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Guest Editorial: Don't push Medicaid expantion on Wyoming

Every session for the past several years, the Wyoming legislature has endured one push after another for Obamacare Medicaid expansion. For my part, I have held steady against expansion in every debate. My position has brought no end of criticism...

 

Wyoming families personal wealth is under attack by Biden Plan

Few things are more private than your household finances. In his American Families Plan, President Biden unveiled a tax compliance initiative aimed at closing the gap between taxes that are owed and what are paid. Most of the anticipated revenue,...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I understand the public is invited to express their opinions concerning the moving of City Hall, etc. to the MTC. I have visited with many citizens concerning this and basically, I get the same opinion – they do not like the idea of...

 
 By Jillian Balow    Opinion    May 6, 2021

Balow: Time for a comprehensive plan

I grew up watching westerns with the likes of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and John Wayne. Predictable endings – good guys riding off into the sunset after saving the town – never spoiled the action or suspense of the movie.  Wyoming hoped for the...

 

Legislative Update

A quick update on the session. I will follow with more in-depth information in future releases. We finished our session on April 7. It has been both a productive session as well as a frustrating one. This portion of the session began with a virtual...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am responding to Dick Claar’s letter to the editor. Our county commissioners are elected by the people to represent the people of Crook County. Please read that, picturing the entire county. I resent that he is so critical of the...

 
 By Ken Paulson    Opinion    March 18, 2021

Open government is key to honest government

When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. No one wants to be held directly responsible for letting...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Recently Sundance Councilman Joe Wilson and I attended the March Crook County Commissioners meeting. We asked the commissioners to form a solid waste district in Crook County. After a discussion was held on the subject, a motion was...

 

My Wyoming

Using both tight budgets and a pandemic as excuses, the dumb idea of limiting printed public notices in Wyoming newspapers has reared its ugly head again in the Legislature in Cheyenne.  Wyoming citizens should be both outraged at this proposal...

 

Legislative Update

Greetings Crook and Weston Counties,  I’m writing with an update to overview some of the information on the happenings at the virtual session. As I have shared before, what we dealt with were bills that had been discussed during the interim. One...

 

Legislative Update

We started our virtual session on January 12, gaveling in for a one-day start on the session. Bills were read in and assigned to committees and then we gaveled in with our committees, meeting virtually on January 19,20 and 21. The bills were all inte...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Holy crap, who knew! There really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I discovered this after attending the January 6 Crook County Commissioners meeting, at which they held a hearing concerning the request to establish a county w...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, With the literally hundreds of communicable/transferable diseases around the world, what makes Covid-19 so different...why are we being forced to be afraid of this virus more than any other ailment, including the plague? Yes, it can...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, To the residents of Crook County: I am asking each resident to contact the Crook County Commissioners and indicate your opinion concerning the forming of a solid waste district in Crook County. Moorcroft, Sundance and Pine Haven municipa...

 

Legislative Update

Hello all, just a quick update on the Wyoming Legislature. Now that the dust has settled at least at a state and local level on the elections I felt it was appropriate for an update. There will be lots of new faces when we get to the capitol....

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, There’s a time for everything. I have been waiting to write this letter for a long time. Listening to the Vice President Debate with Joe Biden made the right time for this letter. When Harris was asked about abortion she said it’s...

 

Guest Editorial: Leave 'legals' alone

Wyoming legislators have been working this fall on further erosion of public notices in newspapers. This time the target is the publication of the salaries of local government employees. A bill changing state law so that those no longer have to be...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, The coming election is one of the most critical in many years on the federal, state and local levels. If you are planning on voting by mail, you should consider doing so by next week to ensure your voice is heard. While many state...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    October 8, 2020

2020 has shown us why America needs journalists

There is one week set aside each year to salute newspapers for the important role they have played in our nation, a role that goes back to the beginning of these United States. This year, however,...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: The current level of polarization in the United States is corrosive and destructive of personal relationships, essential political discourse and a cohesive social fabric. Fortunately, many organizations and individuals are focused on...

 

Scholarship to wear a mask is not the right direction for Wyoming students

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...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, This coming November, two items will appear on the ballot. First will be the one mill levy to support the countless services provided to our senior citizens throughout the county; these range from home visits, meals, transportation to...

 
 By Jennie Gordon    Opinion    July 16, 2020

Wyoming Hunger Initiative

Food insecurity is a largely invisible problem, most typically experienced within the privacy of a home or kept an uncomfortable secret in a school setting. Walk into any grocery store in Wyoming and it’s hard to imagine how anyone might not have...

 

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, You work hard you do the right thing and bam you get screwed!  Why even bid a contract if you are not going to take the bids seriously?  Really a bid is a good faith expectation by both parties, the bidder believes they will be given t...

 

State Coronavirus Shutdowns and the Constitution

Over the past two months, the nation has engaged in unprecedented shutdowns in an effort to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. After many weeks of economically crippling restrictions and stay-at-home orders, citizens are beginning to question the...

 

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