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I suppose I could have written this column any time after Thanksgiving. In fact, there was a Christmas-centered event here in Powell even before we gave thanks and carved our turkeys. Americans have been complaining for years that the … more
In other words, humans seem to have an inborn need to fight about something, and if there isn’t anything important to fight about, they will make up something. Wars have been fought since prehistoric times and, as we are all aware, continue even … more
Needless to say, it was very thought-provoking — and in this age of venomous political partisanship, very true. American politics has become very caustic over the last few years on both ends of the spectrum. The latest battle in the Cold … more
Unfortunately, I don’t remember the source from which I obtained this bit of knowledge, but I had heard it before, so it didn’t really surprise me. But I did a bit of research, and upon further inquiry, I found that the more precise percentage … more
The collision between the protests of the players and the super-patriotism of football fans was rather nasty, especially after our president decided to use the occasion to draw our attention away from his own shortcomings. The fuss covered up for … more
One of the Park County Commission candidates, speaking at the first campaign forum, said something to the effect that you can’t do anything about kids leaving the county and the state. … more
“And the 10 adjectives and five adverbs stuff, I mean, really. Stop. Stop with all the inflated distraction. It really takes away from your writing. Just say what you want to say. Say it simple. Say it straight.” Tears begin to stream down … more
It’s election time again. Once again, we face the task of choosing the leaders of our local and state governments, as well as our representatives in Washington. That’s a tough job, … more
Did you know 2018 is the “Year of the Chinese Buffet?” Maybe it’s not noted on your calendar, but in my belly it’s perfectly clear. If I might say a couple words about Chinese … more
She didn’t fool me, though. I knew the librarian side of her personality had already looked through the library, because she had cataloged all of them. Every book, including the discarded textbooks I have saved, Bible study books dating back to … more
The sky spins a swirling chiffon of rodeo pink cotton candy as we pass the barn. Carter, Cedar, Rattlesnake and Heart rise: Colossal, purple teeth looming, hankering for a bite of the sky’s burgeoning sweetness. Cedar — or, as some of us locals … more
Seems a guy told his doctor he felt stupid, and the expensive prescription was “smart pills” to be taken daily. This went on for weeks, and blah, blah, blah, the patient says, “I can’t afford these pills anymore,” and Doc replies, “See? … more
It seems that our fair state did something strange last week. When Wyoming Republicans rejected the candidate who had the support of President Donald Trump, we were the first voters in the nation … more
In fact, Sunday evening I was hungrier than a lumberjack high on hemp, with little in the fridge besides a leftover, unidentified meat portion resembling a used Brillo Pad. I drove like a hungry bat out of hell to Bubba’s Bar-B-Que restaurant, … more
Sitting in the park, my friend tells me someone I love is suffering. The whole world stops. I can’t see. I can’t breathe. I can’t hear a word coming from her moving mouth. But … more
But my penny-pinching, yet astutely observant friend Scotty Pulse recently raised a silent inequality seldom addressed in regards to racial divide. As Scotty so clumsily points out, there’s another word that’s offensive in that it’s rarely … more
So, maybe the arrival of the autumnal equinox isn’t the reason for our fall-like weather, but if that’s the case, why have we had those cool rainy days? I think the answer lies with old Mother Nature, who just schedules her weather events … more
Of course, the riddle answer is obvious: The wife slaps your face before calling the cops; the dog licks your face after leaping into your arms. So all things being equal (whatever that means), if Christians love God anything like we claim, … more
It’s unforgivable that a Democratic nobody seriously wounded a Republican congressman, but it’s especially bad that he did it during practice for the annual Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game. Not only is baseball the original America’s … more
Consequently, we once again find ourselves looking for some way to solve the puzzle of why someone takes such deadly measures and stop such rampages before they begin. Allow me to say up front that I’m not going to blame guns for causing such … more
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