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Testing history, Part 2

In both 1993 and 1995, the Department of Geology at the University of Montana did a study called "Cumulative Effects of Domestic Sewage Disposal on Groundwater of Missoula County: An analysis of...

 

The I Ching or The Book of Changes

In this column, I decided to introduce an ancient Chinese text to emphasize a couple of psychological points -- that the human psyche (our psychology) is present in most of what we do and express and...

 

Give thanks

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. Psalm 107:8 NRSV "Don't forget to say thank you." "Did you say thank you?" "Say thank you." How often did we hear...

 
 By Bryce Smith    Opinion    July 28, 2022

The ebb and flood of lumber

The last several years have certainly seen no lack of breaking news topics. Thankfully, the Seeley-Swan Valley of Montana continues to offer a mostly quiet refuge from much of the excitement faced in other areas of the country. Topics of discussion...

 

Thank you for the support

Thank you to some community members, Kind hearts are the gardeners Kind thoughts are the roots Kind words are the blossoms Kind deeds are the fruits Kirpal Singh A belated Thank You to all who gave me support through your words and unexpected gift...

 

Keeping cool in the heat

Summer is here and many of us have animal companions who are more excited to get outside than we are! While there is nothing better than taking your dog for a hike or riding your horse in our...

 

Achieve better health, one step at a time

With so many trends and diets out there it can be hard to figure out what to honestly believe. The external pressure to look and feel specific ways, the households we grew up in as children, our geological location and the cultures we immerse...

 

Living the law of love - I'm a Pioneer

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepares to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Pioneer Day July 24 this year. We need to recognize that in addition to the sacrifices of the early...

 
 By Jim Ybarrondo    Opinion    July 14, 2022

Defining the Constitution, not politics

I must respond to the letter from Don Larson re: two recent Supreme Court decisions printed in the July 7 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder. Both decisions were exactly the same, they merely defined what was in the Constitution, therefore in the...

 

Tips to clean indoor air, stay healthy this wildfire season

It's Wildfire Smoke Ready Week in Missoula County! I know - after such a cool start to the season, it's challenging to shift gears and start thinking about wildfires. But this week of warm, sunny...

 

We shall see Him

As I set to compose this article, I am also considering the devastating news from a dear beloved friend who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most difficult questions any pastor can be asked is, “Why do bad things happen to...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Reproductive rights and gun control at the local level?

The primarily male U.S. Supreme Court has recently determined American women cannot decide for themselves what to do with their bodies. It trashed their reproductive rights while fiercely defending (primarily male) rights to carry an AR 15. Let’s...

 
 By Jesse Chadwick    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Celebrate freedom without fireworks - support a veteran

Dear Seeley Lake,  I know you all like to celebrate the freedom you have with fireworks. Have you gone around your neighborhood and asked if anyone is a combat veteran and checked to see if fireworks negatively affect them?  If you truly do value...

 

Partnering with UM pharmacy program, offering medication reviews

Missoula Aging Services announced that it will be hosting weekly Medication Review appointments in partnership with the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The hour-long appointments will... Full story

 

Seeley-Swan Valley real estate stabilizing

THE SUMMER SLOWDOWN Following four years of a dramatic real estate market that saw rapid price appreciation, very limited inventory and multiple offers on many properties, the market has begun to stabilize. This year has seen the Federal Reserve...

 
 By Diana Taylor    Opinion    July 7, 2022

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11

The Source and Summit of the Catholic Faith is the Holy Eucharist from Scripture on the Lord's Supper when Jesus blessed and broke the bread and said, "...eat. This is my body." Taking the chalice...

 
 By Brett Feese    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Theological debate? A response to Mountain Lakes Leadership

I am writing in response to the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church Leaderships’ letter to the editor from the June 23 issue of the Pathfinder which purports to be a theological response to Pastor Jim Johnson’s “Biblical perspective.” The...

 

Common sense tax revisions for Montana's forest lands

A number of people -- private citizens, elected legislators and state staff -- achieved a quiet accomplishment recently. During the 2021 Legislative Session, two bills (SB 262 and SB 263) were passed to revise the duties of the Forest Lands Taxation...

 
 By Dave Rowell    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Live within God's will as outlined in the Scriptures

When discussing the topic of the sins of others we need to take a very humble stance. None of us are without sin and we all require the mercy of the sacrifice for sin that Jesus became.  Fortunately, God inspired many scriptures to describe what...

 
 By Diana Taylor    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Recognize and respect God's truth

If we expect respect then we should respect others, especially God, who is due our utmost praise and thanksgiving for His amazing commands that are not burdensome but awesome, since they are good for our souls.       First commandment, we are to...

 
 By Sydney Young    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Who you gonna call?

Springtime brings new life to the world. Deer, elk and other wildlife species start having their young and are more actively feeding in urban areas. While it's easy to enjoy seeing newborn fawns and...

 

Rumor has it

“Disaster comes upon disaster; rumor follows rumor; they shall keep seeking a vision from the prophet; instruction shall perish from the priest and counsel from the elders.” (Ezekiel 7:26)...

 
 By Caryn Miske    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Clean water: We can't take it for granted

As we watch the loons and trumpeter swans rear their young, it is easy to believe that the waters in the Clearwater Valley remains relatively pristine. And yes, compared to many other areas of the...

 
 By Steve Ellis    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Let God be the final judge

In response to the letter to the editor by Jim Johnson that appeared in the June 16 Pathfinder, I believe the very fact he chose to write that article reveals his church doesn’t welcome LGBTQ individuals. We are all created by God. God will be our...

 

Response to Johnson's "Biblical perspective"

I am writing in response to “A Biblical perspective” printed in the June 16th Pathfinder’s Letter to the Editor by Jim Johnson.  First, the “letter to the editor” column may not be the most appropriate place to have a theological...

 

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