Opinion

National Columnist The nasty politicization of Ebola

October 22, 2014

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, administered a dose of truth to political Washington this week. For this honest service, Collins was pilloried. In an interview published Sunday night, Collins shared with the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein his belief that, if not for recent federal spending cuts, “we probably would have had Read More

Editorials Same-sex marriage battle won, war not over in Equality State

Finally. The state of Wyoming may actually begin living up to its “Equality State” claim. It seemed clear, even to those who oppose the action, that Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriages would eventually be overturned. One by one, other states’ bans have fallen. Wyoming now joins their ranks. It is unlikely many in the state Read More

Letters to the Editor Passing on an age-old tradition

October 21, 2014

Re: Women’s antelope hunt With another year under our belt and a bit of down time to reflect upon this year’s hunt, I pause to count my blessings. With another successful hunt consisting of all women, I am truly blessed to be a part of this great event that introduces women to the age-old art Read More

Letters to the Editor We can make a change

Re: Rethinking settlements Recent news has all eyes on Ebola. The outbreak was initially a quick news ticker and now has average Americans wishing they lived in a bubble. A story that has not frequented the headlines may just cause Wyoming residents sweaty palms and vomiting. Shortly after Gov. Matt Mead confirmed his Republican nomination Read More

National Columnist Predatory journalism

The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer is to have Read More

National Columnist Column: Will the FCC try to tackle ‘Redskins’?

October 18, 2014

George Will writes on politics, law and social character. Will began writing for The Washington Post in 1974. He is a contributor for Fox News, a Pulitzer Prize recipient for commentary, and is the author of 12 books. Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust Read More

Editorials Sheridan Press Editorial: Part of success means showing up

Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” For candidates running for public office, that quote seems to fall on deaf ears. The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce held two nights of candidate forums this week. Sheridan is one of the largest communities in the state, yet few statewide candidates participated in Read More

Editor's Column Column: Nobel awards give voice to the murmur

There has been a lot of talk over the last week or so about the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. The winners made quite the stir. Malala Yousfzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls’ education, became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. The Nobel Committee also took great care in choosing the Read More

National Columnist Column: For Republicans, saying no to Obama may be enough on Election Day

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. It sounds like the beginning of a joke: Two libertarians and a corporate lobbyist walk into a social hall . . . On Wednesday, though, this very scenario happened in Ashland, Va. Three Read More

Local Columnists Column: Street SmART: Art decorates the streets of Sheridan

Beth Holsinger is the executive director of the Downtown Sheridan Association. It can challenge, delight, educate and illuminate. It is thought-provoking and often controversial. Public art. And it is exactly that — art in public spaces. Art that is free and accessible to everyone. The Sheridan Public Arts Committee formed in 2001 because citizens of Read More

Local Columnists Health Watch: Breast cancer awareness

Wendy Wood Neeson is a family nurse practitioner at Reproductive Healthcare of the Big Horns. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when the focus turns to health and wellness for women.  In keeping with the spirit of women’s health, all women are invited to use this positive momentum to take stock in all Read More

FaithLocal Columnists Column: Focusing on light

October 17, 2014

 Christie American Horse  is the Director of M.O.R.E. Ministries and a Local Minister with The Church of the Nazarene. It’s October already. Summer’s ending and Halloween’s approaching fast with decorations and children in costumes yelling “Trick or treat” at our doors (have a safe holiday everyone). The dark side of Halloween has become very popular. Read More

Letters to the Editor Taking the time to get informed

Re: Election 2014 Let us encourage our friends and neighbors to take a close look at who is running for office, and to consider voting for the person, not the party. It’s so easy to learn about the candidates and even contact them with questions and concerns via the Internet. Allowing paid campaign advertisements to Read More

National Columnist Recalibrating mindset — Ebola vs. civil liberties

Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic “in its tracks.” And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who developed Ebola, were not even among the 48 contacts that Read More

Publisher's Notebook Sheridan AAUW celebrates 100th

What did Cinderella say when her holiday/birthday photos didn’t arrive on time? (It’s a pre-digital era joke.) “Someday, my prints will come.” •••••• Congratulations! Come Saturday, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will celebrate 100 years in Sheridan. The group will have a valedictory luncheon at the Best Western Sheridan Center. My mother — Read More

Letters to the Editor Letter: Ceballos the best choice

October 16, 2014

Ceballos the best choice Re: Superintendent of public instruction The office of superintendent of public instruction needs new leadership to recover from the mess of the last four years. Mike Ceballos is the best choice if people want to see a change. Mike has over 30 years of executive and management experience, 14 of those Read More

Letters to the Editor Letter: A one-cent gift

A one-cent gift Re: Optional One-Cent Sales Tax If the voters approve the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax on the November ballot, that tax, after approval, can be continued without a vote by a resolution. This November vote could be the last opportunity to deny the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax. If voted for, approximately 65 percent Read More

National Columnist Column: Grimes and the unanswered question on Obama

So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates’ names might stand for Denial. KATHLEEN PARKER is a syndicated columnist of The Washington Post, a regular guest on television shows like The Chris Mathews Show and The O’Reilly Factor, and is a member of the Buckley School’s faculty. She won the Read More

Letters to the Editor Letter: Food Bank donations needed for holidays

October 15, 2014

Food Bank donations needed for holidays Re: A ‘hand up’ for residents The holiday season is a milestone for most people. It marks the harvest celebration of a year’s hard work. The Food Bank of Sheridan designates the upcoming holiday season as a time to collect food for a number of requests for food assistance Read More

Editorials Sheridan Press Editorial: State should enact real consequences for workplace deaths

Two years ago, Brett Collins of Ranchester was killed on a construction job in Sheridan when he was struck in the head by an excavator bucket while working in a trench. He was 20 years old. Tomorrow, his family will attend the meeting of the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee in Evanston. The committee Read More

National Columnist Column: Local or national elections?

THOMAS SOWELL is an American economist, social theorist and Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is a syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate and has authored more than 30 books. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That may have been true in Tip O’Neill’s Read More

Local ColumnistsLocal Sports Column: I haven’t crashed and burned yet

Remember six weeks ago when I made some sure-fire NCAA football predictions that by the end of the season would make me look like a genius? Well, I haven’t crashed and burned, yet, but Mississippi State wasn’t even on my radar a month and a half ago. Now, as the ‘dogs jumped past Florida State Read More

Letters to the Editor Letter: They’re back: Hashashins; Mongols, Muslims et al

October 14, 2014

They’re back: Hashashins; Mongols, Muslims et al Re: Eradicate radical Islam About 12 years ago, with the help of a rare book published in the 1920s, I prepared a series of columns detailing the history of Islam.  I thought it might be helpful for folks to understand where and how this twisted mish-mash of preexisting Read More

Letters to the Editor Letter: Considering information to make reasonable decisions

Considering information to make reasonable decisions Re: Optional One-Cent Sales Tax A recent letter in the Press stated that the upcoming Optional One-Cent Sales Tax election was “too important to risk on ill-informed citizens using one-sided information.” As a longtime Sheridan resident, I have a lot more confidence in my fellow citizens to sort out Read More

National Columnist Column: Federal Elections Commission the poster child for a broken Washington

DANA MILBANK is a political reporter for The Washington Post and has authored two books on national political campaigns and the national political parties. If you were to seek out a poster child for all that is broken in Washington, you could find no better candidate than the Federal Election Commission. The agency that oversees Read More