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Tom Lawrence

Thumbs down to the mayhem and hatred so visible on the streets of Ferguson, Mo.

Racial tensions in the small town have been apparent for years, and the match that touched off that powder keg was the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, on Aug. 9.

This has been my first election cycle in Wyoming and it has been a rather eventful one to observe.

The campaign started with a jolt last summer when Liz Cheney jumped into the Senate race, announcing she intended to defeat Sen. Mike Enzi for the Republican nomination.

Too busy to vote today? Don’t like stopping by the polling place? Think your vote doesn’t matter?

Think again.

Hitting 4 Hometown Heros set for Sept. 13-14 at Homesteader Park

Jim Stringer coached football and wrestling, but a group of softball players plan to honor him this fall.

There are three candidates for governor on the Republican primary ballot in the Aug. 19 election, but it’s not a difficult choice.

Gov. Matt Mead deserves to be nominated for a second term by the Wyoming GOP. His first three-plus years in office have been largely successful, and Mead has earned a second chance at the job.

The recycling fee charged for some residential and commercial customers will go up 50 cents, not a dollar, the Powell City Council decided Monday night.

The fee assessed to those who do not recycle their cardboard with Powell Valley Recycling will go from $1.50 per month to $2. The money, which is part of the monthly city utility bill, is turned over to PVR.

Thumbs up to the Powell City Council for deciding to change its meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The council approved the change Monday night. Barring unforeseen developments, the new start time will commence on Monday, Sept. 15.

Two U.S. senators were present, along with the superintendent of public instruction and several other officials and candidates.

But a man who plays rock guitar, sings and has gained a national reputation for outspoken conservative views was the star of the show during the fourth annual Big Horn Basin TEA Party picnic in rural Emblem Saturday.

Hustle.

That’s a word Pete Gosar repeats over and over. It’s the key to a Democrat winning in heavily Republican Wyoming, Gosar said during a stop at the Park County Fair in Powell July 21.

It was a rainy Thursday on our farm, and while I was interested in a baseball game on the radio, there was something on TV that needed to be seen: The president was quitting.

President Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was walking away from the job he had craved for more than two decades. It was Aug. 8, 1974, and Nixon said he would officially resign at noon the following day.

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