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 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    January 11, 2017 

Antique Verbiage

Do you remember when everything old was referred to as “Antique?” This term covered most anything that might be older than you were. As with most things in our lives, terminology has also changed and the terms older people use do not necessarily...

 

Bits & Pieces

Last week, our family, with the exception of one daughter and her sons, went out for supper to celebrate our oldest son and his wife’s birthdays. Everyone was having a good time visiting. When the waitress began bringing the pizzas that had been...

 
 By Russell Fagg    Opinion    January 11, 2017 

Supreme Court Balance

The United State Supreme Court was established in 1789 by Article III of the Constitution. Originally there were 6 justices. In the 19th century, Congress adjusted this number down to five, up to seven, and then ten. In 1869, it was set at nine. In...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    January 11, 2017 

A New Word in Farming: 'Autonomous'

The word autonomous used to be attached mostly to governments. According to my Funk and Wagnalls it means “ acting independently or having the ability to do so.” “Robotics” comes to mind as well. Something that doesn’t need continual...

 

Observing Martin Luther King Day

This coming Monday is a federal holiday, and much like most of the others, it seems that the only exciting thing about it is that some government employees get the day off. In reality, and much like many of the other holidays, we are celebrating a...

 

A Bit of Everything

Have you had the honor of being tagged as the family member that has everything?  If you have I know that you can justify it easily. Do you remember when your kids came home needing a school project done by the next morning?  That presents a...

 

Be a Positive Force in the World

Well, 2016 has been hailed by some as the worst year, ever. While that’s plainly nearsighted (remember the Bubonic Plague? A third of Europe succumbed to that black death), it’s been tough for a lot of us. Three fabulous idols, Prince, David...

 

Republican Plan for Montana's Future

Welcome to a new year and a new legislative session. With our eyes toward Montana’s future, we are hopeful that the next 90 days will bring badly needed changes. We must put our state back on a path toward economic stability that creates greater op...

 

Guarding Trust

When a cat or dog leans their head back for you to pet their throat and upper chest, they are offering you their trust. They are trusting you not to hurt them. And if they roll over and offer you their belly to rub, that is total and complete trust....

 

What Unites Us in 2017

Montana has made progress in recent years, but we need to continue to work hard this legislative session to shore up our economy and create good paying jobs across our state.   We know that in 2017, we’ll face some serious challenges. Weak oil...

 

Conservative by Default

Having been born and raised in Montana I found myself parroting the very ideals I thought made my state great. I adored the conservative, evangelical, fiscally responsible and socially restrictive nature of conservatism for no other reason than that...

 

Improving Resolution

Every New Year, you make a list of things you will do to stay healthy so you can feel your best. But, did you realize that feeling your best includes seeing your best too? January is Glaucoma Awareness Month – the perfect time to spread the word ab...

 

Ye Old Mailbox

It stood like a beacon light, set on a hill, Awaiting the mailman, its vacancy to fill. It stood alone on the Montana prairie And beckoned the mailman not to tarry. A large box for packages and the letter box below. Mail came three times a week, thro...

 

Letter to the Editor

On Zinke Please indulge my commentary on Congressman Zinke’s nomination as Secretary of Interior. Opinions and observations are my own and do not represent any recognized group or organization at this time. Mr. Zinke was not my choice in the...

 

Dems Assess Legislative Priorities

The 2017 Legislative Session will begin on January 2 and the people of Montana have the chance to weigh in on our state’s priorities. The old saying, “Don’t tell me your priorities; show me your budget,” comes to mind. The budget proposed by...

 

Electric Recollections

Some of our friends and relatives had the unpleasant surprise of waking up on Christmas Day to NO ELECTRICITY, instead of stockings hung with care. How devastating, especially if you were in charge of the dinner of the day. This was the time for...

 

Decorating Ourselves

Several evenings this past couple of weeks as I was driving, I took time to stop and take in the decorations at homes. Happiness showed through quite clearly, not necessarily in the amount of decorations but in the care with which they were put up....

 

Season's Greetings from Your Senator

It’s an honor to represent Montana in the U.S. Senate and work on your behalf to make our state and nation a better place to live and work. As we gather together during this time of year, I hope that you will join me in thanking the brave...

 

Final Countdown

We are down to the final countdown for preparations for Christmas. And I am so guilty of procrastination this year! Not even a Christmas card sent and NO, I am not going to resort to Facebook greetings, even though I do enjoy seeing them on FB. Some...

 

De-Stress Your Kids' Holidays

Deciding on thoughtful gifts, decorating the home, making delicious food, and coordinating with friends and family – this common holiday to-do list is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed or stressed at times. In fact, an American Psychological...

 

National Anthem Revisited

Why do singers want to discombobulate, so rudely, the Star Spangled Banner? Folks, this tune should be revered not reviled. I hear singer after singer trying to put their own twist to this wonderful yet difficult to sing song, failing miserably,...

 

Holiday Traditions

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter -- even anniversaries and birthdays -- all have on thing in common. They bring out traditions. Traditions are important in our lives. They bring memories of past holidays and celebration. Stories are...

 

Defining 'Puffery'

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decreed that - in law, Puffery is a promotional statement or claim that expresses subjective rather than objective views, which no “reasonable person” would take literally. Whaaat? Seem that the FTC says it...

 

One Special Child

There are many lenses to witness the magic of Christmas, but the most important focus is on the Christ child. Central to the Christmas story is that Jesus entered the world as a helpless infant, born into a soon-to-be-refugee family, who would live...

 

On the Road to Health

For those who have been wondering about why my column hasn’t been in the Courier: My husband and I left on Nov. 16 for Iowa to spend Thanksgiving with my brother and to visit with other family members and friends. We returned on Nov. 29. But by the...

 

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