Loud, bold and wrong

We must love boisterous blowhards. As Americans, we are fixated on people who make loud, definitive declarations so we can stand behind them waving our oversized number-one foam-fingers chanting:...

DATE: April 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Whatever you do, don’t follow Sheila

As a career country gal, I take pride in finding the most efficient — or at least the shortest — route between two points. In our mountain country of Wyoming, that is not always a straight line or...

DATE: April 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Danged ornery Tea Party creations

MONTANAIt’s a Tea Party world in Montana’s Legislature these days, and Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, sometimes can’t believe his ears as newly elected representatives talk blithely of creating...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Marry me, marry my town

I am not just marrying a man; I am marrying a town.In my first, brief marriage, my husband and I were both newcomers to the Alaska town where we spent our married life. The locals weren’t...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Business casual for blind justice

I consider myself to be a decent citizen. I vote. I recycle. I don’t litter. I yield to most pedestrian traffic.But when I received notice I was selected for jury service, I did what every...

DATE: March 17, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Missing the subdivisions for the trees

At first it’s hard to tell what we’re looking at. The tiny plane bumps and bounces through turbulence that warns of a winter storm. Beyond the window, rolling mountains spread east from Colorado’s...

DATE: March 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Good luck with the democracy thing

Congratulations from the United States of America to all our freedom-loving brothers and sisters in Egypt and Yemen and Jordan and Oman and Tunisia and Libya and Iran and Bahrain and Morocco and...

DATE: March 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

The emergence of a great nation

WASHINGTON — Over the last few decades, the obituaries of World War I veterans have come, according to historian Martin Gilbert, “like a muffled drum.” With the recent passing of Frank Buckles —...

DATE: March 5, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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