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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]

Senator's troubles echo past scandals

May 7, 2013 - By Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- An ethical cloud is following Sen. Robert Menendez in Washington, even as he has leading roles in some of Congress' most important policy ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sunny sighting
What was that bright, warm object in the sky on a Monday in Fremont County? We consulted the experts and have determined that it was the ... [more]

Our country has an unreasonable obsession with image

May 5, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  It is disgusting, it is immoral, it is repulsive. But it surrounds us. 
Living on the edge of the Rockies, in the high desert we call home here in Wyoming, we ... [more]

One man who gave politics a good name

May 5, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  There's a hit new movie this spring, "42," the story of how in 1947 Jack Roosevelt Robinson made baseball history and American history by breaking the color ... [more]

Well-served

May 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Replacing the Clerk of Court should not be a walk-over, and it won't be

The news Wednesday that a second candidate is seeking appointment to the ... [more]

This isn't 'Hoosiers'

May 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  District 25 must ask and answer why the high school football crisis got as far as it did

Wednesday brought a conclusion to an uncomfortable situation ... [more]

Obama still frustrated by Guantanamo Bay

May 3, 2013 - By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers:  In one of his first actions as president, Obama issued an executive order that called for the facility to be shuttered within a year -- but that still hasn't ... [more]

Lives cut short remind us to love

May 2, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  I'd hoped to really tune in to spring in this column; to mention the flowering almond branch I brought inside to watch pink blossoms and shiny green leaves pop ... [more]

News on the radio

May 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Ranger stories now can be heard daily on KTUG radio as well

The Ranger makes a low-key entry into the world of radio newscasting with the debut of ... [more]

As always, the barbs were sharp at the White House correspondents dinner

May 1, 2013 - By Bradley Clapper, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from a "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree ... [more]

May Day

May 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Its wintry arrival in 2013 is not quite the stuff of poetry

Sir Thomas Malory had a thing about May. On our snowy May Day following a wintry April, ... [more]

In wake of Boston, GOP sees opening on national security

Apr 30, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- After being tarred for a generation as the party of weakness, Democrats finally clawed their way back to political parity with a 2012 campaign ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Really?
Yes, it's true: Another snowstorm is on the way. Weather forecasters say all signs point to another 2-3 inches between now and Wednesday night. ... [more]

More than red, white and blue

Apr 28, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  There are lots of ways -- incuding bad ones -- to assess human intelligence.

In a lecture on linguistics, Dr. John McWhorter of Dartmouth University ... [more]

Pope isn't married, but he's on a honeymoon

Apr 28, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  In politics, maybe even in life, perception frequently becomes reality.
If enough people see you as a winner, then you will be treated like a winner, which ... [more]

Town-only taxes

Apr 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In Fremont County, there is a strong case to be made for it

Fremont County could be a good test case for the concept of allowing cities and towns to ... [more]

Bush uses library opening to try to polish record

Apr 26, 2013 - By Tom Benning, MCT News Service:  "People ask me, 'What about the economy?'" Bush said, "and my answer is, 'Why don't you go hire an economist, or hire five economists and get 15 different ... [more]

War of words

Apr 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The allegations against the state schools superintendent remain vague and unclear

The war of words continues between certain Wyoming legislators and ... [more]

Tottering toward the future

Apr 25, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  I admit that the light-hearted commentary isn't really coming to me this week. There are no personality quirks, no local oddities, and no minor annoyances to ... [more]

The balloons are coming

Apr 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Now's the time to show your interest in sponsoring a pilot for the July rally

Would you like to fly in a beautiful balloon?
The opening lyrics to ... [more]

Boston bomb suspect is in civilian court, where he belongs

Apr 25, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  A 19-year-old naturalized American citizen is accused of committing a crime of violence in the United States, and a gaggle of elected officials are urging for ... [more]

Old-school things cherished while traveling

Apr 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In another city, I find the bookstore, the movie theater and the local paper

Three of the things I like best are now described often as worn-out ... [more]

Back to the top

Apr 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County won't say No. 2 in hay production for very long

We are a people interested in lists and rankings, from the TV ratings to the college ... [more]

Firefighters have a rich service heritage

Apr 23, 2013 - By Craig Haslam:  The fire service has rich traditions that date back to the Roman Empire. For centuries, leaders and rulers understood the need for fire prevention and fire ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Winter in spring
There have been four Mondays in April so far, and three of them have brought heavy snowfall. The only one that didn't so far was ... [more]

Every day is Saturday now

Apr 21, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Which is good, because Saturday always was one of the busiest days of my week.

A question has come up often since last June when I "officially" took ... [more]

Iraq was a war with too few victors

Apr 21, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  We were told it would be an inexpensive cakewalk, but it was far from it.

"History is written by the victors," as Winston Churchill wrote. But the ... [more]

Just as predicted

Apr 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming is learning that federal sequestration is as bad as advertised

Everyone always said that the federal budget cuts known as the sequester would ... [more]

Careful in using the T-word

Apr 19, 2013 - By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- It took President Barack Obama nearly 24 hours to describe Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon the same way that lawmakers, experts and even ... [more]

A better fiscal note

Apr 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Local governments appreciate fewer strings attached to a new state allocation

It is encouraging, even exciting, to anticipate a nice chunk of ... [more]

In Boston, one act of terrorism, millions of acts of humanity

Apr 18, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  An 8-year-old boy was among the three people killed and at least 176 people injured, many severely, by a pair of explosions near the finish line of the Boston ... [more]

Back to the basics may be best

Apr 18, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  There are rewards for living many years.
One of them is the experience you gain. If you can remember it, you'll eventually find an opportunity to toss it ... [more]

The Age of Aquarius

Apr 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  'Hair' was a sensation in 1967, and it remains unique in 2013

That the hippie musical "Hair," which begins its second and final three-day run at ... [more]