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Making it easy

Jul 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  From the looks of it, virtually all of the recent car burglaries were preventable

We have reported repeatedly in recent days on many automobile ... [more]

Obama may hold key to border fix

Jul 15, 2014 - By Alicia A. Caldwell, The Associated Press:  Some in Congress say wholesale legislative changes may not be necessary and that the president already has the authority to return the children to their ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Rainout
Not too many events get rained out this time of year in Fremont County (or any time of year, for that matter), but that is what happened Friday ... [more]

No budget is perfect

Jul 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  In our county this year, the big decisions weren't taken lightly

Another fiscal year budget is on the books for Fremont County. Statistically, we'll ... [more]

Florida governor's stumbles worry some in GOP

Jul 11, 2014 - By Brendan Farrington and Gary Fineout, The Associated Press:  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Republican Gov. Rick Scott is a multimillionaire and flies in a private jet, yet his campaign decided to criticize Democratic challenger ... [more]

Rules for pleasant family gatherings

Jul 11, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  They worked for me on the Fourth, and Labor Day approaches

The Fourth of July is in the rear view mirror for another year.
Now it's safe to talk ... [more]

Voting early

Jul 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sometimes necessity requires it, but there are good reasons to wait

The 2014 Wyoming primary election still is more than a month away, but you can ... [more]

Lack of financial regs leaves U.S. too vulnerable

Jul 10, 2014 - By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  Six years since the financial industry had to be resuscitated by the federal government, the American economy still remains at risk from another catastrophic ... [more]

How we got from there to here

Jul 10, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  It's well worth remembering, even 238 years later

How old was our country on its last birthday?
Did I hear someone moan, "History ... boring ... ... [more]

Our summer festival

Jul 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton Rendezvous truly comes close to 'something for everyone'

One of the tired-out phrases employed to promote an event or destination is ... [more]

Kids at the border

Jul 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Finally, something to get the nation's attention on our immigration predicament

Amid the steady drone of political posturing on immigration reform of ... [more]

Consider possibilities, in the sky and elsewhere

Jul 9, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  I was talking to a fellow the other day about this monthly column, and he told me enjoyed reading it but that sometimes it gets a little bit too complex. I ... [more]

How can the same person run for office under two names?

Jul 8, 2014 - By Rex D. Flemish:  Editor:
How can the same person run for two different offices under two different names?
I do not know Valaria Whiteman (Valaria Cardenas), but I do not ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 8, 2014 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  Thermometer
Sure enough, the weather got hot. It took a bit longer than most of us expected, but the odds were in favor of it. Strongly. This is July. ... [more]

Ambulance questions

Jul 6, 2014 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  Beset with fiscal difficulty, the department
is looking for answers in different places

Hiring a new director for the Fremont County Ambulance ... [more]

Wait a minute... that's my rake

Jul 6, 2014 - Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  q I lent it out and it ended up being sold at an auction.

It's called a capital investment for tax purposes. But in real life it was an opportunity to get ... [more]

Press oversight, the real kind, is necessary for democracy

Jul 3, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  In recent weeks, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for ... [more]

Summer has its own rules

Jul 3, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  It seems to be the season to let things a few things slide

Oh summer! It's the nicest time to be in Wyoming. With our frequent sunshine, vast ... [more]

Self evident

Jul 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Nearly two and a half centuries later, the DOI still packs power

The capitalization pattern in the Declaration of Independence leaves a lot to be ... [more]

Running to left, and right, of Obama

Jul 2, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  Hillary Rodham Clinton wants you to know that when it comes to foreign policy, she's one tough lady. Tougher, say, than President Obama.
Most of Clinton's ... [more]

Fun with fireworks

Jul 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  They are enjoyable -- and dangerous -- so follow common-sense guidelines

One of the real delights of the Fourth of July in Wyoming is the availability ... [more]

'Narrow' markets change U.S. health care

Jul 1, 2014 - By Misty Williams, MCT News Service:  ATLANTA -- The cancer had already spread to her abdomen by the time Beth Brock managed to escape from her health insurance nightmare.
The Woodstock business ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 1, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  No paper Friday
From the department of newspaper holiday housekeeping: The Ranger will not publish Friday in commemoration of Independence Day, a ... [more]

Air service crisis

Jun 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Other places are trying things we need to consider

The ongoing, statewide crisis of deteriorating airline service is sparking cooperative efforts ... [more]

There's history in the basement

Jun 30, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  I've found treasures during otherwise mundane manual labor.

It was one of my least-favorite jobs as summer help at the old Wind River Elementary / ... [more]

Selling a candidate isn't like selling beer

Jun 30, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Actually, political advertising is worse, and more harmful.

You've heard the argument: About two-thirds of a total of $5.19 billion spent on ... [more]

Cats are part of the Wyoming economy

Jun 27, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Lessons of economic interconnectedness are everywhere

Until The Ranger's Mining and Energy edition hit the coffee table, I hadn't thought about the ... [more]

Court says EPA authority broad but not limitless

Jun 27, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  The U.S. Supreme Court got it right this week when it upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions -- but also ... [more]

Chauncey and Edgar

Jun 27, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thursday's storm most definitely was something you don't see every day

Readers of a certain age will recognize the following quote from the old ... [more]

At last, a real courtroom win for our privacy

Jun 26, 2014 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  Finally, a victory for personal privacy.
In an era of increasing government intrusion into the lives of the governed, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ... [more]