It was May 2010. I had just moved to Bartow, Florida after having lived the previous 22 years in Hickory, N.C. That Thanksgiving I was invited to a family dinner by the woman I was dating at the time. They had a tradition I had never encountered. On slips of paper each person anonymously wro…
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.
Why was I applying for the managing editor position with the Laramie Boomerang was the gist of the email reply from Gary Loftus, the Laramie Boomerang general manager, in response to my cover letter and resume.
This was not the column I had planned writing introducing myself to readers of the Boomerang, and to residents of Laramie. But as the saying goes, “Man plans and God laughs.”
Early Casper entrepreneur and philanthropist Fred Goodstein used to say, “Beware of the person who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
For most of the coronavirus pandemic, Wyoming’s hospitals treated fewer than 20 coronavirus patients a day. The numbers would sometimes rise, like they did in July, but they’d soon fall again. The state’s health system was not being overrun as was feared when the virus first emerged here in March.
During the heat waves this summer, Californians found themselves roasting in the dark when rolling blackouts left hundreds of thousands of residents without power.
Good news has been hard to come by this year. But if you’re looking for something positive, consider what’s happening at the University of Wyoming.
The coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn it has caused has been especially painful for the network of nonprofit groups that serve Wyoming communities. The demand for their work has never been greater as the social safety net is tested by job losses, an energy downturn and other mal…
This is a tough time for those charged with deciding whether and how to reopen the University of Wyoming campus to in-class learning. And we need to give the trustees, administration, faculty, staff members and students encouragement as they try to do the best they can.
Even during a global pandemic and a state budget crisis, a group of Wyoming lawmakers has a chance later this month to continue a conversation that could lead to greater government transparency at all levels.
When Mark Gordon, now Governor of Wyoming, first ran for the office a couple of years ago, he didn’t know a huge part of his job would become trying to manage a statewide outbreak of a virus that has brought about a global pandemic.
As we enter the fifth full month fighting a stubborn pandemic, it is remarkable how many people have risen to the challenge. Despite some conflicts and naysayers, people here have shown courage and determination in continuing their daily lives as best they can.
Ever since George Floyd died in May when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, the Black Lives Matter movement and the injustices it seeks to rectify have been pushed to the forefront of the national dialogue. Issues that have been ignored for far too long a…
We have discussed in previous editorials that absentee ballots are available to all registered voters in Wyoming. Early voting is also an option for those wanting to avoid potential infection danger at crowded polling places on Election Day.
As cases of COVID-19 spike in many locations, the Laramie City Council has discussed plans to pass a resolution asking Albany County to work with the State of Wyoming to make the wearing of protective face coverings mandatory in businesses and many public areas.
As a group of top Wyoming officials work to prepare a bid for the potential purchase of 1 million acres of surface land and 4 million acres of mineral rights, Wyoming is facing substantial revenue shortfalls that must be addressed.
Wyoming legislators have what they obviously think is a fool-proof plan to avoid ever having to address Wyoming’s state budget crisis, and they’ve been enacting it for years.
Despite all the wishful thinking and frustration with safeguards, the fight against the COVID-19 virus continues as the number of cases and deaths is increasing.
The ongoing protests in Laramie against systemic racism, police brutality and other racially motivated actions by police forces across the country have been mostly peaceful and non-confrontational up till the past few days. We are also impressed that most participants are wearing masks out o…
As we all wait to find out how the reopening of Wyoming impacts our lives and the COVID-19 infection rate one thing has become clear: This will not be a short process.
Wyoming residents find themselves staring down the barrel of budget cuts and shortfalls, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and public health policies put in place to fight it.
Wyoming is at a point where it needs more investment into its ageing infrastructure and the pandemic is the perfect excuse to do so, as long as the state’s legislature finally decides to open up spending some of its reserves.
Are you planning to run for elected office this year? If so, listen up. Because we and other Wyoming voters have a few things we need from you this year. Otherwise, we’re not going to let you waste our time.
Last week’s editorial discussed the need to recruit good candidates for the upcoming local elections. Another key to providing needed leadership is participation by voters in this important process.
Wyoming’s Republican Party talks frequently about the importance of freedom and liberty. They are quick to criticize Democrats for being intolerant to different ways of thinking and lampoon liberals for being “snowflakes” who can’t take criticism.
In a year when uncertainty has been our way of life, public service of all kinds has become even more valuable. And that is definitely true when talking about those women and men who put themselves on the line by running for public office.
Wyoming lawmakers may not realize it, but they’ve been given a rare and unexpected opportunity this election year. Surprisingly, it comes as the result of our new nemesis: COVID-19.
In the midst of the stress, fears, limitations and uncertainty that have come to us thanks to COVID-19, it is remarkable how people here in Albany County are rising to meet these daily challenges.
Every business, organization and government entity has been forced to adapt their policies and practices to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Schools, students and educators have certainly been among those most affected by this struggle.
These are tumultuous times and virtually everyone in our city, our county, our state and our country are handling stress and uncertainty beyond measure. No one is exempt.
For a long time, Wyoming politics seemed to lack the bitter ideological partisanship that exists in other states. That’s not to say politics in Wyoming aren’t tough at times. But until the past decade, lawmakers seemed less interested in wedge issues and more focused on pragmatically solving…
The World Health Organization on Thursday declared “This is not a drill” when it comes to COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus. The agency called on local governments to pull out all the stops when it comes to efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. In Wyoming, we’re told the risk o…
It’s seldom that a proposal from Wyoming state government is dramatic enough to take our breath away. But Monday’s announcement that the state is considering buying more than a million acres of land from Occidental Petroleum certainly qualifies.
Almost a year after we learned that former University of Wyoming president Laurie Nichols would not continue in that position in 2019, the public finally received at least part of the explanation it deserved this week.
The city of Laramie is right to move forward efforts to reduce the presence of single-use plastic bags in the community. Anyone who has participated in a public cleanup day has no love for these things as they cling to fences and become tangled and torn in grass. Have you ever chased a bag d…
One sure way to get a lively discussion going in Laramie is to raise the issue of parking. We all have our biases and our own preferred solutions to that perceived problem.
After months of back and forth, Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken recently ruled that the University of Wyoming must turn over, within 30 days, numerous records related to former UW President Laurie Nichols to the Laramie Boomerang, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the Casper Star-Tr…
Imagine it’s time to pay your bills and there is less money in your bank account than you’d expect. Someone who owes you money hasn’t paid up. What would you do?