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Dec 20, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Benghazi investigation will put the president's skills on display again

The sacrificial lambs are being served up as the dust settles on the ... [more]

Moms, men and football

Dec 20, 2012 - By Clair McFarland:  When I entered the work force of domesticity in high spirits, I was harboring the archaic belief that my peers -- the fellow moms -- would share my lack of ... [more]

Finding the words

Dec 19, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  President Obama's Newtown speech

In trying times, the President of the United States can find himself shouldering the duty of speaking to a troubled ... [more]

First they need to grieve

Dec 19, 2012 - By Gerald McKinstry, MCT:  NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Standing next to friends holding a sign that read "Peace for All, Pray for Newtown," Dan Fisher extended his two fingers in that universal ... [more]

Blue Christmas in Newtown

Dec 18, 2012 - McClatchy Newspapers:  NEWTOWN, Conn.-- This shattered town on Monday began burying the dead from one of the country's worst mass shootings as the nation fought to overcome days of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 18, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Happy holidays
Newspaper holiday housekeeping: The Ranger will not publish next Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas Day.
Our annual ... [more]

Listen for the voices of nature

Dec 16, 2012 - Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  Get away from the cacophony of the
man-made world, and you'll hear them.

The loudest sound in recorded history came on Aug. 26, 1883, when the island ... [more]

Merrier - Evidence from the empirical to the anecdotal points to an improved economy

Dec 16, 2012 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  Are things looking up, just in time for Christmas? At least three signs point to that conclusion.
First, the employment scene in Fremont County looks better ... [more]

Spending cuts are hard -- for 150 million reasons

Dec 14, 2012 - By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- Don't mess with Big Bird. And don't even think about touching Medicare.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney ran into a brick wall of ... [more]

The 'zombie fence'

Dec 14, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton's young skateboarders might be the catalyst to improve City Park

If you aren't normally a sports-page reader, we would recommend that you ... [more]

We will remember Mae

Dec 13, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  You don't expect a summertime story in the middle of December, but that's how my sister-in-law Mae comes to mind --with thoughts of a warm, positive, and ... [more]

Obamacare is here to stay; now, let's make it better

Dec 13, 2012 - By John C. Goodman, For the MCT News Service:  After the recent election, virtually all commentators quickly concluded that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is safe; Republicans can't stop it.
The ... [more]

A dismal show

Dec 13, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Another high-stakes budget stalemate makes Congress appear ridiculous

Last month's election was touted by some as a possible turning point in ... [more]

12/12/12

Dec 12, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We are leaving the period of calendar oddities behind

An amusing part of life in the early years of our new century has been the calendar oddities ... [more]

It's a good time to see Pleiades

Dec 12, 2012 - By Carl Manning:  Nights have been getting longer, but that will change this month with the winter solstice, when the trend switches until June. December is usually a very cold ... [more]

Disdain spreads at edge of 'cliff'

Dec 11, 2012 - By Steve People, The Associated Press:  HOOKSETT, N.H. -- Fear and frustration course through the lunch crowd at Robie's Country Store and Deli, a popular outpost 500 miles from where Washington is ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 11, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Long hours
Speaking literally, these are the darkest days of the year. An old newsroom duty was the necessity of typing up the daily weather forecast, ... [more]

Awake to sound of December rain

Dec 9, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Could it have had anything to do with George Bailey?

I caught the last few minutes of the classic Christmas film "It's a Wonderful Life" late last ... [more]

Call me a 'college' dropout

Dec 9, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  It's time to do away with the undemocratic Electoral College.

Shortly after the cooling of the Earth, I, then a much younger man, worked in two ... [more]

A tax upon us

Dec 9, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our conservative state is looking at a 10-cent tax on gasoline, just as it ought to

"Those tax-and-spend liberals are at it again. Now they want to ... [more]

Tribe needs code of ethics and principles for all to follow

Dec 7, 2012 - Nolan Friday, Arapahoe:  Editor:
What Northern Arapaho Tribal members need is some rules that everyone can follow. Right now, I'm sure that if you ask a hundred Northern Arapaho ... [more]

Q&A as 'fiscal cliff' nears

Dec 7, 2012 - By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times:  LOS ANGELES -- Republicans and Democrats are wrestling with a variety of riddles that have come to be known as the fiscal cliff, a double whammy of tax ... [more]

The 'other' Dec. 7

Dec 7, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  This is the date the last Apollo mission lifted off for the moon

We hope it is safe to presume that most American adults still know that this date, ... [more]

Write to Santa

Dec 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We're planning our 64th Christmas Greetings edition, and we need letters

It's December, the lights are up, the giant snowflakes are glowing on Main ... [more]

Guilt, misery and the dinner table

Dec 6, 2012 - By Clair McFarland:  As it may be my mission to unfold the stray opinions of an average housewife in this column, I'll confess that the urge to write about children's books and ... [more]

Physicians make compelling case for birth control over the counter

Dec 6, 2012 - By The Seattle Times:  Women's health groups long have advocated for making oral contraceptives available over the counter. Their argument received a significant boost this month ... [more]

No, I wasn't Mr. Tracy, but I almost wished I was

Dec 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  On a fall visit to my son�s college campus in Connecticut not long ago, I was headed down to the lobby in the hotel elevator. My plan was to do a campus ... [more]

Modular in demand

Dec 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We can't find a use for a well-equipped old school, but a tiny modular has multiple suitors

How odd is it that an acceptable use has been so ... [more]

Vets' gun rights a sticky issue

Dec 4, 2012 - By Kevin Freking, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON � Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?
The issue, for a time ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Calendar double-check
Is this early December or late March? The weekend�s weather could have passed for either � windy, sunny and dry, with ... [more]