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Doubt greets Putin's vow to honor result of Ukraine vote

May 27, 2014 - By Carol J. Williams, MCT News Service:  KIEV, Ukraine -- Russian President Vladimir Putin vows he is ready to deal with whoever wins Ukraine's presidential election. But his latest pledge to ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 27, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Holiday
The offices of The Ranger and Ranger Printers were closed Monday for Memorial Day, and your daily newspaper staff is appreciative of the day ... [more]

No educational miracle here

May 26, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Wyoming citizens are getting very mixed signals on Common Core from leaders.

I've watched my wife take groups of 5-year old children into her ... [more]

How did Sterling get away with it so long?

May 26, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Tell me Paris Hilton will be this year's graduation speaker at MIT.
Tell me Dennis Rodman is the new consensus choice to be peace negotiator in the Middle ... [more]

Shared voyage

May 26, 2014 - From staff reports:  Memorial Day can be corrupted by obsession with self pity

Editor's note: Longtime readers may recall Associated Press columnist Hal Boyle, ... [more]

Give airport a break

May 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The 10,000-passenger mandate will be hard to get this year, but it's not our fault

News on passenger airline boardings at Riverton Regional Airport ... [more]

This weekend, let us pause with peace

May 23, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Memorial Day has its roots in the complexities of war.

Some dads tell their kids about the wars they fought.
My dad, Bob Peck, didn't.
He was ... [more]

Letting prized racehorse wear nasal strip is a no-brainer

May 22, 2014 - By Newsday:  Who would have guessed a little nasal strip could ease the respiration of so many?
California Chrome, it was announced Monday, can wear his ersatz Breathe ... [more]

No time left for arguments

May 22, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  With four kids in the stroller, time is too precious

It has been pointed out to me that I must be very busy -- by nearly everyone I've encountered ... [more]

The community room

May 22, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A versatile and well-used facility seeks a citizen boost for needed improvements

The familiar, popular -- and useful -- community room at the Riverton ... [more]

Seasonal fame

May 21, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  This time of year, everyone knows the names of the flood forecasters

For a couple of months a year, the names of certain public officials become well ... [more]

New York Times editor's case draws new attention to pay-equity bill

May 20, 2014 - By Kevin G. Hall MCT, Washington Bureau:  Charges that The New York Times paid its top female editor less than male peers has breathed new life into legislation that seeks to ensure that women and men ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 20, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Holiday housekeeping
Could Memorial Day weekend be arriving already? Indeed. May 26 is an earlier Memorial Day than our minds are used to, but that's ... [more]

Movie shows 'human side' of Romney

May 19, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  If that could have been communicated to more voters, the 2012 election might have been different.

To run and to lose a presidential campaign is both ... [more]

Sometimes I still crave a Teen Burger

May 19, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:   So the sight I saw in Thermopolis last week was a sad one.

You never know when you'll encounter the end of an era.  As I rounded the curve into ... [more]

To run is to serve

May 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Without a good field of candidates for voters, elections can't serve their full purpose

We now are in the early stages of the formal filing period ... [more]

Wyoming needn't fear science

May 16, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  And we shouldn't refuse to teach it in our schools

Sometimes politics and science get all twisted up.
That's what has happened in Wyoming at the ... [more]

Rules of the road

May 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A horrible accident near Gillette sounds an alarm for everyone

The photograph on page 3 of Thursday's Ranger was more than a spectacular picture of ... [more]

VA must act now to restore lost confidence

May 16, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  The Department of Veterans Affairs' treatment of former service members remains a national disgrace and a betrayal of veterans, who deserve timely medical ... [more]

Preserving the value of the vote

May 15, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Let's remember who backed the illegal SF104, the 'Hill Bill'

I proudly stand with Mom Case on this matter: Voting is indeed a privilege.
Though a ... [more]

Dubois hits 100

May 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  And the community newspaper there marks the occasion well

Thursday is the 100th anniversary of the third-largest of Fremont County's six ... [more]

If Hillary is running, she ought to say so this year

May 14, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president.
"If you really want to do something, if you believe you're the right person to ... [more]

Jobs numbers

May 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  They are disputed nationally at every turn, but the local figures don't lie

Both Fremont County and Wyoming can take encouragement from the newest ... [more]

In high court's same-sex marriage debate, both sides invoke Kennedy

May 13, 2014 - The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- The pro-gay rights rulings of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy have been a key spark in the march toward legalized gay marriage. To counter ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 13, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Winter's cling
We delve into recent history for the following quote from Tuesday notes exactly one week ago today:
"'Let all thy joys be as the month ... [more]

Treasure, and time, in a kitchen crevice

May 12, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Oh, the things you find between the dishwasher and the wall.

In July of 2012 Voyager I became the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. ... [more]

Knowing character when you see it

May 12, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Personal political scandals have a typical script: penitent wrongdoer is diagnosed with a previously unnoticed medical condition and, almost miraculously, ... [more]

Ask Mom

May 12, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our species can do many thing the others can't. Three of them are inquire, remember and reminisce. On this Mothers Day, we ought to do all three.
Few people ... [more]

Ignorance can help bring measles back

May 9, 2014 - The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.):  The infectious disease measles was declared "eliminated" in the United States 14 years ago, thanks to widespread vaccination, but that doesn't mean it is ... [more]

A strange way to celebrate 111 years

May 9, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Earth's oldest man says he's lived so long because he never had children.

Alexander Imich celebrated his 111th birthday a few days ago.
That makes ... [more]