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Editorials

For many families in Wyoming, hunting season is awaited in eager anticipation, more so than summer or even Christmas. As the leaves turn and the weather gets colder, hunters of all ages, sizes and gender brush off their cold weather gear, zero-in their rifles and head for the hills.

For many local households, warm meals at dinnertime, full refrigerators and well-stocked pantries are normal. But some families and individuals in our community struggle to put food on their tables.

Some of the costs of a fire are obvious: homes ruined, acres burned bare and a property owner’s life disrupted.

It was an idea that some saw as a progressive move for the community, while others were left scratching their heads.

EDITORIAL: Civility goes both ways

In America, it’s easy to find examples of incivility.

Just scroll through social media, turn on a 24-hour cable news show or even listen to our political leaders.

EDITORIAL: Pausing to pray for Las Vegas

We awoke Monday morning to the horrific news: More than 50 people were killed and over 400 wounded in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The shooting is believed to be the worst in modern American history.

It began last season as a single act of defiance: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaerpernick choosing to kneel during the national anthem before a game, a silent protest against the treatment of African-Americans in this country.

EDITORIAL: VA should explain clinic move

We’d like nothing more than to proclaim that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was wrong to move the local clinic for military veterans from Powell to Cody. This newspaper is an advocate for Powell and it hurts to see services leave this community and go somewhere else. For that reason, it was disappointing to see the Big Horn Basin’s Community Based Outreach Clinic taken away from Powell Valley Healthcare and awarded to Texas-based Valor Healthcare for an as-to-be-constructed facility in Cody.

As storm clouds rolled over the area and temperatures dropped this week, some of us lamented the sudden end to summertime while others happily welcomed the early arrival of autumnal days.

But few watched the change in weather more closely than local farmers.

The one-two punch of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while mind-boggling in the devastation caused, will also be remembered for the ordinary, everyday people who stepped up to help their friends, neighbors and complete strangers in their hours of need.

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