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Our View: Don't get careless with fireworks this July 4th

Another Fourth of July holiday; another opportunity to see the hills catch fire. It’s almost a yearly tradition in itself. People playing with fireworks outside of Green River or Rock Springs ignite a brushfire resulting in fire crews from multiple...

 

Infrastructure investment should be a key state, national goal

As we poke our heads above ground to survey the damage visited on our shores by the coronavirus, it is imperative that we move forward with an intelligent, focused, and effective plan of action for rebuilding the economies and promise of our...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    July 1, 2020 

Wyoming knew better than to blame health officers

More than a century ago, Wyoming residents lived through a flu pandemic much the same way people deal with the coronavirus today: restricting business activity and keeping their distance from others. However, there is one notable difference: Wyomingi...

 
 By Shay Mahana    Opinion    June 24, 2020

A landmark decision for equality

A great stride was made in the efforts of workplace equality June 15. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Gerald Bostock, Donald Zarda and Aimee Stephens, all victims of discrimination and unjust firing. Bostock worked as a child advocate for...

 
 By DAVID MARTIN    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Wyoming's beauty can be found in the most unexpected places

It’s taken 36 years, but I’ve finally visited Yellowstone. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to visit, especially being a Wyoming native. I would assume it’s almost mandatory for anyone...

 

Letter: Food bank donations go a long way for residents

Dear Editor, We all know someone who might have trouble providing food for their family. With the coronavirus pandemic causing layoffs throughout Sweetwater County, the demands on the Sweetwater County Food Bank are only increasing. Donating to the f...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Will the Wyo, GOP let anonymous actors define it?

Republicans used to vastly outnumber Democrats in the Wyoming Legislature. Their 77-12 super-majority seemed destined to last forever. But if you ask a shadowy political group organized last year, the margin has suddenly narrowed to 21-12 ...

 

Our View: Pandemic is not over

Looking around Sweetwater County, with businesses reopening and people enjoying the warm June weather, one could be mistaken for thinking the pandemic is over and we’re in the clear. Yes, restaurant servers are wearing masks and many of the annual...

 
 By Mike Enzi    Opinion    June 17, 2020

It's time to fix our national parks, but not by putting it on America's credit card

Our national parks are an important source of pride for our country. But they are in the midst of a rising crisis that has been building over many years. Simply put, they are falling apart. They are in desperate need of repair and maintenance....

 

Our view: Be careful around the river

Despite a few days of cold, spring-like weather in the last few days, summer is quickly approaching in Green River. With that, summer activities on the river itself are becoming an attractive past time as well. While we’re in favor of a fun...

 

Letter: Lawmakers should pass loan forgiveness

Dear Editor, Millions of Americans are concerned about the continued impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on our economy. As a result of the pandemic, hospitals and frontline workers nationwide are at the forefront of this fight both from a...

 

Letter: GRPD shows kindness to resident

Dear Editor, Have you ever been afraid because of the color of your skin? Have you ever been afraid based on ethnicity and even religious beliefs? I spent all morning visiting with a young man with an ethnic descent and we discussed an environment...

 
 By DAVID MARTIN    Opinion    June 10, 2020

Desert dumping is a depressing act

While driving along the Wild Horse Loop Tour recently, I saw something that instantly made my blood boil. A car was left abandoned at the side of the road, near 14-Mile Hill. It’s windows were...

 

Our view: We're all on edge

Here at the offices of your hometown newspaper, we consider ourselves among the fortunate ones. The press, like it or not, are deemed essential in times of crisis, so we get to work through this global pandemic. So most of our work these days...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Lifelong learning: Keep walking on

I need to pay more attention to the messages in children’s books. I have read them to my kids for 23 plus years now, or they have then read them to me once they began reading on their own. We read a variety of stuff-chapter books, fiction,...

 

Our View: Graduation parade should become a tradition

Last week, graduates from Green River High School and Expedition Academy paraded through town, waving at residents and celebrating their accomplishment through one of the best ways afforded to them. Social distancing recommendations and cancelled cer...

 
 By Erin Wall    Opinion    May 27, 2020

CDC guidelines may cause stress for teachers, students when classes start

In March, the terror of what could physically happen to my children if they contracted COVID-19 paralyzed me into blind submission. I was behind the idea of online learning, as well as socially distancing my children from their friends. Our school di...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    May 27, 2020

A superhero saves state senate from itself

I didn’t expect to see Spiderman at the Wyoming Senate, but I’m sure glad he showed up. He helped save the day. He didn’t look the same as he does in his superhero costume. In fact, in civilian clothes, the fellow on my computer monitor looked...

 

Our View: State needs to start infrastructure investments

Wyoming is at a point where it needs more investment into its ageing infrastructure and the pandemic is the perfect excuse to do so, as long as the state’s legislature finally decides to open up spending some of its reserves. The pandemic has...

 
 By DAVID MARTIN    Opinion    May 20, 2020

Sitting at the other end of the pandemic cooking spectrum

When people look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in the future, one of the takeaways will likely be that the incident resulted in people using the time at home to brush up on their cooking skills. The...

 

Families deserve straight talk about nursing home safety

The headlines have been grim. Seventeen bodies piled up in the morgue at a New Jersey nursing home. Fifty-five residents dead in Brooklyn, N.Y. In one week, 104 residents dead in a facility in western Pennsylvania and 102 dead at a home in San...

 

Our View: The outdoors are waiting, pandemic or not

We’ve had some beautiful weather in southwestern Wyoming over the past week. The blue skies, warm temperatures and the greenery sprouting everywhere is enough to make someone forget about work and the ever-present COVID-19 pandemic to enjoy a day s...

 

Our view: First responders go above and beyond again

The area’s first responders typically excel when working under conditions most people would find trying. Firefighters, ambulance workers and police officers are often the people tasked with responding to emergencies large and small. They’re the...

 
 By Richard Holm MD    Opinion    May 6, 2020

A woman experiences life with color

Mrs. R was a character. Her natural red hair had changed to gray years earlier, but thanks to the magic of her hairdresser, her hair was again flashy red, and she had a personality to match. She was a feisty, fun and full-blooded woman full of zest...

 
 By Wally Johnson    Opinion    May 6, 2020

BLM should postpone Rock Springs RMP

(Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Bureau of Land Management. Sweetwater County Commissioner Wally Johnson requested its publication in The Green River Star as well.) Sweetwater County strongly recommends that the Bureau of Land M...

 

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