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Op-Ed: Leave It Better Than You Found It

As I wrap up my four-year term as your State Auditor, I'm reminded of a common lesson Montana parents teach our children: leave things better than...

 

Hey Howdy Hey": The BVD and Lincoln

Just wanted to send out a little Hey Howdy Hey of thanks to the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch. When I left Lincoln this last time it was mainly because I...

 

Op -Ed: Pandemic underscores need for reforms in healthcare transparency

The COVID pandemic has brought healthcare affordability into the spotlight like never before. The question is whether this crisis will be an impetus...

 

Thank You Santa's Workshop helpers

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make Santa’s Workshop 2020 a reality for our local kids, and for all of the flexibility around getting the crafts to the kids who would have...

 

Op-Ed: Today's Mines Must Obey Today's Laws

Montana is not the only place with an economy that depends on its rich natural resources, though I would argue that it is the most spectacular. And I...

 

Editorial: Uncomfortable realities

Last week the BVD published a story regarding COVID-19 cases in Lincoln, based on information provided by Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance President Aaron... Full story

 

Letter: Thanks for story, LVA

Thank you to the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch for publishing the Nov. 12 article, "Ovando Residents Donate to Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance." We have...

 

Opinion: Educate new state residents on Montana Values

Montana conservatives had an historic night on Election Day. After taking out a slew of Republicans in the primary – some voting with democrats...

 

Commentary: Conserving grizzly bears takes self-responsibility

Randy Newberg doesn't carry a sidearm. Clocking some 100 days every year exploring the unbound-and often bear-laden-pockets of the American...

 

Commentary: Flattening the curve on Chronic Wasting Disease

It's cool this morning. There is a different feel to the air. The days are slowly getting shorter, my bird dogs are getting restless and I am...

 

Guest Editorial: The Social Media Machine

In the recently released Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma," Tristan Harris, President and Co-Founder of The Center for Humane Technology was...

 

Op-Ed: Justice Amy Coney Barrett will Protect Montana's Way of Life

Earlier this year, I joined two Montana families at the United States Supreme Court. I went to hear the oral arguments for a landmark case very...

 

Op-Ed: Montana Election Administrators Are Committed to Safe and Secure Elections

We serve voters by ensuring their qualifications are valid, their information is accurate, and that they have equitable, unobstructed access to... Full story

 

Op-Ed: We Support Public Health

We support Lewis and Clark Public Health, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and all the health providers working so hard during this pandemic. They need our support and they...

 

Letter: Questions Regarding New Proposed Speed Limits

I must admit, I was very glad to see the Montana Department of Transportation conducting speed studies on Highway 200 on the east side of town where...

 

Guest Column: I'm not fighting breast cancer battle alone; no one should

The drive from Big Sandy to Great Falls is awfully familiar to our family. Jon drives those 70-some miles twice a week as he travels between our farm and the Senate. Often we drive together—for...

 

Youth Dynamics supports families

A year and a half ago, the push for Youth Dynamics to bring services to our community began. You may recall an article that was written in the BVD...

 

Op-Ed: Democrats ain't what they used to be

Should folks who traditionally think of themselves as Democrats consider whether the party still holds to their basic values? I have. At age 77, I remember growing up how Democrats supported moral...

 

Guest Editorial: A Vote For Newspapers Is A Vote For Democracy

Newspapers face another big election.  It's about them. While the United States is riveted by a most unusual presidential election, the newspaper...

 

Op-Ed: CI-118 and the missing discussion of cannabis production's environmental ramifications

Here in Montana we are granted the right to vote on ballot initiatives once they clear a number of hurdles, including having the related petition...

 

Letter: Thanks to the BVD

Thanks to the BVD for supporting its community and businesses. Our small town newspaper is one of the foundations of our community and I am thankful...

 

Letter: Thanks for Clarifying

I just wanted to reach out and say thank you. I had several of you in the community reach out via phone, text, and email to thank me for my original...

 

Guest Opinion: THREE kinds of persons

After reading last week's guest opinion in BVD Viewpoints I felt compelled to share some of my own viewpoints along with a few facts...the first opini...

 

Op-Ed: We will stand together in defense of Montana workers

Montana is built on hard work. The working women and men of this state - the linemen, miners, laborers, boilermakers, law enforcement officers, and te...

 

Letter: Straightening things out

Dear readers of the BVD, Please allow me to straighten things out, if I can. First of all, I appreciated Tammy Jordan’s response to my letter of shock over the VOTE WISELY ad. Actually, I mostly agr...

 

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