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 By James Walling    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Hockey, Hooey, and Help from the National Guard

Virgil Vaupel's column this week will probably illicit a response from the community (for better or worse). In the interest of civility and balance, I'll take the first crack at it. But first I have to give a shout-out to a couple of National...

 
 By Brent Edgmond    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Thank You From the Laurel Dodgers

On behalf of the Laurel Dodgers American Legion Baseball Club, we wish to thank the City of Glasgow for doing a fantastic job hosting the 2015 Eastern District Baseball Tournament. The Board and Team for the Glasgow Reds had an outstanding effort... Full story

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

The Opening of Pandora's Box

This subject has been ever on my mind for 30 or so years. I just haven’t had the opportunity to voice in on the issue until now when a feller named Glenn Nelson had a story in the New York Times titled “Why Are Our Parks So White?” thus...

 
 By Rose Stoneberg    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD

FMD is a very contagious viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals, wild and domestic. It causes high fever, lameness so severe the animal often refuses to stand, severe slobbering, and refusal of food. Most animals recover after an outbreak, but the...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Faith Built to Last

In a couple of weeks, the parishioners of Queen of Angels Church in Nashua will have a special service and a potluck dinner to celebrate their parish. In June of 2017, the 100th anniversary of Queen of Angels will take place at the church. As I was...

 
 By James Walling    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Hinsdale Family a Brain Trust on Bison Release

Occasionally, as a reporter, you come across a cache of high quality information about a pressing subject of both local and broader significance. The immediate question is what to do with it. When it...

 
 By Beth Simeniuk    Opinion    July 22, 2015

A Maple Leaf Falls in Fairest Fort Peck

Sometime after 12:30 a.m. last Sunday, July 12, on Millionaire Mile at the Fort Peck cabins, a person decided that a Canadian flag flown on private property was somehow offensive – even though it was being flown along with an American flag. That pe...

 
 By Horace Sence    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Reason Behind Anonymity

Mr. Vaupel, Regarding your “dilemma” about my signing the original letter as Paul Harvey, which wasn’t published: You asked what my reaction would have been if you would have told your readers (and me) you had received a letter from “the”...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Do Cows Have Midol Days?

I was visiting with Bernie today as he combed loose hair off three or five of his 10 dogs. See, Bernie rescues dogs from the pound and people bring him old dogs to take care of. Mostly black labs. I have to drive (slowly) through his yard in order to...

 
 By Matt Rosendale--Montana State Senator    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Legislative Update

I am sorry to say that today’s update brings no good news. When I wrote the Legislative Update on May 4th just after the conclusion of the Legislative Session I had explained that SB 157 (Tax Reappraisal legislation) had been signed into law by...

 
 By James Walling    Opinion    July 15, 2015

A Fistful of Ways that Heat Creates Light

People around here aren’t afraid to fight. It even seems to come highly recommended on occasion. It could be the pleasant release of a street (fight) dance in Hinsdale, as I experienced on a fine July evening a few Fridays back. Or it could be the...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Cap Holter and Classic Country

Last Saturday night I went to a dance at the Nashua Senior Citizen Center. The Cap Holter family provided the music. As I listened to the songs I thought how great it was that Cap Holter, who is in his 90s, was joined by his daughter, Joyce, who...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 15, 2015

This and That While On Vacation

I decided to take a vacation to visit my granddaughters Lily (11) and Maggie (9) out in Washington and to get out of the smoke from all the fires up in Canada that have inundated Hinsdale recently. Most of my 12.783 faithful know the problems I have...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 15, 2015

In Praise of Circles and Swirls

Do you remember the hours you spent in grade school drawing circles on lined paper? Actually, I don’t think you would really call them circles, but it was an exercise we all did in preparation of learning cursive writing. I think that we can all...

 
 By James Walling    Opinion    July 8, 2015

Dirty Demolition, the Montana Centennial Train, and Boxcar Road Books

I'll admit I've been a little hesitant to report in on the goings-on at the intersection of Boxcar Road and Hwy 117 near Park Grove. Recent calls into the Courier office over the holiday weekend about...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 8, 2015

Contemplating Colors and Time Outdoors

Sometimes when looking at nature, I get curious about things I see. For instance, have you ever seen a rainbow that has jagged edges? I haven’t. And the colors are always in the same order. Why is that? Watching rain or snow falling, I wonder what...

 
 By Horace Sence    Opinion    July 8, 2015

Readers Deserve Not to Be Mis-informed Nor Ill-informed

Mr. Vaupel’s “causerie” style plays well here in rural N.E. Montana. I enjoy it myself. But, to this observer, he lacks the broad perspective and open mind necessary to objectively seek out facts beyond those that serve his occasionally ill-inf...

 
 By James Walling    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Editor's Notes

This week, I'm happy to include a letter from one of our staff on the subject of gay marriage. I should say a thing or two about that. Firstly, we welcome letters from anyone who wants to have their voice added to the broader discussion on virtually...

 
 By Georgie Kulczyk    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Thankful on Fourth of July

To our community: I’m seeing a lot of posts (Facebook) about gay marriage. Lots of words being used like abomination, sinners, Christians, opinions, morality, etc. (I’m no expert, but I’m thinking a lot of those words were used during the...

 
 By Roubie Younkin    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Financial Literacy for Youth

Youth today face many challenges in terms of financial management, decision making and the use of credit, which may either lead them to or prevent them from, achieving financial success. Student loan debt, estimated at over $1 trillion is just one ex...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Bits and Pieces

Once again it seems time for a bits and pieces column. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to dye my hair. No particular reason for it other than I thought it would be fun to do. Because my hair was completely white, the light golden brown dye I chose...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Troubled Trucker

Most of my 12.438 readers know that I have been a trucker in a past life. Up until my retirement in February 2000 I had set a tire on every foot of United States Interstate save I-4 which diagonals across Florida, and assorted bypass routes. In my...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Fireworks, Rodeo and Baseball

The Fourth of July will soon be here. Do you remember how you used to celebrate this holiday? You may even remember when it wasn’t a three-day holiday. My thoughts turn to fireworks. Remember when fireworks were done on an island in Fort Peck Lake?...

 
 By David Pippin    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Let's Bring Our Families Back

I wanted to share some information on the Gregg Gianforte “Bring Our Families Back” tour that was held at the Cottonwood on June 11, 2015. Gregg and his wife Susan visited with us and we found them to be very informative. They have many ideas on...

 
 By Bruce Auchly    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Stop and Appreciate the Songbirds

There is something about songbirds this time of year that can catch the ear, eye and heart of even the most preoccupied person. It doesn’t matter where: mountain tops, middle of the prairie, downtown, uptown. It doesn’t matter what you call...

 

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