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U.S. options on Syria all bad

Mar 4, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  Faced with bad options in Syria, President Barack Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind.
"Leading from behind," you'll ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 4, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Lions and lambs
We've all heard the age-old proverb "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Old sayings don't get to be old sayings for ... [more]

GOP testing more-positive waters

Mar 3, 2014 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  Last summer, House Speaker John Boehner sought to justify the minimal, often negative Republican congressional record.
"We should not be judged by how many ... [more]

When in doubt, just keep stalling

Mar 3, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  That's clearly the plan in Cheyenne over the Wyoming Supreme Court's ruling striking down SF104.

Horace Greeley is best known for his quote, "Go west ... [more]

Oscar night

Mar 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Find your favorite movie lines

The words and images from our favorite movies become part of our lives, our culture, our history and our nation. ... [more]

New food label a healthy update for consumers

Feb 28, 2014 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  The Food and Drug Administration has known for years that people who read nutrition labels eat healthier than those who don't.
But the FDA only last year ... [more]

Spelling champ, 40 years ago

Feb 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Forty years ago this week, my father took a picture. It's of me at age 12 (I became a teenager two weeks later), the day I won the Fremont County spelling ... [more]

State/federal cooperation

Feb 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It works well enough on highway funding, which could be a model for Medicaid as well

Wyoming legislators are still tossing around the idea of finding ... [more]

Putin won the Olympics, but he lost Ukraine

Feb 27, 2014 - By Frida Ghitis, McClatchy Newspapers:  Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted the Olympics to showcase his New Russia. The Sochi Olympics ended peacefully, and the games unfolded without any ... [more]

Our own Olympic events

Feb 27, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  We're talking some gold-medal couch leaping here

Last week was entertaining. My home is not Olympus, or even Sochi, and yet my oldest child has won a ... [more]

Police and addresses

Feb 27, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A year-end report shows an interesting quirk in statistics on liquor-related calls

An interesting point in reporter Alejandra Silva's story in ... [more]

Red vs. blue: The battle lines of 2014

Feb 26, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  Obamacare will be in the picture, but it won't be the only election issue.

The conventional wisdom is that this fall's congressional election will be ... [more]

Cuts vs. slowdowns

Feb 26, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's near the heart of debate on the big new defense bill

During his many battles over federal spending, former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson ... [more]

Now that drug lord Guzman is captured, let U.S. have him

Feb 25, 2014 - By The Dallas Morning News:  The capture of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman marks a significant turning point in cooperation between U.S. and Mexican counternarcotics agencies. Both ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 25, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming Olympians
Avid followers of the Olympic Games watched the extinguishing of the flame in Sochi with the usual touch of sadness Sunday. Two ... [more]

Times change, but the schedule doesn't

Feb 24, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  I figure I've written up about 2,000 games over the past 20 years -- and that's just basketball.

The first newspaper sports story I ever wrote covered ... [more]

Your health insurance

Feb 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Political jousting has a way of overshadowing real-world experience. When the "experts" get to arguing before a national audience, the argument can come to ... [more]

An alternative to the imperial U.S. presidency

Feb 21, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Barack Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to ... [more]

Background checks reflect troubled times

Feb 21, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Unfortunately, we never can know enough, or test for enough things, to eliminate risk or bad situations down the road.

Something about the Fremont ... [more]

A unique carbon copy

Feb 21, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Building Pinedale's school in Riverton

Let's not spend even one second in Riverton worrying that the new elementary school now being planned is going ... [more]

Car-born tech carries both promise, peril

Feb 20, 2014 - By The Chicago Tribune:  The entertainment options were fabulous at the Chicago Auto Show this year -- and that was just inside the cars.
Automakers have outfitted their vehicles with ... [more]

Hay stubble and Bode Miller

Feb 20, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  I imagine a kinship to the free-spirited Olympian

Why do we love the Olympics? Do we love the challenge, the excitement, the awards through the ... [more]

Keep pushing

Feb 20, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Public facilities don't build themselves, and CWC proves the value of steady exertion

The paint is barely dry on Central Wyoming College's huge new ... [more]

On gay marriage, tide flowing one direction

Feb 19, 2014 - By David G. Savage, MCT Washington Bureau:  A definitive test argued before the U.S. Supreme Court could come as soon as 2015.

WASHINGTON -- The legal campaign for marriage equality is picking ... [more]

Justice center money

Feb 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There are two bills that could provide it, but Sen. Eli Bebout's is the stronger

The fact that there is another bill in the Wyoming Legislature that ... [more]

Poll: American dream unlikely

Feb 18, 2014 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- Racing into a new century in which many of the old rules don't seem to apply anymore, Americans are overwhelmingly pessimistic about their chances ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Seasonal battle
Windy, sunny and warm, then windy, cloudy and cold. We'll get both this week, and it's a sign of one sure thing: Winter is starting to ... [more]

The right kind of alpha male

Feb 17, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  That was Barry Miller, and every community needs a few like him.

The call came while I was doing what I always do on Saturday nights in the winter, ... [more]

How badly do GOP, Dems want immigration reform?

Feb 17, 2014 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  On the morning of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, the lead story on the front page of The New York Times laid out the details -- and the ... [more]

The changed presidency

Feb 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  On Monday, many Americans get the day off work in observance of the national holiday honoring America's presidents. Presidents Day comes during a period in our ... [more]