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Don Amend

Another skirmish has been fought in a continuing conflict that flares up now and then in our beloved country.

This time, the fight was over a city council’s inviting a clergyman to open their meetings with a non-sectarian prayer. This time, the supporters of prayer won, as the Supreme Court ruled that it was OK to pray as long as the prayer was really non-sectarian and the invitation to pray was sometimes granted to those who didn’t represent Protestant Christianity. 

The Republican circus continued last weekend with the failure of an effort by Republican rebels to censure Gov. Matt Mead during the party’s state convention.

The debate is all part of efforts by some Republicans to brand the governor and several members of the Legislature, including Cody’s Sen. Hank Coe, as too liberal to be Republicans.

One day last week, a mysterious package addressed to me arrived in our mailbox.

When my wife placed the the soft, squishy item marked priority mail on my lap, my immediate reaction was to try to remember what I had ordered and from whom I had ordered it. After all, I have been known to order a book or CD online, forget all about it the next day and be totally surprised when it arrives.

I revisited one of the great mysteries in life, at least so far as I’m concerned, on April 6.

I confronted this enigma at a concert featuring a tenor accompanied by a harp. For 90 minutes, I listened and watched as the harpist plucked out musical magic on a beautifully built collection of strings and pedals.

Recently, I’ve been traveling back to the television world of half a century ago.

Sometimes, a topic for this essay forces itself on me. Other times, all topics seem to head out of town, leaving me with no inspiration. Then there are weeks like this, when a topic hides in the bushes and jumps out at me.

My first foray into journalism began when I answered an ad in the Northern Wyoming Daily News.

I read the other day that, in America, more than 1 million people are employed as private security guards.

A number of factors currently have me preoccupied with dollar signs.

Well, apparently the Wyoming Supreme Court doesn’t listen to me.

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