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The vacant presidency

July 25, 2014

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached from the world’s convulsions. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement. Read More

Limousine liberalism’s good works

July 24, 2014

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality? I’ve been thinking about this in light of the derision the Clintons are facing for charging six-figure speaking fees while pontificating about income polarization and the plight of the poor. Other high-income, high-net-worth figures have been similarly mocked for expressing concerns Read More

Barry Goldwater 2.0

Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. Read More

Guide diaries: No swimmin’ in the fishin’ hole

Over the past few years, I’ve had a number of folks, both locally and nationally, ask about whether I’d ever return to the professional fishing guide business again.  After long consideration, I finally decided this spring to get back on the water and start earning a bit more income for my family. When I obtained Read More

Despite semantics, decision regarding chief of staff demands public input

July 23, 2014

The recent promotion of Police Chief Richard Adriaens to city chief of staff has left many Sheridan residents scratching their heads. When did this happen? The decision wasn’t talked about in public meetings, nor was it advertised. Typically, in the past, the city of Sheridan has advertised high level positions — police chief, fire chief, Read More

Elizabeth Warren for president?

It was one of those important-but-dull Senate hearings that don’t get broadcast even on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety Thursday, and only four of its 14 members bothered to show up. Several of the public seats were empty, too. But Elizabeth Warren was in her element. The committee’s Read More

Newspapers discuss issues that arise from coupon theft

Each week when I peek into my email inbox, I’ll see reader questions like these: “Any tips on how to get coupon inserts? I’m new and missing the last few weeks of inserts.” “I need more coupon inserts than what comes in my paper. How can I get a bunch more?” My answer to this Read More

Creamy broccoli, bean linguine a treat tonight

BROCCOLI AND BEAN  LINGUINE Servings: Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes, plus pasta   INGREDIENTS 6 ounces linguine 3 cups broccoli florets 1 (15-ounce) can reduced-sodium cannellini beans, rinsed 1 (10-ounce) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup croutons or panko bread crumbs, crushed 1/4 teaspoon Read More

‘As You Like It’

July 22, 2014

Casey Hoekstra as Oliver struggles with Nate Cheeseman as Orlando in the opening scene of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” performed by the Montana Shakespeare in the Park 2014 tour Friday evening at Kendrick Park.

Don’t want an administrator

Re: City’s chief of staff   Amazing; The Sheridan Press’ articles on the “new” chief of staff position in Friday’s and Saturday’s editions of the paper came at a surprise. Saturday morning’s edition article is correct. The title of chief of staff is a name only change for city administrator. Although the residents of Sheridan Read More

Couldn’t have said it better

Re: July 17, Kinskey column   I’m writing in response to the July 17, 2014, Publishers Notebook by Stephen Woody, “Column about Kinskey, no need to say more.” Your graceful commentary could not have framed it any better. No thinking person can deny that Mayor Kinskey provided outstanding leadership and acted in Sheridan’s best interest. Read More

Bordering on madness

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!” One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history Read More

Why women are far more likely to vote than men

July 18, 2014

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women — the so-called “Beyoncé voter” demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered. But you know what? If you were running for office, you’d be wooing us single ladies, too. After all, we Read More

Planning to vote? Attend candidate forums to educate yourself first

The Sheridan WYO Rodeo, in all its glory, has passed. Summer farmers markets, festivals and camping opportunities are in full swing. Our community is full of tourists and entertaining attractions. But two events with a lasting impact will bear down on us in no time — the primary and general elections. The primary, set for Read More

Rarely such moral clarity present in Gaza

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians and they’re using Read More

Another go

July 17, 2014

Ronda Holwell of Sheridan makes her turn around a barrel in the first go-round of barrel racing during the slack event Tuesday afternoon at Frontier Park Arena in Cheyenne as part of Frontier Days. Holwell recently competed in the Sheridan WYO Rodeo as well.

Generosity has always allowed Sheridan a library

Sheridan has had a library of sorts since 1883. That’s interesting considering the fact that Sheridan wasn’t even incorporated until a year later, when Sheridan was still part of Johnson County. How did that all happen? Well, it was because of John D. Loucks, who founded Sheridan. Mr. Loucks opened a library in the upstairs Read More

How to make a monster

We honestly don’t pay much attention to the status of private gun ownership and use, especially here in Wyoming, thinking it’s nothing we need to be overly concerned about.  We mostly seem to adopt the attitude that our guns are safe from government interference. The efforts to ban, or at least severely restrict the possession Read More

Celebrities are paid what the market will bear

July 16, 2014

Talons drawn, the media have descended upon Chelsea Clinton. Again. Not for her frizzy hair, now smoothed with a killer blowout, or for that preteen metal mouth, now braces-free and pearly white. This time the attacks are over how much money she makes — for her network television fluff pieces and well-attended gigs on the Read More

Gov. Matt Mead merits another term

We don’t do it very often, so when The Sheridan Press endorses a candidate for office, you know it isn’t a half-hearted nod. Gov. Matt Mead has fought tirelessly for Wyoming coal efforts. In June, he spent a couple of days in Washington visiting with local officials in an effort to boost the chances of Read More

Lawsuits and impeachment

July 15, 2014

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public’s attention from the Democrats’ problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate? With public opinion polls showing President Obama’s sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration’s multiple fiascoes and scandals — the disgraceful treatment Read More

Leftist tactics, whoppers; opinions versus facts

Re: Milbank column, Press, July 12   In his column published in Saturday’s Sheridan Press, Dana Milbank once again put the tactics of the left on full display, constructing a straw man of an attention deficit disorder affliction in today’s politics, then weaving into his destruction of that straw man some subtle, yet quite illuminating, Read More

Supports Pete Carroll

Re: Aug. primary   Under the leadership of Pete Carroll, the Sheridan County Treasurer’s office runs efficiently and effectively.  If you ask Pete why that is, he’ll tell you that it’s because he has a great staff who are dedicated to serving the people of Sheridan County — and that’s true. But a great team Read More

When is a $45 million project not a project? When SCSD#2 spins it

July 11, 2014

We had hoped the hearing before 4th Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman last week would have revealed more on the school district’s thinking when they held closed meetings to discuss a proposed $45 million multipurpose recreation facility. We were disappointed. Sheridan County School District 2 attorney Kendal Hoopes simply reiterated the district administration’s same Read More

Shakespeare in the Park Friday

SHERIDAN — The Montana Shakespeare in the Park company will make their annual visit to Sheridan on Friday. On July 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. the players will present “As You Like It” at Kendrick Park. Directed by Kevin Asselin and set in 1917 Montana, the play will be free and open to all members of Read More