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Urbigkit's death a great loss to city, and insensitive remark hurts

Apr 18, 2014 - Ron Warpness, Mayor, Riverton:  Editor:
The passing of Bill Urbigkit, a good friend and loyal employee, makes this one of the hardest letters I will write in my tenure as mayor.
Mr. ... [more]

Writer stands corrected on remark on Americans 'answering the call'

Apr 17, 2014 - Mary Sue Shoup, Riverton:  Editor:
I stand corrected for my statement concerning whether our men would answer the call if it came in.
Thank God we do have the personnel that answer the ... [more]

It's doubtful that members of Congress have read poem

Apr 16, 2014 - Scott Clement, Riverton:  Editor:
During the argument about Russia, Ukraine and Crimea, I wrote about members of Congress who are all fired up about it probably couldn't have found ... [more]

You pay taxes -- why doesn't General Electric?

Apr 15, 2014 - Frank Clemente, Washington, D.C.:  Editor:
You pay your fair share of taxes. Small businesses do too. It's the price we pay to educate our kids, protect our communities and have some security ... [more]

Organizer's imagination and knowledge 'indispensable' in weekly opera sponsorship

Apr 14, 2014 - Chuck and Muriel Chidsey, Lander:  Editor:
I write on behalf of the small but enthusiastic group of patrons of Lander Met Opera who feel as I do that we and this community owe a debt of ... [more]

'Time immemorial' is a long time to claim reservation homeland

Apr 10, 2014 - Walter Gray-Dennis, Riverton:  Editor:
The land of the Wind River Indian Reservation has been the "Shoshone homeland" since time immemorial? The tribal leader who said that in The Ranger ... [more]

Honor Farm land development runs risk of repeating experience of city's downtown lot

Apr 9, 2014 - Jerry Humphreys, Riverton:  Editor:
I would like to know from the City of Riverton if there have been some stores or house builders who have said they want to build on the land by the ... [more]

Thanks to the 'ethical person' who turned in a lost purse

Apr 8, 2014 - Linda Reeb, Riverton:  Editor:
I would like to address the party who turned in my purse that I accidentally left in my shopping cart at Safeway not long ago.
A big, heartfelt ... [more]

The real point of a 'wellness program' is to stay healthy

Apr 7, 2014 - James J. Brieling, Lander:  Editor:
It has been interesting to read about Fremont County and its "wellness plan" for county workers that can be used to help keep their health insurance ... [more]

Make admission to indoor sports at CWC free of charge

Apr 4, 2014 - Kevin Barr, Riverton:  Editor:
Central Wyoming College is adding golf and cross country to its sports program. That is fine with me, but these are not sports that the public is ... [more]

We need oil products and oil revenue to pay off our debt

Apr 3, 2014 - Dean Clark, Riverton:  Editor:
Oil, oil, oil. You have heard of it. It makes your car go (well, most of them).
But it is much more than that, something our elected officials fail ... [more]

We will 'be a better country' than Russia

Apr 2, 2014 - Frank Tanner:  Editor:
I'm sure that almost everyone agrees with the statement expressed in the letter from Scott Clement published in the March 20 issue of the Ranger about ... [more]

Republicans claiming gay marriage fits the party don't spea

Mar 30, 2014 - Carole J. Boyd Dubois:  News coverage claiming "Gay marriage fits Republican values" is distorted. The few sources do not speak for thousands of Republicans and independents for whom ... [more]

Real 'March Madness' is persecution of Cindy Hill

Mar 28, 2014 - Ronnelle Colletson, Riverton:  Editor:
I have my "March Madness" basketball bracket filled out (thanks a lot, Wichita State), but in Wyoming the March Madness is the continuous persecution ... [more]

Cowboy license plate on its way to pupil in Iowa school

Mar 27, 2014 - Sally Bartelby, Riverton:  Editor:
I was touched by the letter from the elementary pupil in Iowa who wanted Wyoming information for a school project. That used to be a big thing in ... [more]

Previous letter's question on military duty is answered daily

Mar 26, 2014 - Frances Bergeson, Casper:  Editor:
I have to disagree with some of what Mary Sue Shoup wrote in her letter to the editor on March 14 in The Ranger. Of course I, and I believe most ... [more]

'The Way it Was' picture a reminder of long-ago friend

Mar 25, 2014 - Joyce Ferland, Fort Myers, Fla.:  Editor:
The picture for "The Way It Was" on Sunday, March 16, was delightful. I loved seeing the Frontier Airlines staff dressed up in their uniforms and ... [more]

Where is our sense of responsibility?

Mar 24, 2014 - Roni Jaure, Rawlins:  Editor:
We hear the clamor for personal rights, the right to an education, the right of a good paying job, and the right of health care among others.  ... [more]

No guarantee for Mead on a second term as governor

Mar 21, 2014 - Ed Brigsilder, Riverton:  Editor:
I agree that Matt Mead has a lot of advantages when he runs for his second term, but I do not think he is guaranteed anything. Remember, he was the ... [more]

'Who really cares' about what Russia is doing in Crimea?

Mar 20, 2014 - Scott Clement, Riverton:  Editor:
Regarding Ukraine, Crimea and the Soviet Union ... I mean, Russia, who really cares? The U.S. isn't going to do anything about it. It's not like ... [more]

Volunteer fire departments can provide their personnel with everything they need but time

Mar 19, 2014 - Craig Haslam, District chief:  Editor:
The current volunteer firefighter situation in Fremont County is one that we are all concerned about. And Jerri Robinson's statements and concerns in ... [more]

New museums boss needs to get Riverton Museum back on its feet fast

Mar 18, 2014 - Eileen Way, Riverton:  Editor:
I did not like the idea of hiring one museum director for the whole county, but now that is done. Time to move on. I do think they hired a good man ... [more]

Wind River tribes 'own Riverton'

Mar 17, 2014 - Steve Willow, Ethete:  Editor:
The Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes and nations own Riverton. The EPA ruling is backed by the Department of the Interior and Department ... [more]

Would our men answer the call today if it were sounded?

Mar 14, 2014 - Mary Sue Shoup, Riverton:  Editor:
My father was the last Pearl Harbor survivor here in Riverton, so I had a close relationship to the actual events.
We took my father back to Pearl ... [more]

Language is clear; Riverton townsite was removed from the reservation, with no lease

Mar 13, 2014 - Tess Piercy, Riverton:  Editor:
The recent letter to the editor about a lease of the Riverton tons requires a factual response.
Apparently, there are area residents who continue to ... [more]

Hope 'common sense' prevails in EPA matter

Mar 11, 2014 - Dick Tolland, Riverton:  Editor:
I thank our former county commissioner Dennis Heckart for his letter to the editor straightening out the record on how ex-Mayor Vincent handled the ... [more]

Will Hill's attackers 'circumvent the law'?

Mar 10, 2014 - Charles Goodman, Riverton:  Editor:
I was tremendously pleased to see that the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Senate File 104, the bill removing State Superintendent Cindy Hill from power, ... [more]

Court says quit wasting time on Cindy Hill

Mar 7, 2014 - Margaret Tueller, Afton:  Editor:
I can't let the latest development in the SF104 saga pass by without comment. I feel like shouting "Hurrah for 'We the People.' Hurrah for the ... [more]

Fair Tax Act would be a great improvement in this country

Mar 6, 2014 - Michael Gard, Riverton:  Editor:
I am writing to ask voters of Fremont County to educate themselves about the Fair Tax Bill HR 25 that needs to be debated and voted on in the U.S. ... [more]

Shortage of volunteer firefighters a growing crisis

Mar 5, 2014 - Jerri Robinson, Kinnear:  Editor:
It is a sad day in our community. Another long-standing tradition has gone by the wayside. The Morton-Kinnear annual fireman's pancake supper, an ... [more]

If Riverton is to be part of new reservation state, will governing council expand?

Mar 4, 2014 - Michael Anderson, Riverton:  Editor:
I have been closely following the discussions concerning the recent EPA ruling which determined the inclusion of Riverton within the Wind River Indian ... [more]

County's museums 'sure need something'

Mar 3, 2014 - Marlene Stefanson, Lander:  Editor:
I was disappointed to read about the "central museum director" position again for the county museums. I was hoping it might have gone away. Still ... [more]

Commission correct to ask county employees to pay more on insurance

Feb 28, 2014 - Randy Learlieb, Riverton:  Editor:
Applause to the Fremont County Commission for requiring more employee financial input to the county's health insurance plan. I don't hold anything ... [more]

Waiting too long for response on Shoshone tribal recall petition

Feb 27, 2014 - Inga Sogope, Helen Grace Ward, Fort Washakie:  Editor:
To all enrolled members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe 18 years of age and older,
Hauh naruwerah zondt dauvey.
I am writing this letter to inform my ... [more]

Past mayor incorrect on MOU history; positions contradictory

Feb 26, 2014 - Dennis Heckart, Sarasota, Fla.:  Editor:
As a longtime Riverton resident now living in sunny Florida, my heart and roots are still in Wyoming and especially Riverton -- my hometown.
I have ... [more]

Hill: SF104 mistake is easy to fix: quit stalling, restore previous duties

Feb 25, 2014 - Cindy Hill, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction:  Editor:
The leadership of the Wyoming Legislature is struggling to understand the Wyoming Supreme Court's decision finding SF104 unconstitutional. I have ... [more]

Public defenders often in tough position, deserve appreciation

Feb 24, 2014 - Dany Kurttila, Riverton:  Editor:
I recently read an article in your paper concerning public defenders. It occurred to me that those providing that service have an often thankless, but ... [more]

Don't assume 'the sky is falling' due to EPA order

Feb 21, 2014 - Frank Tanner, Riverton:  Editor:
Bravo, Mayor Warpness and ex-mayor Vincent. It's nice to see that at least a few of our leaders have not fallen prey to the "Chicken Little" theme ... [more]

Readers, please send Wyoming items for student project in Iowa

Feb 20, 2014 - Lauren A., Iowa:  Editor:
Hello. My name is Lauren. I am a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.
We are studying the history and geography of ... [more]

State's 'power grab' from Hill left some ugly scars

Feb 19, 2014 - Carole S. Anderson, Riverton:  Editor:
This power grab in our state government is ugly.
The cannibalistic nature of the governor and state legislature in their treatment of legally-elected ... [more]