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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....

 

Our view: Marijuana might bring state bundles of green

Chronic, kush, ganja, cannabis, the devil’s lettuce or pot. Regardless of what you know it as, marijuana and the legalization of its use was a big winner during last week’s General Election. This push for legalization event took place for two of...

 

Letter: Masks should not be forced on us

Dear Editor, I think the CEO of (Castle Rock Medical Center) has no business trying to dictate whether or not the public should or should not wear masks. Who elected her to represent the town? She is not our babysitter and I don’t appreciate her...

 

Making pandemic 'personal responsibility' optional was a grave mistake in Wyoming

By KERRY DRAKE Wyofile.com I don’t know what mystifies me more: Wyomingites who don’t care enough about their neighbors to wear a mask during a surging pandemic, or Gov. Mark Gordon not requiring people to cover their faces in public. Both,...

 

Let's put ourselves in their shoes

When I met her, she was younger than I am now. I was responsible for admissions to our hospital that day, and the ER doctor called me about a woman with intractable bleeding. It had been going on for several months, but she was embarrassed and...

 

Our view: Everyone must work to reign in COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic, at times, feels like a topic that has long-since been beaten to death. Everywhere a person turns, there’s a reminder of the pandemic -- from masks being worn in public to the idea of “contactless delivery” when...

 

Electoral College control

By Mark Jenkins Resident Scholar Wyoming Humanities I have friends in Wyoming who will not vote for a president this November. They know their vote will not count toward the election, so, as an act of protest, they’re not voting at all. I utterly...

 

Our view: Be careful on those slick winter roads

As much as any of us hate to admit it, winter weather has arrived. Along with having to worry about shoveling driveways and sidewalks, many of Green River’s residents will also contend with slick roads and the possibility of driving during a nasty...

 

Looking forward to the election's end

I don’t think I’m alone when I say this: I can’t wait for this election season to end. My reasons probably differ from most people -- through I can’t remember a previous presidential election being such a slog to experience. I blame social...

 

Letter: Hunter blames senator for lack of tags

Dear Editor Under a bill that went before the State Senate in February, an additional 3,000+ Wyoming resident hunters would have drawn an antelope tag this year.  But, the bill, Senate File 94, failed on introduction. In fact, just one state...

 

Our view: Voting is a pillar of Wyoming's democracy

We’re heading into the final days of the 2020 General Election. For many, the biggest question they want a voice in is if Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be the United States’ President in 2021. While that question will have some weight as to...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    October 21, 2020

My Shopping Cart Wheel

I am that person that always manages to “find” the shopping cart with the wonky wheel. I used to trade it out because it irritated me. The cart wobbled and sometimes made noise and it usually drove a little slower and pushed a little harder....

 
 By Tom Lacock    Opinion    October 21, 2020

Putting off going to a nursing home

The call is getting more common as I enter my mid-40s. It generally comes from a friend, about my age, who knows I work for AARP, and hopes I can help them navigate the services available in Wyoming to help a loved one stay at home as they age....

 

Our view: Legal notices belong in newspapers

It’s a battle that’s been waged for a long time now and it doesn’t show any signs of letting up. There’s a movement amongst state legislators to have the legal notices published by municipal and county governments in their local newspapers...

 

Get Your Breast Cancer Screening Appointments Back On the Books

Women often put the needs of their loved ones before their own. That may be truer than ever this year, as mothers juggle working from home, virtual learning and childcare along with the usual everyday responsibilities. As members of the Prevent...

 

State should end 'dark money' spending

Lumpy, a walking, talking lump of coal wearing a miner’s hat and gloves, serves as the Energy Policy Network’s mascot. “Affordable and plentiful, I keep America’s lights on and economy moving,” Lumpy says in a speech bubble on EPN’s...

 

Our view: We can't be lax on coronavirus action

The coronavirus has made quite a surge in Wyoming over the past week and a half. Much of the infections have been in Albany County, home to the University of Wyoming, and have included 11 freshmen football players according to UW’s public...

 
 By Jill Kruse    Opinion    October 7, 2020

The Prairie Doc: The first goodbye

When you ask a physician why they became a doctor there is often a pattern that emerges. It is usually one of three things: they have family members who were doctors, they went through a significant health issue of their own, or they had a family mem...

 

Our view: Ignoring health guideline will cause spike

Conservative groups throughout Wyoming have been pushing resolutions to county commissioners which would push back on the state’s health orders and cite a person’s ability to make their own decisions regarding their health and precautions to...

 

Game time: Trying to discover the killer lurking "Among Us"

Being alone isn’t nearly as bad as having someone else follow you through the darkened corridors. You know there are impostors amongst your group, but you’re never exactly sure of who they are....

 

Greater Little Mountain Area still at risk of special interests

Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to show mayors, county commissioners, Governor (Mark) Gordon and other elected leaders and stakeholders around one of my favorite places in the world -- the Greater Little Mount...

 

Our view: Sixth-penny tax could pay for water work

If you build it, they will come. That statement, an often misquoted line from the film “Field of Dreams,” has been applied to economic development meaning once something is built, support will follow. This has been true for the Jamestown area....

 

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