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Lumpy, a walking, talking lump of coal wearing a miner’s hat and gloves, serves as the Energy Policy Network’s mascot. “Affordable and plentiful, I keep America’s lights on and economy moving,” Lumpy says in a speech bubble on EPN’s website.

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It was an ideal time for some serious thinking and pondering. We were enduring extensive windshield time recently as Nancy and I hauled our 2005 motorhome to its winter home in Las Vegas. In a car that trip makes for a long 12-hour day. In a 34,000-pound motorhome towing a car (about 58 feet…

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My grandson Rhyland and I started playing chess when he was 4. Playing chess requires learning some complex rules. Learning the different ways in which each piece is permitted to move while figuring out strategies to support each move requires a player to learn the rules. Until you learn to abide by them, you’re not really playing chess.

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The University of Wyoming and the state lost a legend with the passing of Dr. George Frison on Sept. 7 at age 95. Thanks in large part to him, Wyoming folks can see that big game hunting is an unbroken thread of our culture that runs from the Ice Age right up to the present.

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“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” — Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.

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Unlike some of his urban counterparts across the country, Sundance Mayor Paul Brooks’ call to defund his small town’s police department isn’t about racial equity or criminal-justice reform. It’s purely about keeping the lights on.

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On the work table in my home office is a token of power and privilege, my ballot for the 2020 General Election, the power and privilege I have that is absent in China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and many other countries.

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Democracy was on grand display during Wyoming’s August primary. To counter fears of the pandemic and spur turnout, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan launched the Let’s Vote Wyoming campaign that included sending applications for mail-in ballots to the state’s registered voters. Like the other c…

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Take a cup of blatant hypocrisy and put it in a blender filled with shredded copies of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legal opinions. Season with a spoonful of negative public opinion polls and press blend.

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At the end of September, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon called for the modernization of the Federal Endangered Species in Washington D.C. at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Back home that same week, two separate hunters were attacked by grizzly bears, and other b…

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Wyoming’s gigantic back yard — its national forests and wilderness areas — took a mighty beating this summer as Americans tried to escape from urban areas and get away from the scourge of the COVID-19 virus.

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For nearly 80% of American history, the expansion and suppression of suffrage have been interwoven into the nation’s political discourse. Political parties, acting primarily out of self-interest, were vehicles for the one impulse or the other.

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When I was getting physical therapy years ago, I was inspired by an amputee. She shared my therapeutic space but not my story. I only had a shattered ankle, but she had lost a leg, jumping from a helicopter in order to fight a fire.

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“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” — Gandhi

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America’s economy has been hamstrung by COVID-19 and revitalizing it must be the essential mission of the next administration. Key to that recovery is the need to explore and responsibly develop America’s energy and minerals. This president recognizes that a healthy country must be free. Tha…

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Most of us take for granted that adults regardless of age, sex or race have the right to vote. The fact is that for nearly two centuries, or 79% of American history, women and people of color lobbied, protested, and died to win suffrage and exercise it. This era drew to a close in 1971 with …

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We should not be surprised that much of the West is on fire. Or that more than 3.1 million acres already have burned in California, another million in Oregon and in Washington, and that tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.

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This week, my wife and I had “the talk.” You know, the one about end-of-life issues. How much care is too much? Do we want doctors to take extraordinary action to save a life? At what point should it end? Who decides?

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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, ....” — Preamble of the U.S. Constitution.

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This year, 2020, may have been known as the Year of the Voter with celebrations of the passages of the 15th Amendment 150 years ago and the 19th Amendment a century ago, the greatest expansions of suffrage in the nation’s history. Unfortunately, a pandemic, economic nosedive, racial unrest, …

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The most common question I receive these days, is “When will this be over?” Or some variation of that, such as, “Will this ever be over?” No one really knows when the coronavirus pandemic will end. What will it take to end this pandemic? Most likely, it will take a combination of things that…

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Our father, Col. Jerome Henry Lentz, liberated a Nazi concentration camp — Ordruf. My grandfather, Col. Bernard Lentz, taught close order drill at Ft. Slocum and helped compose “Sound-Off.” Following the destruction of Pearl Harbor in World War II, ours was a family that knew the cost of fre…

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Can massive clearcutting and bulldozing hundreds of miles of roads at a cost of hundreds of millions “restore” the Medicine Bow National Forest and protect surrounding communities from wildfire? Although the answer is a resounding “no,” that’s the misguided theory behind the huge Landscape V…

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The 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has arrived, a moment to celebrate women’s right to vote and reflect on the way gender inflects our politics today. But there is another milestone in women’s suffrage in the United States that took place…

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The Pilot Hill Project Committee is pleased to announce that several important milestones have been met to support opening the Pilot Hill property for public access this fall.

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As a young boy I learned how to hunt from my father, other family and friends. When I harvested my first pronghorn at age 14, it was a life-changing day. Even when I was a kid, I knew hunting meant more than bringing back a trophy for the wall and a story to tell my friends. My harvest was food.

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When we taught a course on trends in American foreign policy after the Cold War together at UW six years ago, we explored global patterns of interdependence (and dependence). We spent a lot of time discussing America’s place in the world and especially our relationship with China. The articl…

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Fifty years ago, on June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire. The river was one of the most polluted in the U.S. Journalists filled glasses with pitch-black river water. The Santa Barbara, California oil spill occurred in January and February1969 in Southern California. It …

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I am alarmed at the free college rhetoric that hit the Wyoming news cycle over the past week. I know our post-secondary institutions are concerned about enrollment being down this fall and the financial hardship that will cause. But dangling the offer of free college with federal CARES money…

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Considering challenges, problems, and crises as opportunities is a well-known entrepreneurial strategy. The current financial, health, and economic crises present such an opportunity for Wyoming to step back, reconsider, pivot, and pursue more aggressively alternative paths to economic diver…

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There’s a party game called “two truths and a lie.” Sounds like a great party game. But we’re all grownups here – we should have more integrity. Politics shouldn’t be played like a teenage party game. Willfully misleading people is wrong. Most of us agree that the commandment “though shalt n…

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I am writing in response to Emma Clute’s Letter to the Editor published on July 19 titled “The Rail Tie Wind Project is an unethical endeavor.” That letter contains several false and misleading statements, and I would like to set the record straight.

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It’s been a decade since I reflected on radiation, both the kind emitted by nuclear tests and the radium inserted up my nose to shrink swollen adenoids.

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America is starting to recover from its coronavirus-induced coma. The economy added nearly 5 million jobs in June – our largest-ever monthly jobs gain.

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Reclining in my favorite chair recently in vanishingly small Inez, Wyoming, I found myself close to tears. My wife Maria sat beside me to ask what was troubling me.

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The University of Wyoming opened its doors in 1886 as Wyoming’s land-grant institution, created to be a partner with communities in our state. From partnerships with our community colleges, articulating courses to build toward seamless student transfer, to our partnership with the Wyoming Bu…

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Since Covid-19 has dismantled the stability of our small businesses, healthcare system, schools, local and state government, Main Street programs all over the nation have held fast to their mission to revitalize historic districts while uplifting the heart of their communities. As one of man…

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Finally, “Black Lives Matter” gains traction. Showing videos and telling stories that bring attention to the large numbers of deaths by police and the cases and deaths by Covid-19 among African-Americans has led to this long-delayed confrontation with our prejudiced society. What we see with…