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A scratchy voice from the intercom

Nov 22, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  The scratchy voice pouring out from the speaker above the door of eighth-grade math class still plays in my head.
It was lunchtime in the old Riverton Junior ... [more]

No conspiracy required

Nov 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Poor planning and practices made it easy for Oswald to kill President Kennedy

It has been 50 years to the day since the 35th president of the United ... [more]

Russia ought to be the one to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

Nov 21, 2013 - By The Chicago Tribune:  The progress in destroying Syria's chemical weapons has been astonishingly swift and smooth. Teams from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical ... [more]

Kids over dogs and cat, thank you

Nov 21, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  The abundance of corny diamond commercials alerts us of the imminence of Christmas.
The stores tout dainties and ciders and other things without which Dec. ... [more]

Double whammy

Nov 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  At its heart, health insurance can be hard to understand, website or no website

There is more to the tortured introduction of the Affordable Care Act ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: A bridge, original astronauts, and cheerleaders from the past

Nov 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Bob Peterson brought some newspaper clippings about the New River Gorge Bridge near Charleston, W.V. That bridge is on the other side of the continent, but ... [more]

Fourscore and seven

Nov 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The likes of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address rarely have been seen since

A hundred and fifty years ago this week, a newspaper in Harrisburg, Pa., which ... [more]

Drone use dips; secrecy remains

Nov 19, 2013 - By Ken Dilanian, MCT Washington Bureau:  Six months after President Barack Obama vowed to change his administration's approach to lethal drone missile strikes, the pace of aerial attacks has fallen ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Brave November
Weather watchers braced for a wintry turn over the weekend, but it didn't materialize as forecast. So far, so good for November, which ... [more]

The important dates of memory

Nov 18, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  There are fewer of them in our collective minds than there used to be.

If you were to ask your parents, grandparents or anyone else in the generation ... [more]

Kennedy, undeniably, touched my generation

Nov 18, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  True, his successes with the Congress were not overwhelming, and he served barely half a term, but as a leader, JFK was quite special.
In November 1960, I ... [more]

Taken for a ride

Nov 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Once again, our state's budget has been based on a revenue prediction far off the mark

When it is time for the governor and the Wyoming Legislature ... [more]

If only the sick and elderly sign up for ACA, it is bound to fail

Nov 15, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  One of these weeks, now that the Obama administration has recruited a SWAT team of computer whizzes, health care.gov will recover from its shambolic debut and ... [more]

Sternberg's stunner

Nov 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The University of Wyoming's new president is gone before Thanksgiving

Bob Sternberg won't be turning Wyoming into the best land-grant university in ... [more]

Obamacare asks too much of Washington

Nov 14, 2013 - By The Chicago Tribune:  The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a great advance in fostering access to medical insurance. It would contain costs, guarantee coverage, simplify ... [more]

Would we give what they gave?

Nov 14, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Ask yourself the question, and help a veteran

I've wondered for some time why we humans seem to think life on Earth began when we did.
It's probably ... [more]

New sheriff in town

Nov 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  First-year UW president Robert Sternberg isn't afraid of friction

University of Wyoming President Robert Sternberg has turned some heads in his first ... [more]

Zero tolerance for bullying is the only answer

Nov 13, 2013 - By Darryl Lorenzo, Wellington McClatchy-Tribune News Service:  We need to stop school bullying.
More than 3 million students suffer from bullying each year. And a whopping 160,000 students a day miss school because of the ... [more]

Moving the needle forward

Nov 13, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  The good news: Wyoming kids overall are doing better than the national average in school.
The not so good news: four of the seven worst-performing school ... [more]

Soldier, rest

Nov 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  This Veterans Day probably was the first without any World War I troops

Sir Walter Scott found success writing both narrative poetry and adventure ... [more]

Experts hope sugar, salt next on FDA list

Nov 12, 2013 - By Melissa Healy, MCT News Service:  Now that the Food and Drug Administration has moved to banish most trans fats from the nation's diet, some public health advocates are hopeful that two other ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  A matter of definition
After being short-changed out of our normally fine weather thanks to the wintry conditions that pervaded the season change in ... [more]

Cruz may prove doubters wrong in '16

Nov 10, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Remember, the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is not going to be decided by elected Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Here in Washington, ... [more]

Sing your Strong Heart Song

Nov 10, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  And honor the immense, quiet strength of mothers whose children go to war.

A little girl walked down the ridge on a hot day in late June with her ... [more]

The tide

Nov 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There is no stopping the energetic effect of American immigration

The most vexing questions about immigration do not apply so strongly in Wyoming as ... [more]

A wild party, cemetery-style

Nov 8, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Mountain View Cemetery it wasn't.
My mind's eye has a clear picture of what a cemetery should be. Until last weekend, that picture was Mountain View -- the ... [more]

Blockbuster

Nov 8, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Gerald Uden is an extraordinary man, in the most terrible of ways

Lots of headlines have crossed our newspaper's front page through the decades, but ... [more]

I'm the capital of the state of hormones

Nov 7, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  In my late-pregnancy days, it's not hard to get me worried

The other day I was cooking up some lasagna, fantasizing about a pair of boots my feet ... [more]

Save the firefighters work

Nov 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  They would rather not have to fight a fire at your house, so change your detector batteries

News flash: The fire department does not want to come to ... [more]

That's Venus to the west in earlier darkness

Nov 6, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  The twice yearly resetting of our time pieces has occurred again, and we get a few more minutes of daylight in the early morning and less evening sunlight. The ... [more]