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When privileged men went to war

It used to be commonplace, but now it is all but unheard of.

Sept. 2, 1944, could be viewed as a major turning point for the United States of ...

What did we expect?

There is no one to blame for intrusive electronic spying but ourselves

A boy grips a baseball, hurls it toward the kitchen window, and then is ...

Riding with the Rangers: Weebles, reflective fire engines, and the old days of uranium

At a recent Friday night football game at Wolverine Field, as I was working the end zone with my camera, some younger boys were having fun with the "weebles." ...

FDA decision on painkiller is questionable

The United States consumes 99 percent of the hydrocodone used in the world. Opioids are over-prescribed and frequently abused. Overdoses from narcotic ...

Trains are not the issue

Objectors to shipping Wyoming coal to the Pacific ports need a better argument

The news these days is full of updates on the decline in the great ...

Halloween on the prairie

Somehow, we found a way to make it fun

Do I realize that this column hits print on Halloween? That it could fall victim to a heap of melting ...

Is now the time to slash money for food stamps?

Members of the U.S. House and Senate are meeting this week to reconcile disparate farm bills. The prospects are not pretty. Though the bills are similar in ...

Throwing money

Sometimes it really can solve a problem

A popular cliché spouted off by certain political leaders goes something like "you can't solve a problem ...

Bad days and silver linings

Why did the dog have a bad bowel accident on the very day that my wife and I were leaving for a week of vacation?
And why does the copy machine jam just ...

Halloween

If can be safe and fun at the same time

Halloween probably is a safer event than it used to be, thanks to public education, product improvements, and ...

An end to the middle class?

Imagine a future in which real wages for most workers decline year after year; a future in which middle-class jobs that disappeared in the Great Recession ...

Tuesday notes

Four out of five
Five weeks of autumn, four snowstorms. That is the updated tally for the strange fall of 2013 in the Wind River Basin of ...

Wyoming's chance

With the federal health care website failing, let's prove our state can do a better job

Wyoming, it turns out, is not immune to the problems of ...

Sacred cows and good ol' boys

In case you hadn't noticed, the first begets the second.

Andrew Jackson often is referred to as the first "western" president. The rough-edged ...

Employment rate shows improvement

WASHINGTON -- The monthly unemployment rate holds almost mythical importance as a barometer for the health of the U.S. economy. But what if it's not telling us ...

Beating the drum

Recent events again point out the shame of not having a school auditorium

Perhaps what Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton needs in order ...

NSA watches us, but who watches it?

Disturbing revelations about the voracious appetite of the National Security Agency for personal email and instant messaging accounts stir a basic question: ...

Preparing to celebrate fear

Or, as we refer to it at my house, Halloween

With Halloween preparing to rampage, this seems like a good time to write about fear.
The subject is ...

Open the closet

You know there is an unused coat in there, and Coats for Folks needs it

One of our community's most-successful and best-utilized public service ...

GOP must hear from business interests to stem next crisis

The partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis cost the United States billions, after nearly upending the world economy.
We could go through it ...

 
 

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