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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]

Bleak results in U.S.-Korea trade deal

May 24, 2013 - By Rob Hotakainen, MCT Washington Bureau:  The U.S. trade deficit with Korea went from $13.2 billion at the end of 2011 to nearly $16.6 billion at the end of last year, according to the U.S. Census ... [more]

The packed boardroom

May 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  We did it for football, so let's do it for other education issues as well

There has been high community interest this spring in the resignation of ... [more]

RHS senior dramatists shine in 'Les Miserables'

May 23, 2013 - By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer:  The Riverton High School drama club's spring musical performance of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" opens Thursday in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theater at ... [more]

Life gets more Pinteresting

May 23, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  The Pinterest app is on my iPad, thereby upgrading the device from "expensive cookbook" to "expensive cupcake decorating handbook."

In an attempt to ... [more]

Deep South key test for Medicaid expansion

May 22, 2013 - By Tony Pugh, MCT Washington Bureau:  While only one in three people in the region has a favorable view of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in general, many more support some of ... [more]

Moore, Okla.

May 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Remember what is important, and do what you can to help when needed

Rarely has the nation seen worse devastation of a community than that visited ... [more]

Springtime at the Rockies doubleheader

May 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Suppose you were me. I know, I know -- that's a tantalizing prospect for just about everyone, so let me narrow the parameters of the supposition.
Let's say ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Spring soaker
What's the best answer to lingering concerns about summer drought? A day and a half of rain, that's what. The moisture that fell gently ... [more]

A story too good to check

May 20, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  As generations of schoolchildren were told, Jamestown in 1607 was the first permanent English settlement on what would become the United States. What we ... [more]

No winners in the 'war on boys'

May 20, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Nearly 25 centuries ago the Greek historian Thucydides described the three main forces that drive human nature.  Thucydides listed mankind's motivations as ... [more]

Boards need volunteers now for crucial work

May 20, 2013 - Steff Kessler, Fremont County Commissioner, Lander:  Editor:
Since I've been a county commissioner, I've been impressed with the time and dedication that our county board volunteers commit to serving Fremont ... [more]

New Oceans

May 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  This year's graduating class mottoes reflect a healthy mix of optimism and realism

Asking high school students to get profound about life might not ... [more]

Danger in Mexico for reporters

May 17, 2013 - By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers:  ACAPULCO, Mexico -- It is a sultry morning in this crime-ridden resort, and little movement occurs at the main police headquarters. Francisco Robles, a ... [more]

What Nixon knew

May 17, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  IRS impropriety is a serious matter, but be careful in wishing it becomes something bigger

In the 1995 Oliver Stone movie "Nixon," one scene shows ... [more]

Require labels for genetically engineered food

May 16, 2013 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  Americans have made it abundantly clear they want the ability to make informed decisions about what they eat. The United States should join every European ... [more]

The women who mothered me

May 16, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  What felt restricting at the time was revealed as nurturing as time passed.

"What are you doing that limits your growth?"
The question posed by our ... [more]

Off to state

May 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our community likes its sports coverage -- and needs it too

This weekend brings the end of the long high school sports season in Fremont County, and ... [more]

Lower deficit actually could slow budget deal

May 15, 2013 - By Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press:  Republicans who fought tax increases for the wealthy argued that the move would not reduce the deficit, but it appears that it has.

WASHINGTON -- The ... [more]

Good problem and solution

May 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Beginning today, The Ranger has a second 'Community' page every week.

Here's a good problem for a newspaper to have: More local news than page one ... [more]

Job market still scarred

May 14, 2013 - By Kevin G. Hall, MCT Washington Bureau:  Don't let the soaring stock market and applause from politicians over a slight dip in the unemployment rate fool you. A deeper dive into government data ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Three seasons in one
We had our last winter day a little more than a week ago, and we had our first summer day a couple of days ago, yet it is neither ... [more]

Terrible toll from the new wars

May 12, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  The signature human damages from Iraq and Afghanistan are the head wound and the amputation.

She never intended to be the answer in a trivia ... [more]

A square deal for the little guy

May 12, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  To listen to the language of American political campaigns, you could reasonably conclude that "big" is bad and "small" is good.
Who has too much power and ... [more]

Kids these days

May 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In the case of our Fremont County Students of the Year, the words are spoken in admiration

There is both a comforting similarity and an exciting ... [more]

Hunt No. 2

May 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Scaling back number of wolf licenses this year makes sense

Not everyone will like it, but the state of Wyoming has made a good move in opting to ... [more]

For Pakistan, a crucial vote arrives

May 10, 2013 - By Trudy Rubin, MCT News Service:  Without help from the next Pakistani government, the U.S. exit from Afghanistan will be a disaster -- for America and Pakistan.

Benazir Bhutto's ... [more]

U.S. military has good reputation, but sex assaults undermining it

May 9, 2013 - The Kansas City Star:  For those who step up to serve the nation in uniform, a country hopes for the best: sound training, honorable practices, cohesive units and a ... [more]

Lesson learned, hick-mama

May 9, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  Like many people in Fremont County, I participate in the local produce co-op, or Bountiful Baskets. Most of you fellow participants sign on to the website ... [more]

Food in a bag

May 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's easy to donate a few items to Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday

Can you spare a can or two of soup or vegetables? A jar of peanut butter? A ... [more]

Internet sales taxes

May 8, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Cities and towns need sales tax revenue, and the problem isn't going away

By now most people who follow the news are aware of legislation in Congress ... [more]

Looking for meaning in the sky

May 8, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  I just finished a book called the "The Great Divide" by Peter Watson. It delved into the difference between the "old world" and the "new world." A lot of it is ... [more]