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Traveling old U.S. Highway 20

Jun 17, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  At every stop, I met someone I already knew as a Wind River athlete and parent or as a Shoshoni coach.

My first homecoming game as a football coach ... [more]

Beware the leader without frank friends

Jun 17, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Consider a letter to Lyndon Johnson from a friend who had the nerve to tell him the truth.

The late Rep. Morris K. "Mo" Udall, D-Ariz., a gentle ... [more]

About your dad

Jun 17, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fathers Day is a good time to learn more, so ask him

Fathers Day brings to mind the the teenage visitor to the newsroom a few years back who revealed ... [more]

In Syria, humanitarian donors hard to find

Jun 14, 2013 - By Paul Richter, MCT Washington Bureau:  Facing a growing humanitarian crisis, Oxfam, the international relief agency, set a goal in January of raising $53 million to aid victims of Syria's brutal ... [more]

Stars and stripes

Jun 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's Flag Day, and there's a right way to observe it

June 14 is Flag Day in the United States. Travelers through Riverton will notice the handsome ... [more]

Obama aides split on arming Syria rebels

Jun 13, 2013 - The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- Despite growing alarm over the Syrian government's military advances, Obama administration officials are split over whether to arm the country's ... [more]

Echoes from our grandfathers

Jun 13, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Through the years I've painted various word pictures of the dads I know.
Today, I'm challenging memory to try to bring a few grandfathers into view.
Many of ... [more]

Pay and gender

Jun 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  We're proud that it is not an issue in our business

This is the time of year when national attention is paid to the issue of equal pay on the job for ... [more]

Fact from fiction about 'Common Core'

Jun 12, 2013 - By Renee Schoof, MCT Washington Bureau:  A backlash against the Common Core educational standards for grade school has hit the radio talk shows and Internet blogs in recent weeks.
The tea party has ... [more]

We are watched

Jun 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  This is what we get for our rush to link ourselves electronically to one another

Leaders in political circles are doing their best to create damaging ... [more]

Tea party voters are as fired up as ever

Jun 11, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Their solution to the Republican Party's electoral challenges is to swing further right, not toward the center.

The "tea party" is back and is ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jun 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The one and only
Yes, it happened. Summer weather finally has arrived in the Wind River Basin.
It took some doing -- and true summer doesn't arrive for ... [more]

Defeat key to developing character

Jun 9, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Life isn't fair. That simple statement is one of the hardest things for young people to learn, but no matter your lot in this life, it is one of the hallmarks ... [more]

Second-term pitfalls surrounding Obama

Jun 9, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Dan Jenkins, a sportswriter of rare wit, once gave us the Ten Stages of Drunkenness, which include these separate points on the road to inebriation: "Witty and ... [more]

Commissioner pay

Jun 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The members are giving themselves a raise, but the procedure for it is sound

It's always a little awkward when elected officials who control their ... [more]

Ins and outs of government's surveillance

Jun 7, 2013 - By David G. Savage, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- A newly published court order has confirmed what key members of Congress said they have known for years -- that the government has routine access ... [more]

Farmers market

Jun 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In light of recent debate, a trial run at City Park could be worth a try

Organizers and participants in the Wednesday afternoon farmers market in ... [more]

Ft. Hood gunman's trial must move ahead, but it needs to be fair as well

Jun 6, 2013 - By The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  The court-martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan on charges of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others at Fort Hood in 2009 has been an exercise in frustration for ... [more]

Lovely people, no doubt, but ...

Jun 6, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  For the better part of a year, I have been eager to write on the subject of local vagrancy that appears so often, both in this paper and within my list of ... [more]

Brain as body part

Jun 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The president's mental health remarks bring a longtime Ranger reader to mind

President Obama probably never met Alice List of Riverton, but remarks ... [more]

Prime time for the Dipper and Bear

Jun 5, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  June, the midpoint in the of the dance of the Sun and our Earth which this year occurs on June 21. It is our longest day of sunlight and of course our shortest ... [more]

GOP governors looking less vulnerable as prep for 2014 election starts

Jun 5, 2013 - By Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press:  DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republican governors took over statehouses across the country after the 2010 elections and immediately acted on promises to usher in a new ... [more]

Definition of terms

Jun 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  'Normal' fire danger is no cause for complacency as summer nears

Of course it was good to hear that wildfire danger in Fremont County and Western ... [more]

Powers collide in recess appointment spat

Jun 4, 2013 - By James Rosen, MCT Washington Bureau:  The Supreme Court is expected to take up a groundbreaking separation-of-powers case later this month that features a constitutional clash between the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jun 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  So rare
"What is so rare as a day in June?" asked the poet James Russell Lowell in a line familiar to most of us who took freshman English. To get an ... [more]

When 'local control' is too local

Jun 3, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  When a school board member has children, spouses or in-laws working in the district, the temptation to attempt total control of a school, or at least an ... [more]

Graduation advice for grads and speakers

Jun 3, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  The odds are pretty good that more people could name the U.S.'s last 10 vice presidents than could tell you who spoke at their own graduation.

Once ... [more]

Up in the air

Jun 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Would Fremont County dare try a subsidy to improve airline service?

The man who runs Great Lakes Airlines did his best a few days ago to reassure ... [more]

No question: Tax breaks help rich the most

May 31, 2013 - By Lisa Mascaro, MCT Washington Bureau:  Federal income tax breaks disproportionately benefit wealthier households, according to a report issued Wednesday that is certain to become ammunition in the ... [more]

Last days of school

May 31, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Graduates aren't the only ones with a worthy accomplishment

More attention is paid to high school and community college graduates this time of year, ... [more]

This is what it looks like when politicians do their jobs

May 30, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Chilly weather aside, most of the Jersey Shore's towns were back in business for the Memorial Day weekend, which was capped by another joint appearance of ... [more]

Feeding on the past

May 30, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Happy Memorial Day. (Used to be).
I thought I'd finally hit a legal holiday with my bi-weekly column schedule. Again the holiday was added to a weekend. But ... [more]

The education bureaucrat

May 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In the aftermath of SF104, Wyoming has reached an important step

The unsavory episode that is leading to the creation of a new state education ... [more]

Approval isn't the same as credibility

May 29, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  President Obama might be learning that lesson -- uncomfortably.

Message to the president: Resistance is futile.
There are plenty of juicy targets for ... [more]

'Making the mail'

May 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  A new post office deadline puts us under the gun, but we are working on it

Many Ranger subscribers who receive the paper through the mail have ... [more]

Republicans pulling openly for new health care law to fail, boosting '14 ballot hopes

May 28, 2013 - By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- If Republicans were writing a movie script for next year's congressional elections, the working title might be "2014: Apocalypse of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Remembering
Memorial Day was a lovely one across Fremont County, bringing the sort of weather that runs counter to a recent trend of cold, wet Memorial ... [more]

Sometimes you have to improvise

May 26, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  An aging Inter-national tractor brings out my creative side.

It is perhaps the essence of humanity -- the interaction of man with the environment ... [more]

Remembrance, not sorrow

May 26, 2013 - From staff reports:  Memorial Day: 'When everybody is alive'

Editor's note: In renewal of a growing Memorial Day tradition, we again reprint this comment by the late Hal ... [more]

Bread and butter

May 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Want to find a 50-year-old valedictorian? Better look at a community college

One of the characteristics the community college has that normally is ... [more]