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Cool down the rush to legalize pot

There is a mad rush to legalize marijuana these days, but it's time to rethink that generous yet foolish move --generous because it lifts the onus of crime ...

A stay-at-home state of mind

A stay-at-home state of mind

Mothers, especially of the stay-at-home variety, are prone toward reclusiveness. This is a state of mind, life, and ...

Tough mission

Traditional veterans groups are making difficult, good decisions

Riverton-area veterans groups had a difficult choice to make earlier this year. ...

A Christmas compromise

Congress looks poised for an actual accomplishment for once

What's this? An actual give-and-take compromise emerging from Congress on the federal ...

Tuesday notes

Nighttime thaw
One of the great weather oddities of 2013 took place Sunday night in the Riverton Valley. We set the scene: It's seasonally chilly with ...

Kerry walks the diplomacy high wire

His success has been limited so far, but he's willing to take risks -- and he's not even a year into the job.

Has John F. Kerry turned into the ...

The man who should terrify everyone in Congress

His name is Vance McAllister, and none of the tired old labels can hurt him.

In the U.S. House of 435 members where seniority still counts, ...

At Ruth's house, dinner was at 5

In all the time I knew my mother-in-law, I heard her complain exactly once.

There is an enigmatic photograph of young, smiling couple in a very small ...

Holiday stress season

Even a joyous time of year can be stressful for many of people

"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
So goes the Christmas song.
For many ...

Riding with the Rangers: 'Yes, Virginia' and the one-day return of a comic-strip classic

A nice part of having a traditional downtown commercial district that's friendly to pedestrians is obvious this time of year, when holiday decorations are ...

McFarland

Her from-the-ground-up success story at CWC probably will stand forever

Here is a confident prediction: Public education in Wyoming will never see ...

Congress, jump on the bipartisan budget proposal

First, you have to step back from the brink.
That's exactly what lawmakers in Washington are poised to do with a bipartisan budget deal that could reach the ...

A toothache for Christmas

It's spoiled some fun, but the season still has its gifts

As I begin this column, it's the second week in December and so cold outside I don't even ...

Mandela's changed times

Once branded a terrorist, he grew to become a great world statesman

Americans younger than age 40 --and that is most Americans --might find it hard ...

There is a case to be made for an even higher gasoline tax

Ah, to be in the U.S. economy of the 1990s, a decade when the gross domestic product grew by about one-third and unemployment dropped from 7.5 percent to 4 ...

Gift-giving is an art form

This year, apparently, my artistic talents have failed me

The discussion at my house this week centered on Christmas gifts.
It wasn't ...

Overreaching

The EPA can't change the border of the Wind River reservation any more than it could decree the Nebraska Panhandle to be part of Wyoming

It would be ...

Lower approval for Obama, even worse for Republicans in new poll

WASHINGTON -- The American public is unusually pessimistic about the direction of the country and increasingly fed up with Washington gridlock, a sour mood ...

Tuesday notes

Big chill
A sure sign that it's been cold -- really cold -- is when 17 degrees seems warm. But 17 at 7 a.m. Tuesday felt almost tropical compared to the ...

The hawk didn't note the freeway

Musing on the realities of life in the predawn of a foreign city coming to life is worth considering if you find yourself on the road with a few minutes to ...

 
 

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