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Our view: Green River should focus more on waterlines

For the past several years, the waterline on Flaming Gorge Way has broken, resulting in the city spending time and money closing a section of the street, digging up the line and replacing it. Nearby residents and businesses are inconvenienced because...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    January 13, 2021 

The Drake's Take: Lummis, Eathorne responses to insurrection are delusional

The response of two Wyoming officials to President Donald Trump inciting a riot at the Capitol last Wednesday is delusional, dishonest and disturbing. As security escorted her out after violent Trump backers stormed the building, Sen. Cynthia Lummis...

 

Our view: Adobe Town should be made a national park

In the past, we’ve published pieces in this space supporting coal and wishing for it to return to prominence as an economic generator in Southwest Wyoming. As the years roll on, that’s looking less and less likely. While many local leaders...

 

Can Wyoming afford 'excess tax capacity?'

Well-considered comments and e-mails following the discussion of Wyoming’s excess tax capacity, and the one-page legislative document that measured it, differed widely and reflected all of the various political positions one might expect. But a...

 

A pandemic year in video games

It’s an understatement to say the last year was unprecedented for those of us who didn’t live during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. With so many activities canceled or postponed a year to limit...

 

Our view: healing can begin

We’re thankful to see the Green River Fire Department healing from the trial disgraced former fire chief Mike Nomis put it through. Part of that healing process involved firefighters, some of whom had known Nomis for decades, talking about how his...

 

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

(Editor’s note: Since Friday is Christmas Day, we thought we’d share what has become the most republished newspaper editorial in history which proves Santa Claus is real. The unsigned editorial, published Sept. 21, 1897 in New York’s Sun...

 

The one-page solution to Wyoming's budget crisis

The legislature’s budget and fiscal staff recently prepared a very novel one-page document that merits the attention of every Wyoming lawmaker and citizen. “Wyoming Estimated Tax Capacity” asks and answers a seemingly simple question: How much...

 

The Prairie Doc: Look for the light

Depending on where you live, it looks like we may not have a “picture perfect” white Christmas this year. It seems fitting given the many things about 2020 which were not what we imagined, let alone “perfect.” While the holidays can be a...

 

Better late than never, mandate is a good call

There is a lot of criticism that can be laid to Gov. Mark Gordon’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest of which was his steadfast refusal to tighten statewide restrictions in the face of a huge spike in COVID-19 infections. Last week,...

 

Take the coronavirus vaccine for you, your family and friends

For most of us in Wyoming, 2020 brought many challenges. As we head into 2021, we can celebrate a new year with some much-needed encouraging news: We have multiple effective vaccines for COVID-19. During the past year, the federal government has...

 

The costly lessons of the state's limited revenue diversity

Wyoming’s fiscal situation has grown very stormy in 2020. The state has already administered a 10% cut across all agencies, followed by another $500 million this fall, with possibly more to come. It now looks like we’ll have to reduce the two-yea...

 

Wyoming GOP is pushing a false election narrative

A curious email showed up in my inbox last Wednesday. The Wyoming GOP sent an email to its members reflecting on the Thanksgiving holiday and the pilgrims who came to the New World 400 years ago in...

 
 By Susie Cook    Opinion    December 9, 2020

Gifts could brighten the day for someone in assisted living centers

In loving support of senior citizens who are the pillars of our society residing in Mission at Castle Rock, Villa Rehabilitation Center or Sage View Care Center please consider giving a small gift of love during the holiday season. Most of us...

 

The community should help its families in times of need

It’s a smell I’ll never forget. I’ve had the unfortunate duty of covering house fires over the years and the smell always takes me back to the time I experienced it firsthand. Over the weekend,...

 

Letter: Masks don't infringe on rights, but show care for others

Dear Editor, Your recent letter writer is apparently not getting the reaction to her weekly missives that she desires (witness the longer, more strident, and IN CAPS in case we missed HER POINT letter). So, risking that no one will come threatening...

 

Education experts eye teacher wages, regional adjustments

The Legislature’s Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration rarely makes headlines. Its meetings are lengthy, the subject matter is complex and tangible results are slow-developing. The vast majority of time during early committee meetings...

 

Our view: A lot to be thankful for, despite 2020 being 2020

With everything the year has thrown at us, it might feel difficult to be thankful during the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow. Yet, despite the ongoing pandemic and constant political turmoil as the nation shifts towards a new presidential...

 

Letter: Mask order infringes on civil liberties

Dear Editor, I have lived in Wyoming for over 40 years and have seen many things that have interfered with our civil liberties. Mask mandating takes the cake! It is NOT my responsibility to “take care” of MY fellow neighbors, peers or...

 

The most beautiful 25 pounds I ever carried

Dear Editor, She didn’t try to escape from my arms, maybe because she felt safe with me. I could feel her heart beating right next to mine when I carried her from Norbest Turkey Processing Plant (slaughterhouse) to a farm sanctuary. The most...

 
 By Pete Rust    Opinion    November 25, 2020

Mayor urges residents to follow health orders

With the celebration of one of our most important holidays fast approaching, and the recent explosion of a second wave of COVID-19 cases, I feel it is very important as your mayor to express my thoughts regarding the various issues involved. During...

 

Employers raise concern over COVID-19 figures

As the largest employers in Southwest Wyoming we are growing increasingly alarmed with the steep increase in community spread positive COVID-19 cases. Since October 28th , the Sweetwater County positivity rate has spiked from less than 5% to over...

 

Our view: COVID-19 battles face a difficult road ahead

A mask mandate will not work. Comments from Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe and Green River Police Chief Tom Jarvie last week indicate enforcement of a mask mandate is impossible. In an email to the Star, Erramouspe wrote, “we would...

 

Biden should prove himself to Wyo.

President-Elect Joe Biden said throughout his campaign: “I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I’ll govern as an American.” As one of those Americans who care more about the country than any political party, I wish him success, and suggest we...

 

Letter: No masks, let's go back to normal

Dear Editor, I do not care how mystified or angry Kerry Drake is. Give me Liberty or Give me Death. P.S. Hey Kerry, It is not up to you. Hundreds of thousands die each year across the country with things like cancer, for example. Take cigarettes....

 

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