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H ot mulled apple cider to warm up cool, autumn days Mulled apple cider is a delicious way to kick off the chilly autumn season. To mull something means to heat and flavor it with spices. Cider can be mulled at a low temperature for a long time or at a simmer for about an hour, depending on your...
T he rain was falling in sheets. The wind was howling. The temperature was 40 degrees and I could see my breath. My raincoat was soaked through and my umbrella was inside out. It was late at night and I was standing on a street corner in Cardiff, Wales, waiting for a bus.  And I was thinking about...
E very session for the past several years, the Wyoming legislature has endured one push after another for Medicaid expansion. For my part, I have held steady against expansion in every debate. My position has brought no end of criticism from the media, certain special interests, and many of my less...
T he Supreme Court’s watershed decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) which, as we have seen, introduced a general constitutional right to privacy, sufficient to protect a married couples’ right to use contraceptive devices, has exerted tremendous influence over the past half-century. Roe v....
… but losing sucks. I  remember this being the mantra of my basketball team when I was in high school and over the last couple of weeks it’s been brought to my mind more than once.  After starting the season off struggling on the gridiron and running hot and cold on the volleyball court, the highs...
T ravel times can be nervous times in the time of COVID. We were anxious about going to a wedding and then going farther, but what about the booster shot? A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the Pfizer vaccine’s long-term protection against COVID was not quite as...
I  recently spent some time thinking about what Wyoming will be like in 2030.  How will it change?  How will it stay the same?  What trends are we seeing now that will shape its future? The next ten years will shape the future for Wyoming.  We will see changes to our state’s demographic makeup, to...
C lareton, Wyo., slept peacefully in a cow pasture along a quiet hillside in Weston County for decades. Very, very early the morning of July 18, 2021, the village arose like Rip Van Winkle, wiping sleepy eyes. Awestruck residents stared at the large, beautiful building gracing the hillside to the...
B eing pushed outside of your comfort zone isn’t comfortable. Period. But oftentimes it seems like God pushes us out of our comfort zones to grow us. And in spite of the discomfort, there’s beauty in those places, and looking back on those experiences, you see the wonderful things that happened and...
Although not mentioned in the Constitution, the right to privacy has been invoked by its enormous following as thoroughly American and indispensable to our conception of liberty and freedom. Its partisans have expressed numerous reasons for its exalted status in the hearts and minds of the...

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