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For the kiddies, it’ll be necessary to start this rant by explaining that there was an immensely popular TV show called “Dallas” that ran from 1978 through 1991. It traced the escapades of a grossly dysfunctional Texas family dynasty. Now we have the soap opera about a grossly dysfunctional …

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An oft-quoted parable warns those who are inclined to overestimate their impact on the world. Feeling important? Follow these instructions and be humbled. Put your hand, up to the wrist, in a bucket of water. Pull it out. Look quickly if you want to see how completely your imprint disappears.

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You’re excused if you didn’t hear about the latest impeachment “bombshell” that exploded in the media on Wednesday.

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Early Tuesday morning, a day before the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, a small army of police, sheriff’s deputies and a tactical SWAT team with a military robot laid siege to a house in Oakland, California. The threat they were confronting? Women and children nonviolently str…

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More than 200 legislators from both parties recently filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. Wyoming’s entire congressional delegation (Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and Rep. Liz Cheney) signed on. The brief challenges the plaintiff’s standing and asks SCOTUS to uphold the ov…

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Acts of war, perfidious sneak attacks, like Pearl Harbor or 9-11, followed by the justified revenge and total victory of a great nation. Now that we are at war with Iran, let’s review the acts of war between our two nations:

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Let’s deal with the letter “I.” No, it’s not because we are run by a bunch of self-involved leaders, including the narcissist in chief, President Donald Trump. It’s because, for whatever reason, much of our news right now involves “I” words.

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The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success.

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With the Wyoming Legislature set to convene next month under a cloud of dismal revenue projections, we can expect plenty of creative tax increases to be trotted out. But raising revenue through taxation does nothing to decrease spending. Indeed, taxation arguably makes budget deficits worse,…

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Last month, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, successfully steered the passage of a provision that provides lifetime healthcare benefits to coal miners, such as those in Kemmerer, whose employers have filed for bankruptcy. Conspicuously missing from the list of supporters of the bipart…

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With the dawn of a new year, we naturally look to the future and express our hopes and expectations for the coming year. Now is a good time to do the same for Wyoming politics, as our state’s voters and elected officials will have important decisions to make in the next 12 months. The decisi…

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The story of our country is often told by the decades that define it. With the end of this decade so close at hand, it can often be tempting to imagine what the last 10 years will be remembered for. Or for that matter, the last year alone.

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If students don’t get angry and rise up at the ballot box soon (as in, really soon) they will eventually face the largest tax burden in economic history—and make no mistake it will have a profound effect on everything from affording a house to taking a vacation. Because while students prepar…

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On Christmas Day, with nothing better to do than intrude into the closed and dusty basement of the University of Wyoming’s Physical Sciences Building, what did I find but a top-of-the-line PBR-endorsed mechanical bull, covered with cobwebs!

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Having lived in Wyoming most of my life, you’d think I would know that winter is a terrible time to move. That holds true whether it’s across the street or, as in my case, the windy, snowy and icy 180-mile trek down I-25 from Casper to Cheyenne.

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The great performer Bing Crosby reached the height of his stardom about 80 years ago, but every Christmas season he makes a triumphant return to American radio and malls and other public places.

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First Lady Nancy Reagan was correct when she told an Oakland schoolgirl to “Just say no,” if offered drugs. At the time, she was mocked as naïve and simplistic. But while the mainstream media dumbed down her argument, the First Lady was trying to nudge her husband’s policy from reducing the …

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Seventy-nine years ago this month, in the midst of the fall of France, England was facing the unthinkable: fighting Nazi Germany alone and quite possibly failing. It was at this moment British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave one of his most memorable speeches.

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In little chunks and bigger, the foundations of our democratic republic are being destroyed. Here in Laramie, the latest evidence comes in the form of one citizen refusing to serve as a juror. She told the judge she was too busy to be a genuine citizen of the republic.

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David Lawrence Dotson, of Arvada, Colorado, passed away peacefully on February 13 after a six-month battle with cancer.

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So there was the new governor – standing by the copier patiently waiting for some copies to print. He was making a little banter with Alfrieda Gonzales who keeps things humming in his front office while chatting with the plain-clothed highway patrolman, who serves as security man and all-aro…

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The crisis is not at our southern border, it is in our nation’s capital. In their desire to separate us for political purposes, our government has lost its capacity to function. And if they cannot sort out 215 miles of border fence, how can we trust them to address even bigger and more compl…

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Imagine you’re stuck in this horrible situation: while driving on the job you are seriously injured many miles from a hospital. When an ambulance finally arrives, EMTs decide you need to be transported to the nearest medical facility by helicopter.

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I got to my drug dealer early on Christmas Eve, lined up behind others wanting their fix. She moved with manic energy, hopped up on her own product. Profits are good, with prices fifty times what the growers in Columbia receive. The organization that employs her took in 25 billion dollars la…

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With 2020 approaching, potential presidential candidates are waiting until after New Year’s Day to announce. One chose the day the whole world was celebrating his birthday to throw his hat, or rather his kippah, into the ring.

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An old landmark of Laramie has come to light with the opening of the new Snowy Range Bridge over the railroad tracks. It is a large stone building, a remnant of Laramie’s original glass factory. It sits behind the Gas Light Motel on Third Street, especially visible when traveling east over t…