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 By David Adler    Opinion    February 24, 2021 

What were they thinking? First principles of American Constitutionalism

“Tis funny about th’ constitution,” said Mr. Dooley, the legendary, philosophical Irish bartender created by Finley Peter Dunne. “It reads plain, but no wan can undherstant it without an interpreter.” The Supreme Court is the final...

 

What do you need to know? Who do you trust?

Do you want to know what your city, county and school districts are up to? As a responsible taxpayer and citizen of your community, of course you want to keep an eye on what these governments are undertaking. Where do you go for that information? Do...

 

Letters to the editor

State should not follow Utah’s education example Dear Editor, This is an open letter to the Wyoming Legislature. My name is Drew Roska. I am originally from Salt Lake City and attended elementary, junior high and high school in the Salt Lake...

 

Our view: Keep up the good work Sweetwater County

It’s hard to find good news whenever the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned. It’s an event that has completely changed our lives and what we consider “normal,” at least for the time being. During a regular update to local leaders by Sweetwater...

 

Hey doc, who's on first?

Many people are familiar with the classic Abbott and Costello comedy skit “Who’s on First?” For those who are not familiar, the routine is a hilarious interaction between the two comedians as they discuss players on a baseball team while using...

 

A lively art collection at home

(Publisher's note: the following column was written for our annual 'Things We Love' section.) It's hard to believe one of the best art collections in the Western United States actually exists in our...

 

The GRFD shows its love for the city and Sweetwater County

(Publisher's note: the following column was written for our annual 'Things We Love' section.) The Green River Fire Department is a service that has done a lot in the community. While the same can be...

 

Concerns mount over WWCC layoff plans

This is perhaps an interesting thing I find myself doing in a time that seems to be marked with never ending problems and few answers in sight. My name is Ryan Desmond for those who have been in the community for quite some time, My grandparents owne...

 

A voice for Wyoming wildlife

Some favorite places around Laramie to access public lands have become, for a few, places of trauma and danger. Since mid-November six dogs became entangled in neck snares or held in terror by foot-hold traps. That is, six cases in an eight-week...

 

Letter: Gov. Gordon's great paradox

Dear Editor, It must be difficult to call a press conference and suggest that President Biden’s ban on gas and oil permits is a “crushing blow” to Wyoming, when not so long ago, Mark Gordon was aligned with some of the most radical...

 

Letter: Clarifying concerns about Western layoffs

Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in response to the article headlined, “WWCC leaders to select 15 to layoff” published in the January 27, 2021 edition of the Green River Star. I was misrepresented regarding my concerns about the upcoming lay...

 

Wyo lawmakers have a constitutional duty to fund public schools

Wyoming’s public schools have long been a subject of derision for many Republican state lawmakers who claim they underperform. If such scrutiny leads to the constant improvement of our K-12 system, then I’m all for it. But that’s not the...

 

Our view: Tax issues don't have a 'one and done' fix

Wyoming has a revenue problem. That’s something we can all agree on. The continued reliance on the mineral extraction has put several state services at risk as legislators scramble to find ways to cut costs without increased taxation or other...

 

Impeachment demonstrates left-wing hypocrisy in action

President Trump now has the dubious distinction of being the only President to have been impeached twice, this time for “incitement of insurrection. There was no due process or presenting of facts, just representatives stating opinions. This was a...

 

Wyoming's fiscal challenges aren't unique, just our failed approach

By now, even casual observers recognize that Wyoming’s near single-minded reliance on mineral revenues leaves the state vulnerable to wild swings of boom-and-bust volatility and makes funding the basic functions of government a dicey proposition...

 

Our view: Expect more event cancellations this summer

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic led to a lot of event postponements or changes worldwide and our little corner of it in Sweetwater County was no exception. Flaming Gorge Days, International Day, high school graduations, River Festival; the summer was...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    January 20, 2021

Lifelong Learning: The uphill and downhill battles we face

I have probably made the jog from my house to the work at the college and/or back home, legitimately 500 times over the last couple years. I have run Grant Street so many times, I might actually have every crack in the sidewalk memorized. However,...

 

Protesting the slaughter of pigs

"Hey, I am going to the lake, what about you," says seven-year-old Bella, a black lab mix, as she pokes her head out of a car window at a stop light on a warm sunny day in Rock Springs. "What's a...

 

Wyoming GOP condemns Cheney

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Republican Party issued a statement highlighting an outpouring of opposition from its members in response to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., voting to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his role in the U.S....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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