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Our View:Taxpayers should be thanked

Sweetwater County taxpayers deserve a hearty thank you from elected officials. The county’s municipal governments received $5.3 million in excess taxes collected through the 2012 special purpose tax, commonly known as the sixth-penny tax....

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 17, 2019 

University owes residents an explanation of President's firing

I covered the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees for six years in the 1990s, through turbulent times that included academic and athletic program eliminations, proposed facility closures and controversies over academic freedom. Those challenges...

 

Our view: Enzi's plan was promising

During his recent visit to the Genesis Alkali facility, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., mentioned the association health plan idea he worked on with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. However, a federal judge has ruled against the plan and in the words of...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Lifelong learning: Why Western works

I want to share a story. My oldest daughter Aly graduated a couple of years ago from Western. Then she worked at Western, while still taking a couple of classes after graduation. For her own reasons, she needed some time off before pursuing her bache...

 

Imaging with a little help from my friends

The world of radiology began in 1895 when a European physicist Wilhelm Röntgen noticed fluorescence behind heavy cardboard when a cathode tube was activated nearby. Röntgen used his wife’s hand to demonstrate for the first time how these unknown...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Thoughts on a recent historical event

Given the context of our relatively short lives on this beautiful world we live on, it’s hard to think of a lot occurring within our lifetimes as being truly historic. It has been said that each gen...

 

Wyoming Range is a cautionary tale

Several years ago, in what was widely hailed as a tremendous achievement, most of the Wyoming Range was protected from oil and gas drilling.  Dozens of oil and gas leases, issued during the 1990s and 2000s, were purchased and retired, and Congress...

 

Payments to doctors may influence prescriptions

Recently Peggy, an Indiana woman and reader of this column, sent me a lengthy email about her 94-year-old mother who is rapidly spending down her minimal savings to pay for prescription drugs. Peggy didn’t hold out much hope that prices would come...

 

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... Full story

 

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,...

 

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