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 By Mary Honrud    Opinion    March 30, 2016

Minding Memes

This past week, while checking out Facebook, where people keep their friends updated on their activities as well as share lame jokes and simplistic ideas, I ran across this meme: “When both the Republican Establishment and the Democratic...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Opinion    March 16, 2016

Spring is Near

Spring is right around the corner, it seems. The calendar says the equinox will occur on the twentieth, as it does every year, and for once, up here in northeastern Montana, we have hopes that it actually will mean spring has sprung. We’ve been...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Opinion    March 2, 2016

Dentists and Doctors

Our vacations are over and we are back to the reality of spring [cross that out] winter in Northeast Montana. We only came back because we had dental appointments which had been set a year ago. (That and the whole running out of money thing.) People...

 

Seeing the Sights

We have been lucky enough to have basically skipped the month of February in Montana, shortening our winter by a month. The beginning of the month was spent in Florida, just south of Tampa, visiting our middle daughter and her family. That family...

 

On Appointments

I’ve been gathering some background information on our Constitution as regards the Supreme Court. This was considered so very important by the drafters of the Constitution that it is in the Second Article. It says of the President: “ … he...

 

Some Thoughts on Courtesy

Common courtesy, like common sense, isn't so very common. There seems to be more rudeness than there used to be. The trash talk that athletes throw at each other in sporting events seems to be invading all aspects of life. People in this country...

 

Candidates and Questions

Last week a friend asked me what I would write about if there were to be no repercussions. He said he’d choose politics, and confided he didn’t think very highly of the current crop of presidential hopefuls. I’m in agreement with him on that to...

 

Look Beyond the Surface

The news of the death of rocker David Bowie and the listings of all his accomplishments has me thinking of my mortality and what kind of legacy I’m leaving behind. (David was the same age my big brother is now. I admire the both of them.) I’m...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Opinion    January 6, 2016

On Deadlines

As I come down to the deadline for getting my opinion piece sent into the Courier (noon on Mondays, in case anyone else needs more pressure to perform in their lives), I’m scrambling for new ideas. As I know I’m expected to fill that space...

 

Social Media Housekeeping

I keep seeing and getting annoyed by memes on Facebook that want you to “type amen” if you love Jesus, and/or to share that meme to “prove” you are “a Christian.” Jesus already knows this. He doesn’t need you to prove it on Facebook by...

 

Begging to Differ

I read with interest the opinion last week by Mr. Chris Pippin. I was especially intrigued by his assertion that “No one with any real attachment to an organized Christian religion based on the teaching of Jesus Christ” would not “put value on...

 

Grammar: It's a Family Thing

Some years ago, one of my adult daughters (all of whom then lived away from Montana) had a date with a young man. After the date, when I asked how it had gone, the response I received was, “He was just too/to/two.” Coming from a family of...

 

So This Is Xmas

Early this morning, as I was scrolling through Facebook, I noticed a friend had tagged another friend with photo of a billboard. The message on that billboard read, “The X belongs in Texas. Christ belongs in Christmas.” I innocently commented...

 

Just as Precious

I was heartened last week to see two others expressing the same sentiments I expressed over the refugee situation. It gave me hope for America. And then there was another shooting at a Planned Parenthood Clinic. I’m going to go out on a limb and...

 

Better Than That

When I wrote my first opinion piece for the Courier, I said we weren’t a Christian nation, as the Constitution may have been based on Biblical values, but it was not based on the life of Jesus Christ. Most of our Founding Fathers were Deists,...

 

Then Paris Happened

I was going to write more on the abortion issue, to cover more questions and concerns raised by Mr. Chris Pippin, but then Paris happened. I started to hear disturbing reactions to the acts committed by those extremists: comments along the lines of "...

 

Are They Willing: Part III

Our legislators have worked hard to make it increasingly difficult for any woman to get an abortion. I seriously doubt anyone is using abortion as a form of birth control at this time. And obtaining an abortion is not a cheap solution. In four...

 

Are They Willing: Part II of III

The pro-lifers claim those unwanted children could be adopted by others. That’s also not easy to arrange, either by the mother-to-be, nor by those looking to adopt. Here in Montana, lawyers must be involved, and we all know how cheaply they work....

 

Are They Willing?

I have been mulling over my thoughts on the topic of abortion rights in the United States. I was never in the forefront of the fight to gain this right, but I silently cheered on my sisters who worked towards this gain for a woman’s control of her...

 

Deficits in Diplomacy

It seems to me that there is a lot more name-calling and mud-slinging done in politics, or at least more people seem to agree with the names being thrown about. Both parties are equally guilty. On one side you have 'cReepublicans' and on the other...

 

Legal Touchstones and the Misuse of Media

The concept of "innocent until proven guilty” is one of the touchstones of our legal system. We are not to lock people away in jail/prison simply upon supposition and innuendo. They must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Opinion    October 7, 2015

A Return to Founding Values: Part II

I would like to expand a little on last week’s piece. This is not a rebuttal, as I wrote this before last week’s Courier was sent out. I hope you noted that I did not say we weren’t a Christian people. However, we are not a specifically...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places:

This gardening season has been unusually long. Normally by now, I've had several frosts and a hard freeze, which kills off all the above ground vegetation. There have been a couple light frosts this...

 

A Return to Founding Values

Recently, my older sister posted this on social media: “So I just got an email from the RNC. Some chick in Florida wants me to donate so she can help return this country to the conservative values it was founded on. I don’t think she knows our...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places:

First, a correction: Last week my column had a glaring error. I'd stated that green beans can be sliced or chopped and frozen as-is for cooking later. It should have said "green peppers." Beans need t...

 

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