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Op/ed: Montana Schools Must Act to Stop Bullying

Montana’s children are off to a new school year and the excitement of learning. Children need and deserve to learn in a safe environment. When children are bullied in schools, it makes them feel unsafe and makes learning (and life) harder.  The...

 
 By Tom Reed    Viewpoints    September 19, 2018 

Op/Ed: I-186 ensures mining companies keep Montana's water clean.

Just west of our little ranch on North Willow Creek lies a town that once burst at the seams with mines and miners. Pony, Montana, boasted 5,000 people, banks, bars, schools, churches and a rail line. Mines with romantic names like Boss Tweed and...

 

Letter: A Spotted Owl landed on clean water

Three decades ago the spotted owl was used to obstruct tree removal and to force unreasonable “hands off” forest management that has helped result in today’s mega fires. So, forgive me for not believing the water pollution calamity story now...

 

Open letter to Lincoln: A Thank You to the people of Lincoln from the cast and crew of TED K

During our final days of filming TED K this August, there were many teary eyes among the cast and crew. We are going to miss Lincoln and our new friends there. We would like to sincerely thank you...

 

Opinion: I voted for Medicaid expansion, but can't support I-185

When I voted for the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act, also known as Medicaid Expansion, in 2015, I did so for two reasons.  First, to ensure that vulnerable Montanans had access to affordable health coverage. Second,...

 

Letter: Helmville Rodeo a display of patriotism

I just returned from the Helmville Rodeo. I stood in silent prayer with several hundred people, every single person there stood with their hand over their heart as some little gal with the voice of a...

 

Letter: Keep trash out of recycling

Do you value the PRIVILEGE of recycling in Lincoln? Hopefully you do. We must work to keep TRASH from being thrown in the recycling bins next to the Senior Center, located across the street from the public school. The front-page headline in the...

 

Letter:Tester works hard

Jon Tester works hard. He cares about his constituents. He listens. He acts. For years my husband, Bob, doctored at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Many 5 a.m. Mondays, he and I joined Jon and Sharla at the airport. Jon never failed to ask...

 

Thank you for supporting the annual community clothing give-away

We want to thank all those in the community for the great turn out for the clothing giveaway; to the generous people who cleaned closets and donated all items they didn't use and to the many who...

 

Comments on Congress: A More Perfect Union

You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,...

 

Thanks for support of 5th Annual Heather Terman Memorial Fun Run

Well another year in the books for the Heather Terman fun run. We had quite a few more new riders and sold 160 hands/cards. Everyone had a great time and we gave out some good prizes....

 

Guest Editorial: Working together in Lincoln for a bright future

Recently, a group of media took flight with University of Montana professor Rick Graetz to take in the stunning landscape of the southern Crown of the Continent area, centered on Lincoln. This flight highlighted Graetz’s effort to map, explore,...

 

Opinion: I-186 will hurt taxpayers

There's an old saying that, "If it can't be grown or raised, it must be mined." In Montana-where mining is among our largest economic drivers and our state motto is Oro y Plata (gold and...

 

Opinion: I-186 harmful For Montana

Radical environmentalists funded by out-of-state billionaires would have Montanans believe I-186 is only about clean water, and that Montanans wrote this “citizens initiative”. They would have us believe Montana’s mining revenue and the local s...

 

Thanks for the Summer Pack Trip, Cyrs

Thank you, Bill Cyr, for donating a five days and four nights Summer Pack Trip in the Scapegoat Wilderness for the 2018 LFD Fireman's Ball Auction. I won the bid! We put the word out about the trip...

 

Montana State Parks, your next family adventure awaits

As I stood at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers recently, I was again reminded of how lucky I am to live in Montana with its abundance of outdoor opportunities. A wonderful part...

 

Governor Bullock wrong to eliminate Land Board oversight of conservation easements

Toby Dahl United Property Owners of Montana Governor Bullock’s decision to eliminate the State Land Board’s oversight of multimillion-dollar state conservation easements is troubling to say the least. No elected official should have the power to...

 
 By Dave Galt    Viewpoints    June 27, 2018

Montana doesn't need I-186

Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I was always taught that you don't fix what isn't broken. And when it comes to Montana's mining regulations and the environmental protections we have in place, they are...

 

Audit on bed tax needed

Summer is upon us and traffic is indicating what most already know-it's going to be another great tourism season in northwest Montana. Recent headlines show that many cities are trying to mitigate...

 

Comments on Congress - Politics: We Need It

Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There's the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our declining...

 

Letter: Lincoln Rodeo Club vs Transparency

In my letter to the editor dated May 30 in the BVD, I was only asking for transparency. Let the people of Lincoln know what is going on. I want the Rodeo Club to stay in Lincoln and to prosper, as does everyone else. The majority of the people in...

 

Becky Beard HD80 update

Headlines report positive statistics about our low unemployment rates, both nationally and statewide. The national report, as of June 1st, has the US unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, the lowest in...

 

Op-ed: Montana Democrats support rural, agricultural areas

Rural and agricultural areas of Montana and the nation face tougher and tougher challenges. Our hospitals are struggling; our schools operate with reduced state and Federal funding, and our infrastructure is deteriorating. Our friends in agriculture...

 

Letter: Rodeo Club responds

In regards to the letter to the editor from Mike Mullens in the May 39th BVD: Mr. Mullens have you ever put on a rodeo? Do you know the cost involved with putting on a rodeo? The Lincoln Rodeo is not a huge money maker. Sometimes it barely breaks...

 

Opinion: Montana Ag Needs Action on CSKT Water Compact

Water rights are the cornerstone of our agricultural economy. Without certainty, protection for existing water right holders, and a plan to define the federally reserved water rights of the tribes, Montana’s water users would be forced to foot the...

 

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