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Feb 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Seasonal battle
Windy, sunny and warm, then windy, cloudy and cold. We'll get both this week, and it's a sign of one sure thing: Winter is starting to ... [more]

The right kind of alpha male

Feb 17, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  That was Barry Miller, and every community needs a few like him.

The call came while I was doing what I always do on Saturday nights in the winter, ... [more]

How badly do GOP, Dems want immigration reform?

Feb 17, 2014 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  On the morning of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, the lead story on the front page of The New York Times laid out the details -- and the ... [more]

The changed presidency

Feb 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  On Monday, many Americans get the day off work in observance of the national holiday honoring America's presidents. Presidents Day comes during a period in our ... [more]

Senate correct to tackle sex assault epidemic in the military

Feb 14, 2014 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  The way sexual assaults are handled in the military is a disaster -- even the top brass concede this point. The Associated Press provided more evidence of that ... [more]

Ten thoughts on love

Feb 14, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  It's a mix of romance and common sense

Valentine's Day is here, and it made me think back to high school girlfriends.
High school is the often the ... [more]

Committees, amendments

Feb 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Cindy Hill case hits a couple of (mild) stumbling blocks at the Capitol

The Wyoming Legislature staggered a couple of steps in the right ... [more]

There's a limit to how much secrecy we can stand

Feb 13, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  Let's start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what's happening in the world to keep the nation prepared and ... [more]

No corny love song at my house

Feb 13, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  But this Valentine's Day, there is plenty of love

With Valentine's Day imminent, we face a time during which a couple must discern the state of its ... [more]

Autopsies add up

Feb 13, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The numbers in support of a regional pathology center in our county do too

The more Fremont County learns about the prospect of headquartering a ... [more]

Shirley Temple turned her fame into second act

Feb 12, 2014 - By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  Americans who learned of the death Monday of Shirley Temple Black at age 85 will recall her varied career as an actress, singer, dancer and, later, U.S. ... [more]

Losing propositions

Feb 12, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Legal pot failed, and gay marriage likely will, but it's better to confront these issue than ignore them

The Wyoming Legislature is at the point of ... [more]

Football player who came out showed courage

Feb 11, 2014 - By Newsday:  Michael Sam has courage. Good for him. And now, good luck.
Sam is the All-American football player from the University of Missouri who announced over the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  All Olympics
The opening ceremonies of the Olympics have become spectacular shows over the past 20 years or so, but the grandest spectacles have been ... [more]

Needed on tax reform: a smart tiger

Feb 11, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  The Tax Reform Act of 1986 -- which dramatically cut individual rates, lowering the top rate paid from 50 percent to 28 percent, while closing down nearly $200 ... [more]

Court slapped 'good ol' boys' on Hill

Feb 11, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Now they are trying every stalling tactic in the book.

Remember those catchy little cartoons from your childhood that appeared just after you ... [more]

Save our air service

Feb 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Let's leave no stone unturned

Anyone hoping that 2014 would bring better air service at our county's only commercial airport is having a bad new year ... [more]

Cold weather and macho men

Feb 7, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Of course you aren't complaining about the cold weather.
Real Wyoming residents tough it out.
I used to do that.
In my first newspaper job just south of Sun ... [more]

What's what

Feb 7, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Interpretations vary on the EPA ruling, as well they might

Opinions, conclusions and misinformation are permeating the atmosphere of comment and ... [more]

More reasons to build pipeline than not to

Feb 6, 2014 - By The Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel:  Environmentalists have made the Keystone XL Pipeline project a litmus test for President Barack Obama and anyone else with an opinion on climate ... [more]

Put love into more than words

Feb 6, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  How do you say "I love you?"
Is there a right way? A wrong way? A best way?
Or just a sincere way?
Many of us use the term quite generously these days. And ... [more]

The games

Feb 6, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Winter Olympics seem less about sports than ever

In Wyoming, we can identify with the Winter Olympics in a way that a lot of the nation can't. ... [more]

Abortion going in the preferred direction: down

Feb 5, 2014 - By The Chicago Tribune:  As president, Bill Clinton often stated his view that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare," a summation that reflected the public's generally mixed ... [more]

Skies mysteries unlocked slowly

Feb 5, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  There have been a lot of cloudy nights in the past month, but the stars are still out there, continuing to shine and twinkle. The mysteries of how the universe ... [more]

When officials resign

Feb 5, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It happens too often, and the appointment process is no match for a public election

The Riverton mayor and city council moved counter to conventional ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: RoJean and the round-cornered photographs

Feb 4, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Many in the community noted the retirement announcement of RoJean Thayer from Central Wyoming College. She worked for many years in the college's public ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 4, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thanks, groundhog
Punxsutawney Phil must have sharper eyes than the human inhabitants of his city. Sunday morning was foggy and overcast in the small ... [more]

Why presidents often were governors

Feb 3, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  There are legitimate reasons why we voters have been a lot more willing to trust the tough job of president to governors.
It's happened 11 separate times, ... [more]

Technology won't replace learning

Feb 3, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  But it certainly has the ability to stifle it.

At 21 I read Bruce Catton's classic trilogy of the American Civil War,  "Mr. Lincoln's Army", "Glory ... [more]

Super holiday

Feb 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It has everything but the government designation

In every way but official government imprimatur, today is a national holiday.
Do you doubt it? Ask ... [more]

Nothing simple in Medicaid expansion

Jan 31, 2014 - By Michael Ollove, For MCT News Service:  WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that states could decide for themselves if they would expand Medicaid eligibility, many thought states ... [more]

High road or low?

Jan 31, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The state superintendent's enemies must ask themselves that question

Stung, understandably, by the Wyoming Supreme Court ruling that declared their ... [more]

Five in the 500

Jan 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It was a very good year

Many readers followed along during 2013 as we imagined making a $500 investment in something called an "index fund" based on ... [more]

D.C. gridlock undermines the SOTU address

Jan 30, 2014 - By The Miami Herald:  Nearly seven years after the onset of the Big Recession, the state of the union is improving on most fronts. The state of the federal government? Not so ... [more]

From The Hulk to Mommy

Jan 30, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Yes, the twins -- Jameson and Rowan -- have arrived

As I have the peculiar opportunity to use this column for routine countywide announcements. I ... [more]

Why cheer on Super Bowl Sunday?

Jan 29, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Because it's good for you, that's why.

Very likely Peyton Manning couldn't find Riverton or Lander on a map.
No matter on Super Bowl Sunday.
My ... [more]

Seeger raised a voice for people, peace and justice

Jan 29, 2014 - By Steve Paul, McClatchy Newspapers:  Fifty years ago, school rooms, churches and countless open-air assemblies around the country resounded with words arranged and adapted by Pete Seeger.
"We ... [more]

'Hill Bill' struck down

Jan 29, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The embattled superintendent has confounded her foes again

From the start, the enemies of Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill ... [more]

President has some persuading to do on NSA

Jan 28, 2014 - By Bruce Ackerman, For MCT News Service:  Civil libertarians in both the Democratic and Republican parties ought to make surveillance a key issue of the 2014 elections.

President Obama's ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Court sides with Hill
There was thunder from the chambers of the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday morning. Senate File 104, the hurriedly passed and ... [more]