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 By Gene Schade    Opinion    April 15, 2021 

Legislation to keep us and our home healthy

Here I am, with my second vaccine under a Band-aid on my arm, looking at the world with renewed hope. As I plan summer hikes, cold beer at hand, I trace routes near my home. I follow topographic lines near Morrell Mountain, Dunham Point, and Spread...

 

Questions for Fire Board Candidates

I have a couple questions of the candidates that I would like answered to the public. 1. Pohlman and McLean sent out cards in the mail with the words Accountability, Transparency, Community Safety, Community Advocacy and Community Voice. First,...

 
 By Roxie Sterling    Opinion    April 15, 2021 

Stand up for your rights and for others

Biden’s latest harebrained idea is to send Kamala Harris to inspect the border. That’s like sending a weasel to inspect the hen house. Harris will destroy evidence and cover up the truth. Biden is illegally encouraging and abetting illegal...

 

Holism and consciousness

What does holism have to do with psychology? For that matter, what is holism? The old tale about an elephant and several blindfolded people, touching different parts of the elephant while trying to...

 

Working for you

It is a true honor to represent you in Helena. Although we have covered a wide variety of topics in the legislative session thus far, I would like to share a few issues we are currently working on:...

 

Key infrastructure, conservation projects advance

In recent weeks the Montana Legislature has advanced bills to support critical infrastructure and conservation projects across the state. Starting with House Bill 632, Republicans committed to...

 

From the Fire Chief's desk

As the temperature warms, it is tempting to take advantage of the last days for ice fishing, do a little skating, or ice sailing for this season. Please be cautious and be aware of your surroundings....

 

What are pastors good for?

In his book “Ordinary Church”, Joseph S. Beach has a section titled “The Ordinary Pastor of an Ordinary Church.” When you have gone through the process of “Church shopping,” one of the first things you probably considered was the Pastor....

 

Republican voter suppression agenda is un-American

Voters turned out in record numbers in 2020. Hundreds-of-thousands of folks in our state cast their ballots and exercised their most fundamental right as an American. Unfortunately, Republicans across the nation and here in Montana are working...

 
 By Lash Ashmore    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Disdain for science keeps us in the past

To The Editor: The Merriam-Webster dictionary provides a definition of “relic” as “a trace of some past or outmoded practice or belief. That, I believe aptly describes Dale Terrillion and his contribution in the letters to the Pathfinder...

 
 By Sydney Young    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Although the ground is barely bare, be bear aware

Warming temperatures and clear skies have started to thaw the valley floor. Even though snow will remain at high altitudes for a while longer, grizzly and black bears have emerged from their winter...

 
 By Karen Laitala    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Noxious weeds and the environment: A bigger picture

Although anyone who knows me knows that I'm a "certifiable" botany and native plants nerd, I love everything nature. In particular, I share a love of birds with one of my sisters. On a trip together...

 
 By Diana Taylor    Opinion    April 8, 2021

"...And the Word was made flesh,..." John 1: 1-[14]

Because a spirit cannot die without a body, the Word of God humbly and obediently took on flesh from the Blessed Virgin Mary as Jesus, Son of God, to be the perfect sacrifice meriting our redemption...

 
 By Doug Richards    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Can we agree on one thing?

I can’t believe what is happening to our country. My father was in the Army in World War I. I lost cousins at Normandy in World War II. I joined the Marine Corp and served in Korea. I am saddened to think of the many American men and women who...

 

My two cents on the wildlife bills

My, oh my, all those folks – specialists with all those degrees speak’n out against those bills in the legislature. I’m impressed. You may have noticed I don’t have any degrees just a lifetime out ‘n the woods. Sixty-five years of trap’n...

 
 By Jean Curtiss    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Sewer budget and assessment

Each year there is confusion regarding the budget for the Sewer District and the Annual Assessment Methodology that is sent to property owners with the cost of the assessment per parcel. I hope to explain the relationship between the two items and po...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    April 1, 2021

No-cost phone legal document clinic

This month I would like to share with you an excellent state program to assist with completing your estate planning documents – Phone Legal Document Clinic. The Montana Legal Services Developer...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Walls of water, grasses & raspberries

Last year I started my tomato plants in walls of water. The walls did protect my plants from cold temperatures, so that I had earlier tomatoes than usual. But one of the walls fell over. By the time...

 

Little deaths: A Holy Week contemplation

This is Holy Week for Christ-followers. The time when we intentionally contemplate the events and attitudes which lead up to the crucifixion. It is a challenging week, focusing on all the moments wher...

 

The Seeley-Swan valley real estate markets are red hot

HOW WE GOT HERE Between the years of 1970 and 2001, the Seeley-Swan Valley real estate market was a consistent market demonstrating slow upward trends in values and sales. Land sales in 2000 were between $2,000 and $4,000 per acre. Beginning in the...

 
 By Monica Tranel    Opinion    April 1, 2021

NorthWestern's Coal Kings want every one of us to pay them $15,000

Senate Bill 379, currently being considered by the Montana Legislature, may be a dream come true for Northwestern Energy, but for ordinary, hardworking Montanans, it’s a nightmare. In 2008, Northwestern bought a 30% share of the Colstrip 4 generati...

 
 By Roger Koopman    Opinion    April 1, 2021

The Free Money Game: When Will Republicans Wise Up?

Every election cycle, you can count on Republican candidates promising to reduce the size and cost of government, and in general, getting government out of our businesses and out of our daily lives. Yet the GOP’s commitment to controlling...

 
 By Andi Bourne    Opinion    March 25, 2021

Exercise your right to know

Last week was Sunshine Week. It is a week spearheaded by the News Leaders Association to help the public understand the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy. As the name implies, the goal is to shed light...

 

Who is leading America?

Since when did we elect these so-called scientists to rule America? These scientists tell us to wear masks at all times and now two or three masks. Many elected officials go along with this. Just the thought of putting a mask on a child terrifies...

 

Bills are harmful to wildlife and hunting heritage in Montana

We are 53 Montana residents and professional wildlife biologists and managers with a total of 1,696 years of experience in wildlife management and wildlife habitat management. Among us are 18 retired employees of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks with...

 

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