Opinion

Letters to the Editor Recognizing community heroes

July 29, 2014

Re: 20 Under Forty   I wanted to commend The Sheridan Press for taking the time to recognize the people of the community. In an era where there is bad news everyday, it is heartwarming to learn about the good news. People of all ages deserve to be known for their contributions to our community; Read More

Letters to the Editor Citizens may like chief of staff choice

Re: Adriaens appointment   There certainly has been lots of furor surrounding Mayor John Heath’s recent appointment of Rich Adriaens as a temporary chief of staff. I don’t see why. In his first regular council meeting serving in his new capacity, Mayor Heath was the first to admit that he needed assistance to run a Read More

Letters to the Editor Overpaid administrators

Re: SCSD2 stipends   I’m wondering if I am the only person who was surprised to read that Sheridan County School District 2 administrators receive vehicle stipends every month in amounts like $700. As part of their jobs, where do they drive? Who decided on this particular benefit? Couldn’t these funds be re-allocated toward the Read More

National Columnist Oregon’s Monica Wehby may make a house call on the Senate

“Are you kidding?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate Read More

Letters to the Editor Water challenges

July 25, 2014

Re: Stopping fluoridation   As we move forward with our challenge to stop water-fluoridation, we will continue to educate in an effort to tell the truth of what water-fluoridation entails. The following is a chemical analysis of hydrofluorosilicic acid: H2SiF6 24.04 percent, HF 0.16 percent, SPGV 1.211 g/ml, TPA 0.02 percent, APHA 20.00, Arsenic 32ppm, Read More

Letters to the Editor No respect for voters’ wishes

Re: chief of staff appointment   I read in Saturdays paper that police chief Adriaens was going to be appointed as interim Chief of Staff. This position really sounds like a city manager. A few years ago we the voters voted down the city manager position. Really, is Sheridan big enough for a chief of Read More

Letters to the Editor Adriaens appointment a ‘put’

Re: new chief of staff   The “memo” has created a new job at city hall. City officials have said the city is in a “transition” period. The acting mayor, John Heath, is silent. Perhaps he is lying in a dark room, with a cool cloth on his head. City hall is now run by Read More

Editor's Column Baseball teams around town prompt memories

Driving home from work at lunch Friday I passed by the Best Western on Main Street and saw a group of ballplayers hanging out in the parking lot. They must have been waiting for the rest of their team, coaches and parents to head to lunch somewhere. I forget, sometimes, how many teams travel to Read More

Editorials Court’s ruling in SCSD2 lawsuit will have lasting impacts

Staff at The Sheridan Press cannot believe 4th Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman’s decision regarding the newspaper’s lawsuit with Sheridan County School District 2. We felt our case was solid. The school district had been discussing a potential $45 million multi-purpose recreational facility for months. They had worked with consultants to gather market data, Read More

Local Columnists Tourism season still in full swing after Sheridan WYO Rodeo

By just about every measure available, we’re in the midst of one of the strongest tourism seasons in Sheridan’s history. The slowdown that traditionally accompanies the closing days of the WYO Rodeo has yet to begin, and we’re working hard to ensure the momentum we’ve generated throughout the year carries through the remaining months. Like Read More

Home and GardenLocal Columnists Do you know when to pick your vegetables?

When should I be harvesting my vegetables? This is a question being asked starting this time of year. Most vegetables should be harvested while they are young. This is when they have the most flavors are the most tender and have the most nutrients. The vegetables in the grocery stores are good but are harvested Read More

Letters to the Editor ‘Fatality fine’

Re: Time to get serious about worker safety   This letter is to the citizens of Wyoming and elected officials in the state and is in response to the worker safety statistics addressed by the Casper Star-Tribune editorial board in its May 19 editorial (“Time for lawmakers to restart worker safety conversation”). Its wake-up call Read More

National Columnist The vacant presidency

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

National Columnist 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

National Columnist 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

Local ColumnistsOutdoors Feature 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

Editorials 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

National Columnist 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

Letters to the Editor Don’t want an administrator

July 22, 2014

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

Letters to the Editor 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

National Columnist 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

National Columnist 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

Editor's Column Small staff, good team in newsroom

One of the things about small newspapers, nearly every small newspaper, is that staff often come and go. Young reporters accept positions far from home to gain experience, but the plan is nearly always to move up and on. I’ve said many times, that was my plan. Why else would a twenty-something move 16 hours Read More

Editorials 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

National Columnist 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