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 By Peter Degel    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

Budget Cuts Are Coming

In response to a revenue shortfall, the legislature is set to put into motion massive cuts to public health services funding. The proposed funding cuts include a decrease in reimbursement to mental health agencies of 41 percent for case management...

 

Why Speech Matters

I can think back to the worst moments in our history, and find some inspiring tales. “Give me liberty, or give me death,” Patrick Henry. “For I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country,” George Washington. “My...

 
 By Kyla Burns    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

Vote to Keep Valley View Going

When long-time businessman Les Hanson donated land nearly 50 years ago, for what was to become the Valley View Nursing Home, he could not have imagined what it would grow into and the impact it would have on Glasgow and Valley County. It was a...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

High On My List

Do you recall rodeos from generations past? I have had on occasion to travel Hwy. 2 a couple of times this last month and have noticed many pickups and horse trailers heading down the road. This made me think of earlier days. I am not going too far...

 
 By Daryl Toews    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

Letter to the Editor

Two Concerns Dear Editor, I would like to thank the Long Term Care Task Force for coming to Lustre to share their concerns and possible solutions. I would like to support this effort. There are two concerns that were not addressed with clarity: 1....

 

Montana's Inferno

In Northeastern Montana, over 50,000 acres of prairie, farming and ranch land are ablaze. Additionally, throughout the state, hundreds of thousands of acres are combating growing wildfire daily. Stakes are rising and funding is dropping in a race...

 

My Daze with Kelcie

By a prior agreement, Wednesdays are our special days together, right here in familiar surroundings. Most of the time I choose enticing things for the agenda such as bread making; grinding the homegrown wheat into fluffy beige flour. When Kelcie, my...

 

This Year's Fair

This year’s fair is now a memory captured in photos, ribbons and souvenirs. A change in medication made it possible for me to attend this year’s Cancer Survivor ride. Being able to participate in this event is truly an honor and fills my heart...

 

Seeing August's Eclipse

For some time now my wife and I have planned to see the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, in Wyoming where the sun will be covered in its totality. My reasoning was that this was an awesome chance for our children to experience something entirely unique and...

 
 By Sierra Holt    Opinion    August 2, 2017

Letter to the Editor

Editor's Note: The following letter arrived in my inbox on June 28. The delay was unintentional. I was struck by a paragraph in the Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Glasgow Courier (Pg. 2A A Regular Guy’s Money Problems). “With the Upper Missouri Breaks N...

 

For the Love of Glaciers

Being the bad Montanans that we are, my mom and I went to Glacier National Park for the first time ever only a few weeks ago. Over our depressingly short three days in the park, we hiked until we could physically go no further, practically crawling...

 

In The World of Trump

It comes as a surprise to me when I find that people I know and trust support the current state of the country. I try to pry information as to why, what things have been accomplished, and what goods have been done? But I honestly never get a...

 

Thanks, Alexander Graham Bell

The absence of a telephone didn’t bother our family, at least as I recall. We were a letter-writing group, especially during World War II with two brothers in the military awaiting news from home. People walked not for the exercise but to their...

 

Before Bottled Water

Do you remember before bottled water? Can you even imagine what our parents and grandparents would have had to say if anyone would have mentioned a business of bottled water! Of course, if it was a business, there would have to be a charge for it...

 
 By Steve Daines    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Supporting Producers in Tough Times

Generations of Montanans have cultivated the land and passed family farms and ranches down to their children. Their work has built Montana’s economy and preserved a way of life that still defines our state today. But with the ground cracking undern...

 

Isolated, So Much to Do

One day when I was in a chat room on the internet - one of my favorite places to go - the topic of conversation was centered around shopping. Not surprising since at that time everyone in the room was female. When a comment was made about going to a...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Transporting the Grandkids

Online the other day, someone commented on how stressful it can be to travel with children when they can't have their electronics along. I remember the first time we transported a grandchild for a distance. Being “old generation,” we refused the...

 
 By Michael Burns    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Co-opting 'Covfefe'

In 2014, I bought my first “adult” car. It was a beautiful four-door Ford pickup, which, to me, signaled that I had finally made it from adolescence to the age and independent man. Not only was I proud of my freshly acquired vehicle but I also...

 
 By Craig Overby    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Music and Meaning

As I jog around Glasgow, one of the songs that rotates through my iPod is Katy Perry's "Firework." This is hard for a 50-year-old raised on classic rock like Led Zeppelin and Van Halen to admit, but the opening riffs of that fluffy pop song never...

 

Cutting Community Mental Health

The discussions around health care and cuts to Medicaid have been reduced to faceless statistics. For community mental health, and the people who rely upon our services, it’s a double whammy. The state of Montana also has announced that cuts are...

 

Bison Collapse: In Conclusion

Editor’s note: The following are the final three excerpts from Sierra Holt’s paper, “Reinterpreting the 1882 Bison Population Collapse.” The full text was presented at the 2017 Winter Grazing Seminar in Glasgow. Environmental Damage: Are...

 
 By Josie Braaten    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Legitimate Camping Experience

My parents have always loved to camp, so naturally, we did a lot of camping when my siblings and I were younger. At first I was the biggest weenie. I had a fear of wind, lightening, the dark, out houses, pretty much everything that makes the camping...

 

On Documentaries

Lately, I’ve been watching documentaries on wildlife from around the world. One documentary was about wildlife in the Rocky Mountains, which peaked my curiosity. Is there one about eastern Montana? About prairie dogs, gophers (the Richardson...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Remembering the Roads

The only thing that comes to my mind today is [that it’s] hot and dry and we are all depressed enough about that, so I am trying to think of other things. I recently made a trip to the Western part of our state, getting to see some family and...

 
 By Josie Braaten    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Learning to Use Crutches

Last fall, during the tail end of my cross country season, I started feeling an aching soreness in my left hip. Instead of just being sore from lifting, like I had originally thought, it turned out to be an avulsion fracture. I was absolutely...

 

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