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Jun 9, 2013 - From staff reports

Guild celebrating Knit in Public Day

The Fremont Fiber Arts Guild will celebrate Knit in Public Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the lawn of the Riverton Branch Library.

Organizers said the event is open to any knitters or crocheters who would like to attend.

"The more the merrier," said guild co-president Alice Guschewsky.

Participants are encouraged to bring a chair. In case of bad weather, the group will relocate to the multi-purpose room in the library.

The Fremont County event is part of a week of worldwide knit in public events.

Writer to discuss Lester Hunt

Wyoming writer Rodger McDaniel will be a guest on a national news program to discuss his biography of former Wyoming senator and governor Lester Hunt.

McDaniel will appear on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" with Chuck Todd at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Todd invited McDaniel to talk about his book "Dying for Joe McCarthy's Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt."

Hunt was one of only six US Senators to have ever taken their own life while a member of the senate. He is believed to be the only one to have done so in his senate office.

According to McDaniel's book, Hunt's suicide followed a year of threats and other pressure from three of his senate colleagues. Sens. Joseph McCarthy, Wis., Styles Bridges, R-N.H., and Herman Welker, R-Idaho, tempted to pressure Hunt to resign from the senate as a result of the arrest of Hunt's son. The Democratic Party held the majority by a single vote. Hunt's resignation would have shifted control of the senate to the GOP.

Former Sen. Alan Simpson wrote the foreword for McDaniel's book, saying, "When Lester Hunt arrived in Washington in 1949, he witnessed the rising tide of McCarthyism. His was one of the few early voices to call it for what it was." Speaking of the events leading to Hunt's suicide Simpson wrote, "What was done to Lester Hunt passed all boundaries of decency and exposed an evil side of politics most would always seek to avoid."

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