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Grocery tax a blow to poor

A lot of blood, sweat and years went into the fight to remove state sales taxes from groceries in Wyoming. It finally happened in 2006. Former State Rep. Ann Robinson (D-Casper) spent eight years bringing bill after bill to the Wyoming House before...

 

Seeking efficiencies in Wyoming

As the 2019 legislative session approaches, a major discussion topic in state government from 2018 moves to action. That topic is “government efficiency.” You’ve likely heard it mentioned on the campaign trail from candidates, in news...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    January 9, 2019

Lifelong learning: Paying yourself

If you are like me, you worry a little about stretching the dollar during the holidays. Of course, as has always been the case no matter where I have worked in education, my December paycheck has arrived the last day before vacation in December....

 

Our View: Sixth-penny tax use a tough sell

The sixth penny improvement tax is almost certain be on the 2020 ballot. Both cities, as well as the county’s outlying towns, will need infrastructure improvements beyond what they can provide from...

 

Little America manager voices concerns about truck stop

Editor’s note: What follows is a email conversation between Spencer Riggs, on-site general manager at the Little America west of Green River and the Star’s editor, David Martin. In order to provide Riggs’ comments the best context, we decided...

 

Outage underlines internet needs

One day without the internet doesn’t seem like that big of a deal until it happens to you. Last Thursday, as my coworkers and I tried to go about getting our work done, we quickly realized just how...

 

Explore beyond county borders

I had the chance to visit Japan last month. The only thought I’ve had on my mind since returning is how much I’d like to venture away and see world. I’ve always been fascinated with Japan. Its c...

 

Our View: City, county had a great 2018

Overall, we think 2018 was a good year for Green River and Sweetwater County. Green River celebrated its 150th birthday to a celebration worthy of something that occurs once every 150 years. The city has made strides in work on the UP Depot...

 

Letter: Veteran does not agree with Enzi's letter

I live many miles from Green River, but I remember visiting you town back in 2013. I enjoyed the motel and the food up near the interstate. The HR299 bill, which Senator Enzi objected to, was not a new expenditure. It was simply a return of benefits...

 

Our View: Fulfilling gambling demand not a good idea

With the attorney general’s decision that skill games terminals are illegal and playing those machines is considered gambling under state law, residents who enjoyed playing those machines are likely out of a means to enjoy those games. Of course,...

 

Enzi responds to newspaper editorial

We owe our veterans, who have sacrificed for their country, our careful consideration of legislation that would affect them so much. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act is no exception. Yet the Veterans Administration continues to have serious...

 

Medicare directories are full of incorrect information

The other day came a lengthy report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing worrisome findings for anyone with a Medicare Advantage plan and anyone thinking about buying one in the future. The findings are also relevant t...

 

Our view: Enzi's objection disappoints

Anyone stopping at the Green River Post Office Tuesday afternoon would have seen the support our community has for our servicemen. A trailer packed with priority boxes was brought to the post office by members of the VFW, sending them to soldiers...

 

Letter: Mule deer migration at risk

Over 100 years ago Abner Luman created the Green River Drift, a grazing system where he moved his cows more than 100 miles each way from near La Barge to the upper Green River near Union Pass, and then back again. The cows grazed slowly up the Green...

 

Where are the books?

Ah. Yes. It’s the case of the missing library books: part two. During this past month, my sons, Matthew, 8, and John, 6, have managed to misplace three library books. Even though I check their...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 12, 2018

Lifelong learning: Staying realistic and un-focusing

I read an article by Drs. Srini Pillay and David R. McDuff in the Nov./Dec. 2018 issue of Coach and AD, where they discussed how student-athletes can sharpen their minds by actually intentionally “un-focusing.” I really enjoyed this article and...

 

Our View: West is the city's future

The area west of Green River, past Jamestown, is poised to explode with development in the next few years. A Love’s Travel Stop is going through the permitting process and should that project come to fruition, it wouldn’t be hard to see other...

 

What the puck?

No one can argue that safety is a priority concern when a school has an active shooter on its grounds. One university is pioneering a rather unique approach to helping students and faculty remain...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    December 5, 2018

Recollections of the election

Running for an elective office is something I had never pictured myself doing. I’ve even looked down on politicians as somewhat less than human. Then one day I read something written by the Sweetwater County Conservation District (SWCCD), in...

 

Our View: Library needs to be saved

What will happen to the Carnegie Library building in Green River? Right now, it’s safe to say no one really knows what the future holds for one of Green River’s landmark buildings. However, we believe if the building can be saved, it should be....

 

Holidays used to be separate

Remember when we used to have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas on separate days? I do too. It used to be the holidays were more separated. Now, it seems like the commercialism of it all has...

 

Government tries yet again to regulate tobacco products

The Food and Drug Administration just announced it would once again try to regulate tobacco products. This time the target of the agency’s regulatory hand is what it believes is the growing menace of flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco...

 

Laughter helps mental well-being

What did the dog say when he sat on a piece of sandpaper? Rough. As the father of five, I am no stranger to lame “dad jokes,” but a new study suggests laughter is a large component of maintaining positive mental well-being, brain health, and...

 

Harshman redux may 'save' our schools... again

Sometimes a politician is fortunate enough to hold the right office at the time when their service is needed the most. Such is the case with Rep. Steve Harshman, R-Casper, the outgoing and incoming House speaker. Traditionally, the leader of the...

 

Our View: Boards need to be vigilant

Government entities need to be more vigilant in ensuring their discussions occur in public. A recent example of how easy it can be to slip can be seen with Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s Board of Trustees. The board, with the exception...

 

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