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A Representative's 'First Bill'

It is week five for the Montana Legislature, and I apologize I have not written home earlier in the session. We have passed several good bills through the House, including providing inflationary funding for our public schools, electronic...

 

Letter to the Editor

After reading The Glasgow Courier, Feb. 1, 2017, articles, “America is not a Country” and “Executive Orders, and Refugees and Us,” I was inspired to tell my story. My mother was born Oct. 13, 1919, in the German colony of Kamyshin, somewhere...

 

Defending the Immigration Ban: Part II

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Donald Trump’s estranged executive order has been ejected and eulogized without sending it for an appeal to the Supreme Court. The president has said he is considering writing an entirely new draft of...

 

The Speaker Chimes In

The Montana Legislature is now 1/3 of the way done, and as your representative and Speaker of the Montana House, I wanted to drop you all an update about what’s going on. This session has been much calmer than the previous three sessions I have...

 

Internet Ugliness in a Civilized Nation

This past week, my thoughts have been filled with several things. The first one I want to address is all the ugliness that’s been in the constant forefront of not only the news but on social sites on the internet as well. Granted, there are many...

 

Defending the Immigration Ban: Part I

There is a growing amount of people who would rather fight Trump than actual terrorists. Across the internet and mainstream media outlets, commentators and social justice warriors are sharing their knee-jerk reactions to recent events executed by...

 

Musings on 'Mediocrity'

A recent wordy statement from the high school boys head basketball coach at Dawson County High School (DCHS) in Glendive has raised some eyebrows. ('Culture of Mediocracy Getting in the Way of Athletic Success at DCHS,' Glendive Ranger Review,...

 

Valentine's Day Expectations

Valentine’s Day has gained the reputation of being a “Hallmark” holiday, where the only people consistently benefiting are those in the candy, flower, dining, jewelry and card business. Those who don’t have a significant other in their life...

 

Be Cautious, Think Safety

To those of you that faithfully read my crazy column, this article will be short and may be my last one for a couple of weeks. I managed to fall directly on my elbow last week and waiting to have surgery done.  It had never entered my mind just how...

 

Exemplary Representatives

Yesterday, our granddaughter assisted with the music for church by playing her clarinet. I always smile when I hear her play. It seems to add something special to the music. And it brings thoughts of the music of the people hundreds of years ago....

 

Finding the Florsheim

This morning, while gathering up things, I put away a Florsheim shoe horn. According to the advertising on this Florsheim shoe horn, Florsheim shoes were made for the “Man Who Cares.” I am going to guess that this item came from Friedl’s Men’...

 

Bringing Up Frisky: The Consequences of a 'Gift Cat'

My three preschoolers and I were waiting for the school bus. Parka-clad Steven maneuvered his way through the bus door, a paper bag held protectively in his arms. “Whatcha got, Steve?” “Is it something to eat?” Kids always thinking of food!...

 

Executive Orders, Refugees, and Us

President Trump recently signed an executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, suspending the admission of all refugees for 120 days. America has received more refugees...

 

America is not a Country

So other than my usual “I digress” quote, I try to stay away from as many cliches as possible, but today I digress. America is not a land, not a border, and it is certainly not a government. America is a people. A people of multiple ethnic,...

 

Open Letter to the Legislature

As the 65th MT Legislative Session opened for business last week, the usual calls for budget cuts were exceedingly shrill. What made matters worse this year was the loss of revenue due to the demise of the coal and oil and gas industries in Montana....

 

Winters aren't for Wimps

It seems that this year much of Montana is experiencing a tough winter, but it’s actually not. We are just getting back to winter after last year’s weird spell. Temperature readings haven’t gone wild – yet. No reporting stations have...

 

Inauguration Uff Da

Well it happened. Inauguration day came and went. I was well aware of the fact after briefly checking my Facebook account. It was “lit up,” as the saying goes, by friends on both sides of the political aisle. I vowed to stay clear and avoid any...

 

What I've Learned

I began writing this column as a way to describe my opinions outright. I wanted to take on my thoughts without being swayed or influenced by external pressures. I have done that. I started writing fairly certain of my own thoughts and ideals, but...

 

The Upside of Recycling

"RECYCLE PAPER TOWELS AND NAPKINS," this headline caught my eye one day when I decided to browse the internet. You readers with any age on you, no doubt would have the same reaction as I. Remember when everything was reusable to some extent, and of...

 

Chances & Opportunities

It’s been said that time flies. It surely does. When a couple gets married, they really don’t think about the years ahead. They usually hope to have children. When their children are born, they don’t really understand how fast that time can...

 

Who is Fighting Whom?

Therein lies the rub. Who is fighting whom in the Middle East? We already know some of it is Muslim against Christians. Been going on for centuries. Nothing new. Then there’s the different sects of Muslims fighting each other. Then we have the...

 
 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    January 18, 2017

On Leading Interior

Note: The following text is Congressman Zinke’s full opening statement for the Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 18. As a son of a plumber and a kid who grew up in a small timber and railroad town next to Glacier National Park in Montana, I am...

 

What is a Populist?

It occurred to me while holding a conversation with a friend that many have no idea what populism is, or why Trump is a populist. Populism is most generally defined as a political movement mobilized over the concerns of many against a political...

 
 By Greg Hertz    Opinion    January 18, 2017

Save Montana Highway Jobs

Shortly before Christmas, men and women across Montana were notified that the road construction projects they were depending on to put presents under the tree this year would be canceled. The jobs they were depending on to provide for their families...

 

Remember the Circus

Will our children, grandchildren or others ever get to see a circus? That thought came to mind when I heard the news that the days of the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey circuses will be no more after 2017. Those of us who live, and earn a living...

 

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