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 Opinion    February 15, 2017 

Our View: County action was necessary

What transpired last week between the Sweetwater County Commissioners and the members of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s Board of Trustees is unprecedented, but we think few options were left on the table. What isn’t disputed is the...

 
 By Laura Leigh    Opinion    February 15, 2017 

Notes from Town Square: Tips for a successful project, part one

Seeing the piles of snow slowly melt away is a nice reminder that construction season is just around the corner. Last year was an unusually busy year for construction within the city, mostly in part to the freak hail storm that we were dealt in...

 
 By John Barrasso    Opinion    February 15, 2017 

Barrasso now chairman of senate committee

We now have a new administration. In January, I became chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. President Trump announced his nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate also started the process of rolling back punish...

 
 By Trudy Lieberman    Opinion    February 15, 2017 

Don't rely on pharmacies to catch drug interactions

When you fill a prescription at your local pharmacy, you assume the medicine you receive is safe and won’t interact badly with other drugs you’re taking. That’s not an unreasonable assumption, considering that pharmacists enjoy a positive...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    February 15, 2017 

The difference a line can make

Producing a newspaper week in and week out can be an intense process and sometimes items make it to print in a way that has some unintended consequences. This was the case last week with the...

 
 Opinion    February 8, 2017

Letter: An open letter to John Barrasso

Dear Sen. Barrasso, I am disappointed that you did not include Teton County in your scheduled constituent visits this February. Many people whom you represent are quite concerned about your recent voting record on cabinet positions, executive...

 
 By From the city of Green River    Opinion    February 8, 2017

Notes from Town Square: Gear up for the Frostbite 5/10K

The Frostbite run is quickly approaching so we thought it would be a good idea to give everyone some winter training tips to get you ready. Keep yourself motivated this winter by registering for a couple of races. This way you are sure to keep...

 
 Opinion    February 8, 2017

Our View: It might be time to refocus

If you’ve been having trouble talking freely with friends and neighbors since the last election, you’re not alone. And the media wouldn’t have it any other way. Whether we’re sounding the drums of the Left or the Right, there’s nothing...

 
 Opinion    February 1, 2017

Our View: Time to privatize

As the city looks to increase the rates paid by residents for utility services, it might be time to seriously consider privatizing trash collection. According to proposed rates sent to residents in their water bills, the monthly solid waste charge...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    February 1, 2017

The next economic boom will be Wyoming's last

Booming times for Wyoming’s oil, gas, and coal industries might come again, but the next boom may be the last one, or, at any rate, the booms will become less and less significant. Perhaps something like open warfare breaking out between Saudi...

 
 By Jennie Melvin    Opinion    February 1, 2017

Notes from Town Square: Rose Floral of Green River

Have you been in to Rose Floral lately? If not, you might be surprised by some of the changes that have taken place. Stacy Bruder and Mike Reed purchased Rose Floral in November of 2016. Since then, they’ve made a number of great modifications to t...

 
 By Amanda Benson    Opinion    February 1, 2017

Museum showcases Smithsonian booklet for artifact of the month

February is typically known as a month of romance due in part to Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. For this month’s Artifact of the Month, the Sweetwater County Museum is also getting into the romantic mood, but in a different sense. The featured...

 
 By Ed Murray    Opinion    February 1, 2017

Tripling fees is not business friendly

Late last Friday afternoon, Jan. 27, Rep. Jerry Obermueller, R-Casper, submitted House Bill 267 to the legislature seeking to increase the minimum annual reporting fees for businesses by 200 percent - from $50 to $150 - effectively tripling fees for...

 
 By Stephanie Thompson    Opinion    January 25, 2017

What's in your hair?

It was a typical work-day morning. I had just made my children breakfast and was busy getting ready for work, when my oldest son, Matthew, came into my room. I had called him into the room to make...

 
 Opinion    January 25, 2017

Letter: Wyoming risks losing Equality State name

Dear Editor, Wyoming entered the United States as The Equality State just over a hundred years ago, becoming the first state to recognize women’s right to vote. That, however, was the last fight we dared for equality. A few years ago we found...

 
 By Trudy Lieberman    Opinion    January 25, 2017

Major changes might be coming to Medicare

What’s going to happen to Medicare? That’s not an insignificant question given the political shift in Washington. Now, with Republicans controlling the presidency and both houses of Congress, some ideas they’ve been pushing for years have a...

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2017

Our View: Taxes are necessary for Green River

Last week, we wrote about the importance of taxing online purchases in order to shore up waning sales tax revenue in Sweetwater County. Unknown to us at the time, the state was in discussions with Amazon.com and announced a deal to collect sales tax...

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2017

Letter:The plow drivers need to improve

Dear Editor, I had high hopes that the City of Green River would take notice of the improper blading techniques that blade you into your driveways, causing you to be unable to enter the street and results in your vehicle becoming high centered on...

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2017

Letter: Consider a convention of states

Dear Editor, The Wyoming Legislature will be considering HJ0001 and HJ0002 which address Wyoming submitting an application to Congress, along with other states, to call for a Convention of States. A convention is necessary because Washington, D.C. is...

 
 By Brad Raney    Opinion    January 18, 2017

Notes from Town Square: Winter is a busy time

During the summer, the parks staff has a very visible presence throughout our city. I am certain you have seen brightly colored T-shirts busily scurrying throughout the city, cutting the grass, trimming weeds, and getting sports fields ready for...

 
 Opinion    January 11, 2017

Our View: State should push internet sales tax

It’s another year and another financial crisis looms overhead for municipal governments in Sweetwater County. Sales taxes, the lifeblood of any incorporated town or city, continues to be in decline and another round of budgetary shortfalls are...

 
 By Reed Clevenger    Opinion    January 11, 2017

Notes from Town Square: CodeRED alerts residents

Recently, the city of Green River activated the CodeRED Emergency Notification System to alert citizens of the no unnecessary travel advisory within the city limits of Green River issued by the Green River Police Department. So, what is the CodeRED...

 
 By Trudy Lieberman    Opinion    January 11, 2017

Hospitals get penalized for harm

Anyone facing a hospital stay for themselves or a family member should look at new data the government released right before Christmas showing that it penalized 769 of the nation’s hospitals for having high rates of patient injuries. The monetary...

 
 Opinion    January 4, 2017

Our View: County is on the right side of debate

As a politician, it’s easy to find oneself on the wrong end of a newspaper editorial. However, this week, we’re applauding the stance the Sweetwater County Commissioners have taken in opposing the land grab a few state legislators want to push....

 
 By Stephanie Thompson    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Set an obtainable, realistic goal

Well, It’s that time of the year again. Time to set that New Year’s resolution. It seems like every year around this time that’s all I hear people talking about. It also seems like the...

 

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