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Thanksgiving 50 years ago

Shortly before he died, JFK proclaimed the day

It's customary for the President of the United States to issue a presidential proclamation before ...

Pentagon boasts clean audits, but system of accountability is suspect

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's central payroll and accounting office, which pays out tens of billions of dollars a year to U.S. service members and defense ...

Tuesday notes

Newspaper holiday
It's Thanksgiving week, which brings up a bit of newspaper scheduling information. The Ranger will not publish Thursday in observance ...

Did off-year elections tell us much?

We've reached that point in the political post-mortems of election 2013 where as my wise and good friend, the late Arizona Rep. Morris K. "Mo" Udall used to ...

Reading is one of my new jobs

How many books have I read? Unless the NSA watches what Americans are reading as closely as what we are saying, watching or browsing, there isn't any way to ...

Thankful

It needn't be complicated

Somewhere along the line, a dose of something like guilt came to be attached to the November holiday arriving Thursday. ...

Fifty years later, JFK still makes America ask 'what if?'

America was not innocent before the murder of John F. Kennedy. Three presidential assassinations had preceded his, along with several unsuccessful attempts. ...

A scratchy voice from the intercom

The scratchy voice pouring out from the speaker above the door of eighth-grade math class still plays in my head.
It was lunchtime in the old Riverton Junior ...

No conspiracy required

Poor planning and practices made it easy for Oswald to kill President Kennedy

It has been 50 years to the day since the 35th president of the United ...

Russia ought to be the one to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

The progress in destroying Syria's chemical weapons has been astonishingly swift and smooth. Teams from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical ...

Kids over dogs and cat, thank you

The abundance of corny diamond commercials alerts us of the imminence of Christmas.
The stores tout dainties and ciders and other things without which Dec. ...

Double whammy

At its heart, health insurance can be hard to understand, website or no website

There is more to the tortured introduction of the Affordable Care Act ...

Riding with the Rangers: A bridge, original astronauts, and cheerleaders from the past

Bob Peterson brought some newspaper clippings about the New River Gorge Bridge near Charleston, W.V. That bridge is on the other side of the continent, but ...

Fourscore and seven

The likes of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address rarely have been seen since

A hundred and fifty years ago this week, a newspaper in Harrisburg, Pa., which ...

Drone use dips; secrecy remains

Six months after President Barack Obama vowed to change his administration's approach to lethal drone missile strikes, the pace of aerial attacks has fallen ...

Tuesday notes

Brave November
Weather watchers braced for a wintry turn over the weekend, but it didn't materialize as forecast. So far, so good for November, which ...

The important dates of memory

There are fewer of them in our collective minds than there used to be.

If you were to ask your parents, grandparents or anyone else in the generation ...

Kennedy, undeniably, touched my generation

True, his successes with the Congress were not overwhelming, and he served barely half a term, but as a leader, JFK was quite special.
In November 1960, I ...

Taken for a ride

Once again, our state's budget has been based on a revenue prediction far off the mark

When it is time for the governor and the Wyoming Legislature ...

If only the sick and elderly sign up for ACA, it is bound to fail

One of these weeks, now that the Obama administration has recruited a SWAT team of computer whizzes, health care.gov will recover from its shambolic debut and ...

 
 

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