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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach President Donald Trump set off a torrent of praise, criticism and speculation about her political future, both in Wyoming and on the national stage.

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One day every year, the American people remember the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and every year, “I Have a Dream” is recited like a prayer whispered before bed. This year’s MLK Day felt sobering and tense and reminded me there is work to be done yet as we enter a new president…

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As I walked down my favorite street in Laramie, I saw a yard sign near Beitel School. It was not the usual yard sign, but one clearly made by children. It had a great orange flower, stripped clouds, and a smiling cat. Its message was simple:

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A year ago I joined the Democratic Party, though many of my positions were once considered Republican. This column explains why.

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1. COVID-19 IS HIGHLY CONTAGEOUS. The COVID-19 pandemic captured my full attention back in March. I even wrote a column about the preventative measures that we needed to take to protect ourselves from spreading this horrid disease, “Adjusting to the new normal.”

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Senator Cynthia Lummis made her first serious error before taking the oath of office, joining with 10 other new senators in challenging the 2020 election results already certified in the Electoral College. Senator Lummis made that challenge based on “allegations” of election fraud. What are …

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I’m glad our new U.S. Senator, Cynthia Lummis, wasn’t in the “go along to get along” crowd when the Electoral College vote arrived this week in the Senate.

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Two COVID-19 vaccines with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have started to arrive in Wyoming. Supplies are limited, and vaccines are initially being given to healthcare workers involved in direct patient care, and residents of long-term care fa…

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My name is Ruby Novogrodsky. I am a longtime Laramie resident and recently joined the Rail Tie Wind Project team as outreach coordinator, and I am writing to address the argument of wind versus solar energy as presented in Paul Montoya’s Dec. 17 column.

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(Editor’s note: As a final farewell to this holiday season, we are running this guest column as a way of saying thank you; not only for supporting the Laramie Boomerang, but as a thank you to God, the Provider, for the blessing of His Son. For one last time, Merry Christmas and a happy new year.)

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Several years back, when I was a reporter and editor with the Polk County Democrat in Bartow, Florida, I seized upon an assignment. Then Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — who, in my opinion, should have been Florida’s current governor instead of Ron DeSantis, had it not been for “dark m…

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More swell thoughts as we limp our way through the final month of this rotten, colonoscopy of a year:

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During a 2019 road trip through nine states, I stumbled on to an interesting factoid: the longest highway in America bisects Wyoming.

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I remember taking our small son to see Santa. His grandmother wanted it to happen so we went to the mall and stood in line, a very long line. I was pregnant with our daughter so standing made me uncomfortable. When it was Shawn’s turn, at last, he was lifted to Santa’s lap and started crying…

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DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

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Some people prefer pretending; I’d rather be empirically honest, especially during this pandemic crisis. On Dec. 25 Romans celebrated the winter solstice and the birth of Mithras, the god of the Sun, who emerged from a rock (born of virgin-Earth), attended by shepherds. Originally an ancient…

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For most of us in Wyoming, 2020 brought many challenges. As we head into 2021, we can celebrate a new year with some much-needed encouraging news: We have multiple effective vaccines for COVID-19.

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As we are all enjoying the joy and excitement of the holiday season (albeit a bit different this year), our local restaurants, bars, eateries, and coffee shops could use some extra support. So many of these local businesses support fundraisers and invest in community events that provide vibr…

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Living in Laramie has many blessings. Those blessings are reasons for good companies and good people to move to Laramie. Here is what I would write to a big-city chief executive officer who may be ready to move their business.

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Ritual reminds us of what is important, after all. It inspires us in times of chaos. It draws us together in times of loss. And, it gives us hope beyond the meaning of our minds. Each of us enter into rituals to reenact what is sacred and to go beyond our words to remember what other people …

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Donald Trump’s presidency has been a four-year stress test of America’s constitutional system. Trump’s belligerent governance has weakened the bipartisan fabric — rooted in prudence, decency and comity — that ties our multi-branch system of government together.

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Now, more than ever, our hometown businesses need us. Amidst the pandemic, small, locally owned businesses have struggled to remain open. Those that have pivoted continue to offer curbside service, home or office delivery and outdoor dining to make up for lost revenue. Some have even moved t…

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Small Business Saturday is a relatively new American tradition. While Black Friday has been an informal holiday for more than 60 years, it wasn’t until 2010 that the Saturday after Thanksgiving earned its official title, designating it as a day to shop local and support hometown retailers.

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Happy Thanksgiving! We are the 2020 United Way of Albany County (UWAC) Campaign Chairs and we hope you are healthy and secure in this tumultuous year. When we reflect on what we are thankful for, what rises to the top is our gratitude for our good fortune to live in such a generous caring co…

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Once a year, we Americans pause to give thanks. This is in honor of our ancestors who asked for a day of giving thanks because they had survived their first winter and because enough of them had survived the treacherous journey to form Plymouth Plantation, a small group of settlers led by Wi…

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The Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners voted 4-1 on Nov. 5 to reject the surface lease of school trust land inside a proposed wind project, forgoing an estimated $21 million income over the 40 year life of the project to support our fiscally strapped public schools. Worse, that decision als…

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As the owner of Zenith Business Services (ZBS), the career development firm recently featured in an Oct. 31 Boomerang article, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the newspaper for putting a spotlight on Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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A mandate to wear facemasks without enforcement isn’t a mandate, just another plea for cooperation from the public. A vaccine for COVD-19, third leading cause of death in the U.S., won’t be available for several months. Those who disobey the mask “mandate” (Wyoming’s compliance lowest in the…

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My neighbor Nick and I got to talking the other night about Wyoming’s budget problems. With COVID and the coal industry’s collapse, the governor said the state might start abandoning small towns because we can’t afford to maintain their sewers and streets.

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Wyoming is currently ranked ninth nationally and is in the “red zone” for new COVID-19 cases, meaning we have had more than 100 new cases for every 100,000 residents in one week. Over the past couple of weeks, there are new records in the State for number of new cases in one day, number of h…

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If you wanted to spread coronavirus throughout the state of Wyoming, what better way than a football game in Laramie? And here it comes, in the midst of record-setting numbers of new COVID-19 cases on Ragtime Cowboy Joe’s 100,000-square-mile ranch.