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An end to the middle class?

Oct 29, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Imagine a future in which real wages for most workers decline year after year; a future in which middle-class jobs that disappeared in the Great Recession ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Four out of five
Five weeks of autumn, four snowstorms. That is the updated tally for the strange fall of 2013 in the Wind River Basin of ... [more]

Wyoming's chance

Oct 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  With the federal health care website failing, let's prove our state can do a better job

Wyoming, it turns out, is not immune to the problems of ... [more]

Sacred cows and good ol' boys

Oct 27, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  In case you hadn't noticed, the first begets the second.

Andrew Jackson often is referred to as the first "western" president. The rough-edged ... [more]

Employment rate shows improvement

Oct 25, 2013 - By Kevin G. Hall, MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- The monthly unemployment rate holds almost mythical importance as a barometer for the health of the U.S. economy. But what if it's not telling us ... [more]

Beating the drum

Oct 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Recent events again point out the shame of not having a school auditorium

Perhaps what Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton needs in order ... [more]

NSA watches us, but who watches it?

Oct 24, 2013 - By The Seattle Times:  Disturbing revelations about the voracious appetite of the National Security Agency for personal email and instant messaging accounts stir a basic question: ... [more]

Preparing to celebrate fear

Oct 24, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  Or, as we refer to it at my house, Halloween

With Halloween preparing to rampage, this seems like a good time to write about fear.
The subject is ... [more]

Open the closet

Oct 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  You know there is an unused coat in there, and Coats for Folks needs it

One of our community's most-successful and best-utilized public service ... [more]

GOP must hear from business interests to stem next crisis

Oct 23, 2013 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  The partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis cost the United States billions, after nearly upending the world economy.
We could go through it ... [more]

Moose feeling pinched on all sides

Oct 23, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  They aren't very well equipped to deal with change

Bullwinkle likely is the most famous moose in America.
A star of TV and movies, Bullwinkle the ... [more]

Wolf hunt scrutiny

Oct 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It probably will be years before a consistent hunting season is established

The second season of legal wolf hunting in Wyoming is getting close ... [more]

Eyeing '16, Christie on gay-marriage tightrope

Oct 22, 2013 - By Mark Z. Barabak, McClatchy-Tribune News Service:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie backed away from a court fight over same-sex marriage on Monday, further staking his place near the political middle ground as ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Snowy fall
Three weeks of autumn, three snowstorms. There's a seasonal scorecard we usually don't see this time of year, when we often are experiencing ... [more]

The loss of Gordon Cooper

Oct 19, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  He and the other astronauts were the heroes of my youth.

They were the heroes of my youth. Even the Marvel and DC comics I collected had ... [more]

Last legs?

Oct 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  With the Wyoming State Winter Fair struggling to survive, here's a suggestion -- again

It is sad news indeed that the Wyoming State Winter Fair's ... [more]

Miles and days, Wyoming to Connecticut

Oct 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  I was relieved to learn that echoes of early childhood and fatherhood still can be heard.

Does a parent ever entirely stop thinking in terms of ... [more]

Everyone felt it

Oct 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The federal shutdown had a psychological effect on all American citizens

More than two weeks after it began, the partial shutdown of the federal ... [more]

Despite initial problems, new health care law deserves a chance

Oct 17, 2013 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  It's hard to tell which has done more to hurt the initial phase of the Affordable Care Act: continued Republican opposition or the inept rollout of the new ... [more]

Loudest growl doesn't always win

Oct 17, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Voters can provide some clarity next election day, if only we'll remember.

I'd rather not write on political things. I'm not a dedicated party member ... [more]

Local flag days

Oct 17, 2013 - Staff:  As Veterans Day nears, consider helping the Avenue of Flags with money or time

Sometimes, little things can mean a lot -- especially if everybody ... [more]

Minding the tribe's money

Oct 16, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  The time -- and opportunity -- for change is now

The Northern Arapaho tribe is a big business in Fremont County.
Recent figures attached to a 2010 ... [more]

Door-to-door sellers

Oct 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  As the city considers an ordinance, questions need to be asked and answered

For the second time in recent memory, the Riverton City Council is ... [more]

Could Dems save Speaker Boehner?

Oct 15, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Last week, House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and his Republicans declared that they had two clear goals in this fall's battle over federal spending: no ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Weather robbery
As each chilly day passes, it  seems more likely that we won't be the recipients of an extended period of fine fall weather in Fremont ... [more]

Let's banish the Hitler comparisons

Oct 13, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Such loose language trivializes the barbaric inhumaneness of Hitler's holocaust.

"Why is it that when political ammunition runs low, inevitably the ... [more]

Welcome to the Nanny Age

Oct 13, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Everything is watched, and the intrusions keep on growing.

It's a strange symbol for a national flag, but the African nation of Mozambique on its ... [more]

Cold cases

Oct 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Three of them have 'warmed up' virtually at the same time

When local historians look back on the fall of 2013, they swill detect an unexpected trend ... [more]

When did 'compromise' become a bad word?

Oct 11, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Having survived the Civil War, this country should know better than to treat the latest government shutdown as the political equivalent of the Bible's ... [more]

The rest of us can't just 'shut down'

Oct 11, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Call your congressional representatives and tell them all to get the government back to work.

My daughter is a church minister who doesn't follow ... [more]