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His life, so his computer

Mar 8, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  "Healthy people aren't interesting," says television's Dr. Drew Pinsky. "Drama is always about sick people."
Sick in some way, I suppose. And by that ... [more]

Sanctions are hitting Iran hard; give them a chance to work for a bit longer

Mar 8, 2012 - By The Dallas Morning News Services:  The last time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama at the White House, tensions were palpable, and their points of ... [more]

Ready to adjourn

Mar 8, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  This has been a relatively painless session of the Wyoming Legislature. Not every bill has passed via smiling affirmation and applause, mind you, but there ... [more]

Many choices for retirees

Mar 7, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer:  I had a visit last week from a friend who has decided to retire and move from Wyoming. The friend chose Arkansas for a variety of reasons she was quick to ... [more]

Super breaks

Mar 7, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The modern English vernacular has in the past 20 years or so come to include the term Super Tuesday, and it has nothing to do with a football game.
It's the ... [more]

Happy for a house guest

Mar 6, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer:  Two weeks ago I had a house guest. I had not planned on entertaining the guest, but it gave me great joy for a few days.
She showed up as I had just finished ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming wind
We all know the word "hellacious" and how it is used. But is "howlacious" a word? If it is, it would be a good one to describe the wind ... [more]

Have times really changed?

Mar 4, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  You hear a lot of rhetoric these days from the fringe political elements. One of the most popular is, "How will you face your grandchildren if you vote for... ... [more]

What endorsements can tell us

Mar 4, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  The endorsement of a political candidate by another politician generally draws a well-deserved yawn from voters.
But over the past half-century of savoring ... [more]

The battle resumes

Mar 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Virtually every year in the Wyoming Legislature there appears a bill or bills to demonstrate again our state's deeply conflicted positions on traffic ... [more]

March's moon is the 'Full Worm'

Mar 2, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  The Full Worm Moon shines next Thursday, March 8, very early in the morning.
The moon rises at 5:51 p.m. the night before and reaches its brightest (full) at ... [more]

Train our veterans to lead the revitalization of manufacturing

Mar 2, 2012 - By Keith D. Nosbusch, For MCT News Service:  MILWAUKEE -- President Obama has called for revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, while also promising to create 20,000 jobs for unemployed veterans. Both are ... [more]

Lists and rankings

Mar 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Unwanted conclusions are being drawn about, and critical attention directed at, Fremont County again because of outside analysis that has been used to generate ... [more]

Lessons from 2012 campaign

Mar 1, 2012 - By Doyle McManus:  It sometimes feels as if the struggle for the Republican presidential nomination has been going on forever, but if you measure the campaign by the number of ... [more]

Volume 106, No. 1

Mar 1, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Today's front page carries the statistical information reading "Volume 106, No 1."
That means it's our newspaper anniversary.
It also happens to be the first ... [more]

How Romney won Michigan

Feb 29, 2012 - By Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press:  DETROIT -- Republican Mitt Romney staved off calamity in his presidential bid by returning to a familiar plan: Attack the surging rival.
He won Tuesday's ... [more]

This day comes but once in four years

Feb 29, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer:  Today is Leap Year Day -- Feb. 29, which happens only once every four years.
Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's ... [more]

Pack the place

Feb 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton High School hasn't sent many basketball teams to the state tournament in recent years. The games that will determine this year's state-tournament fate ... [more]

Bringing a combine home

Feb 28, 2012 - By Richard Klein:  A year ago, my son Garrett and I were standing at a farm auction near Worland. We had come to look at a combine that was listed on the sale bill.
It was ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Leaping toward March
Last day of the month? Not this year.
2012 is a "leap year," meaning we'll have a 29th day of February, another day to wait to ... [more]

Are we ready for the boom?

Feb 26, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  "If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles." No less an intellect than one of the greatest American's to ever live uttered this simple ... [more]

GOP voters still looking

Feb 26, 2012 - Roger Simon:  The most notable factor in the Republican presidential race thus far is the depth of confusion into which Republican voters have sunk.
They cannot find a ... [more]

Oscar night

Feb 26, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The words and images from our favorite movies become part of our lives, our culture, our history and our nation. Sunday's Academy Awards ceremonies will add to ... [more]

Obama critics might like high gas prices -- for now

Feb 24, 2012 - By Kathleen Hennessey MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama tried to deflect criticism over rising gas prices on Thursday, as he accused Republicans of cheering the bad economic news ... [more]

Worth the trouble?

Feb 24, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County's new, court-ordered system of electing county commissioners from specified districts is here to stay.
Now those who pushed for the change have ... [more]

Affirmative action faces a showdown

Feb 23, 2012 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Apprehension, trepidation, fear -- those words may best describe the emotions of many affirmative-action supporters in response to Tuesday's news that the U.S. ... [more]

Memories pile up with losses

Feb 23, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  On occasion, I've written tributes in this column to people who've specially touched my life. But what does one do when friends move out of this world in ... [more]

Avenue of Flags

Feb 23, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The flags were flying again along many Riverton streets Monday.
It was Presidents Day, and the combined efforts of Riverton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3628 ... [more]

Twelve ways exercise is overrated

Feb 22, 2012 - The San Jose Mercury News:  Health advocates are always impressing upon us the importance of walking -- or, in my case (st)rolling, but an Internet friend recently poo-pooed that with the ... [more]

Fixing government is up to us

Feb 22, 2012 - The San Jose Mercury News:  The Congress is mostly in gridlock. The political parties -- particularly the GOP -- don't want to compromise, no matter how silly the impasse. The moderate ... [more]