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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...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places

Now that we've had a light frost, we can enjoy a bit of lingering summer. Sometimes this is the best part of summer for us. Our harvest is finished so we aren't worried about hailstorms  or early...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places

The cooler weather we had last week means it's officially 'worry about frost' season. This is the time of year I start thinking about dragging out the old truck tarps, blankets, and frost cloths....

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places

We finished our wheat harvest on Sept. 2. Now I have time to catch up on my garden chores, if only the weather and my body cooperate. While I'm much recovered from my boute with pneumonia, I haven't y...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places

I grew up as a military dependent, known to many as a brat. We brats embrace the term, not as a slur, but as a mark of distinction. We recognize in each other a shared lifestyle, foreign to most...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places

Last week I talked about harvest interfering with my gardening. On top of that, I managed to catch pneumonia, which I know nobody wants to hear about. Even medical professionals only listen to one's...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places:

This is the time of year my garden gets short shrift. Every year I know it's coming, and every year I still put in a large garden. Every year I swear I'm not going to do so much, but then spring happe...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places:

Many years ago, Dennis and I moved up north to become farmers with his parents. Before that, we were both employed at the former Glasgow Air Force base, long before it became St Marie. We didn't have...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places:

Many plants can be successfully grown in containers. Greenhouses do a thriving business selling both flowers and vegetables specifically for pots. The advantage is versatility. Flowers may bloom on yo...

 

Green Spaces in Rural Places:

This week I thought I'd write about flowers. But this morning, just before 4 a.m., I was awakened by the winds and some thunder. The windows were open, bringing in the cool air, and I got up to close...

 

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