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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]

Medicaid expansion

Jan 20, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Legislature is correct in agreeing to debate it

It is good to hear that the Wyoming Legislature is willing to at least have the issue of optional ... [more]

When party loyalty really mattered

Jan 17, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  After having worked in or reported on the last 12 U.S. presidential elections, I am convinced that successful politicians who regularly run for and win public ... [more]

The Cindy Hill charade continues

Jan 17, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Near the end of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" a study in duplicity takes place.  As the people at the government camp hold a dance, a police squad ... [more]

Are Wyoming girls playing it safe?

Jan 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Not a single Wyoming girl took the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam in high school in 2013.

What do girls want?
The answer in Wyoming, it ... [more]

The packed gym

Jan 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two old rivals gave the best they had Thursday, as they always do

In one sense it's true that basketball games between Riverton High School and ... [more]

Lessons in the bedlam from Benghazi

Jan 16, 2014 - By The Seattle Times:  Bravely working on the front lines of upheaval after the assassination of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, U.S. diplomats and security officers lost their ... [more]

Cabin fever, and expecting twins

Jan 16, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  I must admit that, at the moment, I don't have much to report for the sake of this column.
As a stay-at-home mom, my literary musings arise from ... [more]

No medal required

Jan 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Congress members will boast about finally passing a budget, but they shouldn't

In the next day or two, after the U.S. Senate completes congressional ... [more]

New year, old habits, night skies

Jan 15, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  Make the most of the cold, and look up once in a while

It's a new year. We have all taken notice of the change of 2013 to 2014. I don't write as many ... [more]

Door-to-door

Jan 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton residents now have some protection against unwanted exposure to door-to-door salespeople.
The newly passed ordinance probably doesn't go as far as ... [more]

Like it or not, Rodman is the American who has North Korea's earg age to 18

Jan 14, 2014 - By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  Dennis Rodman's unlikely basketball diplomacy to North Korea brings new meaning to the term "globetrotter."
Like the world-famous Harlem team, Mr. Rodman has ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Nature's blow dryer
There was very good reason to think the snow that fell in the first week of the year might stay on the ground for many weeks to ... [more]

A tribute to 'the big sophomore'

Jan 13, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Uncle Gene could load a 55-gallon oil drum -- full-- into the back of a pickup truck.

My cousin Ron was playing basketball for Midwest at the opening ... [more]

An idea that has united America

Jan 13, 2014 - By Mark Shields:  Even though cellphone calls on airline flights are legal, nobody wants them.

We finally have good news from and for our broken, polarized and ... [more]

State's top news

Jan 13, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Something missing from all the year-in-review coverage of 2013 was the ranking of the top Wyoming news stories of the year. Associated Press member newspapers, ... [more]

Congress' job: Extend benefits for unemployed

Jan 10, 2014 - The Los Angeles Times:  Congress is finally grappling with an issue it should have dealt with before members rushed out on Christmas vacation: extending unemployment benefits.
There ... [more]

Cheney not yet ready for Wyoming

Jan 10, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  No, Liz Cheney won't be a U.S. Senator from Wyoming.
At least not for now.
She announced a few days ago that she was dropping her challenge to Republican ... [more]

Making the mail

Jan 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A postal deadline change was a huge problem initially, but we have fixed it

Observant readers might have noticed that we are no longer including the ... [more]

Trust must be foundation of all our dealings

Jan 9, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I fervently hope we can avoid repeating it this year.
That number is 12. ... [more]

Happy new year, 11 inches deep

Jan 9, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Didn't we always know Wyoming weather was capricious, tricky, and undependable? Then came Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
I climbed out of bed that morning and pulled ... [more]

Fifty years on

Jan 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The smoking report and 'war on poverty' show pros and cons of government intervention

The nearly simultaneous anniversaries of two major federal ... [more]

More people getting insured, but are there enough docs to handle it?

Jan 8, 2014 - By Michael Ollove, For MCT News Service:  WASHINGTON -- Signing up for health insurance on the new state and federal exchanges was supposed to be the easy part of the Affordable Care Act. But the really ... [more]