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Free Speech & Social Media

Last Friday when the Jefferson County mask mandate was made public, the Ledger was asked by several entities to get the news out in as many outlets as possible. In addition to adding the article as “Breaking News” on our website, I shared the art...

 
 By Kelly Hencz    Opinion    February 24, 2021 

Dear Editor: Rebuttal 1 to Geri Dorvall's Letter

Dear Editor, This is in response to Geri Dorvall’s letter from the February 17, 2021 Ledger Issue. In said letter is was stated that “no evidence of election fraud has been produced”. All anyone who wants and accepts the truth has to do is get...

 

Dear Editor: COVID-19 & Health Department

Dear Editor: The staff at the Jefferson County Health Clinic is small and, for almost a year now, they have been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of concern for others, they frequently work nights and weekends, without extra pay, to help...

 

Dear Editor: Rebuttal 2 to Geri Dorvall's Letter

Dear Editor, A rebuttal to last week’s remarks by Geri Dorvall in the February 17, 2021 issue of the Whitehall Ledger. Media misinformation truly is a real problem of our times. As an example, let’s look at the Capitol riots of January 6th. It...

 

Go Ask Jo: 2/24/2021

Dear Jo, I love my friends – all of them. I really do – but I have an issue with one friend in particular. This weekend we took a girls trip and there were eight of us altogether. Hence, four girls in each of the hotel rooms. We had our fun,...

 

Better Communication Critical For All

We are in a day and age where general knowledge is relayed daily via social media, and sometimes no where else. We receive important information via text message instead of phone calls, emails instead of in-person communications. Sometimes we hear...

 

Dear Editor: Response to Jim Buterbaugh's Letter

Dear Editor, This is in response to Jim Buterbaugh’s letter from the February 3, 2021 Ledger issue. Glad to hear that you can’t forgive a mob attacking our Capitol with the intention of overturning an election and threatening to kill political...

 

Dear Editor: God bless your free obituaries!

Dear Editor, Just had to let you know how happy I was with the changes you have made since you have acquired the Ledger newspaper. It’s the only paper I read aside from the Montana Senior NEws. It’s absolutely delighful to read stories about the...

 

Go Ask Jo: 2/17/2021

Dear Jo, Why am I not taking care of my hygiene? I never brush my teeth or even shower. Changing my clothes is a chore and shaving is an impossible task, just too overwhelming and exhausting. I just wear the same clothes over again and keep using...

 

Small Town America at Its Finest - Whitehall, MT

I have lived in small towns most of my life – with my longest tenancy of over 20 years being in Whitehall. As I’ve said, I was a military brat who moved A LOT and we were always lucky to find small towns to live in, suburbs or subdivisions, that...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    February 10, 2021

Dear Jo: 2/10/2021

Dear Jo, So, have you ever looked up into the night sky at the stars and heavens and wondered if “we’re alone”? I’m here to tell you- WE ARE NOT! I’ve met someone and she or maybe he is just the person or thing for me. Do you think we can...

 

WANTED/NEEDED: More Time in a Day

We all joke about what we need or want in life. Gosh, I’d love to win a million dollars! Dang, I wish I could see The Beatles play live just one time! Man, I wish I had paid attention more in school when I was young! Me? I NEED more time in a day....

 

Outfitter Bill Would Forever Change Montana Hunting

Dear Editor, Do you hunt with out of state family and friends? Do you hunt private lands without an outfitter or guide? Have you been applying for a Missouri River Breaks or Elkhorns bull tag for every single year? If so, you better pay attention....

 

EDITORIAL: Different, But Not In a Way Expected

With this being my “official” second paper, I’ve got to admit – not much has changed from when I worked here over a decade ago with Greg Corr. Greg and I shared the majority of the work, both of us writing and designing ads as needed, so that...

 

Our View: Please slow it down

Without trying to sound too much like Lord Eddard Stark on "Game of Thrones", winter is coming in southwest Montana and its pending arrival has already brought the return of nasty roads to the... Full story

 

Our View: Upcoming levy huge for Whitehall

During her monthly report at the October 13 Whitehall Town Council meeting, Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh urged local voters to approve a mill levy that would generate funding for the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department and for the contract with the...

 

Guest Editorial: Galloping goats, biting gators and more in your local newspaper

If you happened to read the Albuquerque Journal recently you would have learned about a family who used their (galloping) goats to gobble up weeds and earn some extra money while keeping the city's weeds and grass trimmed. In the Orlando Sentinel,...

 

Our View: Great weekend to attend rodeo, honor talented senior class

Since the middle of March, there have been numerous activities cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19. The start of the high school sports season has also seen very restricted attendance guidelines in Jefferson County. While it is very unfortunate...

 

Column: Ghost Touch

I often find myself writing about technology and how I am kind of in this never-ending loop of it driving me crazy while at the same time being an absolute necessity in my life. A perfect example of this would be last Tuesday evening when I had to...

 

Our View: Leave the campaign signs alone

Over the past few weeks, I've heard numerous reports of campaign signs and flags being vandalized and unfortunately, this is something that seems to happen all the time. In the paper a few weeks ago, there was a story about a local resident who...

 

Guest Editorial: Flattening the curve on Chronic Wasting Disease

It's cool this morning. There is a different feel to the air. The days are slowly getting shorter, my bird dogs are getting restless and I am listening for that first bugle of a bull elk down in the river bottom. It's that time when I, and all...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Column: Hot Dogs

I'm writing this on a Wednesday and just moments ago I spent a few minutes glancing at the Internet and found out it was National Hot Dog day. I know in this day and age there seems to be a "national" day for just about anything, but in my mind, the...

 

Our View: Be mindful of Cardwell Sanitation Site

A few weeks ago, a letter to the editor in the Whitehall Ledger written by Chris Wagner discussed frustration with the condition of the Cardwell Sanitation Site. Wagner discussed his frustrations with the appearance of the site for both residents...

 

Guest Editorial: Legion shows support for law enforcement

As we celebrated our 244th Independence Day on July 4th, 2020 it is has become apparent for us to reflect on our nation builders who brought us to this amazing republic in 1776. A great part of our success in establishing this republic can be...

 

Guest Editorial: Stand up and be counted

By Sheila M. Stearns Presiding Officer, Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission As the country celebrates its birth as a nation, one of the most patriotic things Montanans can do is stand up and be counted--in the 2020 Census. Or, more accur...

 

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