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Lower corporate tax rates. Now.

August 29, 2014

The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack Obama. It’s taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole” that hardworking American families have to make up Read More

Barn full of history

August 28, 2014

Horse trainer Gus Whitelaw of St. Louis, Missouri, talks about the facility Wednesday during a public event at The Brinton Barn on the Quarter Circle A Ranch near the Brinton Museum. The historic barn was built by Bradford Brinton in 1928. After Brinton’s death, the Wallop family leased the barn to dress their horses for Read More

Give me a home where the scapegoats roam

It’s August in the capital, quiet enough for scapegoats to roam freely. In fact, the mayor of Lynn, Mass., came for a visit on Wednesday and released a few of this breed in the heart of downtown, at the National Press Club. Hosted by a hard-line immigration group, the mayor, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, told an Read More

Give me a home where the scapegoats roam

It’s August in the capital, quiet enough for scapegoats to roam freely. In fact, the mayor of Lynn, Mass., came for a visit on Wednesday and released a few of this breed in the heart of downtown, at the National Press Club. Hosted by a hard-line immigration group, the mayor, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, told an Read More

Candidate info access needs improvement

August 27, 2014

Re: Aug. 19 primary It’s no wonder less than 40 percent turned out for the Aug. 19 primary. Informed voting takes more than a little time and effort and I suspect many lack the time or resources to do it adequately. In the state where I used to live, sample ballots were mailed out weeks Read More

Navy with a mission in mind

Russia’s ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the “near seas,” meaning China’s seas. The episodes involving aircraft are Read More

Colorful end-of-summer salad

RED, WHITE AND BLUE POTATO SALAD   Servings: Makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes; chilling time 2 hours to overnight   INGREDIENTS 2 pounds small red, white and blue potatoes 3/4 cup green onions, chopped and divided 2/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream 1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise 3 tablespoons white wine Read More

Cashier tales from the checkout

While this column undoubtedly appeals to shoppers (especially those trying to stretch their dollars to the fullest!), it also appeals to retailers and cashiers, too. I enjoy hearing the cashiers’ perspectives on what they’re seeing from the other side of the checkout lanes. Here are two interesting emails from eagle-eyed cashiers: Dear Jill, Just a Read More

Diversity issue in tech firms starts before the recruiting process

August 26, 2014

Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets. No, not related to their R&D. I’m referring instead to some other tightly guarded information they once declared “trade secrets”: data about the number of women and minorities on their payrolls. After years of trying to deflect attention from the issue, Google blogged in Read More

Facts vs. visions

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned Read More

Low voter turnout keeps Republic at risk

Re: Apathy, Congress   No wonder Congress is so comfortable in Washington, just talking and blowing smoke while they do nothing but add to the cost of government. They vote themselves raises and increase the debt. I guess most of our registered voters feel comfortable with what is happening or just don’t care. It is Read More

Perennials add a little fall color to Wyoming gardens

August 22, 2014

Since perennials will be in the ground for several years, pre-plant soil preparation is critical. Most herbaceous perennials grow best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Wyoming soils are often low in organic matter, nitrogen and phosphorus. Some have poor drainage and high soluble salts. These problems need to be corrected before planting. The work involved Read More

Treehouse magic: No age limit here

As kids, most of us probably never gave that much thought to building and/or remodeling the homes we lived in; that was the domain of the adults. They made the decisions about swinging a hammer, browsing wallpaper swatches or meeting with contractors about a project. If we headed outside, however, the rules changed. Swept up Read More

Caregivers closer in heart than in blood

SHERIDAN — It was a beautiful day with friends and food. But this was no ordinary group. This was a group of people bonded by the common thread of caring for loved ones and finding support in each other’s company. Peggy Krizan, RN, is quizzing members on what makes this particular group, caregivers bonded through Read More

Not too late to go back to school

SHERIDAN — A new school year is coming. Although school for you may be way back in your rearview mirror, can you imagine yourself going back to school? Many schools and classrooms can envision elders in the classroom not as students but as a foster grandparent. Foster grandparents can be invaluable in classrooms throughout Sheridan Read More

Away from home with no wheels?

Are you a student at Sheridan College, away from home and stuck without wheels? So you are excited to be in Sheridan and ready to start classes. You can’t wait to explore all that Sheridan has to offer. There’s just one problem. You don’t have a car and it’s kind of a long walk to Read More

Lessons learned from ‘birds of the air’

“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”   Matthew 6:25-34 the words of Jesus   Jesus Read More

Has the 1964 Criminal Justice Act failed?

What is called “the” 1964 Civil Rights Act is justly celebrated for outlawing racial and other discrimination in employment, “public accommodations” and elsewhere. But that year’s second civil rights act, the Criminal Justice Act, which is 50 years old this month, is, some say, largely a failure because of unanticipated changes in the legal and Read More

VA director retiring; Vet appreciates tenure

Re: Hirschman story, Press, Aug. 21   The director of our VA hospital will be retiring. I am president of the Veterans Support Council, so on behalf of the Veterans that utilize this facility, I want to say thank you to Ms. Debra L. Hirschman for her service. I first met the director when she Read More

Know someone who is suffering? Here is what you can do to help

There but for the grace of God go I.  I think that’s a hymn. For sure, it’s one of my mantras. My life, to date, has been pretty terrific. Yes, my brother had cancer in his 20s.  Yes, I lost my mom three years ago. But compared to other life-altering tragedies that others have been Read More

Corporate tax returns should be public

Tax inversions. Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich. Spinning off tangible assets into real estate investment trusts. Son-of-BOSS shelters. These are among the array of eye-glazingly complicated tax avoidance strategies adopted by America’s biggest companies. Each gets a moment in the sun when some enterprising journalist stumbles upon a particularly egregious example of its use; Read More

Fickle voters keep some, oust others in primary election

This week’s primary elections demonstrated some interesting differences between the different levels of government within Sheridan County. Voters ousted a state representative, Kathy Coleman of House District 30, but kept two others, Rep. Mike Madden and Rep. John Patton. While Patton’s race with challenger Ryan Mulholland was close, Coleman lost her seat by more than Read More

Completing the cornerstone at Henry A. Coffeen school

Nikki Trahan, principal of Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School, watches Clint Moseley and John Heath level up the cornerstone Thursday afternoon at the new school on South Sheridan Avenue. The Sheridan Masons and Sheridan County School District 2 assembled a time capsule to be placed behind the school’s cornerstone.

Stopping the worst people on earth

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. With the support of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the Read More

Kill the journalists

Ever since Shakespeare wrote the line, “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” in his play Henry VI, lawyers have been trying unsuccessfully to point out that the bard meant to praise the legal system for being the restraint on tyrants like his rebel character Jack Cade. The phrase occurred to me this Read More