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The Steel Seizure Case (1952) raised the critical issue of the constitutional prescription for confronting emergencies. President Harry Truman, facing a nationwide steel strike, which he believed would undermine America’s participation in the Korean War and the rebuilding of Europe, boldly asserted...
There’s a paradox. Anyone who goes to a public budget hearing knows how poorly attended they are. The problem is, because no one attends public budget hearings, no one ever realizes it. If the budget hearing takes place and no one was there to see it, did it really happen? The city of Gillette held...
F rom a teenager’s perspective, summer is supposed to be the time when everyone has limited responsibilities and focuses on relaxing before the grind starts in the fall. High-schoolers of all ages use summer to go to the lake, catch up with friends and family and even go on a couple of vacations if...
W e have all heard the expression that our summer season is actually nicknamed “construction,” but what is happening in Yellowstone right now is going to be incredible. Some estimates said repairs from flooding in the first national park will cost in the billions. But right out of the box, numbers...
Representatives are hired by you To the editor: I have heard many people complain about current events and that our elected representatives do not represent us. This is both true and untrue, but entirely in YOUR hands. Look at the people of Wyoming, then look at our Wyoming legislature. And if you...
A bortion is no longer a constitutional right in the United States of America. The long-anticipated (and previously leaked) decision from the U.S.  Supreme Court became official late last week, and it sparked the expected protests and celebrations that have seemingly become obligatory anytime...
These are the numbers that have occupied my thoughts in the last day: 82, 17, and six. They come from the Great Miller Moth Invasion of 2022, which is currently being played out within our home, shop, and shed.  Why are there so many moths this year? From everything I have read while researching...
It was just awful. Recent flooding in Yellowstone National Park was a national disaster of colossal proportions. Hopefully the federal government will come to its aid soon. It might cost billions to complete the repairs.  As we celebrate the 150th year of the park, it is stunning to see what has...
After over four years of writing mostly feature stories about local people and their milestones, accomplishments and the things they love (which I love!), I have officially finished my first “hard news” story, which feels like a milestone in my life.  The story, appearing on page one of this week’s...
Thomas Jefferson once observed that fearless, independent newspapers were indispensable to the American experiment, and to “the people’s right to know.” Without an informed citizenry to scrutinize, question and challenge governmental acts, the great goal of holding government accountable to the...

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