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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]

No saw? No axe? No problem

Dec 2, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  When some sorority girls needed a Christmas tree, I rose to the occasion.

Two outings I took into the wilderness a long time ago were separated by 15 ... [more]

After Obama, Dems have an age problem

Dec 2, 2012 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  Barack Obama's re-election means that, for the next four years, the face of the Democratic Party will be its vigorous 51-year-old president.
Beyond Obama, ... [more]

Bedfellows

Dec 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The county is in no hurry to hug the feds on flood prevention, but there's not much to fear

No one could ever accuse Fremont County of rushing into a ... [more]

184,000 strong

Nov 30, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's the equivalent number of 'users' of Central Wyoming College

We hope readers took note of reporter Katie Roenigk's story a few days ago about ... [more]

Secession chatter getting attention, but idea is implausible in the extreme

Nov 30, 2012 - By James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON --In the three weeks since President Barack Obama's re-election victory, his most ardent foes --nearly 1 million people from all 50 states --have ... [more]

CWC either knew about ineligible player, or should have

Nov 29, 2012 - Jim Debrandt, Riverton:  Editor:
After reading the letter to the editor from Richard May commenting on the volleyball team penalty and probation for having a professional player on ... [more]

Memories and meaning in a box

Nov 29, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  Operation Christmas Child provided the avenue

What do you think about Black Friday reaching back into Blue Thursday (otherwise known as Thanksgiving) ... [more]

Scandal-seeking

Nov 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Reverence for David Petraeus has painted his tempted critics into corner

The curious case of retired Gen. David Petraeus has Washington's ... [more]

At edge of cliff, everyone out to protect a piece of the pie

Nov 28, 2012 - McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON --As Washington debates how to trim runaway federal budget deficits without going over a "fiscal cliff" of immediate tax increases and automatic ... [more]

Near the starting line

Nov 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Next week's EIS hearing on a proposed uranium mine is a big step forward

Fremont County has never been closer to the resumption of uranium mining ... [more]

Some GOP lawmakers dare to flout Norquist

Nov 27, 2012 - By Philip Elliott, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- For decades, conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist vowed to drive Republicans out of office if they didn't pledge to oppose tax increases. Many ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  480 meals
The tallying and totaling is done, and the Riverton High School Key Club's annual Thanksgiving Day meal program delivered 480 hot meals to ... [more]

A nation trembling in fear

Nov 25, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  That seems to be the way regulatory America wants it.

His demeanor suggested a rogue bull elephant. When he walked down the hall, most people ... [more]

Never eat at a place called 'Moms'

Nov 25, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  Nelson Algren, the great Chicago writer, provided American males with three timeless rules for life:
Never play cards with a man named "Doc." Never eat at a ... [more]

We need the law

Nov 25, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A recent, prominent case and trial in Fremont County shows exactly why

During the recent trial of the Lander man charged with homicide after the ... [more]

Small Business Saturday

Nov 23, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Local business owners offer as much as online merchants --and then some

There is a very real worry among storefront businesses that a critical stage ... [more]

Education agenda has many loose ends

Nov 23, 2012 - By Josh Lederman, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's education agenda for next four years may look less like real reform and more like tying up loose ends, experts say, with ... [more]

The big general's big blunder

Nov 21, 2012 - The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.):  Petraeus never should have let his guard down

Powerful man, beguiling woman: The combination has been sabotaging national interests since the days of ... [more]

Hurrah for the pie

Nov 21, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Lydia Child's comforting holiday words

The best-known words about Thanksgiving Day in America were written by the American writer and editor Lydia ... [more]

Not your average city meeting

Nov 20, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  I've heard a lot of negative comments stemming from the Oct. 9 work session at Riverton City Hall.
The meeting was advertised as an opportunity to talk about ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 20, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  No paper Thursday
Give thanks, readers, give thanks. The Ranger will not publish this Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
By that ... [more]

Sour grapes and secession

Nov 18, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Much of the current grumbling stems from inherent prejudice against anyone but a white man serving as the nation's commander in chief, but other factors are ... [more]

Nothing bleaker than the day after an election loss

Nov 18, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  The next morning after an Election Day defeat, there is no place I know more empty than the headquarters of the losing candidate.
Long gone are the bunting, ... [more]

No pattern yet

Nov 18, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Districted county commission voting has yielded unpredictable results -- and that's not all bad

There is no question that the conversion of Fremont ... [more]