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Desperate for scandal

Feb 8, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The time to audit the state education department was before Cindy Hill was ransacked, not after

Now that it has boiled the duties of Wyoming's ... [more]

Forever in her debt, U.S. notes centennial of Rosa Parks

Feb 7, 2013 - By Brian Gilmore, For MCT News Service:  This week marks the 100th birthday of civil rights legend Rosa Parks. To celebrate the date, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a Rosa Parks stamp. It is a ... [more]

I root for all the Harbaughs

Feb 7, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Yes, the Super Bowl game last weekend was exciting. Especially when the lights went out at halftime.
But that wasn't my problem.
We were all set for the ... [more]

How it's done, and not

Feb 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Americans saw a big difference between cabinet nominees Kerry and Hagel

A revealing sidelight to the beginning of a president's second term is the ... [more]

Taurus, Mercury obvious this month

Feb 6, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  Taurus is famous for its V-shaped outline of stars featuring an orangish star Aldebaran, the 13th brightest star in the sky.

It is not quite so dark ... [more]

Less grandstanding

Feb 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The supplemental budget takes center stage at the Capitol

What? You mean there is business before the Wyoming Legislature that isn't about slapping ... [more]

GOP's immigration divide

Feb 5, 2013 - By Charles Babington, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- The immigration debate is threatening to split the Republican Party, pitting those who focus mainly on presidential elections against those who ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Here comes the sun
This week -- the first full week of February -- is when winter begins to look a bit less like winter and a bit more like spring.
The ... [more]

Looking for a safer way with guns

Feb 3, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  The numbers are unacceptable to everyone -- Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, black, white or brown, gun owner or not.

On April 9, ... [more]

We're not so different from mice

Feb 3, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Mass hysteria affects both species about the same way.

The old adage it's always greener on the other side has been proven time and time again since ... [more]

National holiday

Feb 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Official or not, Sunday fills the bill

Try this idea on for size: The holiday season isn't over yet.
Presidential proclamations and Congressional ... [more]

Forget the game, what about the name?

Feb 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Is Sunday's pro football championship the Super Bowl or the Superbowl?

Every year at about this time, a question circulates through the newspaper ... [more]

Newspaper awards

Feb 1, 2013 - Staff:  We held our own with Wyoming's best

The Wyoming Press Association has completed its annual newspaper awards contest for the year, and Riverton ... [more]

Immigration reform's big moment may have arrived

Jan 31, 2013 - The Kansas City Star:  At long last, comprehensive immigration reform is receiving serious attention from President Barack Obama and many members of Congress. It's about time.
The ... [more]

The food chain on full display

Jan 31, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  I had to admit to myself that I'm a softie.

This morning, my son and I were enjoying our usual nonstop daily conversation, when we were ... [more]

Decals and gloves

Jan 31, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Resolving smaller disputes in county government can be useful for when bigger ones come along

It's easy to poke fun at the ongoing disagreement ... [more]

Five in the 500

Jan 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Follow along with our new investment experiment

The onslaught of news, statistics and analysis about the United States is unrelenting and expanding. ... [more]

A public school westerner at Yale

Jan 30, 2013 - By Robert H. Peck:  The passage of SF104 will make it harder to defend our school system to the polo players back here named Maximillian and Wilberforce.

I'm a product ... [more]

Obama's new climate pledge will face test in oil pipeline decision

Jan 29, 2013 - By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups say President Barack Obama's warning about climate change will soon be tested as he decides whether to approve the Keystone ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  January as January
No one who has lived in Wyoming for very long would categorize this as a hard winter, but it sure is harder than the past few. We ... [more]

All the old tricks for SF104

Jan 27, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  If only legislators applied this level of cunning to actually solving problems rather than fulfilling vendettas.

The usual glacial speed that the ... [more]

The veterans are leaving the Senate

Jan 27, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  The cabinet's gain of two Purple Heart recipients will be the Senate's loss.

The death of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, following the ... [more]

A reason to say no

Jan 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The gasoline tax debate shapes up

As the proposed gasoline tax increase moves through the Wyoming Legislature, skeptical lawmakers are going to have ... [more]

Tough looks and fake work

Jan 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  My national television debut via a show called "Nightmare Next Door" on the Discovery Investigation cable channel has come and gone.
I'm told that the ... [more]

Demolition

Jan 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In destroying the state superintendent, legislators are leaving the public in the dark

In the bill that would render the office of the elected State ... [more]

A very bad ending to Algeria crisis

Jan 24, 2013 - By The Dallas Morning News:  The past week's mass hostage-taking drama in Algeria should not have ended the way it did, with a rescue mission turning into a death trap for 38 hostages, ... [more]

Diversity as conflict

Jan 24, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  I'm a lifetime student, and the lessons never end

Winter (and flu) provide quiet times for us to look into ourselves, to read others' views, maybe ... [more]

Voting for 'Hill bill' would be in violation of oath of office

Jan 24, 2013 - Frank Smith, Wyoming Constitution Party, Cheyenne:  Editor:
This bill, Senate File 104, is clearly a personal attack upon the State Superintendent of Public Instruction at the expense of the Wyoming ... [more]

Sanity makes a comeback

Jan 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming's Mountain West Conference will retain much of its traditional form after all

Don't look now, but some of the powers that be in college ... [more]

Fast start for new Mexican leader

Jan 23, 2013 - By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers:  MEXICO CITY -- In power for less than two months, Enrique Pena Nieto has moved vigorously on a reformist agenda, deflected attention from security woes and ... [more]