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May's skies bring gifts

May 2, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  The "Full Flower Moon," so named by some American Indian tribes who didn't anticipate our early spring this year, but also known by others as the "Corn ... [more]

Playing politics

May 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The president is capitalizing on the death of bin Laden, and anyone else would do the same

Red alert: It's a political year, and politicians are ... [more]

Twenty years after the L.A. riots

May 1, 2012 - By Walter Cook:  A little over a year ago, I found myself vying with a colorful California character for an apartment in a seedy part of Hollywood.
The guy looked to be in his ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 1, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  'Tis the season, already
Another summer-like week is in store for the Wind River Basin, if the weather forecasters have it right (which they almost ... [more]

Student teaching at age 22

Apr 29, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Looking back with 20/20 hindsight garnered over a third of a century, it's easy to see the folly in the education curriculum offered by the University of ... [more]

Who passes the Gerry Ford test?

Apr 29, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  It was rightly said of President Harry Truman that he liked being Harry Truman: He was comfortable being Harry Truman; he never thought about being anybody ... [more]

Fires, not floods

Apr 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Mother Nature is likely to present a different challenge this season

If it's not one thing it's another.
Fremont County is relieved, no doubt, to ... [more]

Playing with telemarketers

Apr 27, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  This is not an invitation, but I enjoy telemarketing calls.
By that I mean I enjoy playing around with the telemarketers. I enjoy wasting their time.
I know ... [more]

To the word

Apr 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We're grateful for the mission of National Book Night and Poem in Your Pocket Day

This week brought two exceptionally well-intentioned observances, ... [more]

A matriarch to be missed

Apr 26, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  It is not often you can say you knew someone your entire life, but that was the case between my mom and my Aunt Mary. Jeanette Gasser and Mary Cram were ... [more]

Fixing Social Security is not easy, but it is simple

Apr 26, 2012 - By The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Social Security is in significantly worse shape than thought, the Obama administration reported this week, which ought to prompt action to shore up a vital ... [more]

The 16:1 dilemma

Apr 26, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The State of Wyoming granted waivers to 20 school districts -- and to itself

Don't look harshly at the 20 Wyoming school districts, including two in ... [more]

Catching up on the Becker Bunch

Apr 25, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  Two-fifths of the Becker Bunch, plus one, visited us over the weekend, giving us the opportunity to catch up on once-frequent subjects of this column.
The ... [more]

A lot riding on Romney's VP selection

Apr 25, 2012 - By Joshua Spivak, MCT News Service:  With Mitt Romney all but officially anointed the Republican presidential nominee, the national political narrative now turns to the "Veepstakes": who Romney ... [more]

Deeper problems unresolved as city deals with the small stuff

Apr 25, 2012 - Larry Bauman, Riverton:  Editor:
As Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness worries about placing political signs in "his" yard, the deficit issues with the SLLP program go on and on.
Could the ... [more]

Our crabapples

Apr 25, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  This is the 50th season for city's official trees; let's reinvest in them

It's not by accident that Riverton is decorated annually this time of year ... [more]

Secret Service scandal starts a delicate dance in Washington

Apr 24, 2012 - By Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- The widening Secret Service prostitution scandal has touched off a political dance in Washington -- a very delicate dance.
People are loath to ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 24, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Check the date
An investigation is in order. Apparently the calendar has been hijacked, and June has been substituted for April. Somebody notify the ... [more]

In my career home stretch

Apr 22, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  My years of daily battles in the educational trenches are quickly coming to an end. In five short weeks I hit the magical rule of 85.
For those of you not ... [more]

Political humor is a serious matter

Apr 22, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  Every presidential campaign expends enormous amounts of effort and energy to convince a skeptical press and, more importantly, interested voters that its ... [more]

Rural polling places

Apr 22, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  They are a good part of democracy, but they also need tender, loving care

Every couple of years the Fremont County Clerk's office buys a newspaper ... [more]

Inhaling the 'dog days' of spring

Apr 20, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  Despite their pleasure at hanging their heads out the open window of a moving car, most dogs don't enjoy other breezes blowing in their faces. My dogs cower if ... [more]

Freeways no longer?

Apr 20, 2012 - By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- The federal interstate highway system is showing its age, and, faced with the cost of repairing all those bumps and cracks, some states want to ... [more]

Keeping cool

Apr 20, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The cold War is over, but similar dramas on a smaller scale never stop

The big, long, immensely complex global standoff pitting the United States and ... [more]

Big Tobacco's opposition to labels shows they might work

Apr 19, 2012 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  When Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration regulatory power over tobacco products, the industry actually promoted the plan.
But that support seems ... [more]

Learning from history

Apr 19, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  "Those who misquote are doomed to paraphrase."
I don't know the wag that posted this line to correct me when I was looking for philosopher George Santayana ... [more]

Waiting game

Apr 19, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  With March Madness over and football season still five months off, a working professional in Riverton suggested last week that a different kind of office pool ... [more]

Time to include Cuba in summit of Americas?

Apr 18, 2012 - By The Los Angeles Times:  Once again, Cuba was absent from the Summit of the Americas. Yet the communist nation might as well have attended the gathering last weekend in Cartagena, ... [more]

'Thou Shalt Not Admit Adultery'

Apr 18, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  From a Catholic school comes some of the funniest answers to questions posed to young students.
An Internet friend shared the following from a teaching nun ... [more]

Giving things a try

Apr 18, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  If you want evidence of how well Riverton has done in preserving a viable downtown business district, just drive through any number of other cities in Wyoming ... [more]