Category Archives: Local Columnists

Contributions from local columnists

Column: Free market lessons from Uber

In 1776, philosopher-economist Adam Smith published “The Wealth of Nations.” He praised the benefits to society from “the invisible hand” of the free market. Smith was skeptical of government regulation. He felt it impossible to manage complex human affairs “with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board.” Recent national… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Awareness in action!

I watched and listened closely, as my emergency room physician and assistants attended carefully to my dire needs that early July morning. When I woke up my brother at 4:30 a.m. to take me to Sheridan Memorial Hospital, I was in excruciating physical pain that seemed to come from nowhere. I wanted help. This was… Continue Reading

Health Watch: The stigma of being ill

Periodically through the year, we take the time to make resolutions that reflect our intention to change things we have done in the past. This is particularly true in the summer as we try to spend time outside enjoying the beautiful place in which we live and as we spend more time with friends and… Continue Reading

Column: Quality control

Last week I had an opportunity to participate in a meeting of the Management Audit Committee in Laramie. This body is a legislative select committee tasked with evaluating state programs for fiscal responsibility, and to ensure they are fulfilling their stated purpose. Another purpose is to improve operations where possible. I could not help but… Continue Reading

Column: Among the ruins, a case of righteousness

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how precarious their existence in 90 percent Muslim Egypt remains. Elsewhere,… Continue Reading

Column: Experiencing the Bozeman Trail

In much of Wyoming and Montana, the natural landscape is still much as it has been for hundreds, even thousands, of years. As you stand in the vast territory between the North Platte River and Yellowstone River Valley, and the Black Hills and Bighorn Mountains, a cool breeze moves down the mountains on a summer… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Managing Stress

Stress can affect people’s mental and physical wellbeing. Many adults are attempting to juggle work, parenting, relationships and other daily responsibilities. For kids, life changes and academic or social pressures can contribute to stress. The pressures of modern life have led to increased stress on American families in general. Effectively handling stress is an important… Continue Reading

Column: You can help save someone from suicide

Suicide is the most preventable form of death: anyone can help save a life from suicide. Suicide has weighed heavy on our Sheridan community this year. Sadly, Sheridan loses lives every year to suicide. Those lost to suicide in Sheridan include young parents, middle-aged adults, young adults, youths and seniors. We often think of suicide… Continue Reading

Column: ATEA schools meet national challenges head on

Happy Fourth of July and thank you for allowing me to serve you as the new President of the American Technical Education Association. I’m both excited and a little bit overwhelmed by this new responsibility. I’ve known and worked with the last three presidents of the organization — Rich Wagner, Larry Moser and James King… Continue Reading

A terrific stress reducer

Health care providers follow current evidence-based scientific advances through continuing education resources: journals, trainings, workshops, retreats and conferences. Staying up-to-date is critical to fulfilling the commitment of employing best practices in serving clients, patients and students. Recently, a grant from Wyoming Workforce Services provided an excellent opportunity to enhance my understanding of the power of… Continue Reading

Fly Shop Report

The Fourth of July weekend was great. The fish were eating heavily in the afternoons. Caddis and Yellow Sallies were two of the best hatches. The Grey Drakes are starting to come on in the canyons and warmer waters. Look for 58 degree waters to get bigger hatches. Everyone should plan on getting out to… Continue Reading

Column: Welcome to Rodeo Week

Welcome to the 85th Annual Sheridan WYO Rodeo. If this is your first, you’re in for a treat. It’s fun. It’s exhausting. It’s crazy. I like to look at myself as a rodeo vet now. Sure, last year was technically my first experience with anything even resembling a rodeo, but Rodeo Week for a journo… Continue Reading

Coal is part of the answer, not the problem

There are those who believe that wind and solar are the only way forward for energy in a carbon-constrained world. They want to stop coal production and use. That nearly 40 percent of America’s electricity comes from coal while after decades of development and tens of billions of dollars in subsidies, wind and solar contribute… Continue Reading

Column: Do I really need all those products?

By Janine Sasse-Englert Have you ever wondered why there’s an entire aisle devoted to tooth and gum care products? Are you ever confused about what to buy? Your dentist and dental hygienist will make great recommendations for you, but until you see them next, here’s some advice. Start with a toothbrush. Manual is fine, electric… Continue Reading

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