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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: I read Mr. Jergeson’s recent letter to the editor with interest. His history lesson on the Montana Power story here in Montana was interesting, but what baffles me is how that relates to President Trump and the management of Covid-19...

 

October, Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, ‘Twas exciting to discover, after reading various excerpts from GODS’S CALENDAR, written by William A Quayle, some very interesting opinions and viewpoints about the month October – so fascinating, just had to share, therefore,...

 

Letters to the Editor

During six years of my service in the Montana Senate and all eight years of my service on the Montana Public Service Commission, I had a ring-side seat with four major bankruptcies that had huge impacts on Montana residents, and I helped Montana avoi...

 

Separated by a common language...

When an alumni magazine arrived a few weeks ago an advertisement titled "Winter is Coming" caught my attention (see photo). The ad was promoting sales for a combination "beanie and scarf set" with...

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am writing in support of Greg Gianforte for Governor. I believe Greg understands the dire economic position our state is in, and has a game plan for recovery. Before the plandemic (not a typo), Montana ranked 49th in the nation in...

 

Joy Box: Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, the way ‘things’ are going on right now with ‘Sheltering In’, etc. a friend suggested a ‘Joy Box. ‘A joy box? What is a Joy Box?’ “Oh, everyone should have one,” our friend exclaimed. “They are SO easy to make, an...

 

Letter to the Editor

Blaine County has a long history of fair and non-partisan administration of our elections. Over the years that I appeared on the ballot, I had occasion to work with the chief election officer, our Clerk and Recorder, on how our elections were...

 

Are We Blind? - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, now and then friends share with us things that are special to them. One gal shared that a long while ago, Pastor ‘Phil’ [name changed] was telling them that: “Listening is not hearing. Touching is not feeling. Looking is not...

 
 By Kody Farmer    Opinion    July 29, 2020

The Roaring 20's was a boom to the future of Blaine County

In my 10 plus years of writing articles for the Blaine County Journal News~Opinion I have covered a wide range of subject matter. From high school sports to school functions. Agriculture, public...

 

Guest Column: Russ Tempel

I trust everyone had a fun safe 4th of July, our Independence Day. This past month or two has been a real test of the fabric of our nation and the loss of very valuable pieces of history is devastating. Now protesting is one thing but looting and...

 

Guest Column: Greg Jergeson

Putting water to beneficial use in a semi-arid state like Montana is dependent on two truths. Water must be physically available, and the corresponding truth is that there must be a legal right to use that available water supply. As the recent...

 

Room of Time - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You now, Lord, each day that You give us, is a ‘room of time’. We can use that time or we can abuse it, we can spend it or waste it, we can fill our time with recollections of past failures and moan all the ‘what if’s,’ if only,’ ‘woe...

 

Letters to the Editor: Sweet Home Updates

Sweet Home Updates Dear Editor, Sweet Home has news! What was an idea a few years ago is realty. The remodeling project which began the end of October last year is complete. Space for the Physical Therapy Department was expanded giving them much...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    June 17, 2020

South of the Border: A visit to the world's "largest building"

Columnist's note: During our recent annual post-Christmas visit to see our daughter and her family in the Seattle area, she treated us with a visit to one of the Seattle area's major attractions. My d...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    June 10, 2020

South of the Border: ""But wait, there's more."...and other stuff"

The combination of the stay at home directives related to COVID-19 plus some long winter days raised my awareness of certain types of advertising on television. Particularly late at night and some...

 

Letters to the Editor

Thank You Governor Steve Bullock I am writing to applaud Governor Steve Bullock for his strong leadership in confronting COVID-19 and his initiative to bring additional testing to our most vulnerable populations. On May 15 and 16, any member of our...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 27, 2020

South of the Border - Whitlash: name likely a result of poor handwriting...

Columnist's note: We've lived in Whitlash since December, 2018. It's not uncommon when we tell someone we live in Whitlash for them to respond, " Whitefish, that's beautiful country. Do you like the...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    May 13, 2020

South of the Border: Estonians - Builders from the Baltics in Liberty County

Columnist's note: My rancher friend Bob Thompson asked if I knew about the pioneer-era "sod houses" northwest of Chester. He explained a couple of sod houses were built by Estonians who had a...

 

South of the Border: "Living with the "new normal"... in Whitlash"

More than 90% of the country's residents are under "stay at home" directives and all of us are being cautioned to stay "socially distant" to help minimize COVID-19 spread. We hear the directives will...

 

Secret of Happiness - Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, lots of folks have heaps of thoughts and ideas about the secret of how to have happiness. How about Christmas gifts – just think of all the items, all these special gifts are given because of the happiness and love we share. With...

 

My Answer: from the writings of Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I saw an article about America being in the midst of a full-blown panic attack. Why are the citizens of the greatest nation on earth filled with anxiety, apprehension, and fear, no matter the politics, education, or religion? A: Humanity...

 

"What happened near Las Vegas didn't stay near Las Vegas"

Pol Haldeman has lived on a ranch south of Cleveland in the Bear Paws since his family moved west from the Chicago area in 1954. He shared a story he thought readers might find interesting about his...

 
 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    March 4, 2020

South of the Border: "The Whitlash church steeple: The rest of the story."

Dale Mailand, from Harlem, asked me for a digital photo of the Whitlash church's steeple and belfry. I sent the photo and shortly received a poem Dale wrote about the building and installing of the st...

 

Hello Good, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, the Bible states that GOD knows our purpose on this earth before we were ever born. In this age of options, opportunities, choices, and more, You Lord, of all creation, made us for a specific purpose and reason, so, in one sense, we c...

 

South of the Border: "Snow planes made winter travel easier and provided seasonal recreation"

Columnist's note: Alert readers may recall my request for information about snow planes in our area in a June, 2017 article in the "Journal." I got a few rumors from that appeal but if snow planes...

 

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