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 By John Rice    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

Agencies Working for Job Protection

What does the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers all have in common? They are all involved in job protection regardless of the cost to the U.S. taxpayer. We all know about the Forest Service and...

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

Patriotism 201

Patriotism, flag burning, anthem kneeling – emotional topics throughout history. Ironically, our country was founded by patriots who burned flags. And they endeavored to establish a new kind of country that protected cherished values like freedom...

 
 By Dale Terrillion    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

Camp'n Out

Back when I was a lad and Shep was a pup, one of my greatest desires was a week camp'n out in the wilderness. And so one summer it came to pass that myself, brother Tom, cousin Snuffy and last but...

 
 By Joann Wallenburn    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes: The Only…, The Biggest…, The Last…,

West of the Mississippi…? In Montana…? In the last year, I have heard the phrase Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes many times by local residents. I’d never heard it used prior to last year. The phrase is always followed by some superlative like “the...

 
 By William Campbell    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

Intellectual Honesty

My brother-in-law was a true intellectual. Having served as a past dean of the faculty at Cornell University, he was a truly humble man. He was always more interested in what he could learn from others than in telling others how much he knew. This...

 

Oral Health and Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disease leading to high levels of sugar in the body. It is one of the most commonly encountered chronic diseases identified by health care providers including dentists. What...

 

I Stand For and Honor the Flag, the Anthem and the U.S.A.

I have been given written permission and even encouraged by Mr. Marshall to stand up for my rights and freedom of speech, so I will again. I am thankful that honoring the flag and anthem have been American traditions handed down for generations. I...

 
 By Gary Ikerd    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Questioning Lack of Action at Big Larch Campground

SEELEY LAKE - I’m writing about the Big Larch Campground. I was called out to the boat ramp two years ago and the Forest Service people asked my advice on how to fix the boat ramp at the dock. I said it would probably cost about $2,000 to fix it...

 

Acceptable and Unacceptable Ways to Protest

I want to respond to Mike Marshall’s letter in last week’s Pathfinder. Mike disagreed with some people’s dissatisfaction with other people’s method of protesting. I think Mike is very wrong. There are acceptable ways of protesting and there...

 

Building Bridges to Common Ground

I want to reciprocate the feelings of gratitude to Lee Bridges for running a primary campaign that focused on the issues rather than personal animosities. Playing to divisive rhetoric for short-term political points hurts all of us in the long-term....

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Orphan Grizzlies Find New Home in Quebec

MISSOULA – Three grizzly bear cubs orphaned in Montana in June will have a new home. We can only hope they don't mind cold winters and the sound of French. As conservation biologists embarked on an...

 
 By Erik Iverson    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Forgiveness

Having been convicted of 49 murders and confessing to 71, Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, is considered to be the worst serial killer in U.S. History. In his 2003 court appearance, his consecutive confessions to each individual...

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Patriotism 102

I am always disappointed to see someone who thinks expressing our freedom of speech is un-American. I’ll have to disagree. You may not like what someone has to express or the way they express it, but just like you, they have every right to express...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Pototoes

Q: Even though I knew better, I planted my potatoes only two inches deep. Should I pile dirt around them to protect them? A: To protect the developing potatoes from growing at the surface and being...

 

Fear of Leaving One's Home: Agoraphobia

It might seem peculiar to think that some people fear leaving their homes. It's not the home that is in question but the fear of going into the world outside of the home. Sometimes it is described as...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Apply for the Medicare Savings Program!

Happy Fourth of July to everyone! Summer is finally here and we can get outside and enjoy! It's also a great time to save money on Medicare by applying for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP)! If you...

 

Seeley Swan Real Estate - Questions About Fire and Snow

THE QUESTIONS The questions about the market are usually the same – What effect has the Rice Ridge Fire had on real estate in the valley? Has everyone listed their homes for sale after last winter? At the end of July last summer, the Rice Ridge Fir...

 
 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Kaepers and Cannons

If you follow the NFL at all, you know that there has been on ongoing controversy surrounding certain players who decided to not stand during the singing or playing of our national anthem at the beginning of the game. And recently the NFL instituted...

 

Response to Marshall's Letter - Find a Flag and Country to Honor and Move There

I am writing in response to Mr. Mike Marshall’s letter to the editor in the Pathfinder Thursday, June 21, 2018. We who are citizens of the United States of America do have wonderful freedoms, thanks to our founding fathers, and the men and women...

 
 By Rob Rich    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Montana's Most Unwanted: A New Monitoring Season Begins for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Our Wildlife in the West students recently went fishing at Upsata Lake but they didn't want to catch anything, except maybe some plankton, aquatic insects or algae. Motored gently about in a small...

 

New Life in Christ - Part 2

On down the highway through Prince George and Vanderhoof, logging trucks appeared, Fraser Lake and Burns Lake. All the way to Prince Rupert seemed like every third rig was a logg’n truck. Motor’n through Smithers, B.C., I spotted a gigantic igloo...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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