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 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: A good story

To me, “the farm” has always meant the farm where my mother grew up, one of 11 children. Every book I ever read that was set on a farm, and many other books as well, all took... — Updated 9/15/2021


Consider the value of your public school in your community

I pen this letter upon return from a 1,700-mile journey to communities across the state and numerous hours of phone and online communications these past two weeks with administrators in Montana’s public schools. The purpose of th... — Updated 9/13/2021


COVID vaccines are safe and effective

Dear Montana, In my work as a primary care Physician Assistant I regularly advocate to all patients that they get the COVID-19 vaccine. One question I am regularly asked: “The C19 vaccine was rushed, how do I know it’s... — Updated 9/13/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Move along, folks, there's no plot to twist here

If you aren’t cynical before you get into the news business, you will be soon after. And just when I think I’m too cynical to ever be surprised by the news again, along comes a... — Updated 9/10/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: When the clock of time slithers down the wall

Some days, I feel like I’m living in Dali’s famous painting with timepieces slumped and limp and empty. Except with differences. My “painting” would have the clock hands... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Hardworking people

We are reaching that point in remodeling where we seriously question whether we will ever be done. After we finally found a plumber, we thought our worries were over and progress... — Updated 9/8/2021


Amazing diversity in my Senate district

From railroaders to farm workers, rural and city, hills to the flats, and irrigated lands vs dryland farming, I continue to be in awe of the diversity we see throughout Montana Senate District 14. Ever so evident in the ag... — Updated 9/7/2021


National security and honoring our values: Montana and Afghanistan

The fall of the Afghan government and the return of the Taliban has left policymakers and the public grasping for answers and apportioning blame. The deaths of 13 U.S. servicemen and -women and 170 Afghans at the Kabul Airport... — Updated 9/7/2021


View from the North 40: It's a time of woe, not hay

Buying hay for my horses this year felt like a cross between the opening moments of the New York Stock exchange in a bull market and gift shopping on Black Friday — and just a skosh, or maybe even a smidge, like negotiating a nef... — Updated 9/3/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: The day my computer caught the delta variant COVID virus

I suppose it’s my own fault. I should have known when the toilet tank innards up and died and bled water all over the floor. But no, I had nary a clue. Then a few days later I... — Updated 9/2/2021


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

 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


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


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