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Dec 31, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our big year-ender
It's New Year's Eve, the last day of 2013, and our last newspaper of the year. Elsewhere you'll find our ranking of the top news ... [more]

I love and hate my carving machine

Dec 30, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  When it's not working so well, it is like owning a sick goldfish, albeit one with a constantly revolving price tag for repair parts to arrive from ... [more]

In praise of the NYR

Dec 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There can be more to it than an internal proclamation on Jan. 1

This time of year, most people at least pay some mind to the idea of the New Year's ... [more]

Americans must demand better financial security

Dec 27, 2013 - By The Dallas Morning News:  News that cyber-criminals have put accounts of 40 million customers of retail giant Target at risk is a sober reminder that as much as you might think your ... [more]

It's 'Candid Camera' every day

Dec 27, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  The surveillance system at Riverton City Park is the newest example, but far from the only one.

Remember your excitement as a kid when you heard the ... [more]

Marijuana in Wyoming

Dec 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Once unthinkable, it's now about to be debated in the Legislature

Wyoming voters have been tipped off to what promises to be one of the most ... [more]

It pays to read the instructions

Dec 26, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  In this case, the proof was in a cedar chest.

You wouldn't think one would have time for reading and watching movies just before Christmas, would ... [more]

Fires and states

Dec 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Western governors say they are ready to do more, and they ought to be given the chance

Our nation's western governors recently had a good discussion ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: Busy Santa letter season

Dec 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  If there were a prize-winner for the ordinary word that Santa letter writers have the most trouble spelling, I nominate "would."

I slipped my coat ... [more]

And to all a good night

Dec 24, 2013 - By Clement Clark Moore:  'A Visit from St. Nicholas,' by Clement Clark Moore (1823)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, ... [more]

A sneak peak at the 2016 election

Dec 22, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  When electing a new president, we tend to choose one who has something his predecessor lacked.

A check of this year's record shows that in Galesburg, ... [more]

The best football game I ever played

Dec 22, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  The players ranged from age 10 to 40, and no one wore a team uniform.

Does your mind ever wander during long meetings, sermons or while you're ... [more]

Love and belief

Dec 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  A child's Christmas letter from long ago has enduring value

From the giant haystack of letters to Santa Claus came a cherished needle one year long ... [more]

Minding our business

Dec 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Amid technical advances and emerging security concerns, privacy takes a beating

Once upon a time, privacy was a major issue in the public mind. ... [more]

Cool down the rush to legalize pot

Dec 19, 2013 - By Ben Barber, MCT News Service:  There is a mad rush to legalize marijuana these days, but it's time to rethink that generous yet foolish move -- generous because it lifts the onus of crime ... [more]

A stay-at-home state of mind

Dec 19, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  A stay-at-home state of mind

Mothers, especially of the stay-at-home variety, are prone toward reclusiveness. This is a state of mind, life, and ... [more]

Tough mission

Dec 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Traditional veterans groups are making difficult, good decisions

Riverton-area veterans groups had a difficult choice to make earlier this year. ... [more]

A Christmas compromise

Dec 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Congress looks poised for an actual accomplishment for once

What's this? An actual give-and-take compromise emerging from Congress on the federal ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 17, 2013 - Staff:  Nighttime thaw
One of the great weather oddities of 2013 took place Sunday night in the Riverton Valley. We set the scene: It's seasonally chilly with ... [more]

Kerry walks the diplomacy high wire

Dec 17, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  His success has been limited so far, but he's willing to take risks -- and he's not even a year into the job.

Has John F. Kerry turned into the ... [more]

The man who should terrify everyone in Congress

Dec 16, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  His name is Vance McAllister, and none of the tired old labels can hurt him.

In the U.S. House of 435 members where seniority still counts, ... [more]

At Ruth's house, dinner was at 5

Dec 16, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  In all the time I knew my mother-in-law, I heard her complain exactly once.

There is an enigmatic photograph of young, smiling couple in a very small ... [more]

Holiday stress season

Dec 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Even a joyous time of year can be stressful for many of people

"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
So goes the Christmas song.
For many ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: 'Yes, Virginia' and the one-day return of a comic-strip classic

Dec 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  A nice part of having a traditional downtown commercial district that's friendly to pedestrians is obvious this time of year, when holiday decorations are ... [more]

McFarland

Dec 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Her from-the-ground-up success story at CWC probably will stand forever

Here is a confident prediction: Public education in Wyoming will never see ... [more]

Congress, jump on the bipartisan budget proposal

Dec 12, 2013 - By The Detroit Free Press:  First, you have to step back from the brink.
That's exactly what lawmakers in Washington are poised to do with a bipartisan budget deal that could reach the ... [more]

A toothache for Christmas

Dec 12, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  It's spoiled some fun, but the season still has its gifts

As I begin this column, it's the second week in December and so cold outside I don't even ... [more]

Mandela's changed times

Dec 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Once branded a terrorist, he grew to become a great world statesman

Americans younger than age 40 -- and that is most Americans -- might find it hard ... [more]

There is a case to be made for an even higher gasoline tax

Dec 11, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  Ah, to be in the U.S. economy of the 1990s, a decade when the gross domestic product grew by about one-third and unemployment dropped from 7.5 percent to 4 ... [more]

Gift-giving is an art form

Dec 11, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  This year, apparently, my artistic talents have failed me

The discussion at my house this week centered on Christmas gifts.
It wasn't ... [more]

Overreaching

Dec 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The EPA can't change the border of the Wind River reservation any more than it could decree the Nebraska Panhandle to be part of Wyoming

It would be ... [more]

Lower approval for Obama, even worse for Republicans in new poll

Dec 10, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- The American public is unusually pessimistic about the direction of the country and increasingly fed up with Washington gridlock, a sour mood ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Big chill
A sure sign that it's been cold -- really cold -- is when 17 degrees seems warm. But 17 at 7 a.m. Tuesday felt almost tropical compared to the ... [more]

The hawk didn't note the freeway

Dec 9, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Musing on the realities of life in the predawn of a foreign city coming to life is worth considering if you find yourself on the road with a few minutes to ... [more]

Filibuster change was inevitable

Dec 9, 2013 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  And a case can be made that it was necessary as well.

Over the past century, the Senate has voted several times to curb the minority's ability to ... [more]

On the edge again

Dec 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  New regulations on flight experience for crews undermine local air service

Fremont County travelers have been given a lump of coal for Christmas with ... [more]

Cellphone calls on commercial flights? Ugh

Dec 6, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  To the already jumbo-size list of air-travel indignities -- snaking security lines, intrusive pat-downs, baggage fees on top of rising fares, and brown-bag ... [more]

Time for a re-examination at UW

Dec 6, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Well, that was short.
University of Wyoming President Bob Sternberg took office in July with great fanfare.
"We believe Dr. Sternberg is a great fit for the ... [more]

Mandela

Dec 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Humanity has lost a colossus

If ever a man had reason to harbor resentment in his life, it was Nelson Mandela, who had been imprisoned, beaten, ... [more]

At home, I'm chief of surveillance

Dec 5, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  And I've learned my boys thrive on privacy, independence

We are living in times of constant surveillance. Never alone, never unheard, we zoom ... [more]