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Editorials

Major votes in Congress are made on razor-thin margins these days.

This fall, our neighbors in Park County have debated whether school employees should be armed in Cody and Meeteetse schools. It was only a matter of time before the discussion unfolded in the Powell school district, too.

The holiday shopping season officially kicked into high gear Friday, as consumers hungry for a bargain were up before dawn and headed out to big box stores far and wide.

EDITORIAL: How much is a carillon worth?

Northwest College’s iconic, 36-foot-high carillon has stood at the center of campus for three decades, but, for perhaps the first time in its existence, the carillon landed in the middle of some controversy last week.

It’s possible that you’ll have to pay more property taxes until the energy industry recovers in Wyoming. You might be required to pay more sales tax on beer, wine and spirits — and you also could soon be paying an extra tax on purchases at Wyoming hotels, restaurants and bars.

Next week is Thanksgiving, a time when we step back and reflect on our blessings, and offer thanks for them. And for many of us, it’s a time when we notice with a little more clarity the struggles of those who may not be as fortunate, and look for ways to help.

Essential Air Service — the federal program that subsidizes commercial flights to and from Yellowstone Regional Airport during the winter months — is a frequent target of budget hawks.

EDITORIAL: Light amid the darkness

It was a difficult start to November.

The first snowstorm of the season packed a punch, as temperatures plunged into single digits and came with bitterly cold wind and an extra helping of snow. In addition to the frigid temperatures, it’s getting dark an hour earlier, thanks to the time change.

The vast majority of kids in school today were born after 9/11. Those school children who were alive when terrorists attacked America in September 2001 were babies or toddlers at the time — too young to remember the horror of that day, and the resilience which followed and the patriotism it spawned in the United States.

It’s a common sight driving around town and out on the highways: People talking on cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.

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