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

Publisher's Notebook Column about Kinskey, no need to say more

I first met former Sheridan mayor Dave Kinskey within a week of arriving here three plus years ago. We met in his office at City Hall and he filled me in on the sins of The Sheridan Press, concluding the meeting with a washing-of-the-hands gesture and how he was done with us. Nowadays, we get Read More

Local Columnists Generosity has always allowed Sheridan a library

July 17, 2014

Sheridan has had a library of sorts since 1883. That’s interesting considering the fact that Sheridan wasn’t even incorporated until a year later, when Sheridan was still part of Johnson County. How did that all happen? Well, it was because of John D. Loucks, who founded Sheridan. Mr. Loucks opened a library in the upstairs Read More

Publisher's Notebook ‘Longmire Days’ coming to Buffalo

If you’ve been following the popular A&E network series, ‘Longmire,’ you’ll know that Sheriff Walt Longmire and his deputy, Vic Moretti, are in a “tight spot” these days. In fact, the whole cast of characters seems to be in one big jam. (The Notebook is an avid viewer and reader.) There are multiple story lines Read More

National Columnist Celebrities are paid what the market will bear

July 16, 2014

Talons drawn, the media have descended upon Chelsea Clinton. Again. Not for her frizzy hair, now smoothed with a killer blowout, or for that preteen metal mouth, now braces-free and pearly white. This time the attacks are over how much money she makes — for her network television fluff pieces and well-attended gigs on the Read More

Publisher's Notebook PH tourney raises money for SHS

Tip of the golf visor! The Powder Horn hosted the annual Sheridan High School Boosters golf tournament Sunday. More than 30 teams teed it up for the blue-and-gold — the field rich in alumni, coaches, current students, friends and many more. The hospitality of the event was led by SHS alum, ‘Scotty’ Scott, Class of Read More

Editorials Gov. Matt Mead merits another term

We don’t do it very often, so when The Sheridan Press endorses a candidate for office, you know it isn’t a half-hearted nod. Gov. Matt Mead has fought tirelessly for Wyoming coal efforts. In June, he spent a couple of days in Washington visiting with local officials in an effort to boost the chances of Read More

Letters to the Editor Rock quarries good for local uses, economy

Re: County commission decision   Recent letters in The Sheridan Press indicate that some of our citizens have a problem with the operations of rock quarries and the transporting of such on some of the Sheridan roads. The question is: Do these residents fully understand the demand for all the products that a rock quarry Read More

National Columnist Lawsuits and impeachment

July 15, 2014

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public’s attention from the Democrats’ problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate? With public opinion polls showing President Obama’s sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration’s multiple fiascoes and scandals — the disgraceful treatment Read More

Letters to the Editor Leftist tactics, whoppers; opinions versus facts

Re: Milbank column, Press, July 12   In his column published in Saturday’s Sheridan Press, Dana Milbank once again put the tactics of the left on full display, constructing a straw man of an attention deficit disorder affliction in today’s politics, then weaving into his destruction of that straw man some subtle, yet quite illuminating, Read More

Letters to the Editor Supports Pete Carroll

Re: Aug. primary   Under the leadership of Pete Carroll, the Sheridan County Treasurer’s office runs efficiently and effectively.  If you ask Pete why that is, he’ll tell you that it’s because he has a great staff who are dedicated to serving the people of Sheridan County — and that’s true. But a great team Read More

Publisher's Notebook One for the books: another great rodeo

That big gasp of air heard Monday morning — whewwwww! A dose of relief. It sure seemed quiet around downtown among the early morning coffee drinkers. Rodeo Week is over for another year. Another successful rodeo and related events — parade, powwow, street dance and everything in between — is in the books. Many have Read More

Editor's Column Love sports, but soccer not my thing

July 11, 2014

Sports have always been a big part of my life. I grew up attending my brother’s hockey, baseball and lacrosse games. I played softball and basketball for many, many years. I’ve always enjoyed live sporting events — never really mattered what it was. Granted, baseball was always one of my favorites. The game is fun Read More

Editorials When is a $45 million project not a project? When SCSD#2 spins it

We had hoped the hearing before 4th Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman last week would have revealed more on the school district’s thinking when they held closed meetings to discuss a proposed $45 million multipurpose recreation facility. We were disappointed. Sheridan County School District 2 attorney Kendal Hoopes simply reiterated the district administration’s same Read More