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 By Cynthia Lummis    Opinion    April 15, 2021 

Lummis: Call it a crisis

Night after night, Wyoming citizens are turning on the news to see a national security and humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border. This influx in illegal immigration, which is the largest surge we’ve seen in two decades, is a threat...

 
 By Michael Madden    Opinion    April 15, 2021 

Winners, losers and fireworks of the education budget failure

Every Wyoming legislative session contains fireworks, and this year was no exception. Lawmakers added to the drama this go around by saving the pyrotechnics for the very last day, grand finale style, when House and Senate negotiators let the gavel...

 

Our View: A June event is needed in Green River

We’re not going to criticize the decision to postpone Flaming Gorge Days. While other organizations are busy planning for summer events, we understand the idea of not wanting to host Flaming Gorge Days because of the pandemic. We told our readers...

 

Letter: Republican blames liberals for GOP issue

Dear Editor, It’s election season in the Wyoming Republican Party and all across the state liberals, who for many years successfully exploited the Republican brand in order to get their left-wing cronies elected to public office, are in a...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Lawmakers waste chance to make suicide prevention gains

One of the most perplexing mysteries about Wyoming’s 2021 legislative session is how the House could kill a suicide prevention bill. Then, when lawmakers got a chance to reconsider the matter, they rejected a second measure, too. Trying to keep...

 

Our View: Ambulance tax district needed in county

No one will argue that an ambulance service isn’t a needed and integral part of any community. These are the first responders who take our neighbors to the hospital under the most dire situations, sometimes staving off life-threatening conditions...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    March 25, 2021

Taking that first shot

Monday morning, I had my first COVID-19 vaccination shot. I scheduled an appointment at Castle Rock Medical Center last week after the announcement of vaccinations being open to anyone and was quickly...

 

How COVID spending affects fiscal health

In the last four years the federal government has both cut government revenue and dramatically increased spending. It’s an unsettling combination, the precise long-term results of which will be debated by economists like myself until the cows come...

 

Our View: Welcome to the new Green River Star

As you can see, we’ve made a lot of changes in the past week. The biggest change being the format of the newspaper itself. Starting this week, the Star will be printed in Jackson at the same press which prints the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The...

 

The federal stimulus bails out Wyo. state, local governments, for now

The $1.9 trillion stimulus plan’s full implications for Wyoming are too numerous and nuanced to know yet, but the import of one facet is already clear: The roughly $1.3 billion it provides Wyoming’s state, county and local governments will go a...

 

Lummis: Making sure government works for you

Wyoming is the most beautiful, wonderful place in the country. I’m honored to be from here, and even more honored to be a voice for the greatest state in the United States Senate. I’m also humbled to be the first woman to serve as U.S. Senator...

 

The surprisingly long list of tax bills before the Legislature

Not all tax bills are created equal. Some increase the amount of money flowing into the state’s coffers with new taxes, higher rates or repealed exemptions. Others, however, reduce the state’s income with new exemptions and credits or lower...

 

Give yourself permission

By Jill Kruse, D.O. The Prairie Doc Whenever someone is admitted to the hospital, they are asked to stipulate their “code status.” Levels of code status include full code, meaning resuscitate and intubate if required; as well as various...

 

Influenza rare this year

Do you know anyone who had influenza this past year? Chances are you do not. Sure, plenty of people had the “stomach flu” with vomiting and diarrhea, otherwise known as gastroenteritis. Some people had colds and others had COVID-19. But cases of...

 

Coyote contests should be banned

As a longtime resident of Rock Springs, I was disturbed to find out that a coyote killing contest is being organized in my town. So along with a few friends I decided to protest it. We held signs outside Buddha Bob’s Bar at the Sands on third,...

 

School finance: Lawmakers' biggest remaining challenge

Some hefty matters await Wyoming lawmakers when they reconvene March 1 for the final stage of this most unconventional 2021 legislative session. The supplemental budget bill looms large, and with good reason: The state is in the midst of a historic...

 

What were they thinking? First principles of American Constitutionalism

“Tis funny about th’ constitution,” said Mr. Dooley, the legendary, philosophical Irish bartender created by Finley Peter Dunne. “It reads plain, but no wan can undherstant it without an interpreter.” The Supreme Court is the final...

 

What do you need to know? Who do you trust?

Do you want to know what your city, county and school districts are up to? As a responsible taxpayer and citizen of your community, of course you want to keep an eye on what these governments are undertaking. Where do you go for that information? Do...

 

Letters to the editor

State should not follow Utah’s education example Dear Editor, This is an open letter to the Wyoming Legislature. My name is Drew Roska. I am originally from Salt Lake City and attended elementary, junior high and high school in the Salt Lake...

 

Our view: Keep up the good work Sweetwater County

It’s hard to find good news whenever the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned. It’s an event that has completely changed our lives and what we consider “normal,” at least for the time being. During a regular update to local leaders by Sweetwater...

 

Hey doc, who's on first?

Many people are familiar with the classic Abbott and Costello comedy skit “Who’s on First?” For those who are not familiar, the routine is a hilarious interaction between the two comedians as they discuss players on a baseball team while using...

 

A lively art collection at home

(Publisher's note: the following column was written for our annual 'Things We Love' section.) It's hard to believe one of the best art collections in the Western United States actually exists in our...

 

The GRFD shows its love for the city and Sweetwater County

(Publisher's note: the following column was written for our annual 'Things We Love' section.) The Green River Fire Department is a service that has done a lot in the community. While the same can be...

 

Concerns mount over WWCC layoff plans

This is perhaps an interesting thing I find myself doing in a time that seems to be marked with never ending problems and few answers in sight. My name is Ryan Desmond for those who have been in the community for quite some time, My grandparents owne...

 

A voice for Wyoming wildlife

Some favorite places around Laramie to access public lands have become, for a few, places of trauma and danger. Since mid-November six dogs became entangled in neck snares or held in terror by foot-hold traps. That is, six cases in an eight-week...

 

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