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Letters to the Editor Letter: Struggle for global warming narrative

July 3, 2015

Struggle for global warming narrative Re: Smith letter, Press, June 27 Thanking Ronn Smith for his comments on my letter on the climate change narrative, I have to point out that nowhere have I proposed, as headlined, a worldwide collusion of climate scientists. However, if one wished to do so the Climategate email scandal would Read More

National Columnist Sit back and enjoy the show

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes. And I don’t mean Miss Universes. Both men are holding second place in some polls behind Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, respectively. And both are steadily ascending in the Read More

Letters to the Editor Letter: Respect should be paid

Respect should be paid Re: Color Guard at local events As a 13-year survivor of small cell lung cancer and having attended Relay for Life for the last 10 years, I was really disappointed in the way this year’s event was coordinated. The first thing that comes to mind is the way the Color Guard Read More

Opinion Testing your knowledge of American civics

As we all gather around barbecues and backyards to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, The Sheridan Press wanted to reflect on our history. In doing so, we thought it would be informative and fun to quiz our readers on civics. Below are 10 questions that are included in the naturalization test for those seeking to Read More

Letters to the Editor Letter: ACA popularity growing; “making good things happen”

ACA popularity growing; “making good things happen” Re: Barrasso column, Press, June 30 In a recent column, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso criticized the Affordable Care Act as “unpopular, unworkable and unaffordable.” He is wrong on all counts. Because of the ACA, close to 15 million Americans now have health insurance. That leaves a lot of Read More

National Columnist Column: The wrinkle in the ACA decision

“What chumps!” — Chief Justice John Roberts, June 29, 2015 Roberts’ intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona. Joined by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, Roberts’ dissent should somewhat mollify conservatives who are dismayed about his interpretive Read More

Editor's Column Column: A buzz around town

By Kristen Czaban There is a certain buzz about the city this weekend as locals and tourists alike prepare to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend and roll into Rodeo Week. Whether you’re a rodeo fan or not, it is difficult to ignore the sense of excitement that fills the community and all of its Read More

Local Columnists 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 Read More

National Columnist The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence. In pursuit of his Read More

Publisher's Notebook Rodeo magazine out; Rodeo Week July 6

Welcome, visitors! We’re glad you’re here in Sheridan. •••••• Our Destination Sheridan WYO Rodeo magazine is out everywhere. It’s 140 full-color pages of what you need to know about next week’s rodeo, feature stories, history of the event, terrific photography and useful marketing information from Sheridan area merchants. It’s our biggest edition to date. Pick Read More

Letters to the Editor Disappointed in trail run coverage

Re: Big Horn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run This is in regard to The Press coverage of the Big Horn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run, which was held June 19-20. This event was started in Sheridan, by Sheridan people and has grown to be nationally and internationally known. There are about 1,300 participants, the Read More

Publisher's Notebook News bug bites, and being HAD

July 2, 2015

Honor America Day in 1970 was Ross Perot’s idea. The founder of Electronic Data Systems, one of the earliest “tech” companies, Perot was en route to becoming a billionaire and a presidential candidate 22 years later. Perot and others were weary of watching the networks’ (imagine, just three in those days) nightly coverage of Vietnam Read More

National Columnist Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged

In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.” Now, 147 years Read More

Letters to the Editor Declare independence from meat industries

Re: Subsidies, diet guidelines Nearly 240 years ago, our founding fathers declared our national independence from Great Britain. This Fourth of July, let’s declare our independence from the meat industry. More than 60 percent of U.S. agricultural subsidies pay for meat, dairy and egg production. Fresh fruit and vegetable farmers receive less than one percent Read More

National Columnist Michelle Obama’s evolution; first lady finds her voice

July 1, 2015

First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows. The safest bet has been to keep interests close to hearth and home — the universally approved place and role of women. Read More

Editorials It’s about time the court ruled on same-sex marriage

It’s about time. The historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court last week that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states has been a long time coming. As more and more states made marriage between same-sex partners legal, a few holdouts dug in their heels. It was time for the high court to step Read More

Publisher's Notebook Stuart, Superlatives coming to Festival

Have got my tickets. The 11th annual Big Horn Mountain Festival will feature one of my favorite groups: Marty Stuart and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives. John Anderson, too. And a good lineup of other artists. Rick Clark, the financial manager of the festival, stopped by Monday to talk music and history. It’s July 10-12 Read More

Local ColumnistsLocal Sports Spicing it up for spectators

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, the only major still played on grass and widely considered the most prestigious tournament in one of the world’s most prestigious sports. In other words, it’s a classy affair. Like, caviar and those little binoculars on a stick they have at operas classy. Imagine you’re in Read More

Letters to the Editor Golf pro contract pricey

June 30, 2015

Re: Press article, May 30 The Press published a front page story about the city’s longtime subsidy of the municipal golf course on May 30. In the story, the golf pro, Brian James, was not mentioned. James manages the golf course under a contract. That contract pays James four times a year. James keeps the Read More

Letters to the Editor Vote Barrasso out; beholden to ‘big money’

Re: Medicaid, insurance, Keystone In April, I wrote a letter to the editor concerning the activities of our Sen. John Barrasso, questioning his actions in placing our country and citizens in jeopardy. Another writer disagreed. I ask again: if Sen. Barrasso is so interested in us, why did he not write a letter to our Read More

Local ColumnistsNational Columnist ObamaCare wins one, America loses

EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay first appeared in the June 26 edition of The Wall Street Journal. The Sheridan Press contacted Sen. Barrasso’s office in order to republish for our readership. The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday in King v. Burwell has temporarily saved the Affordable Care Act, but millions of Americans are still hurting under ObamaCare. Read More

Publisher's Notebook Brinton evening, Theater festival

Bush and Clinton running for president. The big summer movie is “Jurassic Park.” Some things never change. •••••• Tip of the Hat!, to Ken and Barbara Schuster for welcoming 300-plus people for an evening of celebrating fine art and the new Forrest E. Mars Building at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn. Schuster’s brief introductory Read More

Editorials Sheridan Press Editorial: Heat Wave: Take care of your pets, your mountains this summer

June 26, 2015

The National Weather Service out of Billings forecast hot summer temperatures for the weekend. Highs are expected to reach into the mid-90s by Monday. While many will find comfort in the air conditioning of their homes, downtown shops or movie theaters, others will head into the mountains to seek relief. As grasses and other fuels Read More

National Columnist Column: On lowering the flag

By Charles Krauthammer After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control. It’s the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk solution. Within hours of the massacre, President Obama was lamenting the absence of progress on Read More

Editor's Column Column: Soul-soothing summer weekends

Summer never feels real until two things happen. I know it sounds silly, but there are just certain things you do in the summertime that don’t feel the same the rest of the year. I don’t mean watering and weeding my garden and I don’t mean mowing the lawn. I don’t even mean the first Read More