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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]

Global student assessment is a 'Sputnik' moment for U.S.

Dec 5, 2013 - By The Baltimore Sun:  A report this week that American students are lagging behind their top international peers in math, reading and science should give pause to those who argue ... [more]

Write to Santa

Dec 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  We're planning our 65th Christmas Greetings Edition, and we need letters

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

Venus prominent in December sky

Dec 4, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  I got my first cold of the season the day after Thanksgiving, and it was a doozy: sore throat, sinus headache, coughing, sneezing, people saying "go back to ... [more]

Hometown stores

Dec 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Everyone does some shopping online, but shopping at home is good citizenship

If you've ever driven through a community and been left with the ... [more]

Gridlock pain could resume soon

Dec 3, 2013 - By Lisa Mascaro, MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- Congress's unfinished business threatens to leave millions of Americans -- including the unemployed, Pentagon contractors and even supermarket ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thermometer
Our mild November let us off easy. Early December is turning the tables. Experiencing the sudden turn in the weather at about 1 a.m. ... [more]

So much for 'youthful indiscretion'

Dec 2, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  What's the point anymore when everything we do is recorded and stored digitally, somewhere, just waiting for the right (or wrong) moment to ... [more]

Mr. President, the stakes are high

Dec 2, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  To President Obama: The late John Gardner was wise and patriotic American who, as cabinet secretary, successfully launched Medicare, oversaw the creation of ... [more]

Our own pathologist

Dec 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Autopsies as economic development? Stranger things have happened

After making hundreds of trips to an autopsy lab in Loveland, Colo., with a body in ... [more]

A legal lesson

Nov 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Shey Bruce trial put the legal system on full display

The second-degree murder trial that concluded over the weekend was an important ... [more]

Already dreaming of the White House

Nov 29, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  A presidential campaign is a $2 billion business, so you can be sure there's a lot of planning going on already.

Is it too early to think about who's ... [more]

Give thanks for where you are from

Nov 27, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Be thankful you are from Wyoming.
Thankful for the gin-clear mornings.
Thankful for skies at dusk that look like God's own majestic canvas if he were a ... [more]

Thankful for 'healthy wrinkles'

Nov 27, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  That's what I am during this time of gratitude for material things that bless our bodies, and the family and friends who bless our spirits.

On ... [more]

Thanksgiving 50 years ago

Nov 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Shortly before he died, JFK proclaimed the day

It's customary for the President of the United States to issue a presidential proclamation before ... [more]

Pentagon boasts clean audits, but system of accountability is suspect

Nov 26, 2013 - By James Rosen and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Burea:  WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's central payroll and accounting office, which pays out tens of billions of dollars a year to U.S. service members and defense ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Newspaper holiday
It's Thanksgiving week, which brings up a bit of newspaper scheduling information. The Ranger will not publish Thursday in observance ... [more]

Did off-year elections tell us much?

Nov 24, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  We've reached that point in the political post-mortems of election 2013 where as my wise and good friend, the late Arizona Rep. Morris K. "Mo" Udall used to ... [more]

Reading is one of my new jobs

Nov 24, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  How many books have I read? Unless the NSA watches what Americans are reading as closely as what we are saying, watching or browsing, there isn't any way to ... [more]

Thankful

Nov 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It needn't be complicated

Somewhere along the line, a dose of something like guilt came to be attached to the November holiday arriving Thursday. ... [more]

Fifty years later, JFK still makes America ask 'what if?'

Nov 22, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  America was not innocent before the murder of John F. Kennedy. Three presidential assassinations had preceded his, along with several unsuccessful attempts. ... [more]

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]