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Finding the words

Dec 19, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  President Obama's Newtown speech

In trying times, the President of the United States can find himself shouldering the duty of speaking to a troubled ... [more]

First they need to grieve

Dec 19, 2012 - By Gerald McKinstry, MCT:  NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Standing next to friends holding a sign that read "Peace for All, Pray for Newtown," Dan Fisher extended his two fingers in that universal ... [more]

Blue Christmas in Newtown

Dec 18, 2012 - McClatchy Newspapers:  NEWTOWN, Conn.-- This shattered town on Monday began burying the dead from one of the country's worst mass shootings as the nation fought to overcome days of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 18, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Happy holidays
Newspaper holiday housekeeping: The Ranger will not publish next Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas Day.
Our annual ... [more]

Listen for the voices of nature

Dec 16, 2012 - Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  Get away from the cacophony of the
man-made world, and you'll hear them.

The loudest sound in recorded history came on Aug. 26, 1883, when the island ... [more]

Merrier - Evidence from the empirical to the anecdotal points to an improved economy

Dec 16, 2012 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  Are things looking up, just in time for Christmas? At least three signs point to that conclusion.
First, the employment scene in Fremont County looks better ... [more]

Spending cuts are hard -- for 150 million reasons

Dec 14, 2012 - By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- Don't mess with Big Bird. And don't even think about touching Medicare.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney ran into a brick wall of ... [more]

The 'zombie fence'

Dec 14, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton's young skateboarders might be the catalyst to improve City Park

If you aren't normally a sports-page reader, we would recommend that you ... [more]

We will remember Mae

Dec 13, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  You don't expect a summertime story in the middle of December, but that's how my sister-in-law Mae comes to mind --with thoughts of a warm, positive, and ... [more]

Obamacare is here to stay; now, let's make it better

Dec 13, 2012 - By John C. Goodman, For the MCT News Service:  After the recent election, virtually all commentators quickly concluded that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is safe; Republicans can't stop it.
The ... [more]

A dismal show

Dec 13, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Another high-stakes budget stalemate makes Congress appear ridiculous

Last month's election was touted by some as a possible turning point in ... [more]

12/12/12

Dec 12, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We are leaving the period of calendar oddities behind

An amusing part of life in the early years of our new century has been the calendar oddities ... [more]

It's a good time to see Pleiades

Dec 12, 2012 - By Carl Manning:  Nights have been getting longer, but that will change this month with the winter solstice, when the trend switches until June. December is usually a very cold ... [more]

Disdain spreads at edge of 'cliff'

Dec 11, 2012 - By Steve People, The Associated Press:  HOOKSETT, N.H. -- Fear and frustration course through the lunch crowd at Robie's Country Store and Deli, a popular outpost 500 miles from where Washington is ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 11, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Long hours
Speaking literally, these are the darkest days of the year. An old newsroom duty was the necessity of typing up the daily weather forecast, ... [more]

Awake to sound of December rain

Dec 9, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Could it have had anything to do with George Bailey?

I caught the last few minutes of the classic Christmas film "It's a Wonderful Life" late last ... [more]

Call me a 'college' dropout

Dec 9, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  It's time to do away with the undemocratic Electoral College.

Shortly after the cooling of the Earth, I, then a much younger man, worked in two ... [more]

A tax upon us

Dec 9, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our conservative state is looking at a 10-cent tax on gasoline, just as it ought to

"Those tax-and-spend liberals are at it again. Now they want to ... [more]

Tribe needs code of ethics and principles for all to follow

Dec 7, 2012 - Nolan Friday, Arapahoe:  Editor:
What Northern Arapaho Tribal members need is some rules that everyone can follow. Right now, I'm sure that if you ask a hundred Northern Arapaho ... [more]

Q&A as 'fiscal cliff' nears

Dec 7, 2012 - By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times:  LOS ANGELES -- Republicans and Democrats are wrestling with a variety of riddles that have come to be known as the fiscal cliff, a double whammy of tax ... [more]

The 'other' Dec. 7

Dec 7, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  This is the date the last Apollo mission lifted off for the moon

We hope it is safe to presume that most American adults still know that this date, ... [more]

Write to Santa

Dec 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We're planning our 64th Christmas Greetings edition, and we need letters

It's December, the lights are up, the giant snowflakes are glowing on Main ... [more]

Guilt, misery and the dinner table

Dec 6, 2012 - By Clair McFarland:  As it may be my mission to unfold the stray opinions of an average housewife in this column, I'll confess that the urge to write about children's books and ... [more]

Physicians make compelling case for birth control over the counter

Dec 6, 2012 - By The Seattle Times:  Women's health groups long have advocated for making oral contraceptives available over the counter. Their argument received a significant boost this month ... [more]

No, I wasn't Mr. Tracy, but I almost wished I was

Dec 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  On a fall visit to my son�s college campus in Connecticut not long ago, I was headed down to the lobby in the hotel elevator. My plan was to do a campus ... [more]

Modular in demand

Dec 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We can't find a use for a well-equipped old school, but a tiny modular has multiple suitors

How odd is it that an acceptable use has been so ... [more]

Vets' gun rights a sticky issue

Dec 4, 2012 - By Kevin Freking, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON � Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?
The issue, for a time ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Calendar double-check
Is this early December or late March? The weekend�s weather could have passed for either � windy, sunny and dry, with ... [more]

No saw? No axe? No problem

Dec 2, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  When some sorority girls needed a Christmas tree, I rose to the occasion.

Two outings I took into the wilderness a long time ago were separated by 15 ... [more]

After Obama, Dems have an age problem

Dec 2, 2012 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  Barack Obama's re-election means that, for the next four years, the face of the Democratic Party will be its vigorous 51-year-old president.
Beyond Obama, ... [more]

Bedfellows

Dec 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The county is in no hurry to hug the feds on flood prevention, but there's not much to fear

No one could ever accuse Fremont County of rushing into a ... [more]

184,000 strong

Nov 30, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's the equivalent number of 'users' of Central Wyoming College

We hope readers took note of reporter Katie Roenigk's story a few days ago about ... [more]

Secession chatter getting attention, but idea is implausible in the extreme

Nov 30, 2012 - By James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON --In the three weeks since President Barack Obama's re-election victory, his most ardent foes --nearly 1 million people from all 50 states --have ... [more]

CWC either knew about ineligible player, or should have

Nov 29, 2012 - Jim Debrandt, Riverton:  Editor:
After reading the letter to the editor from Richard May commenting on the volleyball team penalty and probation for having a professional player on ... [more]

Memories and meaning in a box

Nov 29, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  Operation Christmas Child provided the avenue

What do you think about Black Friday reaching back into Blue Thursday (otherwise known as Thanksgiving) ... [more]

Scandal-seeking

Nov 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Reverence for David Petraeus has painted his tempted critics into corner

The curious case of retired Gen. David Petraeus has Washington's ... [more]

At edge of cliff, everyone out to protect a piece of the pie

Nov 28, 2012 - McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON --As Washington debates how to trim runaway federal budget deficits without going over a "fiscal cliff" of immediate tax increases and automatic ... [more]

Near the starting line

Nov 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Next week's EIS hearing on a proposed uranium mine is a big step forward

Fremont County has never been closer to the resumption of uranium mining ... [more]

Some GOP lawmakers dare to flout Norquist

Nov 27, 2012 - By Philip Elliott, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- For decades, conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist vowed to drive Republicans out of office if they didn't pledge to oppose tax increases. Many ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  480 meals
The tallying and totaling is done, and the Riverton High School Key Club's annual Thanksgiving Day meal program delivered 480 hot meals to ... [more]