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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]

Smelling the roses

Jan 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Obama's most-memorable moment at the inauguration wasn't his speech

The thing that might stick in the public memory the longest from President Barack ... [more]

Roe vs. Wade at 40

Jan 22, 2013 - By Michael Muskal, McClatchy Newspapers:  Abortion rights, once a key political wedge issue dividing society, are now so accepted that only 1 in 5 people call it critical and a majority of those ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The solemn swear
Was that another slip-up during the taking of the oath of office? President Obama almost seemed to choke on the word "states" Monday ... [more]

Derailing a superintendent

Jan 20, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  The move to usurp the voice of the voters goes too far.

It's been an unprecedented two weeks to open the 2013 session of the Wyoming Senate.  While ... [more]

Hagel not hell-bent on conquest

Jan 20, 2013 - By Roger Simon:  "They're already saying Chuck Hagel may be unwilling to send troops into a warzone needlessly," David Letterman said a few nights ago. "What kind of a nut job ... [more]

Breaking the mold

Jan 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  A suggestion to have a county commission meeting at a different time of day has merit

All across Fremont County this month, governing entities are ... [more]

Gun initiative bets the most on new background checks

Jan 18, 2013 - By David Lauter and Melanie Mason, MCT Washington Bureau:  A less-ambitious effort to strengthen the background check system passed the Senate in 1999, after the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, but ... [more]

Steamroller

Jan 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The 'Hill bill' flies in the face of what most legislators claim to believe

One of the oddest aspects of the steam-rolling show in the Wyoming ... [more]

Regardless of how it ends, it's right time for gun discussion

Jan 17, 2013 - The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  Just 33 days after a school massacre in Newtown, Conn., claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators, President Barack Obama presented a ... [more]

Making the most of winter

Jan 17, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  We're doing it indoors, minus the cable TV

It's cold out. It's so cold, I'm considering calling George R.R. Martin and telling him that winter ... [more]

30 minutes a day

Jan 17, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's the oft-repeated reading goal for kids in 2013 -- and the newspaper can help

One of the well-promoted new year's resolutions nationwide for ... [more]

Quoted in the news

Jan 16, 2013 - Staff:  I can tell the public doesn't like this. I have had a couple of e-mails in favor (of the bill), and most of those people in favor have intimate knowledge of ... [more]

Pew poll finds agreement on some gun control proposals

Jan 16, 2013 - McClatchy Newspapers:  LOS ANGELES (MCT) -- A month after an elementary school massacre pushed gun control back onto the public agenda, some of the key proposals being discussed ... [more]

New Panthers

Jan 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Powell makes Special Olympics 'official'

Of note in the news is the announcement that Powell High School has formed a new varsity sports team.
No, ... [more]

We're world's wealthiest but not healthiest

Jan 15, 2013 - By The Los Angeles Times:  For all of our sophisticated medical care, Americans can expect shorter lives and more health troubles than the people of other well-off nations, according to ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Hot stuff
Reporter Christina George's story in Sunday's edition about 2012 being the warmest year ever recorded in both Riverton and Lander probably ... [more]

More to watch, less worth seeing

Jan 14, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Modern technology keeps old entertainment alive -- and it's usually better.

Popular media has been in constant flux since America's first commercial ... [more]

Tourism funding

Jan 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's good reason to spare it from the state budget cleaver

Is now the time to cut tourism promotional funding from the state budget? It's one of ... [more]

New (bold?) predictions for 2013

Jan 14, 2013 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  A year ago, we predicted President Barack Obama would edge Mitt Romney 48-47 with 286 electoral votes, plus we'd get a Democratic Senate and Republican House; ... [more]