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Tuesday notes

Feb 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Humming along
The Wyoming Legislature has been efficiency in action this session (although no one who goes through the legislative process probably ... [more]

Livestock don't notice technology

Feb 18, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  As for the rest of us, finding a way to watch a movie in the calving shed is a wonderful luxury.

Maybe you know someone addicted to new technology. ... [more]

Mitt Romney's lasting contribution

Feb 18, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  In a round-about way, it's Romney who has made the new, bipartisan immigration talks possible.

A couple of weeks back, the 2012 Republican ... [more]

Presidents Day

Feb 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The 44 chief executives have an unendingly interesting group bio

Presidents Day arrives Monday. It's a federal holiday established  in 1971 and based ... [more]

Rubio laughs off water gaffe

Feb 15, 2013 - By George Bennett, MCT News Service:  PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Does Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have the bipartisan appeal to succeed on the national stage?
Does he have the salivary glands?
Those were ... [more]

County facilities in city

Feb 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Using part of the Major land for a new courthouse and sheriff's office sounds good

As Fremont County's leaders continue to kick around the very ... [more]

RMS poets pen new verses for Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2013 - From staff reports:  Editor's note: Students in the Riverton Middle School Writers Guild submitted three poems inspired by Valentine's Day:

Winter
Oh Winter, oh ... [more]

Aphrodite's got some issues

Feb 14, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  And they are painfully apparent on Valentine's Day

It had occurred to me to write about St. Valentine's legacy, and how it pertains to the ... [more]

The L-word

Feb 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  On Valentine's Day, take Browning's advice and 'teach the world'

Some of the earliest surviving written narrative deals in love. From the ancients to ... [more]

Quoted in the news

Feb 13, 2013 - Staff:  "I am for districts choosing to do year-round school. I just don't think we need $3 million in incentives from the state."
-- State Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, ... [more]

How to respond to new nuclear test from North Korea isn't clear

Feb 13, 2013 - By Tom Lasseter and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers:  BEIJING -- Hours after carrying out a nuclear test in defiance of international warnings not to, North Korea warned Tuesday that it will take new unspecified ... [more]

Deserving a vote

Feb 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Obama framed the theater around guns, but it applies to much more in Congress

Time is the only teller, ultimately, of what part or parts of a ... [more]

State of the Union is a frenzied, sleepless time for the writers

Feb 12, 2013 - McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- Cody Keenan haunts the basement of the West Wing at all hours, laboring over the State of the Union address while cloaked in a black pullover that ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Benedict's benediction
For the first time in nearly eight years, the Catholic Church will have a new pope. Perhaps more interestingly, for the first ... [more]

The absurd story of SF 0104

Feb 10, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  And the legislators actually wonder why their approval ratings are so low.

The recent series of columns on the heavy-handed treatment of State ... [more]

The best are 'strangers to self-importance

Feb 10, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  This past week, I sat for an hour-long, one-on-one interview with Brian Lamb, the man who created C-SPAN, where citizens could see and hear, frequently ... [more]

No summer vacation?

Feb 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Legislature's bill permitting year-round school year is worth testing

In his commendable book "Outliers," journalist Malcolm Gladwell tries to get to ... [more]

Meet the 'Problem Solvers'

Feb 8, 2013 - By James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- For the past three years, some Republican and Democratic lawmakers have sat next to each other during President Barack Obama's annual State of the ... [more]

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]