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Star sightings and gas prices

Oct 16, 2012 - By Walter Cook:  A few people in this world have been selected -- for better or worse -- to serve as the representatives of our collective humanity.
They appear in movies, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 16, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Obama vs. Romney
There's another presidential debate Tuesday night, the second of three planned this election year. This one will feature the "town ... [more]

Just what is common sense?

Oct 13, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  And if it's so common, then why does it seem to be in such short supply?

One of the basic premises of Buddhism is the belief that the nature of one's ... [more]

Romney debate win not unexpected

Oct 13, 2012 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  Challengers battle-tested from a long primary campaign often look good in the first debate against the incumbent.

Initial presidential debates ... [more]

Our factory

Oct 13, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The community newspaper is a triumph of American manufacturing

Americans often profess worry that this country "doesn't make anything anymore." That ... [more]

She's got the power, weather-wise

Oct 12, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's something about my wife, Yale and the elements

When my wife and I go to Connecticut to visit son Robert in college, residents of the ... [more]

National Newspaper Week

Oct 12, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Readers come to feel a sense of ownership with 'their' newspaper

The second week in October is designated as National Newspaper Week (this year ... [more]

Time to embargo Iran

Oct 11, 2012 - By The Chicago Tribune:  Iran's currency took such a breathtaking nose dive against the dollar last week that even the country's denier-in-chief, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had to ... [more]

Losing Joe Meyer

Oct 11, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  It casts a sad shadow over the necessary process of finding a capable replacement

State Treasurer Joe Meyer's death leaves a hole in Wyoming state ... [more]

Voter I.D. laws won't be big factor after all

Oct 10, 2012 - By David G. Savage, MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, voting rights advocates foresaw a cloud over this year's election because new voting laws in Republican-led states tightened ... [more]

Everybody's job

Oct 10, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  In a significant way, we are all volunteer firefighters

Fremont County doesn't have professional fire departments. With the exception of a small ... [more]

Stewart, O'Reilly jab in 'debate'

Oct 9, 2012 - By Josh Lederman, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- There were all the trappings of a high-octane presidential debate: the over-the-top declarations, the pre-practiced zingers and the schmaltzy ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 9, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Summer's surrender
When it gets along to the second week of October, there's always a worry that the bad stretch of weather is the one that will tilt ... [more]

Where's TR when we need him?

Oct 7, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  America is ready for a different kind of political candidate.

Ever wonder where the root causes of the cynicism we so routinely accept as part of our ... [more]

The 'those-who-know-him-best' factor

Oct 7, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  In 1976, with voters still fuming over the Watergate scandals and Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, President Ford faced a tough uphill fight against a ... [more]

Only perfect will do

Oct 7, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  After pretending to be average Joes, candidates must appear extraordinary at debate time

The first of the three presidential debates has come and ... [more]

Romney did an about-face in the debate

Oct 5, 2012 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  The Mitt Romney who shone in Wednesday night's debate was the moderate Massachusetts governor, not the condescending presidential candidate who spent the past ... [more]

Welcoming younger people

Oct 5, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The key might be cultivating an inner focus

In listening to local political debates, I always wonder at candidates' answers when they relate their ... [more]

Drop in a coat

Oct 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Coats for Kids and Coats for Folks boxes around town need filling

We offer a good word for the annual Kiwanis Coats for Kids, or Coats for Folks, ... [more]

Lawmakers divided on counterterror initiative

Oct 4, 2012 - By Eileen Sullivan and Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- Stinging criticism from Congress about a counterterrorism effort that improperly collected information about innocent Americans is turning up the ... [more]

I think trees are part human

Oct 4, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  And science says I just might be right

Leaves. They're everywhere and every color these autumn days, hanging like bright red afghans on fences, ... [more]

Wolverine Field

Oct 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  There can be no doubt now that the new facility has fully 'arrived'

Riverton High School sewed up a successful Homecoming week Saturday with the ... [more]

As debates begin, plenty of questions need answers

Oct 3, 2012 - By The Miami Herald:  Watch enough campaign rallies and listen to enough of those my-opponent-stinks commercials and you could come away convinced that the country is hopelessly ... [more]

See the Orionid meteors this month

Oct 3, 2012 - By Carl Manning:  Yes, it is October, the month of those beautiful autumn leaves and cool, crisp mornings. Time for getting ready for winter.
October is the month for putting ... [more]

Parks closed at sundown

Oct 3, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's a big step in response to a big problem, and it deserves a chance

Citizens often appear to presume that public officials have a magic wand. If ... [more]

Is Mitt Romney a superstar?

Oct 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wednesday night brings the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. There will be two others later this ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two flips to go
We've reached a new month, the 10th of 2012. Just two more flips of the calendar this year. The month is young, but we're already ... [more]

When grappling is called for

Sep 30, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  I would pick the 50-foot extension cord over the Bat-o-Rang every time.

It's become an iconic image in action/adventure films since the days of ... [more]

Questions I'll never get to ask

Sep 30, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  For 25 years, Jim Lehrer has been my friend and colleague on "PBS Newshour." He has been an exceptional journalist for more than twice that long. On Oct. 3 in ... [more]

Maxfield's suit

Sep 30, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A new challenge to term limits in Wyoming resharpens attention on an unnecessary rule

It's been awhile since term limits for elected officials in ... [more]