Category Archives: Opinion

Training grounds: 3 down, 18 to go

At about 6:15 a.m. today (Monday), I finished my third workout with Caryn Moxey from PURENERGY Fitness in Sheridan.  My muscles are tired and sore, but in a good way. I’ve already had a few embarrassing moments. I already feel better. First let’s talk embarrassment. Caryn and I have been meeting at about 5:30 a.m.… Continue Reading

Marching for recognition, solidarity

On Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people will march through our nation’s capitol. The Women’s March on Washington, D.C., started with a Facebook page, and once again showing the power of social media, the idea grew into a movement.  The idea from the start has been to challenge… Continue Reading

Tributes in memory of John D. (Jack)McDermott

A good friend and an outstanding historian died this past New Year’s Eve. Jack McDermott of Rapid City, South Dakota, previously of Sheridan, left behind a huge body of work extending over more than half a century. We owe thanks to fellow historian, author and long-time friend, Jerome Greene, who wrote an accounting of McDermott’s life… Continue Reading

‘Bakersfield Mist’ opens soon at CHT

The Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild will present “Bakersfield Mist” beginning Jan. 20 at the Carriage House Theater. It’s directed by Gene Davis and stars Aaron Odom and Erin Kranz. It’s the story of a bartender who finds a long-lost Jackson Pollock painting that is worth millions. Critics love the mystery and the comedy. The story… Continue Reading

What happened to the honeymoon?

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone. Presidents-elect usually lie low during the interregnum. Trump never… Continue Reading

Legislators should learn COS alternatives

Re: Kinskey column, Press, Jan. 7 State Sen. Dave Kinskey’s column listed actions President-elect Donald Trump and the Congress could take to unravel the mess left by the unconstitutionally unilateral actions of the Obama Administration. From undoing presidential executive orders, to reining in excessive federal regulations, to proposing and supporting corrective legislation to Congress, the… Continue Reading

Study: Transfer of public lands unlikely to succeed

Re: Legislative proposals During the 2015 legislative session, the Wyoming Legislature passed SF 56 providing for a study of state management of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management administered lands in Wyoming. Completed last August, it is entitled “Study on Management of Public Lands in Wyoming.” The report is 345 pages but the Executive… Continue Reading

Dylann Roof’s last act

If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city’s federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the Reaper’s patience was rewarded with the jury’s return of the death penalty for Dylann Roof. Roof, who insisted on representing himself during the sentencing phase of his 33-count murder trial, was found guilty last… Continue Reading

President-elect Trumpschenko

First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence that Obama prove beyond existing proof that he was born in Hawaii and not in… Continue Reading

Academia may now be beyond satire

The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering. In 1996, Alan Sokal, a New York University physicist and self-described “academic leftist,” composed… Continue Reading

The reset failure

President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality — topped off by the Russian interference in the November election — to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin. Not that Obama is ready to admit error. Asked by George Stephanopoulos on Sunday if he… Continue Reading

McConnell vs. McConnell: an epic showdown

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is a tough and wily operator. But he is opposed by an equally relentless and worthy adversary: Mitch McConnell. Nobody in recent memory has argued so frequently and so passionately against himself as the Kentucky Republican. Oyez, oyez, oyez: Let us hear the case of McConnell v. McConnell. In… Continue Reading

Training grounds: No more excuses

When I attended Northwestern University I competed in Division I sports. Hard to believe now, but I could exercise and train with the best of them.  When I stopped competing my senior year, I started running. I ran several miles each day nearly every day of the week. I loved it. I understood the meaning… Continue Reading

Obama’s unforced errors on foreign policy

When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from 2340 S Street, where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson’s embittering foreign policy failure was the Senate’s rejection of the U.S. participation in the embodiment of Wilsonian aspirations,… Continue Reading

Letter: Look out for each other

Look out for each other Re: Harsh winter weather  On Tuesday night, Dec. 27, after an eight-hour drive from Grand Junction, Colorado, to Sheridan without incident and looking forward to being home and relaxing, I turned onto Bryant Street to my apartment and got stuck. Two very kind, thoughtful and patient men, Brian and Jeremy,… Continue Reading

Column: Are you ready?

On Tuesday, the 64th Wyoming Legislature will convene for the 2017 session.  A lot is on the line. Budget issues have been discussed alongside voting rights for convicted felons, the transfer of federal public lands to the state and license plates sporting images of Yellowstone National Park. From what seems like a big deal to… Continue Reading

Cold War relic, present day threat

You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road. Since the early 1990s, we have offered every kind of inducement to get… Continue Reading

Loner-loser syndrome

As convicted murderer Dylann Roof prepares to defend himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African-Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge.  In a word, he’s a loser — as random and ordinary as the proverbial tree falling in a forest bereft… Continue Reading

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