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Economic potential tied to reliable, affordable electricity

Montanans personal income grew 20 percent year-over-year, housing prices are up more than 30 percent and the number of job postings in the state were 62 percent higher in July than in February 2021. It really is a recession... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Part of the family

I met my former mother-in-law, “Mama Lou,” and my former father-in-law, “Poppo,” when I was not yet 20 years old. I hitched a ride to meet them, terrified because I’d... — Updated 9/1/2021


Letter to the Editor - No right to infect others

Editor, No one has a constitutional right to infect others with a deadly disease. There is no “freedom” from vaccination or from required wearing of masks. We are not free to disregard a stop light or a speed limit. There is... — Updated 8/30/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: It's just a long-winded version of 'Oh no, I broke it!'

Our old friend the law of unintended consequences says that actions of people always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended, but basically, it’s just a fancy way of say... — Updated 8/27/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Goldilocks and the Three Pies

Consider this to be as though you accidentally tuned into the cooking channel. The difference is that I’ll tell you about the mistakes I made along the way. When Uncle Lee... — Updated 8/26/2021

 By Dane McGuire    Opinion

Thanks for helping me chase a dream

With enough passion, hard work, and in my case, a little luck, opportunities come about which just can’t be turned down—I’m writing this because today is my last day with... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Matching chairs

My husband, Peter, and I have matching folding chairs. Every Thursday evening this summer, we have attended the outdoor concert held in a local park. The music is usually good, but... — Updated 8/25/2021


Remembering Jim Murry

James W. "Jim" Murry, top Montana labor leader and friend, passed away last October. On the 29th of August, his memory is being celebrated at a Memorial Service at Tizer Botanic... — Updated 8/24/2021


Use nonlethal measures on beaver in Beaver Creek Park

It was a pleasure visiting Beaver Creek Park earlier this year and having the opportunity to meet many personally involved with decisions regarding beaver. The public meeting with three experts regarding beaver was helpful,... — Updated 8/24/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Like water for thought processes

“It is water, in every form and at every scale, that saturates the mind. All the water that will ever be is, right now.” — National Geographic, October 1993 Here in... — Updated 8/20/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Grumbles in a Bucket

After all my bragging about all the lovely rain we’ve been having, day after day after day, this past week we’ve been dry as a desiccated bone in the desert. I’ve been... — Updated 8/19/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Plumbing guru

“I’m tired of living in exile!” my husband, Peter, exclaimed as, for the second day in a row, we packed up everything we would need to be out of our home long enough for the... — Updated 8/18/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: It takes a powerful eye to not see what isn't there

Sometime a brain makes more out of something than is really there. Or maybe it’s just me. We had a little dog yard-slash-pen thing we built out of 5-foot tall welded wire fencing... — Updated 8/13/2021


Keeping kids in school, safely

As Montana families are preparing to send children back to school, we are confronting the uncomfortable fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, much as all of us dearly wish it were. Late spring brought big reductions in... — Updated 8/13/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Staring at a blank piece of paper

Here I am again, sitting at my computer, staring at a blank page of paper that’s not real paper, waiting for inspiration to write, to share with you, the latest happenings in my... — Updated 8/12/2021


Vaccine hesitancy mystifying

I received my COVID-19 shots last winter when people were standing in line for them. I’ve been increasingly mystified by the vaccine resistance since then. The whole country seemed to be behind “Operation Warp Speed” as the... — Updated 8/11/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Taking no chances

The renovations to our new home continue. We didn’t expect to be refinishing the floor. But when we tore up the flooring that was buckling and warping in the summer humidity, we... — Updated 8/11/2021


Continuing to work while planning to run again

This past four-and-a-half years representing Senate District 14 has been an honor that I hope to continue. Judy and I have talked at great length about the commitment involved in serving one more term in the Senate. Having had... — Updated 8/10/2021


We can end this pandemic

We do not need to repeat history.  In 2020, COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in Montana and by the year’s end, more than 1,100 COVID-related deaths occurred. For the first time since 1907, when birth and death... — Updated 8/9/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: The trouble with COVID

The trouble with COVID is that it is a public relations nightmare. Where’s the angle? The hook? For starters, the name. COVID-19 hardly strikes fear in the heart of mankind let... — Updated 8/6/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Carz: Part II. The Flim Flam Man

After our mutual agreement last week that Ariel’s car with Four-in-the-Floor and not enough wiggle room would not be a good car for my needs, Ariel went on the search for the... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript - Bad gardener

I have never been a gardener. This makes me feel like a misfit in my family. My mother is a wonderful gardener. She had an enormous vegetable garden in the suburbs before it became... — Updated 8/4/2021


Letter to the Editor - The enemy

Editor, The once well-known comic strip hero Pogo wisely proclaimed, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” This wisdom is an appropriate description of today’s American society. Among the millions of independent,... — Updated 8/3/2021


Letter to the Editor - Contact your senators about climate change

Dear Editor, It’s awful … the smoke, wildfires, drought, heat, loss of crops, dead fish, algae blooms -- all impacts exacerbated by our changing climate. Here’s a bipartisan solution that benefits all of us. Plenty of... — Updated 8/3/2021


May I propose another solution?

Controversy and conspiracy continue to shadow COVID-19 policies of many organizations. Despite decisions being thoughtfully considered and evidence-driven, the divide witnessed in our community and nation continues to widen. Most... — Updated 7/30/2021


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