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I spent much of my 82 years as an advocate of education, environment and political causes. I wanted public lands protected so I could continue to enjoy Wyoming’s wild, beautiful landscapes with its abundance of wildlife. Those public lands have provided a living for many good folks. I’ve bee…

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A year ago I joined the Democratic Party, though many of my positions were once considered Republican. This column explains why.

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1. COVID IS HIGHLY CONTAGEOUS. The COVID pandemic captured my full attention back in March. I even wrote a column about the preventative measures that we needed to take to protect ourselves from spreading this horrid disease (“Adjusting to the new normal”).

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Okay, now that we have 2020 in our rear-view mirror, what do we foresee for 2021? This is my annual prediction column. First, we are not done with COVID-19. Not by a long shot. A few thousand doses of vaccine have reached the state and it might take a lot longer to get our folks vaccinated t…

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Several years back, when I was a reporter and editor with the Polk County Democrat in Bartow, Florida, I seized upon an assignment. Then Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — who, in my opinion, should have been Florida’s current governor instead of Ron DeSantis, had it not been for “dark m…

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It is the thing that always defines a nation. How is it that a nation that produced people like Audie Murphy, Neil Armstrong and Captain Sullenberger cannot find a justice or judge with the courage to protect the Constitution of this country.

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New Year’s Eve comes once a year, but this year there is more. There is uncertainty. There is no clear future. There is COVID.

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On Christmas Eve I was watching the PBS program on Fred Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” I am thinking of him right now as I write this on Christmas day 2020.

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More swell thoughts as we limp our way through the final month of this rotten, colonoscopy of a year:

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During a 2019 road trip through nine states, I stumbled on to an interesting factoid: the longest highway in America bisects Wyoming.

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For most of us in Wyoming, 2020 brought many challenges. As we head into 2021, we can celebrate a new year with some much-needed encouraging news: We have multiple effective vaccines for COVID-19.

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I remember taking our small son to see Santa. His grandmother wanted it to happen so we went to the mall and stood in line, a very long line. I was pregnant with our daughter so standing made me uncomfortable. When it was Shawn’s turn, at last, he was lifted to Santa’s lap and started crying…

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to intervene in the 2020 election at the behest of a lawsuit brought by Texas that 17 other states also signed on. (Governor Gordon made sure Wyoming didn’t join in.)

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From what I’ve been told, relations between the Rawlins Times and Carbon County Commissioners has been strained the past year; perhaps longer than that. I’ve been told that the prior editor, not the interim editor until I arrived, stepped on people’s toes, and none too politely at that.

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Three percent. That’s about the percentage of colonists who fought the British in the Revolutionary War. It’s actually more than the normal percent that join a nation’s military.

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