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Our View: GR needs a spring event

As our readers are likely happy to note, much of the snow that has accumulated in Green River during the past few months has mostly melted away. Local temperatures are warm enough during the day to enjoy a couple of hours outside without a winter...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Ultimately, Wilson ruined himself

I remember running into Allan Wilson at Smith’s a few years ago. He had been a member of the Green River City Council for a year or so at that point. He was on his way out and I was going in to...

 

Anaphylaxis and shock, reversed by epinephrine

Ms. A. was in the bagel shop line and told the server she was allergic to peanuts. The server reassured her there were no peanuts in the bagel but was unaware some peanut butter was left on the knife from an earlier sandwich. After a few bites of...

 

Our View: Amazon kills main street business

If you purchase an item from Amazon, they will, in what appears to be a modern miracle, deliver it your door, even in the remotest part of Wyoming, within a day or two. If you don’t like it, an even bigger miracle takes place. When the courier...

 

Letter: Help sought for recognizing serviceman

A dear friend of mine needs some help in locating someone here in Green River. Harry Holler, who many of you know, has been on a selfless mission at least since I met him 10 years ago. His mission is to recognize our local loved ones who are serving...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Lifelong learning: taking perspective on moods

I read a passage in a book recently, describing mood contagion. Mood contagion says that when a person walks in the room, we can automatically sense if they are sad, angry, anxious, or upset and unless we are very mindful, their negative mood can ove...

 

Our View: Problem could have been avoided

For Wyoming Waste Systems, a lot of the headache over recycling could have been avoided with a simple statement. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, recyclable materials collected by Wyoming Waste Systems’ curbside recycling program in...

 

More county commissioner scholarship applicants needed

College is expensive. This is something that is common knowledge at this point, which is why it’s hard for me to believe the county hasn’t received a lot of applications for its scholarships in...

 

Pressure may keep hospitals safe

Medicare has just announced it is penalizing more than 700 of the nation’s hospitals because they have higher rates of patient safety mishaps, which the government and patient advocacy groups have been trying for years to prevent. What are those...

 

What the 'Momo Challenge' says about us and the Internet

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. The image, depicting a distorted human face, with bulging eyes, long black hair, a deformed nose and a mouth seemingly crossed between a bird beak and a human’s, is something that will stick with a person...

 

Our View: Love's is an economic opportunity

We’ve written a lot about economic development in this newspaper. So much so it’s a common theme for both news and opinion. Economic development is an important activity for both the city and Sweetwater County to engage in, as it means more...

 

How we get bacterial pneumonia

(Publisher’s note: The Prairie Doc is a new health column offered to us from the Wyoming Press Association. Let us know if you enjoy it.) My good friend, a single man in his 60s, didn’t like going to the medical clinic for anything, let alone a...

 

A cold's impact on my life

I thought my days of going without a shower for a few days was over when both of my children were in elementary school. I was wrong. Recently, I rediscovered this feeling when my two sons and I got...

 

Should the Wyoming Legislature consider a new budgeting process?

If you’ve been wondering why there’s been so much talk of budget negotiations in the Legislature this year — a supposedly non-budget year — you’re not alone. During my 12 years of service in the House, I sensed that the most difficult...

 

Our View: House Bill will help Green River

With the myriad of bills being debated within the Wyoming Legislature, we’re happy to see one make its way through that will benefit local governments utilizing their special purpose taxes. House Bill 95 was sent to Gov. Mark Gordon’s desk...

 

Can we find an equitable wind tax for Wyoming?

The pursuit of a sensible public policy for wind power in Wyoming has become an unsettled, decade-long saga. Most other states in the region have already figured out how to appropriately regulate and tax wind resources, but it seems Wyoming...

 

Internet romance scams common for seniors

Whether celebrating a relationship or longing for something more, Valentine’s Day has a way of turning our heads and hearts to finding that special someone. In today’s world, it is perfectly acceptable to go looking through online dating sites,...

 

Our View:GR's future remains bright

Losing Green River’s Shopko Hometown store was certainly a blow to many residents throughout the city, but we believe the city will ultimately thrive once a new business makes use of the property. The space has long been a spot for a small-scale de...

 

Why life must be an inalienable right

My dad started teaching me hunter safety at our ranch outside of Douglas when I was 8 years old. One of the most important lessons was this: “Never pull the trigger unless you’re ready to accept the consequences.” Of course, this means you...

 

U.S. may seek to lower drug costs

David Mitchell is a man with a mission. He is determined to stitch together a movement that will finally smash the power of the pharmaceutical industry and bring pocketbook relief to millions of Americans who need expensive drugs. Mitchell, a...

 

Playing with Power: A cheat that stands the test of time

For gamers in their late 30s and early 40s, one of the most memorable aspects of the games released on the Nintendo Entertainment System is their brutal difficulty. The concept of “Nintendo hard...

 

Our View: Cities gain from school rivalry

We are proud of Sweetwater County’s high school students. During the annual friendly blood drive between Green River and Rock Springs high schools, students raised a total of 713 pints of blood. The schools almost raised exactly the same amounts,...

 

Our View: We must save the Carnegie

The Carnegie Library building in Green River is the focus of a $12,000 grant to pay for a structural study on the building and we’re hoping it reveals a way to save the building. We agree with Brie Blasi, director of the Sweetwater County...

 

Award-winning work at the Star

To be honest, I’ve never cared about winning awards for my work. I won’t argue that it doesn’t feel good to have our work recognized by our peers. It does. I also won’t argue against how good...

 

Legislators urged to vote against HB140

HB140 (48-hour waiting period for abortion) is an unnecessary, discriminatory bill, and an example of government overreach. This bill requires that a woman wait at least 48 hours after receiving information about ultrasound before she is allowed to h...

 

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