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 By Becky Erickson    Opinion    July 23, 2014 

News You Can Use: Mayor's Letter On The Levee

An open letter to city of Glasgow residents from the desk of Mayor Becky Erickson. In 1938, the Glasgow levee was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Once completed, the levee was given to the city of Glasgow, which took over... Full story

 By Colleen Pankratz    Opinion    July 23, 2014 

Valley County Transit Takes 'Huge Step Forward'

Valley County Transit has been awarded federal funds to purchase dispatching software. That is a huge step toward giving you, our customers, better service. The dispatching staff just went through a week of intensive training and is ready to begin...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 23, 2014 

Don't Feel Like A Number

Every once in a while – and especially when a person is celebrating a birthday – the subject of age always draws comments. Such as “I remember when I was 21 ... or 30 ... or 40 ...” As a child, I thought if someone was 30 or 40 they were...

 By Emily Wilson    Opinion    July 23, 2014 

Library An Open Book Again

The library is back in business! While we still have a lot of work to do and children’s books spread throughout the library, we have made a lot of progress in the short time we were closed. Our children’s area is painted and carpeted....

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 23, 2014 

The 2029 Bison News

On Aug. 10, 2029, a very large herd of free roaming bison invaded the small town of Jordan, causing considerable damage to property as well as sending three people to the emergency room with life threatening injuries when they tried to rope a...

 By Jim Elliot    Opinion    July 16, 2014

The Great American Dream

A few years back I was in an old working class neighborhood of Great Falls, walking down tree-lined avenues that must have been something a few years back. But now the houses needed paint and lots of other things besides. Most of the residents... Full story

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 16, 2014

What's Your Story?

Not long ago I saw an ad that asked the question, "What's your story?" That question brought back memories of "old" people I knew when I was a child. Living next door to my family was a couple who told my parents my brother and I should call them...

 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Gwen Muses A Bit

Shave and a haircut, two bits. Do you remember that saying, or better yet does anyone remember the time it might have been true? Then there was the standby cheerleading cheer: 2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits, a dollar. All for (your team) stand up and...

 By Vicky Schend    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Valley County's P.E.O. State Convention Impresses

Dear Editor: In mid-June, over 300 visitors ascended into Valley County for the annual meeting of the P.E.O. State Convention. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, educate women through scholarships,...

 By Bonnie Davidson    Opinion    July 16, 2014

The Easiest Way To Participate In Government

I'll say it again, if we can't pay attention to the details and understand the fundamentals of government at the lowest levels, how can we ever hope to get a grasp on the national level and understand the real problems we're facing? Last week I talke...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 9, 2014

MilK River Days In Hinsdale, USA

I always look forward to the Fourth of July festivities in Hinsdale. It's a day that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. The parade is one of the better small town parades one can find anywhere,... Full story

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 9, 2014

The Choices We Make

Like everyone else, I constantly have choices to make. Some choices are easy because the right and wrong are clear. But some are shadowed in doubt. There are choices that can be made in an instant and then there are others that take hours or days or...

 By Bonnie Davidson    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Giving People the Power

You've probably heard someone complain about the government in your lifetime. If you're reading this paper, it also probably means you try to pay at least some attention to what's going on around you. What you might not know, is that you, yes you,...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 2, 2014

But It's Just A Few Billion Dollars

Let's take a closer look at the federal budget and where your tax dollars end up. Please keep reading. It's important for you to know this stuff as it affects your very lives. Folks think that what happens in Washington, D.C. (District of Corruption)... Full story

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 2, 2014

Treasures In The Closet

Have you ever noticed how something that was popular 30 or 40 years ago suddenly becomes the rage again? For instance, tie-dye clothing. In the 1970s it was seen everywhere. There were tie-dye shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, jackets. You could even...

 By Walter S. Lewis    Opinion    July 2, 2014

Summer Resident Turned Off By Opheim Water Fee

Dear Editor: Beset with problems with the water system and the financial burden associated with the costs to make needed repairs, the Opheim Town Council, on Nov. 11, 2013, ordered that the base rate for water (no charge for amount of water used) be...

 By Emily Wilson    Opinion    July 2, 2014

Time Of Change At Our Library

The Glasgow City-County Library is happy to announce that we are on track to have a new look by the end of July. Our new look will include both interior and exterior updates in specific areas of the library. While we are under transformation, we...

 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 2, 2014

Message On A Bottle

How many times have you sorted through “junk” and really looked at it? I picked up an old Coca-Cola pop bottle the other day and noticed "Glasgow, Mont.," on the bottom of the bottle. Someone needs to help me here. I remember when Coke was...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 25, 2014

War Of Words: Only The Names Have Changed

I recently received an email newsletter from U.S. Rep. Daines, who is doing his very best to “protect and defend” in Washington, D.C. The subject was “Only the Iraqis can secure their future.” The letter went on to say and I quote directly,... Full story

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 25, 2014

Strange But True Smart Animal Stories

*++++++++++++++++++ gvbhhhhhhj I'm not sure what the above line says. It was typed by my cat, Holly, who has no qualms about walking across my computer keyboard. At times she has signed me out of a website, brought up an ad, and typed comments in my...

 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    June 25, 2014

Livestock In The City Limits

Remember when it was not uncommon to see livestock within the city limits of small communities, including Glasgow? Rural residents that moved into town during the school year often brought the milk cow and chickens along. These were animals that...

 By Bonnie Davidson    Opinion    June 25, 2014

During Dog Days Of Summer, Enjoy Water Safely

If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s the heat. Call me crazy, but growing up in Southern Idaho made me a desert rat. There’s nothing like heading out to a lake, river or creek on a hot day hanging out with a cold beer with your feet...

 By Bonnie Davidson    Opinion    June 18, 2014

The Road To Freedom

I pay close attention to our law enforcement and court reports. I take note in my mind on certain things going on in our community. One thing I've been paying attention to, is where people are getting pulled over at, and what they end up getting...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 18, 2014

No Expiration Date For Making Your Dream Come True

Last week we decided to go visit my husband's brother, Bob, who lives in Boulder. Since we wanted to spend most of the week with him and it's a 400-mile drive to his home, we left on Sunday and drove as far as Havre, where we stayed overnight with... Full story

 By Bob Brown    Opinion    June 18, 2014

Hey, Candidates: Expose Your Dark Money Donors

The venerable Barry Goldwater warned that,“Unlimited campaign spending eats at the heart of the democratic process. It feeds the growth of special interest groups created solely to channel money into political campaigns. It creates an impression...


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