential candidate had this to say about federal anti-poverty programs last week?.
"What do we want? A healthy economy -- ... [more]

The war that didn't end all wars

Aug 4, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  A hundred years ago on the battlefields of northern Europe, the youth of a continent died in unexpected droves in the meat grinder that marked the rise of ... [more]

Service and price

Aug 4, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Any air travel solution locally has to address both

No self-respecting person, business or public institution likes to make excuses to explain away ... [more]

A chem teacher with sense of humor

Aug 1, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  That was Bob Mower, a classroom legend in his own time

Bob Mower's obituary flipped on my memory switch, and the light made me smile.
Mr. Mower was ... [more]

Pavillion report

Aug 1, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  State is right not to give gas company a sneak preview

It always seemed such a poor idea for the State of Wyoming to delay releasing its official ... [more]

Don't delay vaccination for measles

Jul 31, 2014 - The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram:  Tarrant County, Texas, residents got a sobering reminder of how important it is to vaccinate children when public health officials last week confirmed the ... [more]

The many weapons of summer

Jul 31, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  From Popsicle sticks to water bottles, we got them all

August begins Friday, but it has already marked its approach with summery debris: Popsicle ... [more]

Change at the top

Jul 31, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Central Wyoming College is seeing it, and everyone is involved

One of several tests to prove the worth of any institution is how well it handles ... [more]

A useful step back from unfair drug sentencing

Jul 30, 2014 - The Philadelphia (Pa.) Daily News:  The nation's retreat from a mission to arrest and imprison our way out of our illegal drug problem has taken another important step.
A federal commission has ... [more]

Mother Nature 'delisted' mustangs

Jul 30, 2014 - By Walter Cook:  Evolution doesn't simply take a break for 12,000 years.

According to scientists, indigenous modern horses died out in the so-called New World at the ... [more]

The city lot

Jul 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Is there a bona fide reason to impose new regulations?

The sight of commercial vehicles from a couple of companies occupying spaces around the clock ... [more]

Split decision on health care law

Jul 29, 2014 - By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau:  It sets the stage for another Supreme Court case, possibly next year.

WASHINGTON -- The legal battle over President Barack Obama's health care law has ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 29, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fair is there
After some preliminaries that got the wheels moving last week, the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo is really rolling now. For a lot of ... [more]

We say we hate favoritism, but ...

Jul 28, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  The cult of celebrity keeps putting the same old names and faces
on top.


Ever notice that the coach's kid always gets to pitch? No matter how ... [more]

Time machine

Jul 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  At fair time, it almost seems plausible

Is there such a thing as a time machine?
Maybe.
At the Fremont County Fair.
Of course the fair is new each ... [more]

Downed jetliner shows weakness in NATO alliance

Jul 25, 2014 - By Richard Parker, McClatchy Newspapers:  The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has claimed yet another casualty: the NATO alliance.
Most assuredly the human costs -- the loss of 298 lives in the shootdown of ... [more]

The guy who follows a legend

Jul 25, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Cristobal Valdez has that task; give him a chance

I haven't met new Central Wyoming College president Cristobal Valdez yet, but I sympathize with his ... [more]

Must everything be political?

Jul 25, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Driven by media commentators who need us to fight, we politicize almost everything

This summer a quarrel has emerged in Wyoming over whether it is ... [more]

A fair sales tax for online shopping is a good proposition

Jul 24, 2014 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  It's been nine years since Congress first took up online shopping's unfair sales tax advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers. But Virginia's Bob Goodlatte, ... [more]

Sometimes ordinary is pretty great

Jul 24, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  We'd all do well to celebrate the basics more often

"We're all so busy chasing the extraordinary that we forget to stop and be grateful for the ... [more]

Parade needs you

Jul 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Here are a few ways almost anyone can participate

The Fremont County Fair deserves a proper kickoff in the public eye, and the fair parade is a great ... [more]

Animosity in would-be peacemakers mirrors larger split

Jul 23, 2014 - By Laura King, MCT News Service:  CAIRO -- As U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry embarks on his latest Mideast mission, seeking to stem the escalating carnage in the Gaza Strip, he also wades ... [more]

Lend a hand

Jul 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Community events such as Riverton Rendezvous don't happen by themselves

For a community festival such as the just-concluded Riverton Rendezvous, ... [more]

Proving airliner claims won't be easy

Jul 22, 2014 - McClatchy Washington Bureau:  Until then, it is unlikely that anyone will be held accountable for the deaths of the 298 people on board.

WASHINGTON -- The downing of a Malaysian ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 22, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Au revoir, Rendezvous
Put Riverton Rendezvous in the memory banks for another year. It proved again over the weekend that it remains a vibrant summer ... [more]