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When officials resign

Feb 5, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It happens too often, and the appointment process is no match for a public election

The Riverton mayor and city council moved counter to conventional ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: RoJean and the round-cornered photographs

Feb 4, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Many in the community noted the retirement announcement of RoJean Thayer from Central Wyoming College. She worked for many years in the college's public ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 4, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thanks, groundhog
Punxsutawney Phil must have sharper eyes than the human inhabitants of his city. Sunday morning was foggy and overcast in the small ... [more]

Why presidents often were governors

Feb 3, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  There are legitimate reasons why we voters have been a lot more willing to trust the tough job of president to governors.
It's happened 11 separate times, ... [more]

Technology won't replace learning

Feb 3, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  But it certainly has the ability to stifle it.

At 21 I read Bruce Catton's classic trilogy of the American Civil War,  "Mr. Lincoln's Army", "Glory ... [more]

Super holiday

Feb 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It has everything but the government designation

In every way but official government imprimatur, today is a national holiday.
Do you doubt it? Ask ... [more]

Nothing simple in Medicaid expansion

Jan 31, 2014 - By Michael Ollove, For MCT News Service:  WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that states could decide for themselves if they would expand Medicaid eligibility, many thought states ... [more]

High road or low?

Jan 31, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The state superintendent's enemies must ask themselves that question

Stung, understandably, by the Wyoming Supreme Court ruling that declared their ... [more]

Five in the 500

Jan 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It was a very good year

Many readers followed along during 2013 as we imagined making a $500 investment in something called an "index fund" based on ... [more]

D.C. gridlock undermines the SOTU address

Jan 30, 2014 - By The Miami Herald:  Nearly seven years after the onset of the Big Recession, the state of the union is improving on most fronts. The state of the federal government? Not so ... [more]

From The Hulk to Mommy

Jan 30, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Yes, the twins -- Jameson and Rowan -- have arrived

As I have the peculiar opportunity to use this column for routine countywide announcements. I ... [more]

Why cheer on Super Bowl Sunday?

Jan 29, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Because it's good for you, that's why.

Very likely Peyton Manning couldn't find Riverton or Lander on a map.
No matter on Super Bowl Sunday.
My ... [more]

Seeger raised a voice for people, peace and justice

Jan 29, 2014 - By Steve Paul, McClatchy Newspapers:  Fifty years ago, school rooms, churches and countless open-air assemblies around the country resounded with words arranged and adapted by Pete Seeger.
"We ... [more]

'Hill Bill' struck down

Jan 29, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The embattled superintendent has confounded her foes again

From the start, the enemies of Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill ... [more]

President has some persuading to do on NSA

Jan 28, 2014 - By Bruce Ackerman, For MCT News Service:  Civil libertarians in both the Democratic and Republican parties ought to make surveillance a key issue of the 2014 elections.

President Obama's ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Court sides with Hill
There was thunder from the chambers of the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday morning. Senate File 104, the hurriedly passed and ... [more]

Ex-defense boss harder on Biden than Hillary

Jan 27, 2014 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  Chris Christie's effort to separate himself from the heavy-handed retribution of top aides against recalcitrant local pols adds yet another complication to the ... [more]

How the big-timers cover sports

Jan 27, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  It's a lot easier than doing what I do during high school football season.

You might call it a sportswriter's dream.
Or, from another viewpoint, ... [more]

Driver's seat

Jan 27, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The new ambulance chief haggled for more money; now he has to deliver

Fremont County is having to pay more for its new ambulance department director ... [more]

Newspaper awards

Jan 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Work in The Ranger was judged Wyoming's best in several categories

The Ranger participated again this year in the Wyoming Press Association's annual ... [more]

First step in Syria talks: put an end to the atrocities

Jan 24, 2014 - By Newsday:  As international talks in search of a cease-fire and regime change in Syria get under way this week in Switzerland, there is a humanitarian disaster unfolding ... [more]

Snowmobilers leading by example

Jan 24, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  A friend of mine from Seattle is coming to Wyoming soon -- to go snowmobiling.
He's not what you would think of as a typical snow machine guy.
He's more yoga ... [more]

Let's have a long, healthy debate over NSA snooping

Jan 23, 2014 - By The Miami Herald:  Three takeaways from President Obama's speech on surveillance: (1) Unexamined expansion of NSA programs has been halted, at least for now. (2) The president ... [more]

Searching for the genuine

Jan 23, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Sometimes it's in a pair of shoes, but don't bet on it

"New times, new traditions," reads the headline of a recent newspaper article.
The story on ... [more]

The numbers agree

Jan 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There is only one explanation for Fremont County's improved jobs picture

Every time there is a good report on the unemployment rate nationally, there ... [more]

Congrats, Congress, you passed a budget bill

Jan 22, 2014 - By The Chicago Tribune:  So the U.S. House and Senate finally agreed on something. They agreed the status quo isn't so bad after all.
Last week, Congress sent a $1.1 trillion spending ... [more]

A wink and a smile on camera

Jan 22, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A public TV viewer made a connection with me during pledge week.

A group of Ranger people went on television not long ago to help raise money for ... [more]

The missile scandal

Jan 22, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Appalling offenses by the operators of our ICBM system hit close to home in Wyoming

Top officials from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of ... [more]

Year 6 often unkind to presidents

Jan 21, 2014 - By Doyle McManus:  President Barack Obama needs some help, and an improving economy could provide it.

The sixth year of a two-term presidency is rarely kind.
The ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 21, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Winter's soft hand
January is going pretty easy on us, winter-wise. True, New Year's week brought the coldest piece of weather in a couple of years to ... [more]