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Of parties, principles and primaries

I suppose many of you readers of this column have been wondering why I have failed to pontificate on Wyoming’s primary election, which happens next Tuesday. Or maybe it hasn’t crossed … more

The Thorofare will make you earn it

I can’t believe you would do this again,” Jess heaves during a rest stop, five seconds after our last rest stop. I can’t, either. “I must’ve blocked it out,” … more

I don’t remember ‘play dates’

There has been considerable change in the world since I first began to store up information in my memory banks. The data collection probably started sometime after D-Day, but for the first two or … more

Just a golf course, of course

Hole No. 4 no longer has Doug Blough to kick around. The curse of the par-3, God-forsaken, rattlesnake-waitin’, triple bogie-baitin’ short drive into hell has been broken. I beat the … more

Can we trust the ex-KGB officer Putin?

It seems like only yesterday that critics were taking aim at President Barack Obama for something he said to other world leaders. Supposedly, he had been traveling around the world, blaming the U.S. … more

Getting to see a Yellowstone celebrity

Those of you who read this column have probably guessed that one of my favorite things about living in northwest Wyoming is being just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park — and that I … more

Wyoming is helping make me a better writer

Since the New Year, I’d been simultaneously looking forward to and freaking out about June. The beginning of June brought the Wyoming Writers Conference in Dubois, and the month closed with … more

Looking back on 18 years of journalism

Eighteen years ago today (Thursday), I made my first foray into the world of journalism. On July 12, 2000, I reported for my first day of work at the Daily American Republic in my hometown of … more

Resist urge to fight fire with fire

The goofiness that infects our political life here in the Home of the Brave just won’t go away. The most recent evidence of that goofiness began when the owner of a restaurant in Virginia, … more

Getting a taste of Yellowstone

I’ve lived in Wyoming for two months, and I haven’t seen a bear — yet. But I have seen some other animals. I’ve always been fascinated by the animal kingdom. When I was … more

Masquerading as a literary critic

A few weeks ago, I received a Father’s Day gift from my daughter: two books she thought would interest me. One was a sort of memoir written by Arthur Garfunkel; the other, a much longer book, … more

Disorder in the courts

So I’m driving the mile home from a local pub after a mere pittance of beer when at the end of 29th Street, I theoretically stopped before turning for my final hundred yards. Pulling into my … more

Politicians should play more basketball

Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz just might be on to something. The liberal ABC late-night talk-show host and the conservative U.S. Senator from Texas have decided to settle their differences this … more

Negotiating with our enemy, putting tariffs on our friends

Recent actions by our president have convinced me that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I realize that about 70 percent of Wyoming voters will say I’m wrong about that, and maybe … more

The final cast

My father’s fishing equipment isn’t fancy. Much of it has never been used. There’s still plastic shrink-wrap covering the corked grips on combination rod and reel specials purchased … more

If you drop the ball, drop the one that bounces back

Sitting in the park, my friend tells me someone I love is suffering. The whole world stops. I can’t see. I can’t breathe. I can’t hear a word coming from her moving mouth. But … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Traveling in God’s country

I love a good road trip, enough to drive hundreds of miles on occasion. With a three-day weekend and much of Wyoming yet to be explored, western Wyoming and its many sights — not to mention a few other new-to-me places — started calling to me … more

AMEND CORNER: Remember to be humble

This is because Congress decided to fix the observance of Memorial Day on the last Monday in May back in 1968 — a century after General John Logan announced that May 30 should be set aside to honor those killed in the Civil War. Logan actually … more

AMEND CORNER: Celebrating an achievement

I’m not saying anything bad about her family. Quite the contrary: I like my in-laws. In fact, I’ve always said that, thanks to my choice in spouses, one of the many fringe benefits I receive is being attached to a crackerjack bunch of in-laws. … more

OUTDOOR REPORT: Wyoming resident, but not Wyoming tough

I celebrated by buying my first resident fishing license, saving about $80 off the price of a nonresident license. Soon I’ll be applying for hunting licenses. It takes 365 days to become a Wyoming resident. I understand the reasons. I can’t … more
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