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 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

May Your Week be Blessed

In spite of a couple rough spots the week before last, and one the week before that, it was a great one. Two weeks ago Sunday, I had a really nice visit with a friend. I’d shared with her about a doctor’s appointment I’d had. I told her a CT sc...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

Remember Recycling

I have written before about recycling and I admit I am at it again.  We have all read the funny little articles about the “Green Thing” and nod our head in agreement. Yes, those of us of my generation and previous generations recycled so many...

 

The Jekyll and Hyde of Range Management

Editor's note: The folloing is an excerpt from Sierra Holt's paper, "Reinterpreting the 1882 Bison Population Collapse." The full text was presented at the 2017 Winter Grazing Seminar in Glasgow....

 
 By Michael Burns    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

Montana's Budget Problems

The State of the Montana Budget Side by Side In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity...

 
 By Alec Carmichael    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

State Budget Forgets Kids and Seniors

The State of the Montana Budget Side by Side In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity...

 
 By Mary Cafero    Opinion    March 15, 2017

Selling the Save Act

Having never sponsored a tax bill in my twelve years as a state legislator, I find myself in a new strange place. However as I watched nearly ninety million dollars in services for senior citizens and people who have disabilities, including...

 

The End of an Era

I recently lost part of my identity. I am no longer the mother of a high school basketball player. I have to sheepishly confess that I was devastated the moment it happened, and it took some time for me to shake the sadness. I know, it seems a...

 

Warming Up for Spring

Weather is the topic that has been on everyone’s mind these past weeks.  Things like “Global Warming” and “Climate Change” creep into our conversations.  This prompted me to wonder how many out there remember prior winters that were...

 

Dare to Repair Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act: Repeal and Replace In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity t...

 

The So-Called 'Fiscally Conservative' Plan

The Affordable Care Act: Repeal and Replace In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity...

 

Letter to the Editor

Legislative 'Care' Dear Editor, I’m a caregiver in Glasgow. I’ve lived in the Glasgow area all but three years of my life. As a caregiver my work allows elderly and disabled people to stay in their homes. Many of the folks I care for are people...

 
 By Helen DePuydt    Opinion    March 8, 2017

Karolina's Role as a Butte Nanny

Karolina’s most recent employment in Butte, Montana, during the early 1900s was turning out satisfactory, each position different from the previous one. Life in Montana was more diverse that she, a Croatian-born young lady, could have ever...

 

Sunshine, No Wind, Birds Singing

Yesterday (Sunday) was a stunningly beautiful day. Sunshine, no wind, birds singing, and warm. You could almost feel Spring waiting to make its entrance. When I went to one of my favorite websites, a picture of a field of wildflowers popped up. The...

 
 By Michael Burns    Opinion    March 8, 2017

Keeping Spending Promises

Trump: Military Spending and Infrastructure In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity...

 

Spending and the American Dream

Trump: Military Spending and Infrastructure In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity...

 

Letter to the Editor

I appreciate Sandy Laumeyer's call to end "internet ugliness" and to conduct ourselves as civilized people should while we are bombarded daily by bad news on the networks and our major daily newspapers. However, in our effort to be "nice," let us...

 

Letter to the Editor

I am carrying a bill to proactively address an inexcusably high traffic fatality rate in Montana, and to reinvest in our road and bridge infrastructure at a level that minimizes the burden we leave for the next generation. We have broad agreement on...

 

Bits and Pieces

Saturday evening, I received a very pleasant suprise. A lovely bouquet of flowers was delivered to me. I have no idea who sent them. But whoever did, if you are reading this, thank you very, very much for your thoughtful gift. It has already brought...

 
 By Michael Burns    Opinion    March 1, 2017

Leashing the Watchdogs

Translating Trump: Parsing the President's Comments on the Press Side by Side In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a...

 

History Will Be the Judge

Translating Trump: Parsing the President's Comments on the Press Side by Side In this ongoing segment, Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a...

 
 By Jenny Eck    Opinion    February 22, 2017

Businesses, Families Top Dem Agenda

Montana Democrats in the House of Representatives have spent the first eight weeks of this legislative session working to strengthen families and businesses across the state. We look to you, our constituents, to share your views and insights with us...

 

National Security: Russia, Crimea and NATO

Editor's note: This week, we're introducing a new format from Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael, who have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity to...

 

National Security: Russia, Crimea and NATO

Editor's note: This week, we're introducing a new format from Glasgow-based columnists Michael Burns and Alec Carmichael, who have agreed to square off on issues of national and international significance. Less a debate format than an opportunity to...

 

There's More to Marriage than Rings

A few days ago I heard of a young couple who had just gotten engaged. What an exciting moment in their lives. And a memory that will last a lifetime. But there’s so much more to getting married than just a set of rings and planning a wedding. Years...

 

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... Full story

 

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