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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]

The Hudson killings

Mar 25, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Last November, when it was first reported that two people had been found dead inside a burned-up trailer house in Hudson, practically no one would have guessed ... [more]

Words women use that confuse the men

Mar 23, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler:  On the educational side of things, an Internet friend suggests that there are nine words women use of which men would be wise to understand the finite ... [more]

Uproar over N. Korea launch plan

Mar 23, 2012 - By Barbara Demick and Paul Richter:  BEIJING -- Two weeks after agreeing to freeze its weapons programs in return for food aid, North Korea says it is preparing to launch a satellite in mid-April ... [more]

Cheaper vs. better

Mar 23, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  One of the age-old points of contention in Riverton has been between "doing it cheaper or better." Each side has its proponents.
A new issue being framed in ... [more]

Bales chose wrong answer to his life's frustrations

Mar 22, 2012 - By The Dallas Morning News Services:  Even before U.S. officials identified Staff Sgt. Robert Bales as the suspect in the grisly mass murder in Afghanistan, clues about his past had been leaking ... [more]

Memories and conclusions

Mar 22, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  About a month ago, I promised myself a long respite from writing farewell columns to loved friends.
But Darlene Cooper left this life March 11, and the ... [more]

Senior center board not willing to listen

Mar 22, 2012 - Jerry White, Riverton:  Editor:
I find it very interesting that for several meetings the Riverton Senior Citizens Center board of directors has discussed the financial losses being ... [more]

Here at home

Mar 22, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Some of the best news a community can get comes when a local employer finds a way to expand.
When that expansion involves a modern, clean, ... [more]

Here's a sure fire weather forecaster

Mar 21, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer:  Spring began Tuesday, and the weather has been pleasing so far. The weather service says Riverton might reach 70 by Thursday.
But the weather can change in a ... [more]

Court could decide any number of ways on health-care law challenge

Mar 21, 2012 - By Mark Sherman and Ricardo Alsonso-Zaldivar:  Part 2 of 2

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments this week or next on President Barack Obama's health care ... [more]

The Romney train

Mar 21, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A wiseguy known to the newspaper office sometimes recites the following, claiming it as his personal motto:
"Everything will be fine ... unless something bad ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 20, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  New season
Spring dawned sunny and cold in 2012, last week's warm air having been driven away ferociously by some classic Wyoming wind. The daylight is longer ... [more]

Health care law in court

Mar 20, 2012 - By Mark Sherman and Ricardo Alsonso-Zaldivar:  Part one of two

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has several options in ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, from ... [more]