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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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As Wyoming and other states across the nation start taking the first tentative steps in pursuit of a more normal life, the cardinal rule should be to take it slow.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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It is easy these days to be judgmental of others, particularly when dealing with a pandemic that’s been so politicized.

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Tourism is a key industry for Wyoming and it’s no surprise with the abundance of natural beauty, recreation opportunities and small town charm.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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?

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If you’re feeling exhausted with the pace and intensity of politics and the news after 2019, well, strap in for more in 2020. Whether you’re thinking in terms of national, state or local issues, there’s plenty on the slate in the coming months that will keep the wheels of the news cycle turning.

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Fall is a busy time of year in Laramie. It seems like there are a lot of competing schedules trying to take advantage of all the enthusiasm that comes with the season. Whether it’s university students returning, our younger students’ school years beginning, the homecoming of alumni, outdoor …

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After more than six months, it’s no clearer today than it was in March why the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees decided not to renew the contract of President Laurie Nichols. It’s becoming more obvious, however, that providing no explanation is not acceptable.

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Suicide continues to be a serious public health issue in the Cowboy State that affects people from all different backgrounds. The Wyoming Department of Health estimated in a 2018 report that a person dies from suicide in Wyoming every two days. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control sa…

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Almost 50 years after the Black 14 incident at the University of Wyoming, Laramie for the second time in 2019 welcomed back some of those football players to campus this week. And what a week it was as healing and amends took place that made those athletes feel like they were once again home at UW.

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It was our community’s pleasure on Friday to welcome to Laramie Carla Hayden, who was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden became the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library after she was nominated to the position by the nat…

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We’ve commented many times on the editorial page on how much we appreciate the fruits of summer in Laramie. Whether it’s the quiet that comes with the population dropping, Jubilee Days, farmers markets, the perfect weather many days or whatever else you can point to, lots of locals will tell…

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There’s an interesting political trend in the U.S. in recent years that has seen conservatives pushing for repealing the death penalty at the state level. It even saw some success in Wyoming in 2019, with a bipartisan bill making its way through the House and a Senate committee before dying …

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Providing affordable housing is a challenge nationwide, and it’s certainly a problem for the Gem City. Sadly, Laramie residents spend more of their income than any other community in the state on housing costs, according to information from the Wyoming Business Council recently provided to t…

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uly is always an eventful month in the Gem City of the Plains. The Fourth of July and Laramie Jubilee Days brings excitement to the community, and we enjoyed the celebrations earlier this month as we always do.

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Let us be absolutely clear on a point: Blaming the survivors of sexual harassment, molestation, assault and rape – fully, in-part or even just a little bit — is always wrong. If you believe that survivors bear any culpability in the harmful acts perpetrated upon them, you are part of the problem.

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It’s not an uncommon scenario in Laramie City Council chambers: developers come in saying they’re struggling to meet the requirements of city code to open a new business or provide residential options in the Gem City. There seems to be something of an eternal struggle in Laramie and elsewher…

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Today, the last day of June marks the end of LGBTQ Pride Month. The month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969, where members of the LGBTQ community in New York reacted to harassment on the part of law enforcement. (It’s worth noting we do not condone any of the violence tha…