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It's time to start thinking about public office

A straw poll conducted informally over an evening refreshment among friends (you know the kind) recently revealed that many people have grown sick of...

 

Judges order offers time to lessen pain from leasing ban

Days after taking office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order pausing new oil and gas leases on federal lands. The decision produced...

 

A solemn promise

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with...

 

Enjoy the warm days safely

For more than a year, we were stuck inside, away from our friends and families. There was the pandemic to deal with, to protect ourselves from. Then...

 

Colonial Pipeline shutdown shows need to guard against cyber attacks

Earlier this month, hackers collected $4.4 million in ransom after pulling off a cyber-attack that forced the temporary shutdown of the Colonial...

 

Paying people not to work is 'un-American'

by Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record What began as a critical benefit for people directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved to become an...

 

Joining the lawsuit was a good thing

Two weeks ago, the state of Wyoming filed a lawsuit challenging the moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands issued by President Joe Biden...

 

It is bear season, be alert

The first bear was spotted out of hibernation in Yellowstone National Park about two weeks ago. That means the bear season has begun and residents...

 

Grizzly bears need to be delisted

Although we doubt there is little chance for success because of the current political makeup in Washington, we applaud Wyoming’s congressional deleg...

 

Don't succumb to fear

by Bryan Golden  Fear has an evolutionary foundation. The emotion of fear was intended to keep you safe. Fear triggered the fight or flight...

 

More than just cows, plows and sows

When the 4-H and FFA programs started in 1902 and 1928, respectively, they were intended to help rural youngsters learn production and record keeping...

 

Teens, young adults still need guidance with social media

It has long been the mantra of parenting gurus for adults to monitor social media posts for the children in their lives and have access to their...

 

If an emergency strikes, let's be better than Texas

by Steven R. Peck, Publisher  Riverton Ranger, Feb. 18 The cold-weather emergency in Texas is more than a typical case of warm-weather residents...

 

Presidential suspension on mineral development bad for Wyoming's wildlife

by Brian Nesvik, director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department For decades, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has stood out for our ability to...

 

Don't turn out the lights on Wyoming's energy

For decades, Wyoming workers and the rest of our country enjoyed a mutually beneficial arrangement. Oil workers and coal miners provided the nation wi...

 

Content with cardboard

Most parents recall this prototypical Christmas morning scene, when the youngest offspring clumsily ripped open a large gift box, that was carefully...

 

Do not vote blindly or by name recognition

WE THE PEOPLE have been abandoned by our elected representatives. It matters not which side of the political aisle your ideals fall; we can all agree...

 

Will the 66th Wyoming Legislature choose to be bold?

This editorial ran in the Jan. 17 edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, If anyone ever gets bored enough to write a history of the 65th Wyoming Legisl...

 

Wyoming hardest hit by pledge to ban development

by Ryan McConnaughey Petroleum Association of Wyoming  A ban on oil and natural gas development on public lands by the U.S. President-elect would...

 

Small Business Saturday

by Dan Nordberg, SBA’s National Director for Rural Affairs and Region VIII Administrator Small Business Saturday is a relatively new American...

 

Wait for the results

In an unprecedented year, it’s only natural that we have an unprecedented election. It’s the first in our lifetimes to occur during a global...

 

Leave 'legals' alone

Wyoming legislators have been working this fall on further erosion of public notices in newspapers. This time the target is the publication of the...

 

Dedication to Hot Springs County

The late Jack Johnson’s obituary in your Aug. 27 edition gave a fine summary of a life well lived. Jack would have liked that modest treatment....

 

Let's exercise our brains

by Kenneth A. Bartholomew, M.D. Albert Einstein conducted thought experiments to figure out theoretical problems. Let’s do one of our own. Suppose...

 

COVID scams high

by Sam Shumway AARP Wyoming State Director Scammers are on the prowl with Americans’ increased anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic. This is of...

 

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