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The president's hesitation

Sep 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Obama might decide that the public relations campaign on Syria wasn't worth the trouble

President Barack Obama is going through a lot of political ... [more]

Obama has tall order in selling public on Syria

Sep 10, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama addresses the nation Tuesday in his bid for airstrikes against Syria, he will confront the most unfriendly political ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Cooldown
Hot weather after Labor Day? Yes, indeed. We had at least three 90-degree days after last Monday's holiday, including a scorcher of 94 on ... [more]

Marty Rana Brister

Sep 10, 2013 - Staff:  Marty Rana Brister, of Rawlins, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie after battling lung cancer. She was 50 years old.
Memorial ... [more]

End-of-summer desk cleaning

Sep 9, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Labor Day has come and gone for 2013. It signals the end of summer.
Cottages are closed, and schools are open. The days grow shorter and the nights cooler. ... [more]

No looking back for Tad and Debbie

Sep 9, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  The only losers are the students who won't get a chance to know them.

Melancholy is a term often associated with the finality of the last act, the ... [more]

Jail or else?

Sep 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County is wise to consider expanding justice options for young and non-violent offenders

Fremont County is taking its latest step in ... [more]

Public has a stake in lawsuit on surveillance

Sep 6, 2013 - By The Seattle Times:  Microsoft's intention to move ahead with a lawsuit to force more information to be revealed about federal surveillance orders is welcome news for ... [more]

Night skies amaze and humble

Sep 6, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  I get a lot of people telling me they read this monthly article about stars and that they enjoy it. I started caring for "Northern Rockies Skies" a year ago, ... [more]

Staying out of Syria

Sep 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There are many reasons, but a lack of strategic significance for the U.S. isn't one of them

As the United States lines up for expected military ... [more]

No longer swearing by good old cursive script

Sep 5, 2013 - The Los Angeles Times:  For all the new things that schools will be called on to teach under the Common Core curriculum standards, it's a skill that has been omitted that is causing ... [more]

Autumn's wonder awaits

Sep 5, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  There is food for the soul resting at your feet

You might think I'd been alerted to the wonders of nature by historian Ken Burns's great PBS series ... [more]

More than acreage

Sep 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The sugar beet story this year is a lesson to outsiders on ag realities

Staff writer Eric Blom's recent story on sugar beet production in Fremont ... [more]

Congressional debate vital as decisions on Syria are made

Sep 4, 2013 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  As Americans grapple with their feelings about a U.S. military attack in Syria, it is fitting that President Barack Obama has asked Congress for ... [more]

The triumph of Diana Nyad

Sep 4, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  What did you do over the Labor Day weekend?

Should a grown man admit to tearing up when listening to the epic swim of Diana Nyad?
Probably ... [more]

Rest in torment

Sep 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper, is dead, apparently by his own hand

Ariel Castro is the man in Cleveland, Ohio, who kidnapped three young ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Labor Day
Thanks for the day off for Labor Day. Monday isn't a publication day for us any more, but it usually is a work day. We kept the doors locked ... [more]

Carriers of the 'Rolex gene'

Sep 3, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Too many politicians are affected -- both Republican and Demo

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., was given two and a half years in prison ... [more]

The fibs come from all sides

Sep 3, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  From "news" to entertainment, what's wrong with the truth?

I found a 1943 Army Air Force survival manual in a pile of old books at the Army surplus ... [more]

Selling alcohol on the reservation

Sep 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It was banned for a reason, and there ought to an equally good one to reinstate it

For the first time in decades, there is real discussion about ... [more]

New regulations on hiring veterans and disabled are a noble objective

Aug 30, 2013 - By The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  In a week when the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington helped refocus the nation's attention on jobs and equality, the Labor Department issued new ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: Summer cukes and zukes and Jerry Garcia

Aug 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Lew Diehl and Charlie Treber have been keeping The Ranger office in fresh vegetables this month. Charlie (a nickname for Mary) works here. Lew is a frequent ... [more]

Emergency training

Aug 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  This week's drill was planned, but sometimes responders use a 'live' call for extra practice

You might have wondered why emergency personnel ... [more]

Economy won't improve until wages do too

Aug 29, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Do you feel like you're working harder than ever, but your pay isn't keeping up? That's probably because you are -- and it's not.
A new study by the Economic ... [more]

What if the twins are female?

Aug 29, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  I know girls can be complicated, because I was one

These words are being written on Friday night.
I'm writing this column a little early -- so shame ... [more]

Action in Syria

Aug 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The prospect raises many questions with few obvious answers, but it might be done anyway

All signs point today to the likelihood of U.S.-led military ... [more]

'Meth math' looks bad for Wyoming

Aug 28, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Lecturing drug addicts is about as successful as talking to your dog -- they may listen, but like Fido, they can't understand.

When Timothy Pitt first ... [more]

Yes, but ...

Aug 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fifty years after the March on Washington, let us not surrender to self-congratulation

Fifty years after the upheaving March on Washington in 1963, a ... [more]

As first 9/11 trials planned, loved ones of victims getting some relief

Aug 27, 2013 - By Ben Fox, The Associated Press:  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The visitors getting VIP treatment from the U.S. military sat through days of legal debate so dense that even lawyers yawned ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  No more 90?
Here is a seasonal question we like to ask this time of year: Are our 90-degree days over for the year? Weather watchers know it's rare to ... [more]