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Editorials

Tuesday was National Ag Day. While the occasion often goes unnoticed in urban areas of the country, it is an important observance in Park County and the Big Horn Basin, where agriculture is an integral part of our life.

EDITORIAL: Stop changing the clocks

If you yawn while reading this, it’s not necessarily our fault. Instead, blame the time change — it often takes everyone several days to adjust to awakening an hour earlier.

“We can’t cut our way out of this one.”

Gov. Matt Mead, Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, and Rep. David Northrup, R-Powell, among others, warned us before the 2017 Legislature started up that some significant changes — both spending cuts and revenue increases — would be necessary to resolve Wyoming’s looming $400 million education funding deficit for the coming year.

For the past several weeks, a chair at the Powell City Council meetings has remained empty.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The people of Powell overwhelmingly agreed in November they wanted Don Hillman to be their mayor for another four years.

The fight over Wyoming’s gray wolves has raged for years. So when a panel of appellate judges reversed a lower court and ruled in favor of the state’s wolf management plan last week, everyone pretty much knew what to say.

As chairman of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is advocating for streamlining federal programs that fund child care and early childhood education. The goal, he said, is to eliminate duplication of services to make those programs more efficient and effective.

EDITORIAL: In defense of facts

Journalism’s oft-repeated mission statement is to “seek truth and report it.”

Donald Trump has spent much of the early days of his presidency attacking journalists across the country for missing the mark. That, of course, is the president’s right, and while his vitriol on the subject has been unbecoming of the leader of a democratic country, the debate over whether the press is properly doing its job is roughly as old as the press itself.

EDITORIAL: In praise of lawmakers showing up

Decisions made in Cheyenne or Washington, D.C., can seem abstract. Until, that is, your health care coverage changes, your taxes go up or your child’s teacher loses her job.

It’s hard to imagine a better advocate for an overhaul of the Endangered Species Act than former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who testified last week before the U.S. Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee.

One of the best things to come out of the 2016 election cycle in Wyoming was the realization by everyday Republicans and Democrats that they really don’t get much of a say in choosing their parties’ presidential nominees.

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