Category Archives: Opinion

Column: The low depths of higher education

Give thanks this day for some indirect blessings of liberty, including the behavior-beyond-satire of what are generously called institutions of higher education. People who are imprecisely called educators have taught, by their negative examples, what intelligence is not. Melissa Click is the University of Missouri academic who shouted “I need some muscle over here” to… Continue Reading

Column: The pathology of Trump-itis

Surely he’s finally gone and done it now. Donald Trump, insulter extraordinaire, was bound to cross a line too far. Two days before Thanksgiving, he made many people feel nostalgic for the merely obnoxious Trump when he mocked a reporter with a physical disability, displaying a level of cruelty and meanness heretofore only suspected. Not… Continue Reading

Column: President Oh-bummer

The two presidents stood in the East Room on Tuesday afternoon, united in their goal of defeating the Islamic State but separated by a stylistic gulf as vast as the Atlantic. On the left, facing the cameras, was Francois Hollande, war president. He spoke of “cowardly murderers” who “dishonor humanity,” of a “relentless determination to… Continue Reading

Column: Kinskey: Just say ‘no’ to new taxes

Recently, one of the Wyoming Senate’s leaders suggested the Revenue Committee, of which I am a member, should sponsor legislation to raise taxes. I am opposed to doing so. The state of Wyoming has a spending problem. It must be controlled before there can be any contemplation of tax hikes. Just days ago, we received… Continue Reading

Letter: Negative immigrant plan could have consequences

Negative immigrant plan could have consequences Re: Jahiel letter, Press, (Nov. 20); responses, (Nov 24) In light of recent disagreements concerning Jacob Jahiel’s comments that generally supported immigrants and immigration, as expressed in recent letters to the editor, I would like to offer him a little, maybe much- needed, support. In my view, his arguments are basically correct. I… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Crisis intervention team program

The Crisis Intervention Team has already helped Sheridan law enforcement to save a life in Sheridan. This evidence-based training is part of an evidence-based program that is already in place in several counties in Wyoming. As part of my efforts in community prevention in Sheridan County, I am collaborating with law enforcement, mental health professionals… Continue Reading

Column: Cry havoc, followed by milk and cookies

It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead to such torrents of tearful tribulation that the nation’s university system would have to shut down for a prolonged period of grief counseling. Besides, it would be insensitive. Instead, let me… Continue Reading

Column: Christmas Stroll at 4; “pe-cahn vs pee-can”

Tonight’s the night! It’s not the Christmas season until the annual Sheridan Christmas Stroll, now in its 20th year. It’s Friday — today — from 4 to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Sheridan. There’s music, contests, promotional giveaways — always a festive night. And best of all, shop local discounts. Many merchants have in-store refreshments.… Continue Reading

Column: The liar and the lemmings

Chris Christie was asked Sunday evening about presidential rival Donald Trump’s nonsense claim, reviving an Internet conspiracy theory, that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered the World Trade Center’s collapse in 2001. The New Jersey governor’s reply was a paean to pusillanimity. “I do not remember that, and so it’s not something that was… Continue Reading

Column: Pecans are a holiday memory

“Thanksgiving,” Edward Sanford Martin (1856-1936), an American editor and journalist once wrote, “comes, by statute once a year; to the honest man, it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” •••••• A lot of holiday baking is beginning to crank up featuring pecans. I’ve got my mother’s recipe for pecan pie, the… Continue Reading

Letter: Bullying tears at social fabric

Bullying tears at social fabric Re: Families scarred One person cannot stop bullying. One person cannot be in the heart and mind of someone who is being bullied. How can we, as a society, get to the heart of bullying? As they say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It takes the same village… Continue Reading

Letter: No refugees here; ‘pink lacy line’

No refugees here; ‘pink lacy line’ Re: Jahiel letter, Press, Nov. 20 Mr. Jahiel’s letter to the editor was not factual at all. ISIS announced their intent to infiltrate the refugees with terrorists. At least one of the Paris terrorists came to France as a Syrian refugee. Fact: 70 percent to 80 percent of the Syrian… Continue Reading

Letter: ‘Facts’ wrong in refugee entry crisis

‘Facts’ wrong in refugee entry crisis Re: Jahiel letter, Press, Nov. 20 Mr. Jahiel’s opinion letter could have been pulled directly from The Daily Beast or any one of two dozen left-wing websites, all of which contained the same disinformation as “facts” he uses to make his point of disagreeing with Gov. Matt Mead’s decision to… Continue Reading

Column: Goodfellow Fund; largest paper of year

Tomorrow, the annual Goodfellow Fund campaign kicks off. It’s sponsored by The Sheridan Press and, for more than 50 years, it has helped make Christmas brighter for local families. This year’s goal: $8,000. Over time, some $300,000 has been raised. The proceeds are collected here at the Press office and are tracked and donated to… Continue Reading

Column: How to fight ISIS: With cartoons

Column: How to fight ISIS: With cartoons

Pundits like to complain that there are few voices from the Islamic world that condemn terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists. I run a small business that distributes editorial cartoons from around the world. With every major attack, including the recent attacks in Paris, I see a chorus of cartoons from Arab countries condemning the terror.… Continue Reading

Column: Keeping up with social media

These last several days of my social media feeds have been pretty interesting. Because of my work, I follow or “friend” a large number of people on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with some of the happenings about town. Some of those folks I only know tangentially or at a distance. As a result,… Continue Reading

Column: Living up to the last paycheck

“Don’t live up to your last paycheck.”  I was told that when young, earning money stacking ice cream in the freezer at the Jersey Creamery. It means spend according to what you need – not what you have – and save the rest.  Good advice. That is hard for most people to do.  The human… Continue Reading

Letter: New facilities make SC a destination school

New facilities make SC a destination school Re: Music, arts study The Whitney Foundation with Tom Kinnison and the board has made an extraordinary gift to Sheridan College. The new visual arts and music facilities have the ability to transfer education in those departments to the very top level. Sheridan College will become a destination for… Continue Reading

Health Watch: The scoop on calcium supplements

Most of my patients can attest to the fact that I not only encourage them to take a variety of vitamins and supplements, but I, too, am a dedicated vitamin taker. Calcium supplements are at the top of my list because they promote good bone health and prevent osteoporosis. While calcium is important to all… Continue Reading

Mead’s refugee refusal is folly

Re: Syrian crisis When news of Gov. Matt Mead’s refusal to accept Syrian refugees came to me, I was shocked and horrified. Perhaps it was naïve of me to think that the people of Wyoming aren’t so afraid of ISIS that they refuse to help orphans and widows. Worst of all, the actions of Gov.… Continue Reading

Local football teams special

If someone just dropped out of the sky, from outer space, or even Texas, one could make an assumption: here lies a “football hotbed.” Sheridan High School — state champions. Tongue River High School — state championship runner up. And down the road a ways, Kaycee High School — state champions in six-man football. ••••••… Continue Reading

Why are we fighting Obama’s phony war?

Tell me: What’s a suicide bomber doing with a passport? He’s not going anywhere. And, though I’m not a religious scholar, I doubt that a passport is required in paradise for a martyr to access his 72 black-eyed virgins. A Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists. Why was it… Continue Reading

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