Category Archives: Editor’s Column

Exciting political seasons upon us

The political season never seems to end these days. Candidates declare early. Talking heads spend endless hours examining and picking apart every statement made. Politicians speak, back pedal then try again. Last weekend, I covered the Sheridan County Democratic caucus for The New York Times. This was a dream come true. Most reporters would jump… Continue Reading

Column: Rallying for women

April is an important month for women. On April 12 we’ll recognize Equal Pay Day and then on April 29, we’ll celebrate the amazing women in Sheridan County with the FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference. Equal Pay Day is a symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s from the previous year. It… Continue Reading

Readership surveys and tourism ad campaign

On Monday, some Sheridan Press subscribers will receive through email and through the print edition a readership survey. For those who get them — subscribers were randomly selected — we hope you take the time to fill them out and return. We want your input. The readership research has been in the works for several… Continue Reading

Apologies for an embarrassing, deplorable mistake

Recently, a Sheridan Press reporter made an embarrassing and deplorable mistake. Ryan Miller of Sheridan was incorrectly identified in a March 4 story in The Sheridan Press regarding a felony domestic abuse case in 4th Judicial District Court. The Press staff and I understand the severity of the error. The Sheridan Press promptly removed the… Continue Reading

Column: Moving on from grudges

Because it is spring break for the University of Wyoming, I’ve had some extra time to read for fun. While I should have been working ahead on homework assignments and papers that are due soon, I opted for an escape from textbooks. The books I have been reading, though, all seem to have a theme.… Continue Reading

Can you believe this weather?

This weather is insane. I know it is odd to write an entire column about the weather, but be honest, that’s all you can think or talk about anyway. It’s Wyoming. It’s March 12. It is forecasted to reach 70 degrees today. We keep joking that it will snow two days from now, but that… Continue Reading

Column: No surprise youth aren’t interested

It should no longer surprise anyone that many young voters don’t turn out at the polls on Election Day. Look at their options. How can an 18-year-old or a 26-year-old relate to the individuals seeking our nation’s highest office? Donald Trump is 69 years old. Bernie Sanders is 74. Hillary Clinton is 68. Sure, Marco… Continue Reading

Column: Working together, inspiring each other

Next week will be an exciting week. On Wednesday, the members of The Sheridan Press newsroom will head to Centennial Theatre to take in “Spotlight” the movie based on the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. Recently, I read a piece… Continue Reading

Column: Best season of the year

This week, pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Arizona and Florida. It is, officially, the best time of year. For as long as I can remember, I have played and watched baseball (or softball). I used to do homework while the Cubs games were on TV. I would watch SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight… Continue Reading

Column: Nagging need for perfection

Perfection is an interesting topic that has crept into conversations rather routinely recently. The conversations have taken place at work, with friends, with family and, ad nauseam, in my head. By definition, perfection is something free from fault or defect. How boring, right? But, if that is the case, why do so many of us… Continue Reading

Life before Facebook

This week, Facebook celebrated the social network’s 12th birthday. Its founders and leadership team were also likely celebrating the 1.6 billion — yes, that’s billion with a ‘b’ — users of the site. While I still get looks of contempt when I comment on how old I feel sometimes, the celebration of Facebook’s birthday really… Continue Reading

Column: What it means to be young in Sheridan

Sheridan is a great place to live. We hear that statement over and over again. For those of us who have lived here a long time, or for those who grew up here, it isn’t a phrase that is difficult to believe. For newcomers to the community, though, it can be tough. Recently, I attended… Continue Reading

Column: Press staff earn WPA honors

This weekend, I and a couple of Sheridan Press staffers attended the Wyoming Press Association Conference. Industry or organization conferences are always interesting to me and this one in particular is one I look forward to each year. Weird? Yes. To many people, conferences are a snore. They are an excuse to get out of… Continue Reading

Column: Sharing stories of our neighbors

The longer I’ve lived in Sheridan, the more I’ve learned about all of the amazing things area residents have done in their lives. Some have attempted to summit Everest, others have started nonprofits to better the lives of others and still others have succeeded in their careers to extents that would likely surprise you. For… Continue Reading

Column: Do your homework

Now that we have officially entered the year of the 2016 presidential election, I’m sure the coverage by media organizations of the races — while seemingly impossible — will only multiply. American citizens will likely be overwhelmed by information about all of the candidates. We’ll hear sound bites from candidates that may or may not… Continue Reading

Column: New faces, talents at The Press

It is time, once again, to introduce a couple of new faces working in the newsroom here at The Sheridan Press. I’ve been here more than seven years, and I’ve seen many reporters come and go. Such is a fact of life in a small-town newsroom. Many times reporters use The Press as a way… Continue Reading

Changing traditions

It is funny how traditions change over the years. You think by their very nature, they’d stay the same. But as new generations are born and included in holiday festivities, the same-old traditions get altered, slowly, over time. My family always used to go Christmas tree shopping together. We’d head down the road to the… Continue Reading

The joy of giving

This time of year is a joy. Beyond the Christmas cheer and the holiday glow, there is a sense of community and giving that doesn’t exist other times of the year. That isn’t to say Sheridan isn’t always full of giving, caring, philanthropic individuals. You need only look around Sheridan to see proof of local… Continue Reading

All I want for Christmas — better candidates

I try to avoid writing about politics in my column. The Press and other media sources are typically full of columns, news articles and cartoons regarding the politics of our nation and the world. But, I’m going to break my own rule and talk about our presidential candidates. Let me start by saying this: I’m… Continue Reading

Taking on a new adventure — native ads

Last week, The Sheridan Press embarked on a new adventure in the products we offer to our advertisers and to our readers. We added the use of native advertising to our repertoire. Native advertising is an odd term. It sounds like it is supposed to be there, or perhaps, was even there first. But what… 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: Getting to know, exploring TED

Recently, as I’ve said in previous columns, I have had very little time to read for fun. My graduate school classes seem to consume most of my free time and the time I used to set aside for reading. Instead, I’ve started listening to TED talks while I study and while I work. I downloaded… Continue Reading

Bright lights, big city

Now that I’ve been back from Chicago for a little more than a week, I’ve had time to think back and thoroughly laugh at all of the adventures we had back in the Midwest. We got into the city pretty late on Oct. 23, a Friday night. We checked into our hotel and crashed pretty… Continue Reading

Column: Cheering on our workplace

Nothing makes a business better to work for than the other people who work there. Here at The Sheridan Press, we’re always up for a giggle. So, the last few years for Halloween, the staff has dressed up for a costume contest and several employees dish up their best pot of soup for a cook-off.… Continue Reading

Column: Could this be it?

I know our sports editor Mike Pruden has written about the Cubs advancing to the National League Championship Series already this week. But as a fellow Cubs fan, I cannot help but chime in on the excitement. I didn’t grow up in Chicago, but my dad did. He has been a Cubs fan for as… Continue Reading

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