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Goodbye to Hugo Chavez, who was just another looter

Mar 7, 2013 - The Kansas City Star:  Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez portrayed himself as a man of the people, a defender of the poor. But during his long tenure, life for Venezuela's unfortunate ... [more]

Crying wolf

Mar 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sequestration was supposed to be our
Doomsday machine -- but maybe not


In old science fiction movies, the mad scientist's laboratory always had a ... [more]

Draw lines through Orion's belt in the sky

Mar 6, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  I was wondering about how many cloudless nights we average in our area, so I tried to find some information about it.
As I was looking, I found this website ... [more]

FFA pages brought back memories of an old jacket

Mar 5, 2013 - Mary Shellert, Phoenix, Ariz.:  Editor:
I sincerely appreciated the pages in the Sunday paper recently about National Future Farmers of America Week. It is good to see there are some active ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Marching toward spring
March is the month when spring begins, but winter isn't going quietly. After mild weather over the weekend that most definitely ... [more]

The short-hand of politics

Mar 5, 2013 - By Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- From an early age, Americans are conditioned to see the world in sharp lines -- black-and-white labels in a society where the reality is many ... [more]

Familiar old faces at the WDE

Mar 3, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Thrown out by voters in the 2010 election by the voters, they are coming back into power under the new, appointed education CEO.

The sign reads "You ... [more]

Count me in the 'Silent Generation'

Mar 3, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  This past Monday night, along with 680 other lucky people in Washington's historic Ford's Theatre, I was able to enjoy the wit and wisdom of America's dominant ... [more]

Abortion in America is a gruesome industry based on killing babies

Mar 3, 2013 - Marian Bellinger, Riverton:  Editor:
We recently picked up a film featuring abortion providers telling the industry from the feet up. It is money. They don't do it gratis. No options ... [more]

Spending per person

Mar 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Lander and Riverton rank low on the list, but it's about more than numbers

Are we to be pleased or troubled by the news that among the 18 Wyoming ... [more]

Fed workers first to confront impact of sequestration cuts

Mar 1, 2013 - By Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- As a single dad with seven kids living at home, Bill Blevins is used to pinching every penny.
The 48-year-old building engineer at the U.S. ... [more]

Volume 107, No. 1

Mar 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  As of today, there are 60 candles on The Ranger's birthday cake.

Today is The Ranger's 60th birthday.
That simple statement is a convenient ... [more]

Thanks to the mean dogs

Feb 28, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  You make me run faster and pedal harder

I've been tempted, this afternoon, to write an outdoors(wo)man's diatribe against the malicious dogs ... [more]

Commoners, royalty alike moved by Van Clibrun

Feb 28, 2013 - By The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  With his long, slender fingers, an affectionate smile and the keys of a grand piano, Van Cliburn helped thaw the Cold War, transcended partisan politics and ... [more]

Household name

Feb 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  C. Everett Koop was the only Surgeon General with that distinction

Quick -- who is the Surgeon General of the United States?
There are a few C-Span ... [more]

New combat policy affirms role many women already perform

Feb 27, 2013 - By Alexandra Zavis, MCT News Service:  FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan -- They fly troops into combat, drive convoys down mine-riddled roads and take part in foot patrols in the heartland ... [more]

A solution to live with

Feb 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There was disagreement on how to enhance the North Federal rebuild, but the city did well

What's the sure sign that government leaders have passed a ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Winter's hold
Winter, it appears, isn't going anywhere. More snow Saturday, with some very nasty roads to accompany it, more cold weather to start the ... [more]

Don't change the constitution over Cindy Hill; just vote out those who did it

Feb 26, 2013 - Ed Thomas, Kinnear:  Editor:
Re: State Superintendent and the Constitution.
Mr. Wolfer, there is no reason to change the Wyoming Constitution. Instead, we should replace those ... [more]

Competition in the classic style

Feb 24, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Never was it demonstrated better than between Jesse Owens and Luz Long.

He stood alone atop the podium as the "Star Spangled Banner" played for the ... [more]

The Republicans' lost youth

Feb 24, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Who the president is when we first come of voting age -- and whether we see that president as a successful leader -- strongly influences our future voting ... [more]

Art as entertainment

Feb 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's what Oscar night celebrates
Of all the art forms, the so-called major motion picture is the most collaborative form. It's also the one that ... [more]

Newest campaign finance case could 'demolish' money limits

Feb 22, 2013 - MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider taking another step toward dismantling campaign finance laws, potentially freeing wealthy donors ... [more]

Federal trumps state

Feb 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's an unpleasant lesson that state legislators are learning on gun laws

Amid the increased pressure nationally to tighten gun-ownership rules ... [more]

Treasures scribed on paper

Feb 21, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  "When I was your age, I had to write in a style called 'cursive,'" says a mother to her two small children in a newspaper cartoon.
The children study ... [more]

Cutting U.S., Russian nuke arsenals makes good sense now

Feb 21, 2013 - The Baltimore Sun:  President Barack Obama's call during the State of the Union address to reduce the threat of nuclear war could not have been more timely. The day before the ... [more]

Road safety puzzle

Feb 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Accidents keep happening at the Honor Farm intersection

We're not sure how many times a paragraph in this newspaper has included the words "another ... [more]

Cruise ship fiasco sparks lawsuits, investigations

Feb 20, 2013 - By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, MCT News Service:  MOBILE, Ala. -- As conditions deteriorated on the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph, some passengers panicked. They hoarded food, drank too much and ... [more]

Bedrocks

Feb 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Future farmers founded our city, and today's FFA members strengthen it

One of the many things to like about National FFA Week is the fun old practice ... [more]

As another budget crisis looms, Congress decides to leave town

Feb 19, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- Military readiness will be threatened. So will food inspections, teaching jobs, mental health services and more, all because of the automatic ... [more]