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Campaign money

Sep 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  In our state and county, the billionaires haven't taken over the elections yet

Readers from another state might well be amused to read our ... [more]

It was one great halftime show

Sep 12, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  I stepped out for a look at the year's last 'supermoon'

Monday night was another "supermoon," the last of three this summer.
It also was the first ... [more]

Go ahead, spend it

Sep 12, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Optional 1 percent sales tax revenue is coming in, and it's going right back out

Here in red-state Wyoming, it's not often that one hears ... [more]

Shopping isn't what it used to be

Sep 11, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Perhaps taking four small children to the store with me has something to do with it.

Today is a day for admissions -- and I'm not talking about school ... [more]

No magic formula

Sep 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Obama's plan to fight IS is based on determination and cooperation

Anyone hoping for a spectacular, groundbreaking announcement Wednesday by ... [more]

My Little League coach was right

Sep 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Unfortunately, it had been more than 40 years since the lesson

Things you learn when you see a foul ball hit by Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado ... [more]

Ray Rice

Sep 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The football player's brutal attack of a woman is a wake-up call on domestic violence

Ray Rice was quite well-known as a professional football ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Bracing ourselves
Summer still has about two weeks left, officially. This year's first day of autumn is Sept 22.
But it's going to stop feeling ... [more]

Why teach? Sometimes the answer is obvious

Sep 8, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer:  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 ... [more]

Helping out

Sep 8, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Trails development project is good mix of federal and private cooperation

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

Sage grouse and Fremont County

Sep 5, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  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 ... [more]

Alleys and dumpsters

Sep 5, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  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 ... [more]

Challenges women can meet

Sep 4, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  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 ... [more]

Can we be just a hologram?

Sep 3, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  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 ... [more]

Off with their heads

Sep 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  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, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  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 ... [more]

Yes, there's poetry in farm work

Sep 2, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  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 ... [more]

When optimism goes, we're in trouble

Sep 2, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  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 ... [more]

Working and singing

Sep 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  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 ... [more]

Competent for trial isn't the point

Aug 29, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  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 ... [more]

Medicaid expansion

Aug 29, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  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 ... [more]

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

Aug 28, 2014 - By Newsday:  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 ... [more]

Gambling can take several forms

Aug 28, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  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 ... [more]

Police shooting

Aug 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  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 ... [more]

Global chaos: Better get used to it

Aug 27, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  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 ... [more]

Biennial lament

Aug 27, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  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 ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 26, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Whispers
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. ... [more]

Paying for wildland fires

Aug 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's time the federal government updated an outmoded funding model for this crucial function

Wyoming can thank two things for its easy wildfire ... [more]

Uncle Ralph was no TV-show relative

Aug 24, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  The extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins was important to me as a kid.

Television has denigrated the role of fathers to buffoons or at best, ... [more]

Riverton ought to change its nickname to 'Weed City'

Aug 22, 2014 - By Frank Tanner, Riverton:  Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to express my support for the idea of changing the nickname of our fair city on the welcome signs from ... [more]