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Support Needed for Bill Criticall to Local Journalism's Future

Fairness is not a partisan issue. Fairness is the goal of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act currently being considered in the United States Congress. The bill has bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives....

 
 By Rebecca Robinson    Opinion    May 12, 2021 

Dear Editor: Great Job on Clean Up Day!

Dear Editor, I want to thank the Town of Whitehall and the high school teens who took time out of their day to clean the litter in the gully by my house. They did a fantastic job! I so appreciate them. Rebecca Robinson Whitehall,...

 
 By Robert Lack    Opinion    May 12, 2021 

Dear Editor: Another Letter from the Horseman

Dear Editor, A letter from the Horseman: I keep hearing all these complains about how employers can’t find people to work anymore, because the pandemic checks are more than what people make working. Well, I think back forty years ago when a ranch...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 12, 2021 

Dear 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...

 
 By Jonathan Thompson    Opinion    May 12, 2021 

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...

 

Montana's Comeback Depends on HB 397

Montana is facing a housing crisis. A lack of affordable housing is keeping working Montanans out of homes and forcing families to pay up 50% or more of their monthly incomes in rent. Lumber prices and labor shortages make it even tougher for...

 

This Week's "Change That Up" Tip...Power of Words

How often have you heard or said that age-old nursery rhyme—to yourself or someone you care about? Probably more times than you can remember. And while it has good intentions, the reality is it couldn’t be further from the truth… Words have...

 

Horoscope: Week of 5/12/2021

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 It could be that you are very aware of things going on around you this week, Aries. Unfortunately, many of them will be out of your control. Still, keep an open mind. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Relax and settle down for a few days,...

 

Dear Editor: Vaccines

Dear Editor, I’m not pro-vaccine, but neither will I condemn those who are. I may sadly shake my head and walk away, but I will not condemn their choice. I will not be taking the vaccine (not willingly, anyway), for somewhat the same reason as...

 
 By Terry Ross    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Dear Editor: Our Town's Finances

Dear Editor, There has been a lot of discussion lately about the town of Whitehall and its financial state. It has apparently not been managing its money very well. There have been some major accounting problems, some major shortcomings in funds due...

 
 By Don Lepinsky    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Dear Editor: Infrastructure

Dear Editor, Most of us would agree that we need to invest in our crumbling infrastructure. What we disagree on is defining infrastructure and how to pay for it. A conventional definition, which would include upgrading roads, bridges, rail,...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Dear 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 Bill Lanes    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Connecting Point: A Confused Generation

Imagine yourself for a moment as an outdoor enthusiast, on the first leg of a five-day backpack journey. You are loaded with supplies, map and compass in hand. You have charted your course and plan to be at your destination by Day Two. At first, you...

 

Horoscope: 5/5/2021

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, love and romance are definitely in your favor this week. If you have been pondering setting up a date or taking a spouse out for a night on the town, do it. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Even the best partnerships can be...

 

Editorial: Heading Back to "Normal"...

It’s really exciting to see so many events coming up in the next few weeks. Dare I say it? Could we be headed back to “normal”? Honestly, I don’t think things will ever return to what they were pre-March 2020. But in many ways, I don’t...

 

Dear Editor: Thank you to Federal Workers

Dear Editor, During the past year, federal employees nationwide and 12,898 active federal and U.S Postal workers of Montana have dedicated themselves to keeping our country running while weathering a global pandemic. They continue to provide...

 

Dear Editor: Researching Senate and House Bills

I read with interest last week’s letter to the Editor about the Senate and House bills that will endanger public lands. I have been watching what goes on in Helena and for the life of me, I didn’t remember any of those bills on the agenda. So, I...

 
 By Jo    Opinion    April 28, 2021

Dear 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...

 

Horoscope: 4/28/2021

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you have a unique perspective, and sometimes you appear uninterested in the opinions of others. But this week it is best to be humble and accept other’s thoughts. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you routinely put caring for...

 

Monday Sickness Creates Havoc

As a new business owner with no employees in office, I had always wondered what would happen should I fall sick on a Monday or Tuesday when the paper needed to get out to the printers. And this week I, unfortunately, found out. Monday morning my son...

 

Dear Editor: Response to Trucker's Wife #1

Dear Editor, To the truck driver’s wife (and damn proud of it) who submitted the anonymous letter to the editor last week; kudos to you: you should be VERY proud of your husband! And there are many truckers like him out there, feverishly driving...

 

Dear Editor: Thank You From AS&CC

Dear Editor, The AS&CC Spay and Neuter Program would like to specially thank everyone for their constant help and support making our Low Cost Spay & Neuter program such a huge success. A BIG shout out for Cory Tebay of Western Veterinary Services for...

 

Dear Editor: Public Lands Bind Us

Dear Editor, Once again, the Rally for Public Lands at the State Capitol was proof that our public lands and outdoor way of life bind us. The numbers bear it out: 89% of Montanans visit public lands every year. 64% hunt or fish. 79% consider...

 
 By Dana Brunet    Opinion    April 21, 2021

Dear Editor: Response to Truck Driver's Wife #2

Dear editor, Dear editor; to begin, I would like to say I think the Editor of the Whitehall Ledger is doing an outstanding job on covering the news, events, and all points of view in a professional manner! As for the wife of a truck driver (I will...

 
 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...

 

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