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I'll watch 'The Interview' so others may follow safely

Dec 19, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  I volunteer as tribute!
Dear Sony,
Let me watch "The Interview," and when I don't get blown up, you'll know the threats are hollow and that you can release ... [more]

When rich dictate to poor

Dec 19, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Medicaid expansion in Wyoming makes sense for all

Well-to-do people imagining the lives of the poor can devolve into an embarrassing, sometimes ... [more]

Hang a light

Dec 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's a reason for so many celebrations among all peoples this time of year

The next time we publish our newspaper, winter will have arrived.
From ... [more]

Missing a purring presence

Dec 18, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Eighth Christmas with Luca looks doubtful

It's almost Christmas, and I've just about gotten every traditional, material, or artificial element that I ... [more]

A new low

Dec 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Humanity is challenged even to describe the Taliban school massacre, much less comprehend it

Human language fails to provide the vocabulary ... [more]

You can learn from a tadpole

Dec 17, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  I never knew it was a type of galaxy too

I was driving to work the other day and heard a radio story about tadpole galaxies, which I had never known ... [more]

Having a safe Christmas

Dec 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's the top time of the year for accidental poisonings

Christmas time makes home safety experts nervous. There are many more hazards around the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Winter's touch
We got a blast of winter over the weekend, but it was a short one. Aside from the stunning spasm of arctic cold a month ago, our ... [more]

Welcome details

Dec 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Perhaps the police cases elsewhere led local authorities to release records on July 19 shooting

Whether the Bureau of Indian affairs decision to ... [more]

Americans love our conspiracy theories

Dec 14, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  A recent estimate counted more than 10,000 books and more than 1,000 documentaries on the Kennedy assassination alone.

What is it about Americans ... [more]

A fur-covered cantaloupe?

Dec 12, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  That once was my great idea for a Christmas gift

Once I was nearly run out of town for suggesting a gift for my beloved, nearly blind grandmother.
I ... [more]

Feds vs. feds

Dec 12, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming has an unexpected partner in the latest flap over wolf management

A cliche becomes a cliche for a reason, and this fall a divisive Wyoming ... [more]

Getting the picture of Christmas

Dec 11, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  The right pose for the camera is only part of it

Now I believe it. Something strange is going on.
As I began this column, my computer screen turned ... [more]

The torture test

Dec 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  How far will political disagreements go?

This week the U.S. Senate released its report on the extreme interrogation methods used by American CIA ... [more]

Gas for Santa's sleigh

Dec 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Consumers take a different view from economists on lower oil prices

If there could be such as thing as a national Christmas gift, then the major drop ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Attention, tree cutters
If you've got a Christmas tree permit and are planning to go to the forest and cut a tree this month, would you consider ... [more]

Just one more stackable, plastic bin

Dec 7, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  If you're old enough to remember when futuristic cars and space-age kitchens routinely were depicted in television commercials, then you're probably on the ... [more]

December 7

Dec 7, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There aren't any new Pearl Harbor survivors, only old ones

Mel Heckman remembers what day it is. He wants to make sure Fremont County residents do as ... [more]

Turns out we live in excitement city

Dec 5, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It must be true -- it's on the Internet.

Years ago my somewhat older brother had a friend named Richard who spent a lot of time at our house when they ... [more]

Looking up

Dec 5, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Friday's test flight of the Orion spacecraft was good for America

The United States of America is trying to get back into the manned spaceflight ... [more]

Dear Santa

Dec 4, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our 68th Christmas edition is near, so write in by Dec. 19

Santa Claus reads The Ranger.
It's true. He's a subscriber.
And he wants to see lots of ... [more]

Gratitude is an exercise

Dec 4, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  And I'm going to start working out more

Christmas is settling upon our town, and it seems very at-home here.
Riverton welcomes Christmas by ... [more]

Hall of fame

Dec 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  This is a fun idea, so let's keep it positive, respected and legitimate

After a year of contemplation, conversation and observation, Fremont County ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Today's down-sized Ranger owes to a problem that developed with our printing press Friday. We are scrimping and scraping for a few more days while necessary ... [more]

The Ferguson diagram

Nov 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There are lessons there for everyone about what to do, and what not to

From a thousand-mile distance we in Wyoming have watched the unfolding ... [more]

Some are more equal than others

Nov 30, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  How is it that one man's "socialism" is another man's "economic development"?

There is a sign near the checkout counter at Jiffy Rental that depicts ... [more]

Trouble in our medicine cabinets

Nov 28, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Prescription drug abuse is a costly problem in Wyoming

Sometimes the biggest problems are standing right there in front you.
Take the case of ... [more]

Spend a few bucks locally

Nov 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It will make the holiday season brighter

This Christmas season, don't forget your local merchants.
They certainly have not forgotten you. In fact, ... [more]

Thankful for buds on the vine

Nov 26, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Give the positives in your life a chance to bloom

"Don't let your buds die on the vine," urged my younger sister one day.
This was her advice ... [more]

Is the pudding done?

Nov 26, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Happy old words for Thanksgiving Day

Nineteenth-century writer and magazine editor Lydia Child wrote "A Boy's Thanksgiving Day" in 1844. You might ... [more]