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A ccording to a recent study from a company called Smart Asset, Weston County ranks ninth out of Wyoming’s 23 counties on a list of the best counties in the state for small business owners. To arrive at that conclusion, the study looked at tax returns from each county to determine the proportion of...
America’s free speech story, as written in Supreme Court decisions, did not begin until World War I when the Court declared in 1919, in Schenck v. United States, that speech is protected unless it presents a “clear and present danger” to our nation. The Court’s landmark opinion, written by Justice...
A nuclear bulls-eye is focused smack on Wyoming’s state capital. Today, when madman Vladimir Putin is talking about sending Russian nuclear missiles to the USA, it can make you wonder about what you would do in such a scenario? This is one of those “what if” columns. I want to believe that what I...
Gillette City Council recently found itself in hot water after an investigation found the governing body repeatedly violated open meetings laws. According to the Gillette News Record’s report of a comprehensive review released early this month, the city had conducted improper executive sessions —...
Everyone has heard of a Promposal — the trend of coming up with a creative and perhaps extravagant method of asking your date to the prom — but last weekend, Newcastle students, parents and staff pulled off a Promiracle.  For the first time in my tenure at Newcastle High School, the prom venue was...
I often get asked, “What made you choose soccer as a high school sport?” The truest answer I can give is that I truly have no clue. Don’t get me wrong, soccer is my favorite sport, other than volleyball, but the spring weather just plain sucks. You never know if you’ll be able to actually compete...
Pecans are much more than an added ingredient to your favorite baking recipes. They are a healthy and convenient snack as well. People all over the nation are beginning to add this nutritious American-grown nut to their list of favorite snacks.  When buying pecans, there is an abundance of options...
Many years ago, one of my nieces was scolding her baby due to her “bad” attitude. When my mom asked her what her baby had done, her reply was that her baby had an attitude. It was tough not to laugh out loud, especially when the look on her face was full on disappointment with her charge.  Attitude...
Weak men To the editor: I have now lived the repetitive full circle of history in my lifetime “Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.” History has consistently warned our leaders and citizens of the danger of weakness...
Believe it or not, this column is about fashion trends. My first story is about a time a few years ago when I was in the bar area of the Lander Community Center during a charity fund-raiser to benefit disabled veterans. “Are you packing?”  I did not think the question was meant for me. I kept...

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