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 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    June 21, 2018 

Flag Burning 101 - Americans' Right to Protest

Senator Steve Daines of Montana, I am sad to say, just announced that he introduced a constitutional amendment in the U.S. Senate to outlaw burning the flag. Here is my message to Senator Daines regarding this misguided effort: “You don’t truly...

 
 By Mrs. Bozorgzad    Opinion    June 21, 2018 

Thank You Montanans

Dear people of the great state of Montana – The past February, my third-grade students wrote letters to small town newspapers around our country. The letters asked people in each state to send...

 

Speak Out for Change in Immigration Policy

Children are the most precious gift; to the parents, to the future of a nation and the future of humankind. Without children there is no future. Yes, parents are responsible for their children and in bringing them up for the future of the nation and...

 
 By Dale Terrillion    Opinion    June 21, 2018 

A Reformed Hippie

We'll just call him M.C. I don't remember where I met him but his story was quite fascinating. He sez he was living in a eucalyptus tree down California way. Working just enough jobs to keep him in we...

 
 By Dan Rogers    Opinion    June 21, 2018 

Challenges Facing Bonneville Power Administration

At Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC), we often tout the many benefits of purchasing all of our power from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). However, it is the members of MEC who truly benefit from this relationship and its access to what is ar...

 

Table Talk

It has recently become very easy to jump on the bandwagon of lament, crying, “The world is so divided!” While the lament may be true, getting stuck in lament is not helpful. As a follow-up to my last contribution to this column, “A Different...

 
 By Tom Welsch    Opinion    June 21, 2018 

Rosendale Not Who He Claims to Be - Not Right for Montana

GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale is not the person he claims to be and is not particularly well informed or interested in protecting Montanans. He is not right for Montana. He has never been a rancher, despite using the title. In 2002 he bought a...

 
 By Mark Hull    Opinion    June 21, 2018 

Rosendale - Not a Man of His Word

In a state like Montana where hard work is valued and our word is our bond, you would think that Matt Rosendale would make an effort to follow through on his commitment to attend the first debate of the election. Instead, Rosendale decided to take a...

 
 By Lee Bridges    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Thank You House District 92

Hi, friends and neighbors! I’d like to thank everyone in Seeley Lake and surrounding areas for your support and votes in the Democratic Primary, June 5th! I look forward to continuing what I’ve been doing, which is attending meetings, events,...

 

Grateful for Support in HD 92 Race

The gratitude and admiration I have for this community’s support in the recent primary election is difficult to convey in language. Despite the fact that I was not the nominee for the general election, I’m overwhelmed by your turnout at the...

 

Abuse

There are many types of abuse, covering many of psychological issues. For example, the types include: physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, bullying, passive-aggressive, employer, social media and...

 

Over 600 Miles of Instream Habitat Reconnected in the Blackfoot Watershed for Native Trout

In the spring of the year when rivers are running high and muddy, it might surprise you to learn that's also the time when westslope cutthroat trout start to move upstream-some migrating over 90...

 

Are Pussytoes Really Flowers?

Rosy Pussytoes (Antennaria rosea) are one of my favorite wildflowers. You might ask why, since they're pretty small in every aspect. I love them because they are tough little buggers and can grow in...

 
 By Craig Wilson    Opinion    June 14, 2018

God is Holy

In my articles I have been looking at the attributes of God. These are the characteristics of Who God is and how the Lord relates to us. The holiness of God is mentioned abundantly throughout the entire Bible. At the same time, the attribute of...

 

Do You Need a Will?

I wrote my will while the fetal heart monitors beeped as I lay in the hospital bed in Missoula. I was drinking my fourth milkshake of the day in a feeble attempt to add body weight to my soon to be bo...

 
 By Dr. Todd Fife    Opinion    June 14, 2018

A Few Words on Lung Cancer

My dad doesn't smoke but this last year he was diagnosed with lung cancer. I suspect this was caused from radiation he received as a teenager in the 1950's. It's certainly not just a smoker's...

 
 By Kyle Peltier    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Haibun Shepherd

I walk through the mountains, my staff in hand. I journey on the path that crosses the peaks where winter sits and admires all things new. My sheep being guided by me, who is guided by the stars. I...

 

In Pictures

"We take pictures as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone." ~ Unknown People ask me how I got into photography. I've always loved the same things as the next person... the pretty, scenic overloo...

 
 By Diann Ericson    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Thanks for Driving Slow on Dirt Roads

To our dirt road friends and neighbors of the Glacier Creek, Styler and Remicks area, Your considerate driving makes the air around the area cleaner. If particulate in the air were compared with other parts of the valley, ours would be cleaner. Not...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Purslane

Q: My vegetable garden has been invaded by purslane. What should I do? Hoe it? Leave it to cover the paths? How can I keep it out of the plants? A: Purslane--that flat succulent weed which grows to...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    June 7, 2018

What is the Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services Program

With Memorial Day just passed, I am acutely reminded of all the benefits we enjoy in our country due to the service and sacrifices of United States veterans. The purpose of today's Note from Linda is...

 

AmeriCorps Plugs Into State Park Programs

The peaceful grandeur contrasted against the wild beauty here in the Seeley-Swan Valley is enough to convert a visitor into a full-blown Montanan. Seeing my first elk, identifying the numerous birds that call the valley their home, meeting friendly l...

 
 By Todd Fife    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Master, What Shall I Do?

Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? To answer this, Christ gave us one of the most influential parables ever recorded—that of the good Samaritan. I love this parable. We all know it…here we have a Priest, a Levite and a Samaritan...

 

Cast Your Vote for Duane "Cecil" Schlabach

I am writing this letter to give my strong support for Duane “Cecil” Schlabach as our representative for HD 92. I’ve known Duane for 18 years, and in the process watched him travel his “Montana road” - first as a wilderness packer/guide,...

 

Lee Bridges - Best Representative You Could Ever Have

I don’t remember when I’ve been so excited about an election -- maybe 2008? A major reason is that I have had the amazing opportunity to work on my friend’s campaign. Lee Bridges is running for House District 92 -- it’s a unique district...

 

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