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Apr 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Find those eggs
Easter is over, but the Ranger's third annual spring Easter egg hunt is just getting started. The second of 10 possible clues appears ... [more]

Raising minimum wage is good for Main Street

Apr 2, 2013 - By Margot Dorfman:  The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce supported the last increase in the federal minimum wage on July 24, 2009 and we believe another raise is overdue. The ... [more]

Our search for the bogeyman

Mar 31, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  If there isn't one handy, we'll just create him ourselves.

After half a century of service to his country, service that included leading the ... [more]

'If it's OK with the undertaker, it's OK with me'

Mar 31, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Let me stipulate at the outset: I do not qualify for any youth movement. In fact, I first voted in the 1960 presidential contest between John Kennedy and ... [more]

A song in the heart

Mar 31, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Oscar Hammerstein wasn't writing about Easter in 1949 when he came up with the lyrics to "Younger Than Springtime" for the landmark musical "South Pacific," ... [more]

Children's museum

Mar 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Planners of such a facility in Riverton have a fine idea

A very worthwhile idea is encompassed in Riverton by the planning for a museum-style ... [more]

Consumers have right to know if food was altered genetically

Mar 28, 2013 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  A California ballot measure last fall to require labeling of genetically engineered foods was poorly drafted and, fortunately, failed at the polls. But we ... [more]

Beware the idles of March

Mar 28, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  For the Husband, it's basketball; for me, it was the literary sewers of Paris with 'Les Miserables'

Last Thursday, the Husband voiced his excitement ... [more]

Here comes the tax

Mar 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The extra penny per dollar kicks in April 1 -- no fooling

After more than a year consumed by considering, educating, lobbying, campaigning, voting, ... [more]

Until a real deal gets done, Congress should stay in D.C.

Mar 27, 2013 - By Nick Troiano, MCT News Service:  Spring break shouldn't just be for students, but usually, a "break"
follows a period of "work" -- and not much can be said of the 113th Congress's ... [more]

Times change

Mar 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  If the Supreme Court doesn't validate same-sex marriage now, it delays the inevitable

The recent panel discussion at Central Wyoming College on ... [more]

If anything, Syria's Assad now appears stronger, not weaker

Mar 26, 2013 - By Lara Jakes, AP National Security Writer:  WASHINGTON -- Foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad are distracted by fragmentation within their ranks, foreign meddling and new finger-pointing over chemical ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Never boring
Everybody is affected by the weather, but some of us enjoy crunching the numbers more than others. What those numbers showed over the ... [more]

Neither party looking all that good

Mar 25, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Republicans give their own party low marks on leadership, and the Democrats' approval rating is lower than it's been in more than a decade.

From ... [more]

A lesson in practical politics

Mar 25, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  As college students, a few of us decided to work for better conditions for renters in Laramie.

With government approval ratings hovering in single ... [more]

The act plays poorly

Mar 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Insulting voters is the wrong way for the state to prevails in the Cindy Hill case

Initial arguments in state schools superintendent Cindy Hill's ... [more]

Court's gay marriage cases complex, far-reaching

Mar 22, 2013 - By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday will confront two distinct gay marriage cases, which together pose some very sensitive ... [more]

Hudson homicides

Mar 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Plea-deal statements are an engrossing part of the process

The first of the sentences in the "Hudson homicides" has been handed down. Laziur ... [more]

Teens, learn from the Ohio teen rape case

Mar 21, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  The story of an Ohio teenager who passed out drunk at a party and was sexually assaulted by two high school football players has captivated America because ... [more]

Still blessed by a springtime birth

Mar 21, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Don't I realize I've written about our springtime son more than once in this column?
Yes. But the column rarely appears on March 21, as he did.
I may ... [more]

Top caliber

Mar 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  As CWC's Health/Science Center takes shape, its huge potential emerges as well

One of the great buildings ever constructed in Fremont County is ... [more]

In a stinging post-mortem to itself, Republican Party vows t

Mar 20, 2013 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  After weeks of soul-searching following Mitt Romney's bitter loss to President Barack Obama in last fall's presidential election, Republicans say they are ... [more]

The joy of speech

Mar 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton High School's top talkers excelled in their version of March Madness

Here's a shout-out (particularly relevant in this case) to the smart ... [more]

A parent for the fastest 20 years of my life

Mar 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  As of today, I have a 20-year-old son.
It raises questions.
First, how can it be? How can 20 years have passed since the breezy, sunny, chilly last day of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Spring's battle
It's sure been feeling like winter in the early hours this week -- no warmer than the mid-teens at 8 a.m. after Sunday's fierce winds ... [more]

The unheralded frontrunner

Mar 15, 2013 - By Bart Jones, MCT News Service:  Oddsmakers ignored Bergoglio, but cardinals liked him all along

VATICAN CITY -- He wasn't at the top of the lists of candidates that Vatican ... [more]

Naming names

Mar 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  UW's new boss is demeaned by suggestions that better candidates could have been found if there were more secrecy

It is insulting to soon-to-be ... [more]

Francis: A pope of firsts

Mar 14, 2013 - The Kansas City Star:  Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who had been the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the church's first pope from the Americas.
He is also the first pope to hail from the ... [more]

It's birthday month in our house

Mar 14, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  And time is sitting on my shoulders, shouting at me

Today is my younger son's first birthday. Also, my older son's third birthday is in 10 days, so ... [more]

Next stop: funding

Mar 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Let's pursue grant money for the new
Riverton justice center with unity and vigor
All commendation to the Fremont County Commission in settling on a location ... [more]