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Fires, not floods

Apr 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Mother Nature is likely to present a different challenge this season

If it's not one thing it's another.
Fremont County is relieved, no doubt, to ... [more]

Playing with telemarketers

Apr 27, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  This is not an invitation, but I enjoy telemarketing calls.
By that I mean I enjoy playing around with the telemarketers. I enjoy wasting their time.
I know ... [more]

To the word

Apr 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We're grateful for the mission of National Book Night and Poem in Your Pocket Day

This week brought two exceptionally well-intentioned observances, ... [more]

A matriarch to be missed

Apr 26, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  It is not often you can say you knew someone your entire life, but that was the case between my mom and my Aunt Mary. Jeanette Gasser and Mary Cram were ... [more]

Fixing Social Security is not easy, but it is simple

Apr 26, 2012 - By The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Social Security is in significantly worse shape than thought, the Obama administration reported this week, which ought to prompt action to shore up a vital ... [more]

The 16:1 dilemma

Apr 26, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The State of Wyoming granted waivers to 20 school districts -- and to itself

Don't look harshly at the 20 Wyoming school districts, including two in ... [more]

Catching up on the Becker Bunch

Apr 25, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  Two-fifths of the Becker Bunch, plus one, visited us over the weekend, giving us the opportunity to catch up on once-frequent subjects of this column.
The ... [more]

A lot riding on Romney's VP selection

Apr 25, 2012 - By Joshua Spivak, MCT News Service:  With Mitt Romney all but officially anointed the Republican presidential nominee, the national political narrative now turns to the "Veepstakes": who Romney ... [more]

Deeper problems unresolved as city deals with the small stuff

Apr 25, 2012 - Larry Bauman, Riverton:  Editor:
As Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness worries about placing political signs in "his" yard, the deficit issues with the SLLP program go on and on.
Could the ... [more]

Our crabapples

Apr 25, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  This is the 50th season for city's official trees; let's reinvest in them

It's not by accident that Riverton is decorated annually this time of year ... [more]

Secret Service scandal starts a delicate dance in Washington

Apr 24, 2012 - By Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- The widening Secret Service prostitution scandal has touched off a political dance in Washington -- a very delicate dance.
People are loath to ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 24, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Check the date
An investigation is in order. Apparently the calendar has been hijacked, and June has been substituted for April. Somebody notify the ... [more]

In my career home stretch

Apr 22, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  My years of daily battles in the educational trenches are quickly coming to an end. In five short weeks I hit the magical rule of 85.
For those of you not ... [more]

Political humor is a serious matter

Apr 22, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  Every presidential campaign expends enormous amounts of effort and energy to convince a skeptical press and, more importantly, interested voters that its ... [more]

Rural polling places

Apr 22, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  They are a good part of democracy, but they also need tender, loving care

Every couple of years the Fremont County Clerk's office buys a newspaper ... [more]

Inhaling the 'dog days' of spring

Apr 20, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  Despite their pleasure at hanging their heads out the open window of a moving car, most dogs don't enjoy other breezes blowing in their faces. My dogs cower if ... [more]

Freeways no longer?

Apr 20, 2012 - By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- The federal interstate highway system is showing its age, and, faced with the cost of repairing all those bumps and cracks, some states want to ... [more]

Keeping cool

Apr 20, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The cold War is over, but similar dramas on a smaller scale never stop

The big, long, immensely complex global standoff pitting the United States and ... [more]

Big Tobacco's opposition to labels shows they might work

Apr 19, 2012 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  When Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration regulatory power over tobacco products, the industry actually promoted the plan.
But that support seems ... [more]

Learning from history

Apr 19, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  "Those who misquote are doomed to paraphrase."
I don't know the wag that posted this line to correct me when I was looking for philosopher George Santayana ... [more]

Waiting game

Apr 19, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  With March Madness over and football season still five months off, a working professional in Riverton suggested last week that a different kind of office pool ... [more]

Time to include Cuba in summit of Americas?

Apr 18, 2012 - By The Los Angeles Times:  Once again, Cuba was absent from the Summit of the Americas. Yet the communist nation might as well have attended the gathering last weekend in Cartagena, ... [more]

'Thou Shalt Not Admit Adultery'

Apr 18, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  From a Catholic school comes some of the funniest answers to questions posed to young students.
An Internet friend shared the following from a teaching nun ... [more]

Giving things a try

Apr 18, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  If you want evidence of how well Riverton has done in preserving a viable downtown business district, just drive through any number of other cities in Wyoming ... [more]

Regular folks vs. John Edwards

Apr 17, 2012 - By Stephen R. Weissman, McClatchy Newspapers:  Last week, jury selection began for John Edwards' trial in Greensboro, N.C. He's charged with accepting and concealing nearly $1 million in illegal campaign ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 17, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  North Korea's dud
No one outside Pyongyang could claim to be happy about North Korea's test launch of a long-range ballistic missile last week, but for ... [more]

When you can call someone 'friend'

Apr 15, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Thankfully, my working career has required me to wear a suit and tie only on occasion.
While I wore a tie every day I taught American History, the suit jacket ... [more]

Conclusion seems premature on deputy's shooting victim

Apr 15, 2012 - Kari Griebel Kinnear:  After reading about the county deputy shooting a man to death, I feel prompted to write a letter to the editor.
In one story is a quote from the county ... [more]

The district dance

Apr 15, 2012 - Steve Peck:  Fremont County continues to clean up from being force-fed commission districts Implementing the court-ordered breakup of Fremont County into five separate ... [more]

This is one of three Friday the 13ths on '12 calendar

Apr 13, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  Today is Friday, the 13th, one of three supposed unlucky days this year.
A Friday, the 13th occurred in January, and another is due in July.
Friday the 13th ... [more]

Recalling the L.A. riots

Apr 13, 2012 - By Rebecca Trounson and Joel Rubin, McClatchy Newspapers:  LOS ANGELES -- Nearly 20 years after Los Angeles was shaken by one of the worst outbreaks of civil unrest in U.S. history, residents say the city is safer and ... [more]

Peter, meet Paul

Apr 13, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The logistical, fiscal and, sadly, personal realities of the State of Wyoming's mandate that most elementary school class sizes be no bigger than 16 students ... [more]

U.S. ought to back Myanmar, but only if reforms continue

Apr 12, 2012 - By The Kansas City Star:  The Obama administration has, appropriately, eased sanctions on Myanmar following its recent elections, the first free and fair contests in many years.
The ... [more]

An Obama-Romney battle

Apr 12, 2012 - By Doyle McManus:  We got our first real glimpse last week of how President Obama and his now-almost-certain Republican rival, Mitt Romney, intend to wage their campaigns in the ... [more]

Mike Wallace: The tough-as-nails TV newsman did it his way, with no second thoughts

Apr 12, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Here's an explanation for all the wind overnight. Maybe it was a huge, collective sigh of relief from all the con men, corrupt business executives and shady ... [more]

Time to play ball

Apr 11, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  When Bruce Tippets mentioned the Los Angeles Angels in his baseball preview column in last Friday's Ranger, it caused me to dust off my autographed California ... [more]

Professor Obama might be tough on President Obama

Apr 11, 2012 - By The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  "I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution," Barack Obama said on March 30, ... [more]

The decks are cleared

Apr 11, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  You know your presidential campaign is in trouble when winning your home-state primary is starting to look like a long shot. That, however, was the scene ... [more]

Rancor eases in the Senate

Apr 10, 2012 - By Larry Margasak, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- For a brief moment in a season of partisan rancor, the Democratic leader of the Senate and his Republican counterpart hit the pause button. As ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 10, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Egg hunting
We're off and running with The Ranger's second in what we hope will become an annual spring Easter egg hunt.
The daily clues borrow ... [more]