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The President's Priorities

A week after President Trump signed a two-year budget deal, the White House released a new Trumpian budget proposal to Congress to highlight the President's priorities. His $4.4 trillion budget proposal stands against many of the promises made...

 

Infrastructure in Farm Country

Montana’s farmers and ranchers can look forward to better roads, bridges and other essential infrastructure thanks to President Trump’s "Building Stronger America" plan. Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson said the proposed $50 billion...

 
 By Peter Degel    Opinion    February 14, 2018 

The Cost of Budget Cuts

It is easy to dismiss the budget cuts being considered by the Department of Public Health and Human Services as an easy way to save money. However, the latest round of proposed cuts to home support services and therapeutic foster care create a...

 

What is in Our Cup?

We’ve all heard the old saying about if the cup is half empty or half full. I’ve also read a bit of a different version and that is it doesn’t matter if your cup is half empty or half full. The point is that your cup is always refillable. I...

 

Is the Tea Party Dead?

And so it seemed that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan forgot the platform that an entire Caucus of Republicans ran on platforms of fiscal responsibility, and as such with the passage of tax cuts and a federal spending deal that will cost $300 billion....

 

My Voice Failed

I applied for a permit to have my NE MT Pet Rescue at my residence in the City of Glasgow. I was already active and decided that since I helped out with the ordinance for this, I should abide. The open City Council meeting was Jan. 2, 2018. (Meeting...

 

Super Bowl Ad Still Good

I cannot for the life of me figure out why everyone is freaking out over Ram’s use of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Speech in their Super Bowl Ad. For one the Ad had a good message. Two it followed a long line of nostalgia driven ads by Ram aimed at...

 

Money and Elections

There are many issues in the country to be addressed. Whether your issue is healthcare, climate change, education, or any others, chances are the root problem is the disproportional influence of money in our political system. This stems from the...

 

The Good Old Days

Do you remember when you were 20? Of course, what a stupid question as most of us like to remember those “good old days.” I know that we all have a tendency to exaggerate our hardships, like walking to school x number of miles and probably in...

 

Finding Common Ground

We hear a lot right now about our collective societal need to find common ground. This place sounds so mystical and alludes us as our citizenry grows further apart. The state of our society today is divided, to be sure. Some say we are more divided t...

 

Sending Out Ripples

After visiting with a friend awhile ago, I was thinking about our conversation. We had talked about many topics, one of them being ripples. I was reminded of high school age students in a Sunday School class I’d taught some years ago. At the time,...

 

Remember Gwen

To Gwen Cornwell. Love your article on skating! I grew up in Nashua where the rink was across the road and behind the CONOCO gas station. They gave us old tires to burn and we kept warm all winter by the heat of those tires AND none of us died!...

 

Russ Fagg

I have known Russ Fagg for over 25 years. When you know someone a long time, you see what they are made of. Russ served as a Montana district judge for 20 years in Yellowstone County. Judges have the title "Honorable" in front of their names. This...

 

Pet Rescue

My family was sorry to hear that Cindy was denied her permit to continue operating her pet rescue. Clover has really completed our family. She's polite to the other animals, both wild and domestic....

 

Outside Skating Rinks

Do you remember outside skating rinks? Being a long-time resident of Valley County, I remember when almost every community had an outdoor skating rink. If you lived in a larger community like Glasgow, you had the luxury of several different skating...

 

A Few Tests for Tester

The election cycle is picking up steam and campaigning is well underway. While it is important to pay attention to what each candidate has said, it is also important to look at what each candidate has done. This proves more true for an incumbent...

 

Hearing History

Last week, I wrote about a gentleman who lived next door to us -- Grandpa Hjort. I learned a great deal from him. As I thought about him later on, it came to mind that Grandpa Hjort was like so many older people I visited with when I was growing up....

 

Land Sales, Grabs

Over the past month it was made public that the Interior Department, the one run by Ryan Zinke, proposed the“disposition of federal real property,” in an effort to pay for infrastructure projects. Zinke of course denied it, and has recently told...

 

Water Panel Probes the Future

Montana’s disastrous flash drought of 2017 and the million-acre fire season have left many asking: What will the new year bring? And what about all this snow? Weather may be getting harder to predict, not easier. Last year, Montana’s weather...

 

Bullock Leads on Net Neutrality

Montana has become the first state to establish net neutrality requirements for telecommunications providers who wish to maintain state contracts. Governor Steve Bullock signed the executive order Jan. 22, and with the stroke of a pen protected...

 

Grandpa Hjort

Every once in a great while we meet a special person. That one person whom we want to know more about, someone who makes us shake our head at their stories, and who, as time goes on, comes to mind in times we are having difficulties in our own...

 

The Democrats Flinched

In case you were unaware, the U.S. Government shut down over the weekend, and almost nothing came of it. In what was more or less political theater in which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was able to use words like “negotiating with...

 

Reuse and Recycle

Do you remember saving all of the plastic sacks that your bread came in? Many of my parents’ generation, as well as mine always recycled those sacks. Waste not, want not. That expression must have come from depression days. Anyway your plastic...

 

Letter to the Editor:

I want to respond to the article in the paper about the pet rescue (Glasgow City Council Denies Pet Rescue, Jan. 10, 2018). I live north of Glasgow on the Opheim highway in the summer, and a year ago someone, on a very hot day, dumped a big dog on...

 

Trump on 'Farm Country'

President Trump affirmed to applause, "Farmers always lead the way," at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th annual convention meeting this last week in Nashville, Tenn. The American dream is soaring back to life, he continued. It is a dream...

 

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