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Helping Out MYCA Cadets

Dear Editor, Every week after I talk to my daughter Alexandria, who is currently at the Montana Youth Challenge Academy (MYCA) in Dillon, Mont., I post to let family and friends from near and far know...

 

Tick Tock. It's Time to Stop Rx Sticker Shock

Dear Editor, As United States Senators representing the Big Sky state and Hawkeye country, older Montanans and Iowans keep a watchful eye on spending. Like millions of Americans across the country,...

 

Sept. is Suicide Prevention Month

Dear Editor, "We need to talk about suicide," teachers said choking back tears, or letting them flow, as they interviewed recently for Montana's Teacher of the Year award. They shared with us on the...

 

Many Options When Grocery Shopping

Do you remember when shopping for groceries was much easier? I don’t remember that we were label conscious at all, unless we were shopping for salt or sugar-free diets. Present day shopping requires much more effort. Do I want to buy household vine...

 

Deadline Approaching for New Infrastructure Grant Program to Support Local Governments, Schools

Dear Editor, Homeowners know that when a leaky roof is spotted, it's important to act quickly to find and fix the leak. If left unattended, that slow drip overhead can turn into a ceiling that...

 

Fixing Montana's Rural Healthcare Crisis

Dear Editor, Montana is Big Sky Country. Rangelands, forests, and farmers' fields spread between our towns and cities. Rural life is at the core of our identity as a state and as a people. Yet, as...

 

A Letter to President Trump from Senator Tester

The following is an open letter sent to President Donald J. Trump from Montana Senator Jon Tester on Aug. 20, 2019, inviting the President to meet with grain producers who have expressed concern over the President’s recent comments minimizing the...

 

Correction

In our “Dr. Al Olszewski Campaigns in Glasgow” story that was published on Aug. 14 issue, we incorrectly credited the Missoula Current for indicating Olszewski has received endorsements and donations from the right wing of the state Republican...

 

The Pharmaceutical Industry

Dear Editor, Don't be fooled by the current Washington, D.C., rhetoric about "reforming" the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently Senator Chuck Grassley has been promoting his bill which would place...

 

Rural Montana Landowners Riled by Matelich Ad

Dear Editor, If you happened to have perused the ad taken out by George and Susan Matelich in the Big Timber Pioneer (7-25-19), you got a first-hand tutorial on the scurrilous nature of the American...

 

Heading Back to School

School has started and that may trigger some old school day memories for some of you. Some of you will recall heading off to a country school, having the same teacher that you had for the last couple of years (and not because you were repeating...

 

Crossing Railroad Tracks

Do you remember driving to Opheim and crossing railroad tracks on that highway, or how about driving the current Billingsley Road and crossing railroad tracks? There may have been many more such rail crossings, but those are the ones I am familiar...

 

Mud Pies and Mothers At Home

Whenever Dorri and I visit on the phone, we can’t help but reminisce about our childhood days in Malta, Mont. Life was simple yet joy filled – in the Depression Days. There was an abundance of cottonwood trees to be climbed – oh what fun for...

 

Old Roads and Our Roots

Do you drive the highways between Glasgow, Nashua, Malta or Opheim and remember them as they used to be? If you are looking at your surroundings you can often pick out remains of the old road beds. I remember driving on gravel for half of the trip...

 

Remembering

Dear Editor, I graduated high school with Mike & Maryann (Burns) O'Connor, the class of 1964. As we planned to gather for our 50th class reunion in May, 2014, Maryann suggested that we release...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Remembering The Northeast Montana Fair

The NE MT Fair will be in full swing when this Courier edition comes out. The “behind the scenes” activity and work will be forgotten for another year. We all recognize the work that goes into preparing exhibits and getting them to the fair, but...

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, We all know that some Montanans are forced to go without medication or struggle to afford paying for basic needs like housing and groceries because prescription drug costs are too high. Here’s why: the pharmaceutical industry sets the...

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, A United States Senator is elected for 6 years. That is an extremely long time in politics.  In the first four years Steve Daines hasn’t done much for Montanans in the Senate, He doesn’t listen or meet with Montanans, and seems...

 

How Many Of You Knew?

Dear Editor, I just found out something and I wonder how many of you knew that on June 25, 2019, Governor Bullock ordered the state flag removed and replaced so he could fly the gay pride rainbow flag...

 

On The NAWCA

Dear Editor, The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance thanks President Trump's Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the other members of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) for their approval...

 

Keep Fighting To Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Dear Editor, We must keep working to lower prescription drugs prices in Montana. After conducting a nearly two-year investigation into drug costs, including taking several major players to court in order to access information, my team and I brought...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 17, 2019

The Small Town Swimming Hole

Do you remember your swimming days of the past? I grew up in a small town and the country. No access to a swimming pool. I never did become a good swimmer, but some of us in the North Country spent a few summer days at the “Post.” The “Post...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 10, 2019

Remembering Bull-Nose Rings

If you grew up as a country kid you may remember seeing, or having, bulls around your area that sported a Bull Ring. These bull rings were not anything fancy or dressy for the bull, although many of these rings of the past were made of brass, which c...

 

Independence Day Has A Special Meaning for Montana's Small Businesses

Dear Editor, The United States is a nation founded by entrepreneurs who were, by definition, risk takers. In fact, many of America's founding fathers were small business owners who provided needed...

 

Working Women of WWII

Dear Editor, American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women who worked on the home front during WWII. Thousands of women worked to support the war effort as riveters, welders,...

 

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