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An Open Letter to Montana State Legislators and Governor Bullock

As former and current Montana Public Service Commissioners, we represented Montanans across this great state in balancing the needs of utilities with the needs of consumers. We took our oath of office...

 

Thank you for the support of Fireman's Ball

We would like to extend a huge thanks to all the people who supported the Lincoln Fireman's Ball this year. Thanks to the businesses that helped with...

 

Open Letter: Comprehensive Literacy Grant update

Dear Parents and Community members, We would like to take the opportunity to review Lincoln School’s Montana Comprehensive Literacy Grant and update the community about progress we’ve made during...

 

Op/Ed: Time to cut long vacant positions in state agencies

Your Republican led legislature is in the process of compiling the budget for the next two years. We are not just talking about efficient state govern...

 

Op/Ed: Don't tax Montanans' medicine cabinets

Politicians in Helena need to understand that good intentions and well wishes don’t count for much when their decisions cause harm to Montanans.  Montanans are aware of the damage the opioid...

 

Op/Ed: Sunshine week promotes transperancy

The students I teach at the University of Montana often show up with a powerful assumption: If there is some piece of information out there, Google can find it. It’s an understandable belief for...

 

Legislative mid-session update

As Speaker of the House, it is a goal of mine to have unity within the Republican Caucus and a positive working relationship with the minority party....

 

Guest Editorial: Men of quality

“Men Wanted for Dangerous Expedition: Low Wages for Long Hours of Arduous Labor under Brutal Conditions; Months of Continual Darkness and Extreme Cold; Great Risk to Life and Limb from Disease,...

 

Letter: New Green Deal

As a conservative, I am used to Liberal Democrats accusing me, or the people I vote for as: sexist, bigoted, misogynist, racist, xenophobe, homophobe, climate denier, hater and dumb. I admit, I don...

 

Letter: Reading Hope Quay

Reading Hope Quay’s column is often a highlight of the day for me. The one about the dogs made me laugh as I hadn’t laughed in weeks! The column of Feb. 27, though, I found very interesting in a...

 

First half update

The first half of the 66th session of the Montana Legislature concluded March 1 with transmittal of the House of Representatives' general bills to the...

 

Op/Ed: Catch and Keep Or Let Them Swim Away

It's often said that Montana is like a small town with long streets. Montanans may be separated by hundreds of miles but it's amazing how many mutual...

 

Guest Editorial: Flu lessons

Three things I learned from the flu. 1. You can’t take care of yourself. Nearly passed out in body pain and over-all weakness, I couldn’t raise my head to answer Art when he asked if I was...

 

Op/Ed: Auto insurance should not be based on occupation

It seems that every other TV commercial is for auto insurance. “Save money on your car insurance by being a safe driver.” “Save here on auto insurance with just a few clicks.” State law...

 

A Letter to Home… South Vietnam

***Editor's Note: At the request of Penny Martin, we are republishing a letter sent to 'The Montana Veteran' newspaper in January 1968 that was important her late husband Frank Martin.*** Dear...

 

Letter: Look to the founding fathers

To the Editor, In regard to Liz Cain's viewpoints in the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch, may I quote her? "As a teacher, I should be cautious about...

 

Letter: Amazed by Community

The Community of Lincoln has again amazed me. With the recent loss of my husband Alan, kindness, friendship, generosity, and love have flooded our...

 

Lincoln loses a community leader and a friend

It's about 10 a.m. Monday morning as I write this, and things seem off kilter. The snowstorm that has finally blanketed Lincoln with much-needed snow...

 

Letter: Remembering my friend Bill Frisbee

I got to know Bill when we served as co-chairmen of the Lincoln hospital district, which was during the design and construction of the new Clinic....

 

Thanks for Neighbors Helping Neighbors shoppers, donations

Thrift Store “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Thank you for your wonderful donations and shopping with us. For the whole month of December, I wanted to help shoppers have fun and get whatever you wan...

 

Letter: opinions and truth

It seems very odd to me that someone who doesn't seem to understand the English language would quote Shakespeare to support his narrow opinion of me....

 

Letter: Thanks for helping our family

My family and I would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to our wonderful community. From the cup of coffee and wonderful dinners so we could spend...

 

Thanks for the success of Angel Tree, Christmas Food Boxes

Big Montana Hug and Thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our “Lincoln Community.” A big grateful thanks all who took a tag from the angel tree at the bank and did some shopping or...

 

Letter: Hit home?

Wow, I must have really hit home. It took Liz Cain four really long columns to rebut my belief that Mr. Carroll was entitled to speak his opinions...

 

Comments on Congress: The Political Landscape Ahead

In the days following George H. W. Bush's death, it was impossible to ignore the mood that settled over much of the country: a yearning for the...

 

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