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Wrong ritual for the wrong song

Sep 20, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  When the mundane is magnified, the magnified becomes mundane.

I've spent a lot of time my life listening to slightly off-key high school bands, ... [more]

Welcome to the show

Sep 20, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fall is the bridge to winter, but what a bridge it can be

Few things make us feel smaller than the change of the seasons. Nothing in our vaunted, ... [more]

That 'so sorry for you' look

Sep 19, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  I see it around the U.S. when I say I work in newspapers

Strange things happen these days around the country when you tell people at a party that you ... [more]

Honor Farm horses

Sep 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  National argument on wild horses needn't detract from fine local program

Opponents of rounding up wild horses and removing them from the grass and ... [more]

The labyrinth and the maze

Sep 18, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Enter one to lose yourself, the other to find

I'm sure some readers would agree I sometimes write myself into a maze. They're lucky if I don't take ... [more]

The test of independence

Sep 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Scotland is voting today, but the lure of breaking away is universal

Poll places in Scotland's fascinating national referendum on independence are ... [more]

A lame excuse

Sep 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Explaining away the injury of a child as family tradition is unacceptable

"That's how I was raised."
Adrian Peterson, the all-pro football player of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  To freeze or not to freeze
Did it freeze hard enough Thursday night/Friday morning to end the growing season? Some say yes, some say no, which means it ... [more]

'Fish don't vote, but states do'

Sep 15, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  On a trip to Pearl Harbor, there were still some things for this history major to learn.

This is a first in my column-writing career.  These words ... [more]

Campaign money

Sep 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  In our state and county, the billionaires haven't taken over the elections yet

Readers from another state might well be amused to read our ... [more]

It was one great halftime show

Sep 12, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  I stepped out for a look at the year's last 'supermoon'

Monday night was another "supermoon," the last of three this summer.
It also was the first ... [more]

Go ahead, spend it

Sep 12, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Optional 1 percent sales tax revenue is coming in, and it's going right back out

Here in red-state Wyoming, it's not often that one hears ... [more]

Shopping isn't what it used to be

Sep 11, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Perhaps taking four small children to the store with me has something to do with it.

Today is a day for admissions -- and I'm not talking about school ... [more]

No magic formula

Sep 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Obama's plan to fight IS is based on determination and cooperation

Anyone hoping for a spectacular, groundbreaking announcement Wednesday by ... [more]

My Little League coach was right

Sep 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Unfortunately, it had been more than 40 years since the lesson

Things you learn when you see a foul ball hit by Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado ... [more]

Ray Rice

Sep 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The football player's brutal attack of a woman is a wake-up call on domestic violence

Ray Rice was quite well-known as a professional football ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Bracing ourselves
Summer still has about two weeks left, officially. This year's first day of autumn is Sept 22.
But it's going to stop feeling ... [more]

Why teach? Sometimes the answer is obvious

Sep 8, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer:  On Tuesday, one of my for Shoshoni High School students takes command of a Virginia-class nuclear submarine.

When people ask young teachers why they ... [more]

Helping out

Sep 8, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Trails development project is good mix of federal and private cooperation

Nobody is writing Valentines to the federal government these days, but ... [more]

Sage grouse and Fremont County

Sep 5, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Whether the bird survives in the wild may come down to us

The fate of sage grouse in Wyoming -- and perhaps the entire United States -- likely will ... [more]

Alleys and dumpsters

Sep 5, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The city ought to keep open the option of limited dumpster service

The problem faced by the City of Riverton in municipal trash collection involving ... [more]

Challenges women can meet

Sep 4, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  I've always felt we were endowed with leadership qualities often unrecognized or not put to use where they could make a difference.

Isn't this an ... [more]

Can we be just a hologram?

Sep 3, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  Holy matrix! Do we live in a hologram? What's a hologram?
One scientist used the hologram you see on your credit cards to describe the idea. I guess that's ... [more]

Off with their heads

Sep 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Reporters used to be cultivated by rebellious militants, not killed by them

Cutting the heads off of reporters is a new and, at least historically, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Happy holiday
Your daily newspaper staff appreciated the day off on Monday in observance of Labor Day. It didn't affect daily publication, but the ... [more]

Yes, there's poetry in farm work

Sep 2, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  I'm thinking of the one that begins "For the want of a nail."

Maybe you are familiar with the poem "For Want of a Nail." The first three lines read ... [more]

When optimism goes, we're in trouble

Sep 2, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion ... [more]

Working and singing

Sep 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Being on the job has scratched the creative itch of many a singer or songwriter

When it comes to subject matter for songs, love beats everything ... [more]

Competent for trial isn't the point

Aug 29, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  We've got to make young people competent for parenting

The front page headline said "Woman accused in baby killing found competent for trial.''
Wait ... [more]

Medicaid expansion

Aug 29, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  His primary election won, the governor shows signs of wanting to solve the problem

Word comes this week from Cheyenne that Gov. Matt Mead, whose ... [more]