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Apr 10, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Egg hunting
We're off and running with The Ranger's second in what we hope will become an annual spring Easter egg hunt.
The daily clues borrow ... [more]

Warping the role of the military

Apr 8, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  One of my clearest memories came as an 8-year old hunting quail with my dad, my grandfather and my great uncle in the Arkansas woods.
I was finally big enough ... [more]

Perry already pointing to 2016?

Apr 8, 2012 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  Rick Perry's appearance as the Republican speaker at Washington's annual Gridiron dinner gave the Texas governor an opportunity to start rehabilitating his ... [more]

Gentle duties

Apr 8, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Editor's note: A version of this Easter editorial was published most recently in 2006.
Ask a grown-up to recall a favorite childhood holiday. Chances ... [more]

Strip-search ruling a shock to many in U.S.

Apr 6, 2012 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  In a ruling many found shocking, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that people suspected of minor offenses, such as rolling through a stop light, can be ... [more]

The principle

Apr 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  One of the biggest, most-convenient targets of political conservatives is the American Civil Liberties Union.
From the days of George H.W. Bush calling ... [more]

Signs of a spring's arrival

Apr 6, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  The signs of early spring continue to arrive.
On Wednesday it was the house finches, with obvious intentions to build nests. Before that it was the wasps, ... [more]

It is finally April, and ...

Apr 5, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  I guess you've noticed it's April. I suppose you've seen, as I have, the early buds peeking out on the bleeding heart and the flowering almond.
OK, so the ... [more]

Our World War II vets

Apr 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A reader made an observation Tuesday afternoon.
"It's been a tough week for our World War II veterans."
He was right. In the preceding week our obituary page ... [more]

'Full Pink Moon' to rise

Apr 4, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  April's full moon rises this Friday, April 6.
Just a warning -- The "Old Farmer's Almanac" says that a full moon in April brings frost. If the full moon rises ... [more]

Requring job applicants to 'friend' bosses goes too far

Apr 4, 2012 - The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Prospective employers typically ask job applicants for references. But in the age of the Internet, some want much more.
In a chilling disregard for privacy ... [more]

Buses and parking

Apr 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Here's a thought for the big spectator events at Wolverine Field, Riverton High School and Riverton Middle School: Ask the team buses to park somewhere other ... [more]

Raising a shtrong objection

Apr 3, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  During an NCAA women's basketball tournament game over the weekend, one of the announcers mentioned that a point guard was having a good day at the free-throw ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 3, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Moderate in March
We're in a new month now, and a look back at the previous one recalls days of remarkable warmth. Reporter Christina George looked ... [more]

Future Shock at the register

Apr 1, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  One of the more memorable episodes of my early teaching career came in the weekly sessions of "Men's Night" every Wednesday in Lusk.
By default I joined the ... [more]

Are we citizens, or just consumers?

Apr 1, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  In 2007, my friend and colleague on "PBS NewsHour," Jim Lehrer, interviewed President George W. Bush and asked the following question about the U.S. wars then ... [more]

Kids behind bars

Apr 1, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Putting children in jail is an unsavory prospect. Sometimes, however, it is necessary. Fremont County has a juvenile detention component at the detention ... [more]

No, I'm not a big fan of April Fools' Day

Mar 30, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  Sunday is the infamous April Fools' Day -- that day when friends and family primary purpose is to trick you, make a fool of you.
I don't like April Fools' ... [more]

Health care and the campaign

Mar 30, 2012 - By Michael A. Memoli and Paul West MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- Even before the Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the federal health care law, President Barack Obama's campaign had ... [more]

Tough to watch

Mar 30, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  If you haven't seen them already, you will soon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new national advertising campaign, the subject ... [more]

Pandering the name of the gasoline game

Mar 29, 2012 - By The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The competition was intense, but Republicans just managed to edge out the Obama administration for Most Disingenuous Political Ploy of last week.
But it was ... [more]

Up in smoke

Mar 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The police scanner in the Ranger newsroom has been crackling in recent days. It's grass fire season.
We had a long growing season last fall. We had a dry, ... [more]

Will Romney be the GOP's Dukakis?

Mar 29, 2012 - By Doyle McManus:  There's an old saying in Republican politics: Massachusetts produces only two exports -- lobsters and liberals -- and neither one travels well.
That's what GOP ... [more]

Disclose Act must pass to make Super PACS partly accountable

Mar 28, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  The federal Disclose Act is back in play, and none too soon, as newly empowered super PACs strut their stuff in the ugliest Republican primaries in recent ... [more]

Some real laws for real life

Mar 28, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  Some general principles apply to our everyday life so firmly that they become the real laws of life. An Internet friend shared some of those with me as ... [more]

The high court

Mar 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The U.S. Supreme Court usually does its very important business in relative obscurity. The public simply doesn't pay much attention.
That is less so this ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Getting ahead of ourselves
Record and near-record high temperatures in recent days across the Wind River Basin have the dormant landscape stirring ... [more]

I don't like Las Vegas -- but I keep going there

Mar 27, 2012 - By Walter Cook:  A trip on the party bus from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is a little too pricey to attract the often-desperate characters one encounters on a Greyhound.
As far ... [more]

First Amendment freedom

Mar 25, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  They huddled in the shade, avoiding the blistering humid heat of an early July afternoon in rural Pennsylvania.
The 13,000 men represented the last, best ... [more]

Maverick Kerrey back in politics

Mar 25, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  The officeholder in the Opposition Party who dares to break from his side's rigid orthodoxy is admired -- by those of us in Our Party -- as a courageous maverick ... [more]