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 By Patty Armbrister    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

Helping FFA Help Others

The Hinsdale FFA Chapter has several service learning projects. Service learning projects include participation of mentors, community members, advisers and chapter members. The Hinsdale School Root... Full story

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

Get Paid For Commuting Time?

I see where workers in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and other major cities around the country are asking their employers to pay for their time commuting to and from work. Some as much as 10 hours per week. They say it's a financial...

 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

A Walk In The Past

I just spent a little time renewing family ties in Missouri. I always enjoy driving in and around some of the towns there that have preserved their brick streets. Brick streets make me reach back into my history lessons and consider the manual labor...

 By Mike Lang--Montana State Representative    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

FCC Regulations Could Spell End Of Internet Freedom

Can a massive dose of old-fashioned government intervention into a freely-operating market really be trusted to ensure the Internet will continue to be an open an innovative place in the future? That’s what President Obama and the Democrat...

 By John Brenden--Montana State Senator    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

2 Busloads Of Students Visit

Just before Easter the Senate passed my SB416, which is the only major infrastructure bill that might have a chance to pass. Senate Bill 416 passed the Senate on a 47 to 3 vote. SB416 will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee and to pass...

 By Mike Lane    Opinion    April 15, 2015 

Stop Trying To Defend The Indefensible

Dear Editor: I would like to respond to parts of the letter by Rev. Susan Watterson on March 25, “An Important Bible Discussion.” First, she claims St. Paul was really referring to the sexual exploitation of boys by older men and not to...

 By Sierra Dawn Stoneberg-Holt    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Bison Release: Time To Speak Up

I'd like to ask you to please take time to contact the legislature. SB284, the bill that would involve county commissioners in plans to release bison in their counties, is still languishing in the House Ag Committee, where it has been sitting for... Full story

 By Dennis Wolff    Opinion    April 8, 2015

GHS Students Should Be Proud

Dear Editor: I recently had the privilege of attending the junior prom at Glasgow High School. My son, Jacob, was asked to escort a young lady named Tavia to the prom. He had just had knee surgery and couldn't put any weight on his knee. He had to...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Spring Cleaning

Spring is here and with it comes planning vegetable gardens and which flowers to plant and where. And, of course, spring housecleaning. Going through closets, dressers, storage containers, and those hidden corners in the basement and attic. Washing...

 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Doesn't Early Easter Mean Early Spring?

Another Good Friday and Easter have passed without me getting any potatoes planted. Why some things stick in your mind is unknown to me, but planting potatoes on Good Friday and “If it rains Easter Sunday, it will rain for the following seven Sunda...

 By Michael Wright    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Senate Injects Money Into Budget Bill

A Montana Senate panel put about $50 million into the state budget bill last week, after Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock said the budget crafted by House Republicans was unacceptable. The panel added about $25 million in amendments to House Bill 2,...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    April 1, 2015

The Good, The Bad, The Walmart

It distressed me greatly the other day when I heard on the news that Walmart intends to import a cheaper laundry detergent from Great Britain in an attempt to lessen the strong market share Tide has in the laundry detergent market in the U.S. and... Full story

 By Karen Bender    Opinion    April 1, 2015

I've Thought Long And Hard

I have thought long and hard about some of the articles that have appeared in The Courier these past weeks, the ones written by Virgil Vaupel, Susan Watterson, Bonnie Davidson and Joann Beard. I feel there is more that should be said because there...

 By Bonnie Davidson    Opinion    April 1, 2015

Survey Shows Interest In Downtown

As a study continues on Glasgow’s downtown revitalization plan, the public has been able to give their input and observations. A survey that went out to residents in Glasgow and Valley County asked questions about how often downtown was used for...

 By Pam Ost--AEMT Glasgow Head Start    Opinion    March 25, 2015

Save Part Of Irle School For Head Start

Dear Editor: The strategic plan of the Glasgow School District identifies one of the principal strengths of the district as the collaborative relationships with community and organizations. Head Start is indeed one of those many and important... Full story

 By Rev. Susan Watterson    Opinion    March 25, 2015

An Important Bible Discussion

Dear Editor: I would like to respond to Joann Beard's article from the Feb. 25 Courier. This is an important discussion. As I said in my earlier “letter to the editor” it is always important to read the Bible within its historical context and to...

 By John Brenden--Montana State Senator    Opinion    March 25, 2015

Tough Talk About Medicaid Expansion

This week at the Legislature will be the hard discussions on Medicaid expansion. Here are some interesting facts to ponder. Montana has a little over 1 million folks. There are 128,000 people on Medicaid, 145,000 on food stamps, on either side of...

 Opinion    March 18, 2015

WRC Addressing Bakken Problems

The Bakken Oil boom is the largest oil boom that Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana has ever experienced. The Bakken spreads across nearly 200,000 square miles (Shaw, Sawicki, 2012). The oil boom’s high wages attract people from all over the... Full story

 By Edwin Bender    Opinion    March 18, 2015

Let The Sun Shine On Open Government

This column from executive director Edwin Bender of the National Institute on Money in State Politics was released as part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of...

 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    March 18, 2015

If The Shoe Fits, Repair It

Shoe repair shops? Not many of us remember when it was common to have a shoe repair shop located on one of the main streets of your community. I have been told there were a total of four located in Glasgow. I am going out on the limb to say I am...

 By John Brenden--Montana State Senator    Opinion    March 18, 2015

Opheim Students Pay A Visit

Transmittal (halftime) has come and gone, and now today (March 16) is the 54th day of the session. The House bills are coming over in droves to the Senate. The BIG discussions will be the Medicaid expansion or various plans, and the budget. The...

 By David Reinhardt    Opinion    March 11, 2015

Please Help With The Tires

Old tires and landfills are a poor combination. Tires that are mixed into the landfill site act just like balloons coming up through the debris, so, the landfill attempts to keep them separate. Because of the space issues in the landfill, grinding... Full story

 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    March 11, 2015

In Search Of: The Talc Mine

Once again I am searching for information. I have had several readers ask me about a talc mine located in the North Country, which I assume could be anywhere from Baylor to the Canadian Border, maybe from Richland to Thoeny. This is an unknown to...

 By Cindy Webber    Opinion    March 11, 2015

Don't Give Big Oil A Free Ride

The oil and gas industry is a boom and bust venture. Companies get in as quickly as possible, extract as much of the resource as possible, make millions of dollars, and then get out just as quickly, leaving behind a mess of abandoned wells, frack...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Do Simple, Happy Things

Many times I've heard someone say "All I want is to be happy." When a person is asked about what would make them happy, you'll hear, "Winning the lottery," "Being able to buy a new car," "Getting a bigger house." And the list goes on and on. Well,... Full story


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