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Tuesday notes

Dec 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Today's down-sized Ranger owes to a problem that developed with our printing press Friday. We are scrimping and scraping for a few more days while necessary ... [more]

The Ferguson diagram

Nov 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There are lessons there for everyone about what to do, and what not to

From a thousand-mile distance we in Wyoming have watched the unfolding ... [more]

Some are more equal than others

Nov 30, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  How is it that one man's "socialism" is another man's "economic development"?

There is a sign near the checkout counter at Jiffy Rental that depicts ... [more]

Trouble in our medicine cabinets

Nov 28, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Prescription drug abuse is a costly problem in Wyoming

Sometimes the biggest problems are standing right there in front you.
Take the case of ... [more]

Spend a few bucks locally

Nov 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It will make the holiday season brighter

This Christmas season, don't forget your local merchants.
They certainly have not forgotten you. In fact, ... [more]

Thankful for buds on the vine

Nov 26, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Give the positives in your life a chance to bloom

"Don't let your buds die on the vine," urged my younger sister one day.
This was her advice ... [more]

Is the pudding done?

Nov 26, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Happy old words for Thanksgiving Day

Nineteenth-century writer and magazine editor Lydia Child wrote "A Boy's Thanksgiving Day" in 1844. You might ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 25, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Happy holidays
Although some would claim, and not completely without legitimacy, that the holiday season began with Halloween, by traditional ... [more]

Weighing opportunities along the path

Nov 23, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Some choices you make for yourself, while others are made for you.

Coach Norman Dale faced the hostile crowd and finished the defense of his coaching ... [more]

Taking command on immigration

Nov 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Rather than being goaded into a tantrum by the president, Republicans ought to own the agenda

Immigration issues aren't of overriding importance in ... [more]

Learning to be thankful, not fretful

Nov 21, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Too often we serve up a plate full of holiday anxiety

Do you have a doozy of a story about a bad Thanksgiving?
Sorry. I don't want to hear ... [more]

Power of the pen

Nov 21, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Executive orders from a president are nothing new in this country

As expected, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced his executive order on ... [more]

You need a Rambo in your life

Nov 20, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Even if it's just to tackle a plumbing problem

It was on my heart to write something warm and inspiring this week, but there is something else that ... [more]

A plan with a chance

Nov 20, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thanks to public comment, Boysen document is a better piece of work

It is an easy and common complaint to say the government "doesn't listen to the ... [more]

Allegation vs. verification

Nov 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  In the case of a bizarre death, we must take care to recognize the difference

Rarely has our newspaper published a headline to equal the one above ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  We're still more than a full month from the winter solstice, but that fact of the calendar is meaningless as a practical matter. Winter is here, with a ... [more]

Gardening into gorgeous November

Nov 16, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  Last week I picked two tomatoes right off the vine, something unheard of in this state so late in the year.

I noticed our German short-haired ... [more]

More than Jackson

Nov 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The tourist area's airport figures skew Wyoming's air service picture

How could it be that in this period of near desperation among small airlines ... [more]

When you can say 'I made it'

Nov 14, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Rarely does it happen without some obstacles

Recently I got a call that every parent of a grown child hates.
My son was on the line.
His job was ... [more]

20 years on

Nov 14, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The fabulous Riverton-Lander title game in 1994 is recalled Sunday

For once, the weather in Laramie on the first of two days of state-championship ... [more]

Lobbyists now practically the fourth branch of government

Nov 13, 2014 - By Lee Hamilton:  Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as "the Fourth Estate." But I think the media may have been displaced. These ... [more]

Blessings, even in the bitter cold

Nov 13, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Gratitude is a quality to be observed every day

I am writing on Monday morning, tuning into my creative thinking channel to decide on a subject for ... [more]

A chair for Enzi

Nov 13, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming's senior senator has bided his time, paid his dues

There are pros and cons being discussed following the electoral takeover of the U.S. ... [more]

Pleiades on a fender in front of you

Nov 12, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  How one famous car company got its name and logo

I was reading an article on the debate over how far it is to the Pleiades stars, thinking it might ... [more]

Soldiers House

Nov 12, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County has a welcome new addition to health care for veterans

Anyone who saw the crummy-looking old house that Charlie Wilson wanted to ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Nov 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Quite a change
Rarely will we witness and shiver through a more drastic transformation in weather than the one taking place over the past day or two. ... [more]

Autumn in the afternoon

Nov 9, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  I'm finally enjoying the season again just as I did as a boy.

There is a distinct smell to autumn.  I first noticed the aroma as a junior high school ... [more]

An end is not a win

Nov 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Cindy Hill saga may be dissipating, but its long-term lesson mustn't be lost

Last Tuesday the person who will replace Cindy Hill as Wyoming ... [more]

State firmly in Republican hands

Nov 7, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Should there be a place for an alternative in Wyoming?

The Republicans cleaned up this week in Wyoming cities and towns.
The state got redder -- and ... [more]

Down in flames

Nov 7, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Amendment A on university trustees was routed by voters Tuesday

- One of the great bad ideas in recent years, at least in the eyes of the voters -- ... [more]