Author Archives: Outside Contributor

Column: Adjectively speaking

White House press secretary Sean Spicer might owe Melissa McCarthy a thank-you note. The actress who mocked Spicer in her “Saturday Night Life” caricature of his angry, anti-media persona seems to have breathed new life into the man — as only a woman could do? To his credit, Spicer didn’t curl up in a fetal… Continue Reading

Column: ‘Big government’ is ever growing, on the sly

In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad new sub-Cabinet agencies (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency), and a slew of matters on the federal… Continue Reading

Letter: Barrasso town hall marred by protest

Barrasso town hall marred by protest Re: BH Chamber meeting What a shame it is that a few people feel they have the right to hijack a meeting. The Chamber coffees are for business folks to network and present information about their company or organization.  They take time away from their businesses to attend these functions.  I enjoy… Continue Reading

Column: Doing something … for a change

Column: Doing something … for a change

 SHERIDAN — Nancy Moses is doing something different…for a change. And in one week after making change, Moses was feeling better. “I was getting up every morning with severe back pain,” said Moses. “But I figured that’s just how it is when you’re 85. I don’t exercise enough; I sit too much.” Moses started walking.… Continue Reading

Column: Marching into better nutrition

March is recognized as National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ( As such, the organization focuses on educational and informational efforts to spread the word about making healthy and informed food choices, as well as healthy eating habits to support optimal well-being. While the Academy’s primary mission and focus is on… Continue Reading

Column: Eat the bug

As I look around at the condition of our nation and consider all its division, I have to think that maybe the Beatles were right when they expressed through song that “All we need is love.”  Right now, love is what we need most. Truly, the greatest need of mankind is to love and to… Continue Reading

Armed teachers idea ‘ludicrous’

Re: HB 136, 237 Guns do not belong in our schools or public meetings unless in the hands of well-trained professionals. As a member of a very small and unique group, I witnessed a school shooting on 17 September 1993 at Central Middle School in Sheridan and assisted students who had been wounded and traumatized… Continue Reading

Trump and the ‘madman theory’

At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practically every member of the team — the heads of State,… Continue Reading

A new take on a very old form of drama

Some historical forms of drama — like Greek tragedy — feature a chorus. This group of nameless individuals serves as the voice of the “common man,” singing, narrating for the audience, commenting on the protagonists’ struggles or warning of events to come. Typically, it is the individual characters in such a drama whose lives are… Continue Reading

America’s predictable pension crisis

Some American disasters come as bolts from the blue — the stock market crash of October 1929, Pearl Harbor, the designated hitter, 9/11. Others are predictable because they arise from arithmetic that is neither hidden nor arcane. Now comes the tsunami of pension problems that will wash over many cities and states. Dallas has the… Continue Reading

Celebrating 120 years with the Bighorn National Forest

Celebrating 120 years with the Bighorn National Forest

The era of concern about American’s natural resources began after the Civil War, as Americans turned their attention to building railroads, homesteading, farming, mining, cutting timber and raising livestock. Using a seemingly unending supply of natural resources was the spirit of the times. The Powell Expedition in 1869 and the Hayden Expedition in 1871 were… Continue Reading

New book bins in Children’s Library

New book bins in Children’s Library

With the acquisition of several new shelving systems in the Children’s Library, a cascade of changes have been made to item locations in the Fulmer Library that will make for an improved experience for both our adult and young patrons. In November, the director of Sublette County Library in Pinedale sent out a message saying… Continue Reading

Catching up on the news

The Legislature took a long President’s Day weekend off. I got home Thursday night for the first time in six weeks. I could sleep in my own bed and have a home cooked meal — simple pleasures are often the best. Donna had waiting for me back issues of the Kaycee Community Voice, the Buffalo… Continue Reading

Quick, easy beef stir-fry with spinach

Quick, easy beef stir-fry with spinach

BEEF STIR-FRY WITH SPINACH  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided 1 pound boneless sirloin steak, thinly sliced 1 pound packaged spinach 2 yellow… Continue Reading

Combine offers for the best deals

“Dear Jill, I love to use coupons. The problem is that I don’t know where to find them other that the ones that we get weekly. I use digital coupons and manufacturer coupons that come with the paper. I started to read your column and I would love to use the coupons the way you… Continue Reading

America’s sacred fire must not be doused

“Well, I preach the Church without Christ,” says a vivid Flannery O’Connor character named Hazel Motes. “I’m member and preacher to that church where the blind don’t see and the lame don’t walk and what’s dead stays that way.” At the heart of Donald Trump’s public rhetoric is a similar emptiness. He is a president… Continue Reading

Training grounds: Early bird gets the worm

“Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.” —Theodore Roosevelt When Kristen first approached me about training in the early mornings, we knew it would take some practice. Getting up at 5 a.m. requires better planning and an earlier bedtime and not just forcing yourself out of bed with less sleep. After 6 weeks she… Continue Reading

Column: Let’s air it all out

In an environment where every day has felt like a month and almost every news cycle has something that the media consider a potentially administration-shaking disaster, we finally have something worthy of the perpetually screaming headlines — a national-security adviser getting fired under a haze of suspicion about his dealings with Russia. This is gobsmacking… Continue Reading

Letter: Australian enjoys SC, Whitney, city

Australian enjoys SC, Whitney, city I visited this week to participate in art workshops offered at your Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. What a magnificent community resource! It is programmed and peopled to contribute so richly to the local community. Thank you for the opportunity to share this resource and the print-making… Continue Reading

Health watch: Do the D!

Vitamin D is one of the most common nutrition supplements I see my clients self-prescribe. In this article I would like to share what I tell my clients to help them ‘Do the D’ safely and effectively. First, know the limits. There is actually an ‘upper limit’ that is considered safe for this fat soluble… Continue Reading

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