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 By David Martin    Opinion    June 23, 2022 

'Saying what we please when we please'

“What we want, and what we shall have, is the royal American privilege of living and dying in a country town, running a country newspaper, saying what we please when we please, how we please and to... Full story

 
 By Mark Gordon    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Energy crisis of tomorrow can be averted today

After 15 months of ignoring a court order, the Biden Administration recently announced the long-overdue resumption of federal oil and gas lease sales – at a greatly reduced scale. With the available acreage significantly cut back and royalty rates...

 

Our View: County offices shouldn't be partisan

Here’s a good question: how does political affiliation inform how a county assessor or county clerk performs their duties? We’re not sure they do as state statutes govern how they operate. Yet, throughout Wyoming many of the political races...

 

Letter: Greenhouse gases do not contribute to global warming

Dear Editor, The Green River Star editorial titled “Our View: Gordon is on the wrong side of climate debate” does not reflect an objective view of the scientific facts. Over 30,000 scientists (more than 9,000 of whom are PhDs, many working in...

 

Our View: Gordon is on the wrong side of climate debate

A letter Gov. Mark Gordon has signed with 16 other governors shows the state’s leadership is firmly ignoring the present when it comes to energy companies. Gordon’s office issued a press release regarding him joining a group of governors in a...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    June 2, 2022

The zen of playing Nintendo 'Pinball'

Sometimes, it’s the simple games that are the most enjoyable. Think about “Tetris” for a moment. The game is perhaps the perfect video game because of its simplicity and how only player’s...

 

Our View: State should back away from crypto

Given Sen. Cynthia Lummis’ mentioning Bitcoin during her ill-advised graduation address at the University of Wyoming a few weeks ago, it seems fitting to discuss how bad cryptocurrency is as a followup. Cryptocurrency isn’t what its backers claim...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Remembering when Rock Springs was branded 'Home of the Steel Ponies'

The reveal of Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism’s master tourism plan to the Green River City Council last week had me thinking about a tourism-based study the Rock Springs city government...

 

Our View: Lummis misread the room

A lot has already been said of Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and the speech she gave that led her to being booed by University of Wyoming graduation attendees last weekend. While a lot of that conversation focuses on specific comments she made, we...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    May 12, 2022

Biggest election in Wyoming a total snooze-fest so far

Liz Cheney’s fight to keep her U.S. House seat is supposed to be a slugfest. How could it not be? There’s so much inherent drama: Cheney, the fallen GOP princess, locked in a duel against her party’s once (and perhaps still) king, Donald Trump....

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Wyo. officials think customers should pay $1B to 'save' coal

Gov. Mark Gordon and the Legislature apparently believe Wyoming’s electricity customers are all chumps.What other conclusion is possible, given their push to prop up the dying coal industry by retrofitting the state’s coal-fired power plants...

 

Seeking an end to the politics of 'hate and disparagement'

I recently received a fund-raising appeal, that says, "Dear Friend, The Liberal elites, the Fake News Media and the Marxist Democrats hate America -- and they hate you." I am tired of the politics of...

 

Our View: to minimize harm

The practice of journalism is littered with landmines that, despite good intentions, can be easily tread upon and will cause harm. The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics contains a section on minimizing the potential harm...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 21, 2022

Republican infighting gives Wyo. Democrats a chance

By Kerry Drake Wyofile.com I’ve been a Wyoming Democrat for my entire adult life. I certainly can’t speak for all members of my party, but some elections are easier on my psyche than others. It helps when I know our candidates are going to be...

 

The polarizing Peeps

Some of the best opinions to have are very strong opinions about very unimportant things. And some of the strongest unimportant opinions are about food — especially candy. For some reason, Peeps...

 

Our view: More SEDC funding could go a long way

We’re supportive of the Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition’s desire to seek more funding as we think it could increase economic advocacy of Sweetwater County. With the organization seeking to increase its operational budget to $210,000 by...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Dreaming of summer camping

While there’s still the chance of a late snowstorm or two hitting our corner of the word in the coming months, I think it’s safe to say that spring is here and as the temperature rises, I find mys...

 

Letter: Unborn children not part of a woman's body

Dear Editor, Assuming that an unborn baby is a part of the mother’s body, the pro-choice advocates among us accuse the Wyoming Legislature of endangering a woman’s “right” to have sovereignty over her own body. “Our bodies, our choice....

 

Carbon capture provides great potential for energy industry

When we hear the name ‘Union Telephone Company’ we think about high-speed internet, mobile devices, and terms like ‘connectivity.’ But at Union, while our focus is on helping to connect Wyomingites from every corner of the state, we also...

 

Our View: Arts are well supported throughout Sweetwater County

Sweetwater County residents have three plays they can take in the next few weeks. They can watch Green River High School present “A Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare, watch Western Wyoming Community College’s presentation of “Uncle Van...

 

Letter: Legislature should stop telling women what to do with their bodies

Dear Editor, There is NO relationship more intimate than pregnancy. Since we can’t yet even agree on when life begins, we each will have our own perspectives, assign our own meanings and decide by our own measures where we stand on this hot-button...

 

Letter: Newspaper editorials don't agree with everyone

Dear Editor, Regarding Simone Keevert’s March 17 “Threat to the Editor,” in the Green River Star, she is mostly wrong. Her complaint was that on February 24, the paper published a little editorial suggesting that it is “Time for Wyoming to...

 

Letter: Abortion and the government's role in personal welfare

Dear Editor, The government has no obligation to protect you from death. That fact is well known and quite logical and enforced by the courts since time immemorial let alone during the minuscule lifetime of the United States. The fact of the matter...

 

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