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Editorials

Next week is Thanksgiving, a time when we step back and reflect on our blessings, and offer thanks for them. And for many of us, it’s a time when we notice with a little more clarity the struggles of those who may not be as fortunate, and look for ways to help.

Essential Air Service — the federal program that subsidizes commercial flights to and from Yellowstone Regional Airport during the winter months — is a frequent target of budget hawks.

EDITORIAL: Light amid the darkness

It was a difficult start to November.

The first snowstorm of the season packed a punch, as temperatures plunged into single digits and came with bitterly cold wind and an extra helping of snow. In addition to the frigid temperatures, it’s getting dark an hour earlier, thanks to the time change.

The vast majority of kids in school today were born after 9/11. Those school children who were alive when terrorists attacked America in September 2001 were babies or toddlers at the time — too young to remember the horror of that day, and the resilience which followed and the patriotism it spawned in the United States.

It’s a common sight driving around town and out on the highways: People talking on cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.

Last year, the National Park Service helped launch a campaign called “Find Your Park,” which encouraged Americans to visit and appreciate our national parks.

But this year, it appears the Park Service’s new campaign slogan might be, “What’s in your wallet?”

Support the businesses that support our community

One of downtown Powell’s busiest days of the year is Halloween. Come rain, shine, wind or snow, dozens of trick-or-treaters trek up and down the sidewalks, getting candy from local businesses as part of Powelloween.

Wyoming recently got a reminder of why it’s sometimes a blessing that our small state tends to stay out of the national spotlight.

For many families in Wyoming, hunting season is awaited in eager anticipation, more so than summer or even Christmas. As the leaves turn and the weather gets colder, hunters of all ages, sizes and gender brush off their cold weather gear, zero-in their rifles and head for the hills.

For many local households, warm meals at dinnertime, full refrigerators and well-stocked pantries are normal. But some families and individuals in our community struggle to put food on their tables.

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