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 By Denise Juneau    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

An Honest Vote for Protecting Public Land

Note: Superintendent Juneau will debate Congressman Ryan Zinke at Frazer School on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is no greater beauty than the unspoiled view of Montana’s open spaces. From the Bears Paw Mountains to the... Full story

 
 By Helen DePuydt    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Listen to the Quiet: Part 2

Some young men’s thoughts turn to love in the spring, but for Otto Kienitz, during this period of his life, his thoughts centered on the “Land of Opportunity,” which was the vast prairie land of Montana. It was none too soon, as three years... Full story

 
 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Guns, God and Land

Note: Congressman Zinke will debate House candidate and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau at Frazer School on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. A couple weeks ago, my good friend, Congressman Trey Gowdy...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

We Never Know

The past few weeks have been rough, but through it all there were some bright spots, [like] receiving a surprise visit from a daughter and her son. When I asked her what brought them to Nashua, my daughter replied, “You.” My 4-year-old granddaugh... Full story

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Is Trump The Chump?

I tend to get a tad bit radical in my thinking from time to time. It helps clear my brain. Now, for the benefit of my 18.3441 readers, I would expound my theory as to why I think Trump is the Chump. I’ll have more on that later in the broadcast, bu...

 

Rule of Law Crucial to American Government

Songwriters have an allure with the law. See, for instance: “I Fought the Law” by the Clash, “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” by Warren Zevon, “End of the Innocence” by Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby, “This Side of the Law” by Johnny Cash,... Full story

 

Good Sauerkraut

I am trying to remember something of interest to ramble on about, but after all of these years it is getting harder and harder. Maybe I have forgotten more than I remember. However, I was thinking about sauerkraut the other day. I know that a select... Full story

 

Which Side Are You On?

So what does the 2nd Amendment say? “A Well Regulated Militia Being Necessary To The Security Of A Free State, The Right Of The People To Keep And Bear Arms, Shall Not Be Infringed.” (Pretty specific words.) Remember we had just fought a war... Full story

 

Listen to the Quiet: Part 1

You will find as you leave the country road and turn onto the winding prairie trail, you are leaving the noisy distractions of modern life behind. The tall toothpick-like sentinels bringing electricity and phone service to the widespread ranches and... Full story

 

My Friend Holly

I lost a friend recently. A four-legged friend whose ears had been lost due to frost. I met her at the home of Sheila and Perry Vosen. After not having a cat for about six years, I decided I wanted one. Sheila put a cat in my arms. When I went to... Full story

 

Our Political System

With the current political environment I am certain that, like myself, some of us just want to have a choice in our country’s future that doesn’t involve gritting our teeth or plain just staying home. Although I am sure there is plenty I will...

 

Counting on the Mail

I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?) Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow....

 

I'm Dedicating My Salary to Manufacturing Scholarships

It’s been less than a year since I first announced a potential run for Governor of the Great State of Montana. Since that time, I’ve driven over 46,000 miles across the state, meeting with Montanans in cafés from Ekalaka to Eureka and seeing my...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Opinion    August 10, 2016

Criticizing Her

I’m going to go all feminist here, and complain about people who are super critical of a certain presidential hopeful for her clothing choices. I’ve seen too many memes jumping on Hillary for her clothing. The color isn’t right. It isn’t... Full story

 

Prioritizing Rural Education

Our students deserve the very best education Montana can offer, no matter if they are in Great Falls or Glasgow. Unfortunately, the needs of urban population centers often get much more attention when politicians gather in Helena, while rural...

 
 By Fran Buell    Opinion    August 10, 2016

Vote No on I-77

On Nov. 8, 2016, the electorate will cast their vote for or against I-177, banning trapping on all public lands in Montana. Public lands defined in I-177 as “all federal-, county-, city-owned land in Montana, INCLUDING public lands leased to... Full story

 

On the Side of Working Montanans

For the last seven years, I’ve had the honor of fighting to make Montana’s future brighter as the head of Montana’s public schools. I’m proud to say that by putting politics aside and working hand-in-hand with communities across Montana,...

 

Names and Numbers

Do you remember when Social Security Cards expressly stated on the front of the card that they were not to be used for identification purposes? It is hard to believe that we did not have to have that number memorized, and to have ready access to it...

 

Harvest

Looking out across the prairie, fields of green are slowly turning to gold. Before long those fields will be host to combines and trucks, pickups with fuel tanks, and people delivering lunches to the harvesters. Months of field work and watching the...

 
 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    August 3, 2016

This Debate is Like a Homecoming for Me

I’m excited to announce that for the first time ever, there will be two House debates east of Billings. My opponent has accepted a series of four debates in Billings, Great Falls, Frazer and hopefully Crow Country. This schedule features two east...

 

Stupid Question, Convoluted Answer

Today’s question of the day in the Great Falls Tribune was really stupid. Shows someone didn’t do any research. The question was (paraphrased): “Will the aging work force hurt manufacturing in the United States?” Yikes! If you take the time...

 

Glasgow's City Pool is Drowning

The city pool in Glasgow was built where it stands, or slouches now, 43 years ago. It was opened in June of 1974. It was expected to last around 10 years. Like many other things in Glasgow, it has long outlasted its expiration date. It is now in...

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

On LaMancha I’ve always thought about writing a review and sharing my experiences, but life gets in the way and I never get it done. That said, when I heard about the disapproving comments made about “Man of LaMancha,” I just had to say somethi...

 

Every Single Person

Lately I’ve been seeing and hearing articles about lives that matter - police lives, black lives, road workers’ lives, medical responder lives - even a picture of a small girl with “My Life Matters” written on her hand. Why does it suddenly...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 27, 2016

Slop The Hogs

Last week my memories concerned the marketing of pigs, at least to some extent. Do you remember when almost all farmers and ranchers had a small bunch of pigs on their places? Most rural housewives had a slop pail sitting somewhere near the kitchen a...

 

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