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Tuesday notes

May 20, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Holiday housekeeping
Could Memorial Day weekend be arriving already? Indeed. May 26 is an earlier Memorial Day than our minds are used to, but that's ... [more]

Movie shows 'human side' of Romney

May 19, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  If that could have been communicated to more voters, the 2012 election might have been different.

To run and to lose a presidential campaign is both ... [more]

Sometimes I still crave a Teen Burger

May 19, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:   So the sight I saw in Thermopolis last week was a sad one.

You never know when you'll encounter the end of an era.  As I rounded the curve into ... [more]

To run is to serve

May 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Without a good field of candidates for voters, elections can't serve their full purpose

We now are in the early stages of the formal filing period ... [more]

Wyoming needn't fear science

May 16, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  And we shouldn't refuse to teach it in our schools

Sometimes politics and science get all twisted up.
That's what has happened in Wyoming at the ... [more]

Rules of the road

May 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A horrible accident near Gillette sounds an alarm for everyone

The photograph on page 3 of Thursday's Ranger was more than a spectacular picture of ... [more]

VA must act now to restore lost confidence

May 16, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  The Department of Veterans Affairs' treatment of former service members remains a national disgrace and a betrayal of veterans, who deserve timely medical ... [more]

Preserving the value of the vote

May 15, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Let's remember who backed the illegal SF104, the 'Hill Bill'

I proudly stand with Mom Case on this matter: Voting is indeed a privilege.
Though a ... [more]

Dubois hits 100

May 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  And the community newspaper there marks the occasion well

Thursday is the 100th anniversary of the third-largest of Fremont County's six ... [more]

If Hillary is running, she ought to say so this year

May 14, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president.
"If you really want to do something, if you believe you're the right person to ... [more]

Jobs numbers

May 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  They are disputed nationally at every turn, but the local figures don't lie

Both Fremont County and Wyoming can take encouragement from the newest ... [more]

In high court's same-sex marriage debate, both sides invoke Kennedy

May 13, 2014 - The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- The pro-gay rights rulings of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy have been a key spark in the march toward legalized gay marriage. To counter ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 13, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Winter's cling
We delve into recent history for the following quote from Tuesday notes exactly one week ago today:
"'Let all thy joys be as the month ... [more]

Treasure, and time, in a kitchen crevice

May 12, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Oh, the things you find between the dishwasher and the wall.

In July of 2012 Voyager I became the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. ... [more]

Knowing character when you see it

May 12, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Personal political scandals have a typical script: penitent wrongdoer is diagnosed with a previously unnoticed medical condition and, almost miraculously, ... [more]

Ask Mom

May 12, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our species can do many thing the others can't. Three of them are inquire, remember and reminisce. On this Mothers Day, we ought to do all three.
Few people ... [more]

Ignorance can help bring measles back

May 9, 2014 - The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.):  The infectious disease measles was declared "eliminated" in the United States 14 years ago, thanks to widespread vaccination, but that doesn't mean it is ... [more]

A strange way to celebrate 111 years

May 9, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Earth's oldest man says he's lived so long because he never had children.

Alexander Imich celebrated his 111th birthday a few days ago.
That makes ... [more]

Raising the center pole

May 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Benghazi is about to become a circus, with risks and rewards for all sides

The circus is coming to town. In this case, the circus isn't Barnum & ... [more]

Gerrymandering lets politicians pick voters, not other way around

May 8, 2014 - By Alan Lowenthal, For MCT News Service:  Can you imagine a baseball game where every stadium had its own rules?
Now imagine that the rules are not just set by the home team, but that the home team ... [more]

Whole syllables are left silent

May 8, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Yes, I am trying to learn to speak French

A friend's recent move to Europe has sparked in me the interest to learn French.
There are a few reasons ... [more]

E-cigs and schools

May 8, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The reasons for prohibition are straightforward and legitimate

A few days ago a national news report stated that "for public school districts with ... [more]

No need to leave Earth to enjoy sky

May 7, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  I listen to the radio when I drive. I like NPR, and it usually has some gems of information that I then like to blather about in conversations. Recently there ... [more]

Climate assessment

May 7, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The new report sparks a familiar quarrel -- and a good question

The release Tuesday of the third National Climate Assessment led to a predictable ... [more]

State-by-state differences in Obamacare sign-up affect rates

May 6, 2014 - By Noam N. Levey, McClatchy-Tribune News Service:  WASHINGTON -- Signs-ups for insurance through President Barack Obama's health law varied widely across the country in the first year for the online ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 6, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The new month
"Let all thy joys be as the month of May," wrote the poet. He must have been thinking about our first May weekend in the Wind River ... [more]

Shape-shifting on campaign finance

May 5, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  To be fair, most Republicans have never hidden their distaste for campaign-finance laws that place limits on how much someone can give to a political candidate ... [more]

Disrupting the order -- on purpose

May 5, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Sometimes it's fun to do, and to watch.

It was a game we teachers sometimes played, especially if the in-service was extremely dull, repetitive or ... [more]

Airline inquiry

May 5, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  If we woo a new carrier, there will be questions and answers for both sides

The new task force assigned the duty of getting to the bottom of ... [more]

Education a new, defining issue for 2016 Republican class

May 2, 2014 - By Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press:  CHICAGO -- Raising U.S. educational expectations through national goals was a priority for Republican President George W. Bush. But many of his would-be ... [more]