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Tom Lawrence

Raise pay for Powell City Council

As an editorial writer, it’s an easy task to bemoan increased pay for public officials.

At a time when many Americans have seen their compensation stagnate or even decline, the idea of elected officials seeking pay raises doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. Calling them out for asking for more money is a simple task.

July 09, 2013 8:16 am

Area rain welcomed

But not hail and flood worries

There was a good side and a bad side to recent rains. More than an inch of rain fell over a four-day period near Powell, according to the National Weather Service.

The Pennsylvania trooper was just doing his job that hot summer day 60 years ago today.

The big black Chrysler New Yorker was driving too slow in the left lane, and a long line of traffic was backed up behind it. Pennsylvania State Trooper Manley Stampler, whose car was not equipped with lights, signaled for the driver to pull over to the side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on July 5, 1953.

July 02, 2013 7:45 am

Lighting up the fourth

Fireworks stands staffed by people who have a strong devotion to the explosives business

It’s as if — wham! — they have gunpowder — pow! — in their veins.

The people staffing the two fireworks stands in Powell may seem quite dissimilar, separated by gender and a few generations.

BOTH Wyoming Republican senators on losing end of immigration reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wyoming Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso said they voted against the Senate immigration reform bill because they do not feel it addresses the problem.

It’s time to celebrate America, and we can’t offer any guidance on how to do so any better than John Adams.

Thumbs up to the 2013 Powell High School Alumni Reunion this weekend.

The Alumni Association invites all graduates to celebrate their school years, but classes celebrating five-year and 10-year anniversaries, from 1943 to 2003, are holding special gatherings. We hope all enjoy a chance to see old friends and recall their years together.

Well, sure, I knew who former Sen. Alan Simpson is.

The colorful Simpson is famed across the nation for his political skills, quick wit and moderate Republican politics. A political junkie like me is well aware of the Wyoming Republican, who has been on the national scene for 35 years, including a cameo in the great political comedy “Dave.”

It once was a place of great shame, a site of a terrible wrong done by the American government to thousands of its loyal citizens.

This will be the first year I can’t see or call my dad on Father’s Day.

Dad died in February at 92. While I can’t wish him a good dad’s day, I can hold dear the thousands of memories I have of him.

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