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The late, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch was known for frequently asking, “How am I doing?” He did well enough, obviously, to earn a second term as mayor, but lost his bid for a third term to David Dinkin, who only lasted one term before being unseated by Rudy Giuliani.

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In January of 2016 my wife Trena, 1½-year-old grandson Bridger and I drove to the hospital so that we could meet Bridger’s newborn little sister. I was a bit concerned at the time that Bridger would resent having to share “HIS” home with a little sister.

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Agnes Chow is a petite, soft-spoken 23-year-old who may soon disappear into the gulags of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). She was born a British citizen living in Hong Kong, the freest city in China. Then, in 1997, Britain handed the city and its inhabitants to China under a treaty that w…

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Unemployed Wyomingites aren’t sure how they’re going to pay their mortgage or rent this August, our energy industries are on life-support, and small businesses are unable to plan for even the short term. Meanwhile Congress descends into complete COVID-lock, unable to do the very job they are…

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When our son heard clunking noises in his car, he was appropriately worried. When his Toyota was idling or going over 20, the noise was alarming. While he waited to get an expert opinion, his mind rushed to the worst—“It’s so loud, it must be the drive-train.” Walking to work, he had time to…

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I don’t think anyone in Wyoming is more capable of supervising an election during the COVID-19 pandemic than Debra Lee. Not only does she understand how vital it is to protect people’s voting rights; she’s put her life on the line doing so.

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What do politicians do when a pandemic wipes out traditional campaign strategies of knocking on doors, shaking hands and talking face-to-face to constituents?

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“We the People of the United States,” the first words of the Constitution, are handwritten in the largest and boldest print in the original document.

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A popular (and relatable) meme circulating on the internet describes military life as having a plan, then a new plan, then another plan – then the first plan once again, which will no doubt be replaced by a brand new plan, only to go back to the second plan.

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I have counseled couples who lost their child—by cancer, accident, suicide. All I know and feel is that “This is the greatest grief of all.” To lose one’s child is not only to lose a close and life-long relationship, it is to lose the dreams we have for the future of the one we love. Years a…

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This week, I had the privilege of voting in the Republican primary. As I went through my ballot, I was once again reminded of how lucky we are to live in Wyoming. Almost every single name on the ballot was someone I knew, and certainly every single person I voted for was a person I have had …

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North America has been inhabited for 13,000 years by First Peoples who came from Asia across a land bridge (Beringia) or by boat. Without romanticizing lives that were often short and difficult, First Peoples lived in harmony with their environment, which remained lush with animals and plant…

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Two weeks ago, this column set about to rescue our common sense of morality from the false accusation that it is uniquely Christian. It pointed out the Cardinal Virtues predated Christianity by four centuries and are understood instinctively throughout the world.

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I went out to water my garden. I use the word, garden, loosely. It is a dog pen that the former owners built on the back of my garage. I have repurposed it to be a tiny garden area just big enough for green beans, carrots, spinach, and if I am lucky a tomato plant. At a time when the entire …

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There are few rights more fundamental than bringing up your children as you choose. Strangely we have largely given up that right. For more than a century government has been the main provider of K to 12 education in the United States, as well as in other major countries. Our education syste…

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As with the country as a whole, Wyoming is in an economic downturn. The dual impacts of reduced productivity from COVID-19 and the broader decline of the fossil fuel markets have resulted in reductions in both our state revenue and our overall economy. Rather than dwelling on the state budge…

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“Look at our farmers markets today, bursting with heritage breeds and heirloom varieties, foods that were once abundant when we were an agricultural nation, but that we have lost touch with. Bringing all these back helps us connect to our roots, our communities and helps us feed America the …

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More than a century ago, Wyoming residents lived through a flu pandemic much the same way people deal with the coronavirus today: restricting business activity and keeping their distance from others.

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I choose to write on the Fourth of July for two reasons. One is that I celebrate my father, Col. Jerome Henry Lentz, who liberated the first concentration camp. He taught me with his life what it means to fight for freedom and to honor the American flag. The second is vitally important this …

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Last week, the White House stated that the economy will “come back strong” after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced “It should not take long for us to see the economic recovery unfold.”

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In one way or another, these past couple of months have been difficult for all of us. The bad news seems to just come in waves – worries about the pandemic and sickness, worries about schools and child care, worries about jobs and the economy, seemingly insurmountable budget shortfalls for o…

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In addition to pastoring Highlands Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne, I am the leader of the Peace and Justice Team for the Wyoming Interfaith Network (WIN). As its name indicates, WIN is a diverse organization of people of many faiths, e.g. Islam, Judaism, Unitarian Universalism, Baha’i, Nati…

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After the May 25th murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, hundreds of thousands of Americans peacefully protested for police reform. Protests are producing changes, with reform bills already passed in Minneapolis and in New York state.

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In the middle of a night, someone threw a brick through the window of an 82-year-old Laramie man. Pete Gardner is well-known for the political messages displayed in his yard. On his front door is a tribute to Caesar Chavez, the iconic advocate for immigrant farm workers. Mr. Gardner also pos…

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Recently Wyoming’s U.S. Sen. John Barrasso called Sen. Chuck Schumer’s state of New York a fiscal cesspool, and then pledged to oppose the use of any taxpayer dollars to subsidize it. This language may provide red meat for hard-right conservatives, but let’s remember that here in Wyoming, we…

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“‘Give,’ said the little stream, ‘Give, oh! Give, give, oh! Give.’ ‘Give,’ said the little stream, as it hurried down the hill; ‘I’m small, I know, but wherever I go the fields grow greener still.‘” – Fanny J. Crosby

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In the beginning, America was nothing more than a promise. Those promises were broken one by one because people who knew what’s right wouldn’t do it.

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Despite the passage of many months of investigation and observation, the most remarkable thing about the COVID-19 virus is how little anyone truly knows about it. Unless of course, you consider how much certain segments of the population think they do know about it.