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 By Mike Lang    Opinion    January 9, 2019 

My Assignments this Coming Legislature

Dear Editor, On Jan. 7, the 66th Montana Legislature convened. I will be serving in my fourth session on the following committees: As a Senate Finance and Claims member we will analyze the following g...

 

Set Aside Politics

Dear Editor, If there's one thing Montanans can unite behind, it's that we're sick and tired of self-serving politicians who are all talk, no walk. As the House Minority Leader for the 2019...

 

Tracking Down the Decision Makers

You’ve heard the expression, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” We know this is true. In the life of an idea becoming legislation, there are a few key people that you need to know in order to make your voice for agriculture most e...

 

What You Should Expect From Me

Dear Valley County, As I sit at my desk this afternoon, the 31st of December 2018, to consider what might be important to convey to the residents of Valley County, I can not help but consider where we have come from. In a short time, I will be...

 

My Life With the Government Shutdown

“The safety net is going to be having a strong border because we are going to be safe....... I really believe that these people, many of the people we are talking about, many of the people you’re discussing, I really believe they are agreeing wit...

 

Changing House Rules Will Weaken Checks & Balances

Dear Editor, As former House Speakers and Senate Presidents of the Montana Legislature, we question the wisdom of making significant changes to the rules of operation in the Montana House. Currently,...

 

Ag Advocates: Be There for Your Lawmakers

The Montana Legislature is set to convene Jan. 7, in Helena. Similar to the 2017 session, the state’s budget is set to experience another round of belt tightening. Money will be tight, but the policy agendas will be plentiful. Legislators will be...

 

CSKT Negotiated Water Rights Compact – Good for Montana Agriculture

Dear Editor, The success of Montana’s agriculture industry is dependent upon water and water right certainty. It is easily the single most important resource for people across Montana, which is why...

 

Saving Boxes for Christmas

Remember all the hours spent wrapping Christmas gifts? The rolls of wrapping paper, the “to/from“ tags, the ribbon & bows? And the boxes. You saved boxes all year so you would have the right size for the gift. Many gifts were homemade so you...

 

Looking Back

The other day a gentleman came into the Courier to check out the archives. He had been coming in on and off for months looking for a certain article. He had a partial clip but no date. So, taking what information he did have he started combing throug...

 

Seeking Your input on Medical Marijuana

Dear Editor, The Valley County Commissioners are seeking public opinion on a possible county ordinance dealing with medical marijuana dispensaries. The county had ordinances in effect in 2011 and 2012...

 

The Secret to 50 Years of Marriage

Time for an update. I’ve not written my column for a while because of health issues. The first thing I want to do is say thank you to our children and grandchildren for the wonderful party they gave us for our 50th wedding anniversary. Next, thank...

 

When Time Flew By

Since my topic for the week is Remember, do you remember when the years, months and days took longer to fly by? As you read this it will be only days before Christmas. Where oh where does time go? I guess time goes hand in hand with age – when we...

 

Why My Vote Matters

Former President of the United States Barack Obama, once said, “Our collective futures depend on the willingness to uphold your duties as a citizen to vote.” Obama was stressing the importance of voting as an opportunity to take responsibility...

 

A Belated Thank You to Hi-Line Ford

Back in October, I set out on a long-anticipated road trip. Years had passed since I last ventured out alone on an extended journey out of state. I was excited to travel and to see relatives after many years. Nestled into my new-to-me car, one that w...

 

Christmas Caroling

Remember when youth groups and others had Christmas caroling on their agendas? First, I must admit that I do not live in town and there may still be many carolers, however I think this might be a thing of the past. I am pretty sure the means of...

 

Need Your Help Montana

Ladies and Gentlemen: I am a student at Cascade Christian Schools and I am writing a report on the state of Montana. We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can about our state. If...

 

Be a Responsible Host This Season

The winter holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family, friends and coworkers. Whether you are planning a dinner, informal gathering, or holiday party, your job as host is very important. Your many responsibilities include planning the menu,...

 

Opheim Gym Roof Update

Dear Editor, This letter is to update the public regarding the Opheim Public School gymnasium roof. First, both CTA Architects and Engineers from Billings and Southland Construction from Scobey have...

 

What Do You Do When You Miss Santa?

I think it’s great the Glasgow Chamber puts together a Christmas Stroll in order to get families together and kick off the holiday season. I have had the pleasure of attending two Christmas Strolls since moving to Glasgow and enjoyed the hayrides p...

 

A Christmas Confession

A Christmas Confession – I really do not care for the holiday, or the extended celebration of consumerism. For years I’ve tried to follow my own rule of allowing only two Christmas-related activities prior to Thanksgiving: making travel...

 

Millennials Are Killing, Again

One important story got lost last month in the incessant election coverage. Millennials, those prolific killers of all things Boomers love, are at it again. This time they are killing American cheese, preferring “fancier” cheeses, such as...

 

Fun Cousin Times Are Wonderful Memories

Some weeks ago I mentioned a friend that has shared old memorabilia with me. I sincerely hope this person did not take offense from my “who needs enemies” remark. I love to have readers and friends share thoughts and memories with me, and I will...

 
 By Bill Geer    Opinion    November 28, 2018

Managing CWD Will Take Cooperation From All Montanans

Montana hunters have been afield pursuing deer, elk and other big game, just as we have done for decades. But new this year is the knowledge that chronic wasting disease (CWD) is present in our state’s mule deer and white-tailed deer. Last...

 

Teen Stress and Substance Abuse: A Two-Part Series

You remember the feeling: Standing up in front of the class, palms sweating, trying to remember the words you had so carefully memorized the night before; waiting on the edge of the dance floor; the test you absolutely didn’t study for; the first d...

 

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