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Letter: Kudos to the Lincoln Community

The COVID-19 virus isn’t stopping education in Lincoln! While checking in with Superintendent Jennifer Packer on Monday, she relayed that Lincoln’s school students are engaging in remote education...

 

LETTER TO MONTANA BUSINESS OWNERS AND MANAGERS ON COVID-19

As business executives, you have a deep connection with your communities, partners, customers, and employees. It’s your businesses, both large and small, that power Montana’s economy. As concerns...

 

Guest Column: The joys of digging potatoes

Some days, as a mother, are harder than others. There are minutes, hours, days, and even weeks that may seem insurmountable; a simple joy found in an unexpected place can lighten an entire month and...

 

Letter: Thank You LVA

Dear Lincoln Ambulance Crew and our Fire Chief Zach Muse, Aaron Birkholz, Ernie Lundberg, Klara Varga, and Kristy Fry. We, here in Lincoln are so lucky to have these people taking care of us Last...

 

Op/Ed: Make it Count: The 2020 Census

Every ten years we are asked to do one of the easiest, safest, and most important things we can do for our communities: fill out our census form....

 

Op/Ed: Without civility, our system doesn't work

When he was just a young teenage schoolboy, George Washington sat down and copied out 110 "Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior." Many of these...

 

Letter: The truth about the rich

Democrats claim taxing the "rich" is the way to help the middle class and poor. That the rich get rich by taking wealth from others. Norm would have...

 

Letter: Prayer breakfast

Dear Editor: I watched the Prayer Breakfast and this is how I would have started it: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in...

 

Bison EIS draws battle lines in Montana, and FWP is on the wrong side

The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks is now formally recommending the introduction of free-roaming bison in Montana after the release of...

 

FWP supports bison restorations under strict provisions

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has a rich history of working with the people of this state to restore elk, moose, mountain goats, bears, wolves, l...

 
 By Jim Oly    Viewpoints    January 15, 2020

Hey Howdy Hey: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Sending a little Hey Howdy Hey of thanks to all the wonderful folds who make the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Thrift Store what it is today. Coordinato...

 

Op/Ed: Why Trust Matters

To me, it was a thunderclap. Years ago, when I was in Congress, we were in the midst of a tense, contentious debate. Members had gotten irritated,...

 

Letter: Honesty in the Christmas season

Seven days ago we celebrated the birth of Christ. Some 30 years later, Christ was crucified, which gave rise to the Christian religion. We also adopted the Ten Commandments as part of our religion...

 

Letter: Follow up from Pepe LeDeau

A little over a month ago, Dr. Carter at St. Patrick’s, spent three-and-a-half hours on my left lung surgery. It still hurts, but not as much as that next night in ICU. I had to cough up some...

 

Commentary: We Make Progress When Citizens Tackle Small Stuff

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a...

 

Op/Ed: Passage of Recovering America's Wildlife Act is good for all Montanans

Martha Williams MTFWP Rich Janssen CSKT Natural Resources Dept. Montanans from all walks of life have a deep connection to our state’s fish and wildlife. Those of us lucky enough to live here and...

 

Commentary: Thankful to Those Who Served

The holiday season is upon us. Montana families across our state are giving thanks and enjoying quality time with their families and loved ones. As we gather around the dining table this year to...

 

Letter: Kudos to Oly

Kudos to Jim Oly for showing his appreciation to the snow-plow drivers. Thank you! Ice and snow – take it slow and please give the plows room to work safely for everyone. Ron McDunn Pete...

 
 By Jim Oly    Viewpoints    December 4, 2019

Hey Howdy Hey

I wanted to send out a big Hey Howdy Hey of thanks to the many member of our local Lincoln Ambulance. These men and women must put in many hours of...

 

Op/Ed: The public takes a back seat to politics on the PSC

The Public Service Commission has always been a somewhat surly bunch. The PSC's devoted staff has often had to deal with varying degrees of political...

 

Letter: Read more, listen more

I am so sad that apparently decent, intelligent Americans like Larry Dillree can be so unwilling to accept facts. (BVD 11/13/19). Facts are not politi...

 

Op/Ed: Combating Addiction Must Remain Top Priority

Two and a half years ago, Attorney General Tim Fox and I stood on the steps of the state capitol with other lawmakers announcing a major long-term ini...

 

Op/Ed: Northwestern resource procurement plan concerns

If you are a customer of NorthWestern Energy (NorthWestern) then you should be interested in its latest Resource Procurement Plan. Publicly owned...

 

Op/Ed: Why the US-Japan Trade Deal Matters for Montana's Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R) and Fred Wacker, president of the Montana Stockgrowers Assoc. As United States Senator from Montana, and as a rancher...

 

Op/Ed: Congress should approve USMCA Trade agreement

As a state senator from a small Montana border town, I understand the need for strong economies both north and south of the international border. Appr...

 

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