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 By Joshua Wood    Opinion    October 3, 2018

Confessions of a coffee addict

“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.” ~ David Lynch Coffee is a reporter’s best friend. Freshly-brewed coffee, hot out of the pot and steaming from the mug is best. Nearly day-old c...

 

An apology with hope for a bright future for the clinic

Dear Editor, In regard to my employment at the Platte Valley Medical Clinic: Change is hard. For everyone. For those with significant medical needs it is particularly difficult to establish care with a new and unknown provider. Or in a new and... Full story

 

A word from a town idiot

Reporters have to become an instant “expert” on a wide range of topics. We are required to break down complex issues in a manner you, the reader, can easily digest while not leaving out any pertinent information. It’s why I consider myself an...

 

Patriotism was defined by John McCain

When I was pretty young, my stepbrother got his draft notice and my stepmother was freaked. She was even talking about sending him to Canada. The Vietnam War was going on and she didn’t want her...

 

Lodging tax of value to the Valley

Dear Editor, The Saratoga/Chamber of Commerce has benefited from the 2 percent lodging tax administered by the Carbon County Visitors Council’s marketing grant program: Last year, over 180 visitor and relocation packets were sent by the chamber....

 

Down by the old live stream

“He’s working the retail politics hard, cracking wise at every picnic and barbecue from Cody to Cheyenne and engaging in the occasional barroom debate, including one at the Bear Trap Cafe & Bar...

 

The ideal doctor

Dear Editor, “The ideal is full time doc (doctor), that’s the ideal” said Rude, Director of Health Management Services (HMS). Sooo if that is the ideal, why would Saratoga want to hire HMS to provide less than the ideal when Saratoga CURRENTLY...

 

Congrats, conveying and convention

Dear Editor, My congratulations to the UPRSWDD (Platte Valley Landfill District) for winning the Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling Association (WSWRA) award for recycling for populations under 5,000 for 2018. Congratulations also goes to the...

 

Stating terms and towning around

I have had a thought about what people who reside in Wyoming call themselves for some time now. The term that is officially used (I guess) is Wyomingite. Wyomingite? There is a Cure Wyomingite sounds...

 

A high employment rate

My father had two employers his entire work career. The government—I include his years with NASA and the Air Force as one—and General Electric (GE). When he retired, he was more or less set for th...

 

Plastics shouldn't be buried

Editor: It is official. Plastic bottles along with glass are no longer being recycled at the Saratoga landfill/transfer station. At the August 1st monthly meeting of the Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District, its Chairman, Randy Raymer,...

 
 By Joshua Wood    Opinion    August 22, 2018

Enemy of the people? ... Who us?

“The only security of all is in a free press.” —Thomas Jefferson *** I had full intentions of writing a different column, one that discussed the changing landscape of technology and how it was...

 

Doctoring disappointment

Editor, It is with great horror that I read about what’s going on with the medical clinic! Even though both my husband and I have lived in Rawlins for close to 25 years now, we have always doctored in Saratoga. We’ve always had excellent care,...

 

Primary Pain

I have dreaded August since January. Augusts in even numbered years mean one thing to me … I will be losing my mind (even more than normal). Augusts contain Back-to-School sections, County Fair...

 

Losing a listener

Editor, My heart is heavy with sadness as I compose this letter. I think the powers that be could have been more sensitive and forth coming to the public with our health care provider issues instead of the way it was handled. However righteous you...

 

Defining terms

Editor, After many questions by several different people, I thought I would help clear up what the difference in a PA (Physician Assistant), NP (Nurse Practitioner: may have different first initial depending on specialty, for instance FNP is family...

 

Few like him

Dear Editor and readership: In my years living in this Valley and elsewhere, which includes several working in administration at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, I have encountered few physicians like Dr. Bryan Kaiser. His combination of attention to...

 

Whiskey changed my life

Providence has thrown a lot of interesting jobs at me over the years, but honestly, most just sort of happened by being in the right place at the right time. That is true to a major degree when it...

 

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