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Apr 29, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  No rush
There have been plenty of years when the final week of April has brought weather strongly suggestive of summer. Just two years ago this week ... [more]

The rich just got more powerful

Apr 28, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Thanks to the Supreme Court, the 1 percent is free at last to try and buy the kind of government it prefers.

In his 1972 epic on the origins of the ... [more]

Prying information out of Cheyenne

Apr 28, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Give it a try if you like, but don't expect much.

Test pilot Chuck Yeager turns to his friend and fellow pilot Jack Ridley and says, "Well, I'll tell ... [more]

Unsettling spectacle

Apr 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our county museums system longs for a period of long-term stability

It is unsettling to witness the arrest and pending prosecution of former Fremont ... [more]

Great nations don't lurch from crisis to crisis

Apr 25, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  Great democracies do not lurch from doomsday moment to doomsday moment. Congress must stop resolving one crisis by setting up another a few months down the ... [more]

Start to Finish

Apr 25, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A new series in The Ranger will track people, projects and processes

A much wiser man than the editorial writer once said that even the longest ... [more]

What spring proves at my house

Apr 24, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  We're halfway through a lovely spring. Tulips are peeking, days are warming, and the Boston Bruins are doing very well.
That last fact brings me only ... [more]

Asking why

Apr 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Establishing motive is an important part of the probe into a baby's death

No one learning the details surrounding the arrest of the young Wind River ... [more]

Continuing delay on XL pipeline in embarrassing

Apr 23, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  That metallic sound you hear is President Barack Obama again kicking the politically tough decision on the Keystone XL pipeline down the road.
This is ... [more]

Consider the poet

Apr 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Once a year, it's an enriching effort

There are no ticker tape parades for National Poetry Month, no television specials, $10,000 per plate banquets ... [more]

Highway cable barriers could save lives

Apr 22, 2014 - By Curtis Tate, MCT Washington Bureau:  Missouri and North Carolina, which have installed the barriers on parts or all of their interstate highways, have seen cross-median fatalities cut by as ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 22, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Easter weekend
The happiest Easter Sundays in memory for most of us are those from childhood, reminiscent of grandparents, green grass and sunshine. Ma ... [more]

Putin playing a weak economic hand

Apr 19, 2014 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  In global affairs, as in domestic politics, symbolism can be as important as substance.
So when the world's major industrial democracies, known as the G-7, ... [more]

A tough guy I was glad to know

Apr 19, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  There was a lot to George Swan, and I appreciated it all.

It was a little more than 40 years ago.  My recently restored 1962 Chevy Nova was making an ... [more]

Animal-control deputies

Apr 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  If we impose a new tax, then uniformed personnel for the specific job might be in order

It has been enlightening this spring to learn more about the ... [more]

Social Security ought to let old debts lie

Apr 18, 2014 - By Newsday:  Social Security Administration has paused its misguided efforts to collect debts more than a decade old, including dunning children of the dead. Collection ... [more]

From the air, Morocco looked a lot like central Fremont County looks

Apr 18, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Most of the similarities ended when we reached the ground.

Wyoming looks a lot like Morocco.
That was the first thought to fill my mind as the ... [more]

Pools in the park

Apr 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The State of Wyoming and a Thermopolis pool business are locked in dispute

For decades it's been taken for granted that there are commercial swimming ... [more]

Pulitzer Prize for Snowden coverage both important and well-deserved

Apr 17, 2014 - By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  There were other worthy contenders for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, but no reporting was more deserving than the revelations about the National ... [more]

Let's all practice 'holy peace'

Apr 17, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  The magic of this story is that of new life. It is also a story of Easter. And of spring itself.
I've strolled the aisles of stuffed toys and candy displayed ... [more]

Coal, speak up

Apr 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The industry relies too much on political wishful thinking to confront its problems

A U.S. senator from West Virginia has a good idea for ... [more]

Government as innovator? You bet

Apr 16, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion.
People who ... [more]

The blood moon and the night streets of town

Apr 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's only one way to see a lunar eclipse that peaks at 2 a.m.
So I stayed up until 2 a.m. Tuesday to try to get a look at the "blood moon."
I wanted a ... [more]

Countywide elections

Apr 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Those that remain are an antidote to the anti-voter lawsuits and districts of recent years

The political season is building speed in Fremont County, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Calendar counting
Monday was about as close as we're going to get this year to one of those fun calendar numbers  like Dec. 12, 2012 -- 12/12/12 -- or ... [more]

Dems in trouble if Obama numbers stay down

Apr 14, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Joseph Napolitan, who essentially created the profession of campaign consultant and who departed these earthly precincts this past December, was a wise man. ... [more]

Spring stirs the seeds of obsession

Apr 14, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  The gardening bug is endemic in my family.

The signs are finally here. Last week I watched a father and son playing catch at the Babe Ruth Park on ... [more]

Huggers and haters

Apr 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Interpretations of the newest wolf numbers will vary but ought to encourage both sides

So far, so good for delisted wolves in Wyoming and its ... [more]

Like it or not, Obamacare now might well be 'too big to fail'

Apr 11, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  When Obamacare's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state ... [more]

Equal pay

Apr 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  We share our information, and we encourage local businesses to pay equally

Equality of wages and salaries between men and women is in the news this ... [more]