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 By John Leyzorek    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Dear Editor: Thanks for Balanced Article

Dear Editor, THANKS to Elizabeth Pullman for an excellent, balanced article on Steve Wagner and Jim Buterbaugh’s project. John Leyzorek Marlinton, West Virginia...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 6/16/2021

Dear Jo, I am a procrastinator, really. I put off anything I can until the last moment. I pick up the mail, put the bills under my fruit bowl and carry on. I see my prescription bottles emptying, know I should call, and still put off filling it...

 

What Do We Owe Wildland Firefighters?

"It's like having gasoline out there," said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, in a recent AP story about the increasingly fire-prone...

 
 By John Kreis    News    June 9, 2021

Whitehall Murals in Disarray - Can/Will You Help Us Save Them?

This year, appears to be more of a return to normalcy. Vaccinations and anti bodies seem to be giving protection and more confidence in activities and life. We are looking at things in our lives and o...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    June 9, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 6/9/2021

Dear Jo, I am a people pleaser, have been all my life. It literally pains me to have people not approve of what I am doing and how I am doing it. I know it is not healthy either physically nor mentally to be this way. How do I gather the confidence...

 
 By John Ebelt    Community    June 9, 2021

State and Local Health Officials Encourage Safe and Healthy Swimming this Summer

Spending time outdoors around water and in swimming pools is a great way to stay active and healthy during summer in Montana. The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), along with local health authorities, want to remind Montanans to...

 

Dear Editor: Corporation Taxes

Dear Editor, Regarding Terry Minow Big Sky 55’s article on big pharmacy: Corporations do not pay taxes no matter their tax rate. If Zoom, which no one had heard of pre-pandemic had it’s profits grow 600%, they would in theory be taxed at a...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 6/2/2021

Dear Jo, What is it that makes people think going ANYWHERE outside their homes in their pajamas is a good idea? Is it such a hardship to simply put on a pair of pants and a shirt to leave your home? Also, now that the weather is warm, people are...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 26, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 5/26/2021

Dear Jo, How can you tell if someone is really sorry? I feel like people say “I’m sorry” because they believe it will make me feel better or ease a tense situation, not because they genuinely are sorry. Signed, Sick of sorry Dear Sick, You are...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 19, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 5/19/2021

Dear Jo, I recently became a grandmother for the first time. My daughter-in-law does not believe in circumcision. I have known many men who have suffered later in life because they were not circumcised. Can I step in and let them know how strongly I...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 5/12/2021

Dear Jo, I believe that I am Flying Solo’s mom (letter in last weeks paper). She put her question very nicely, being loved is definitely not all bad. I think a family get-together, honest and open might help, but does not always work, feelings...

 

Housing Prices in the West are Over the Moon

One hundred thirty thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Bozeman, Montana. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $3,000 each month, which is more than two-thirds of their...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 5/5/2021

Dear readers, I am going to post a Dear Jo which I have taken the liberty of rewriting to make the content ok to print. To my Dear Jo writer, I hope I both represent your question and give good advice! Jo Dear Jo, I have a big problem….My...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    April 28, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 4/28/2021

Dear Jo, I find myself discombobulated after the town Easter egg “hunt”. It appeared to me to be more of a “gathering” of eggs. Just a bunch of non-biodegradable plastic eggs lying on open ground. An Easter egg hunt is just that, a hunt for...

 
 By Joel Andrews    Opinion    April 21, 2021

Dear Editor: Thanks to Neighbors

Dear Editor, Around 6pm on Sunday, April 18th, I headed up to our MT Web business location on Noble Street. When I pulled up the hill, I saw a fire with flames about three feet high spreading south rapidly through the grass. I called my wife and...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    April 21, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 4/21/2021

Dear Jo, I try to keep myself well-groomed and looking sharp, so I shave every couple of days. For the most part, this works out fairly well, but I sometimes ‘nick’ (sorry, Nick) myself and end up bleeding like a stuck pig. How would you suggest...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    April 14, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 4/14/2021

Dear Jo, Can you please advise me on a family situation? I recently moved to Montana in order to be closer to my aunt. She is a remarkable woman whom I love and respect. Her son, my cousin, recently moved back to Montana also. I enjoy time together...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Community    April 14, 2021

DPHHS Confirms First Hantavirus Case for 2021

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has confirmed that an adult male from Richland County has been diagnosed with hantavirus infection. The individual acquired the illness while working out of state where there was an...

 

Dear Editor: "Protect Children, Not Guns"

Dear Editor, When or if your readers read “Protect Children, Not Guns – An Initiative” in today’s Ledger, everyone should understand that it is not an Op-Ed by me. It is not an opinion. It is a fact and a reality faced by all of America’s...

 

Protect Children, Not Guns - an Initiative

On April 20, 1999, Americans witnessed a once unthinkable and no unforgettable tragedy at Columbine high School. We watched in horror as frightened children fled with their hands up, frantic parents...

 

Dear Editor: HB176 and County Support

Dear Editor, Why are our county election administrator Bonnie Ramey and state representative Marta Bertoglio supporting voter suppression bill HB176, which eliminates same day voter registration on Election Day? 60,000 Montanans registered and voted...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 3/31/2021

Dear Jo, I am a bit chubby. I guess how chubby depends on how you view weight. I am also single. I am writing because I get mixed messages about the dating scene. Some say that losing weight and getting fit is important before I venture into dating....

 

Targeted COVID Package Will Reopen Our Economy

One year into this pandemic, Montanans are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our vaccines are safe and effective, COVID cases are falling thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers, and Spring is on...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    March 24, 2021

Go Ask Jo: 3/24/2021

Dear Jo, Have you ever heard of the 80/20 happiness rule? My sister has told our family over the years (again and again), that everything you do should fit the 80/20 happiness rule. If you are not happy at least 80 percent of the time, change whateve...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Government    March 24, 2021

State Health Agency Continues to Work with CDC on Surveillance for Variant Strains

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced today the state now has 19 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus variant strains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified DPHHS late yesterday...

 

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