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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]

Air service chair digging in

May 2, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Missy White has a personal stake in success

The Fremont County life of Missy White offers a fascinating example of why Riverton Regional Airport must ... [more]

A step back

May 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Legislators are right to reconsider a special session on Cindy Hill

Wyoming legislators over the past year have not done much to merit ... [more]

'Mockingbird' makes strong case for e-books

May 1, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of America's most beloved books. The seminal tale follows Atticus, a courageous, strong-willed, morally impeccable lawyer, and ... [more]

Finding laughter where you can

May 1, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  I'm convinced it's a key to long life and good health

"The devil can't stand the sound of laughter," said retired Pastor Don last Sunday. He even ... [more]

Getting Russia's attention

May 1, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Amid the Ukraine crisis, the U.S. is spanking Russian individuals, not just the government

The world was treated today to the resumption of a sight ... [more]

Want to understand D.C.? Try fiction

Apr 30, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  In real-life Washington, almost no one ever knows the full story -- and those who do aren't telling.

Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, ... [more]

Sterling's punishment was fair as labor relations issue

Apr 30, 2014 - By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver dealt swiftly with allegations of racism against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after an ... [more]

President Valdez

Apr 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  CWC conducted a thorough, fair hiring process for its new leader

Central Wyoming College has its man.
It's been a long time since our community ... [more]

Tuesday notes

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]