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As soon as sports programs were taken from Gillette College a couple years ago, the push for an independent community college district ignited. Then no longer than the fire caught, detractors of the movement quickly labeled the effort “just about sports.”

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When technological advances are made, rarely do we see people going back to the way things were before. For example, you don’t find people who are sick of wi-fi and decide they’re going back to dial-up internet.

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For the next two summers, the kids of Gillette won’t have a free place to swim.

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It’s no secret the Gillette community immediately bought into what the Wyoming Mustangs professional indoor football team had to offer when it set up shop here a year and a half ago.

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The report by two Cheyenne attorneys detailing abuses by the Gillette City Council confirmed what many observers have said for years: The city preferred to illegally conduct business in private, and it routinely violated the state’s Open Meetings Law.

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County Commission Chairman Del Shelstad has said that it’s not a matter of if, but when a change will occur that will move the Campbell County Land Board from a citizen-run board to one made up of elected city council or commission members.

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Campbell County Health likes to talk about transparency. But it showed this week that it is only giving it lip service.

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The City Council picked a new council member March 8 and did so in a new fashion — one that we hope sets a precedent for years to come.

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For all of the silly pieces of legislation floated at the Legislature this year, the most nonsensical was the bill that would have forced teachers to list every piece of material they used for their daily lessons.

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We’ve written in this space before that Wyoming should continue allowing voters to change their party affiliation whenever they wish. It just makes sense to allow people to vote for whichever candidate they want — even if that means allowing a Democrat to temporarily become a Republican.

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Among the rights we hold dear as Americans is the ability to speak freely to our government. We are able to write, call, text, email or speak personally to each one of those we elect.

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Gillette City Council picked a new mayor Tuesday night. Remarkably, most of it was done in public.

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If we needed any more evidence of the great divide among Wyoming Republicans, it manifested itself this week in an effort to try to derail the state GOP central committee’s selection of a state superintendent.

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Here’s the $3.5 million question: What does Wyoming need to do to develop an economy that isn’t so dependent on the minerals industry?

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Government is supposed to be accountable to those who it represents. That’s why it’s supposed to be public. Laws at all levels of government are in place to ensure that agencies acting on our behalf do so in the public eye, and thus can answer to us.

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Life was supposed to get back to normal in 2021, and in many ways it did. Businesses weren’t closed, schools were in session, mask mandates disappeared and public gatherings resumed.

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To live in this world today takes resiliency. We must confront an unhappy economy, unfriendly politics, a challenge to our way of life. And we live in a world in which crazy people with guns kill children.

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