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As Americans, we enjoy the right to elect leaders in our government. It’s a privilege many of us participate in every election cycle.

We also have the opportunity to hold public office — a chance few take.

Thumbs up to spring.

We’re so glad it’s FINALLY getting warmer and more pleasant outside that all we have are thumbs up today. In the spirit of spring, let’s call them green thumbs.

Bad money chases out good, Sir Thomas Gresham famously said in 1558, commenting on how people chose to disperse coins made of inferior material and hoard those of greater value.

The same thing goes for ideas, it seems to us. Among the weaker information that has been passed about in recent years is a fear of vaccinations for children. Since 1998, sparked by a deeply flawed study released by a corrupt English researcher, millions of people have grown wary of vaccinating their children.

Thumbs up to the safety-oriented practices that followed the fire on the Northwest College campus a decade ago.

Bridger Hall was extensively damaged in a fire on March 30, 2004. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed in the blaze, which was sparked by an electrical malfunction, reportedly in a power strip.

Farmers are on our minds right now.

We wish them well as spring planting gets underway. The long, cold, damp winter of 2013-14, which is officially over but, like an unwelcome guest who ignores hints to depart, is sticking around.

Thumbs up to a report from the Bureau of Reclamation’s Wyoming Area Office, which says there should be abundant water available to farmers this year.

Hank Coe isn’t going anywhere.

Not for more than two years, anyway. The Republican state senator from Cody was elected to his seventh term in the Legislature in 2012. That term expires in January 2017, and if Coe runs again in 2016 — he reportedly is undecided at this point — he may be there for several more years to come.