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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...

 

Letter: Prayers for Pepe & a question

To the Editor, to Pepe! (Bob LeDeau) All of our prayers are with you. I am writing today about smoking and vaping! Been a smoker since I was 13 and I’m 65 now! Tried every method possible to quit...

 

Commentary: Pleased to offer QPR Gatekeeper training, an important tool for suicide prevention

Hello, I am Jennifer Wiederhold and I am an emergency room nurse. I have lived in Lincoln nearly all my life and am pleased to be able to offer traini...

 

Open Letter: Could use some prayers

Hello Lincoln, About four months ago, the first PET Scan showed I had cancer in my left lung. I wouldn’t believe it until Autumn Howell, my pulmonary lady at Community in Missoula showed me a...

 

Thanks for a successful first DAV of Montana Lincoln Fun Run

October 5 was an amazing success. We were all very happy with the show of support from Lincoln, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. The ride was a little damp and chilly but the groups said it was a...

 

Op/Ed: Federal Price Controls on Health Care Would Harm Montana

Price controls are a primary hallmark of a socialist economy. When the government takes over in any market, bad things happen. Whether it is bread lin...

 

Letter: Federal funding key to health center programs

In Montana, community health centers such as PureView Health Center specialize in whole-person care. Beginning with well-child visits, CHCs provide...

 

Editorial: Montana takes comprehensive approach to school safety

As parents send their children into the new school year and teachers welcome them into the classroom, safety is on everyone's mind. When it comes to...

 

Op/Ed: Tick Tock. It's Time to Stop Rx Sticker Shock

As United States Senators representing the Big Sky state and Hawkeye country, older Montanans and Iowans keep a watchful eye on spending. Like millions of Americans across the country, they are...

 
 By TJ Smith    Viewpoints    August 21, 2019

Op/Ed: Ghost town Montana?

Meatless Mondays for your school lunch program? Meat grown in a petri dish from a foreign lab? These are questions we need to ask Governor Bullock....

 

Letter: Free Meal

Dear Editor: I have been trapping Coyotes off and on for more than 50 years. I can put out a nummy bait. A coyote wit think about it a long time and...

 

Opinion: Don't close the casket on local newspapers

"For the times they are a-changin'" sang Bob Dylan. And the digital age has changed the way information is eaten, swallowed, and digested. We can't...

 

Letter: Student loan debt collections abusive

They told us if we got educated then we would see success in our lifetime. Yet, more than 44 million Americans have student debts that combine to tota...

 

Op-Ed: Keep fighting to lower prescription drug costs

We must keep working to lower prescription drugs prices in Montana. After conducting a nearly two-year investigation into drug costs, including...

 

Op/Ed: Simple fixes to help bridge the digital divide

Like many areas across rural America, whether it is a student struggling to gain access to online educational resources or a business struggling to make their products or services available online,...

 

Commentary: To improve, congress needs to look inward

There are a lot of reasons why Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home. These include long-term t...

 
 By Seth Bodnar    Viewpoints    May 15, 2019

UM Preparing students for unforeseen challenges

When I was a student at West Point in the 1990's, the military component of my education focused on high-intensity conflict and Cold War-era...

 

Letter: Stop crucifying Donald Trump

Editor: I'm a woman living in Montana. I've lived in five states and have had many careers. I've had a great full life. I've always worked and made...

 
 By Elsa Ramirez    Viewpoints    May 8, 2019

Op-Ed: Vaccines protect you, your family, and your community

Pockets of our country are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of measles cases. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness. It is...

 

Letter: It's a mistake for Gianforte to make a run for governor

The recent announcement by Greg Gianforte that he is seriously considering another run for Governor is problematic. He barely won against a gun...

 
 By Greg Hertz    Viewpoints    May 1, 2019

Op/Ed: Speaker looks back at legislative session

Speaker of the House Greg Hertz (R-HD 12, The 66th legislative session has come to an end. As Speaker of the House, it was my goal to uphold the integrity of the House. As a leader in my caucus it...

 

Letter: Contrary to rumors, Ducks Unlimited a benefit to Lincoln

Dear Community Residents, It has come to my attention that a certain individual in town has been at it yet again, spreading rumors and badmouthing are...

 

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