Category Archives: Opinion

John Kasich may be the Jon Huntsman of 2016

On paper, John Kasich is a perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He has a long record as a fiscal and social conservative, and he’s the popular governor of Ohio, a must-win state for any Republican hoping to occupy the Oval Office. But the 2016 GOP presidential primary isn’t being fought on paper. It’s… Continue Reading

SC’s vision, commitment

The Notebook has written often — and in support — of the ongoing multi-million dollar investment in new construction and renovations at Sheridan College. In a word: impressive. Our college is in the middle of the “Our Plan to 2020” with a bona fide commitment to higher education and the attraction of students from all… Continue Reading

A Rose for racial reconciliation

Long before there was a “Black Lives Matter” movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose — an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago captured the dignity and spirit of America’s black families at a time when stereotype and caricature prevailed. It is fitting that an exhibition of her early 20th-century work should find its… Continue Reading

PO praise; ‘20/40’ ‘Destination’ coming

An “Attaboy!” for the Sheridan Post Office…… Our two-week summer vacation with grandchildren turned into 55 days of medical care and recovery as noted in an earlier column. After awhile, you start missing your mail — you know, the old stuff — letters, bills from utility companies, “special” offers, magazines. We’re still “old school” when… Continue Reading

Joe Biden’s never-ending delay

Finally, it can be reported: Joe Biden is running for president, unless he isn’t. He will announce his decision this weekend, unless he doesn’t. Furthermore, Biden is approaching important deadlines for declaring his candidacy, unless those deadlines don’t matter. His advisers really want him to run, except those who don’t, and he has been sounding… Continue Reading

Friends, family celebrate recovery

Sometimes it doesn’t take your own funeral to discover how many friends you have. A celebration of new life is far more rewarding. That is exactly what Mary and I had Sunday, Sept. 27, when the Big Horn Mountain Eagles hosted a fund raiser for Mary’s medical expenses from her most recent kidney transplant. (Which… Continue Reading

Getting romantic about baseball

So I’m sitting in the first row of the outfield at Great American Ball Park last Tuesday — right around right-centerfield — and there’s this kid sitting at the end of the row, about 10 or 12 seats away. Let me tell you, this kid was the worst. It was the Chicago Cubs versus the… Continue Reading

Charlatans and sheep

One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of the Wall Street Journal, built around the theme “What’s Holding Women Back in the Workplace?” Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone… Continue Reading

‘ArtScapes’ showcases Brinton Museum, Warnke

Scattershooting, while going through 55 days of mail… • The Wyoming Arts Council magazine arrives four times a year. Its fall edition featured a terrific story about The Brinton Museum and its distinctive Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building that opened in June in Big Horn. Writer Michael Shay interviews Brinton curator Ken Schuster and Mars,… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Highest time of living

As I slip out into early dawn with our doggies, Tika and Buddy, for our morning walk, I feel a crisp breeze brush against my cheek. I smile, giggling to myself: “Nature is stirring things up!” Off we trek to fields where deer and rabbits play, anticipating the sun’s warming glow. I am reminded of… Continue Reading

Column: The GOP (New) McCarthyism

The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach. How do you spell hmmmgrrrungh? What else is there to say about House Republicans’ inability to get something right? And I say this with compassion, I really… Continue Reading

Community Perspectives: An investor, air service update

Forward Sheridan convened an “investor” update meeting last week at the “Loft” located in the top of the old Sheridan Press building. This meeting enables our board members and investors to meet around a specific business topic or opportunity. Mike Wandler, CEO of L&H, described his efforts worldwide and specifically for Sheridan’s growth on high… Continue Reading

Column: Finding our place in the universe

Twinkling stars are pretty but, for astronomers, problematic. Twinkles are caused by the interference of Earth’s atmosphere with light radiating throughout the breathtakingly beautiful and unimaginably violent universe. In 1990, however, the Hubble telescope went into orbit 370 miles above Earth, beyond the atmospheric filter, peering perhaps 12 billion years into the past, almost to… Continue Reading

Column: Some habits die hard

Some habits change as you open new chapters in your life. Other habits stick around and are nearly impossible to break. For example, I buy a lot of books. I have always spent a decent amount of my income on books. Well, to be more specific, on reading material of all kinds — books, magazines,… Continue Reading

Obama outmaneuvered by Putin once again

“Russia hits Assad’s foes, angering U.S.” — Headline, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1 If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin. Two days earlier at the United Nations, Obama had welcomed the return, in force, of the… Continue Reading

What kind of Navy do we want for America?

The Navy’s operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world. Although the next president may be elected without addressing the Navy’s proper size and configuration, for four years he or she will be acutely aware of where the carriers are. Today they are at the… Continue Reading

The GOP brat pack

The Republican Party’s “Freedom Caucus,” which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car. Now what? Having (sort of) unseated Speaker John Boehner, these 37 or so uber-conservative House members are now scrambling for “a real leader.” Except that they aren’t really because they have no one with the… Continue Reading

Column: The ‘affordable housing’ fraud in California

Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of “affordable housing,” as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was just… Continue Reading

The life of a student: Relearning the ropes

Things have been hectic. OK, that’s a bit of an understatement. As fall takes its sweet time arriving in Sheridan  — for example with this 95-degree Saturday at the end of September — I’ve been using all of my time to try and be a student again. I really shouldn’t say “again.” I like to… Continue Reading

Letter: A liar and a heretic

A liar and a heretic Re: Pope Francis Recently, Pope Francis visited Cuba. He warmly embraced Cuba’s murderous communist dictators, Fidel and Raul Castro. When anti-communist dissidents tried to meet with the Pope, the Cuban police were tipped-off. The dissidents were beaten and arrested. No complaints from the Pope. Now, the Pope has come to… Continue Reading

Letter: Legislature should be ashamed

Legislature should be ashamed Re: Medicaid expansion Unless the Wyoming Legislature has a secret plan to reinvent the health care system of America to include everyone under an insurance plan of some kind, their stubborn resistance to Medicaid expansion is taking on the distinctive features of hard core callousness. How our Legislators can feel good… Continue Reading

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