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  • Just Ask Georgia: 6/26/2024

    GEORGIA|Jun 26, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, I am not a fan of tattoos because they are so ubiquitous now. When I was a kid, tattoos were rare and rebellious. Nowadays, they are everywhere, and that’s fine. People can decorate themselves however they want. But, for example, my grandfather had tattoos. They were from when he was in the military and were a memorial to his friends killed in action. My son (19) has wanted a tattoo since he was little, so I told him that was okay but to consider whatever he got and have it be at least a little meaningful and not j...

  • CONNECTING POINT: The Priority of Connection

    BILL LANES|Jun 26, 2024

    We live in one of the most “connected” ages. Technology allows us to communicate with others in places worldwide instantly. However, there are certain disruptions that we all deal with, such as dead zones, battery loss, weather interference, and more. Do we possibly rely too much on technology? Regarding spiritual development, connection is basic and must remain a priority for growing in Christ. Jesus spoke to the matter in John chapter 15, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 6/26/2024

    Jun 26, 2024

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 It will be difficult to ignore an urge to snoop in someone else’s business, Aries. If that person wanted to confide in you, he or she would have already, so it is best to stay out of things. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, aspire to grow more comfortable with the important people in your life, as you will see them more often. Perhaps start planning outings you all can enjoy. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, put in as much effort as you can this week to stay on top of all of your chores. This will free up time later in the week f...

  • Dear Editor: Thank You, Freedom Floral!

    JAYNE DEAN and DORIE WESTHOVEN|Jun 19, 2024

    Dear Editor, We would like to thank Freedom Floral for donating certain types of flowers to the First and Second graders in the Summer School program at Whitehall Elementary. With such inquisitiveness, the students loved learning about the parts of a flower by actually dissecting the flowers. Hands-on learning is one of the best teaching methods and the students really enjoyed their experiences. The bonus was the tulips were full of pollen for the students to observe. Thank you again, Freedom...

  • Dear Editor: Uranium Standards and Whitehall Water

    FESS FOSTER|Jun 19, 2024

    Dear Editor, The recent Ledger coverage regarding uranium in Whitehall groundwater was timely and well done. One of the articles (May 29, 2024) contains an apparent statement by someone that none of the 34 water samples taken from the Whitehall area groundwater "came back with low enough uranium." Some interpret this to mean that uranium exceeded drinking water standards in all samples and occurred throughout the Whitehall area. These samples were part of the work I did for the town from 2015...

  • Dear Editor: Let's Rally, Montana!

    NANCY JANE LIEN, Montana HD 75 Candidate|Jun 19, 2024

    Dear Editor, Let’s rally, Montana! Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 22nd, from 7 PM to 9 PM at Ting’s Tavern in Jefferson City. Rob Quist, the Montana Poet, and his long-time bandmate musician David Griffith will perform. Former Governor Brian Schweitzer will have a special appearance for a rousing speech celebrating our Montana. The event, at Ting’s outdoor venue, will be free and open to the public. This event is a Welcome to Summer and a celebration of Montana. I hope to see you all there. Thanks, NANCY JANE LIEN Candidate, Monta...

  • Dear Editor: End of Times?

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Jun 19, 2024

    Dear Editor, Are we truly in the End Times? With the shape of politics these days, the economy, and well, you know...PEOPLE, sometimes, one might be hard-pressed to disagree with the bible believers who insist that "the End is nigh!" Bringing it home, so to speak, one might hear rumors floating around, with all the changes happening to our little town, that Whitehall is becoming a ghost town! As you know, the proof is in the pudding! Personal perception, however, is another matter. Some people...

  • Thought Provokers: 6/19/2024

    Jun 19, 2024

    Our instincts often think of us as being taller than we are. Sometimes, you learn more from people who disagree with you than those who agree with you. The average lifespan is 76 years. Middle age isn’t 50 - it’s 38. People rarely have an accurate assessment of their abilities. Most either over or underestimate their strengths and weaknesses. The thing you’re looking for will always be in the last place you look. There are 8 billion people worldwide, but only 2 billion seconds to think about them all. The first cloned human will simul...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 6/19/2024

    GEORGIA|Jun 19, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, My niece has been estranged from the family since her teens. After five years, she returned, wanting to be near family. We are trying to get to know her again, as she is not the same child we knew—pretty much a stranger. When she left, she was a beautiful, smart young lady, but now she states she will live as a hippie. My sister supports this. My niece has facial piercings, full underarm hair, and multiple visible tattoos. I have a question about my son’s upcoming wedding. My niece is excited to attend, but my son...

  • Connecting Point: The Wheel of Emotions

    BILL LANES|Jun 19, 2024

    As human beings, we “feel” a gamut of emotions as we journey through life. As a 53-year-old man, life is much different than when I was 35, I get tired easily and don’t always have as much gusto. Family has always been a priority for Dina and me, we’ve invested love and time into our four wonderful children, and each one is unique. We are entering the “empty nest” years these days and just became first-time grandparents in the fall. Our youngest daughter has graduated from High School, and transitions are happening around us. Like so many oth...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 6/19/2024

    Jun 19, 2024

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 It is important to have some deep conversations with a romantic partner to get to the root of issues that have come up, Aries. You may have an even deeper relationship after a discussion. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, if a particularly large purchase is on the horizon, you may need to adapt your budget accordingly. Start making small changes now so you’ll have the extra cash. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Suddenly, you are more mysterious than you were in the past, Gemini. You may be able to use this allure to make some new friends o...

  • EDITORIAL: A Moment to Humble Brag

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 12, 2024
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    Each year, the Montana Newspaper Association invites newspaper professionals to enter their best work in the following categories: Editorial, Design, Photojournalism, Advertising, Digital, and Special Publications. By reciprocal agreement, entries are judged by newspaper professionals and journalists from other state press/newspaper associations; this year’s contest was judged by volunteer members of the Utah Press Association. On June 3rd, the Whitehall Ledger was notified its entries has placed in the following categories: • Best Fea...

  • A Different Perspective: 6/12/2024

    LARRY HOFFMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 12, 2024

    Last Saturday, I was headed back home to an antique tractor and engine show. A variety of perspectives always come to mind: the things that are so very different and the few that have not changed and never will, at least in my lifetime. The springtime mountains, still snow-topped down into their shaded valleys, and the greening hills and plains flowing away from them, with subtle hints and vivid splashes of wildflowers, coming back into the bloom of their endless life cycle. Mature cows and...

  • Dear Editor: Tester Testing

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|Jun 12, 2024

    Dear Editor, Tester Testing...so tired...tired of the lies. I have grown accustomed to the fact that many politicians would rather tell an 'untruth ' than admit they are worthless. But the commercials I see on TV threaten my ability not to put my remote through the screen. I write of the commercials where you hear, "I am John Tester, and I approve of this message." Tester claims he has been after Biden to secure the border. Except Tester has supported Biden's open border policy. Tester claims...

  • Dear Editor: A Note to the Anonymous Note Leaver

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jun 12, 2024

    Dear Editor, I am writing in response to an anonymous note I recently received criticizing the appearance of our Chamber. The note, handwritten on a small piece of paper, stated: "This 'Chamber' looks awful! What a mess and embarrassment to this community!" As the only part-time employee of the Chamber, I want to address these concerns and share some context with our community. While I am not responsible for grounds maintenance, I understand the importance of our office's appearance and how it...

  • Thought Provokers: 6/12/2024

    Jun 12, 2024

    Humans are the most photographed species of animal. Eventually, there will be a game in which characters are powered by AI but believe they’re in the real world. The average dog owner will pick up over ten thousand turds during the life of the dog. Microwave companies and popcorn companies are in a strange disagreement about the popcorn button. The internet has given many of us an alter-ego that we wouldn’t display in real life. The initials of Seasonal Affective Disorder spell out how you feel when you have it. It’s funny how when you run t...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 6/12/2024

    Jun 12, 2024

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you may have to shuffle your schedule a bit this week to accommodate some interesting ideas you have generated on the fly. It's a good thing you're adaptable. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, think about where you want to go in the upcoming weeks because you have some influential supporters who can help propel you in that direction. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you may be involved in several different projects right now, but you often start things and do not finish them, which can be frustrating to others. Do not take on...

  • Connecting Point: Necessary U-Turns

    BILL LANES|Jun 12, 2024

    It was 1989, and I was in Helena, Montana, at a great restaurant, Frontier Pies. After enjoying dinner and of course, some pie I exited the parking lot with a friend in my 1979 Mustang. I turned right, shifting through the gears, and to my shock, about a block later, all I saw was oncoming traffic in both lanes! I immediately pulled a U-turn; this was necessary. Horns honking in the background and the dismay of other drivers caught my attention. Having never driven much in Helena, I was unaware of the one-way street. I most likely missed the...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 6/12/2024

    GEORGIA|Jun 12, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, You probably won’t think this is a real question, but unfortunately, it is. Are MATERNITY TESTS real? I gave birth to our daughter two weeks ago. I have red hair and blue eyes; my husband has blonde hair and blue eyes. Our daughter has grayish-brown eyes and a tuft of dark brown hair; her skin is a bit darker than ours. My parents have very dark brown hair and brown eyes, like the rest of my Sicilian/Greek family, but I got the genetic mutation for red hair. This is only relevant because my husband apparently does no...

  • Thought Provokers: 6/5/2024

    Jun 5, 2024

    First-person camera perspective is surprisingly uncommon in movies and TV shows. Real empaths usually don’t tell people they’re empaths. Being at work is the closest most people will ever get to being in prison. A direct correlation exists between how crazy a person is and how many bumper stickers they have. People with addiction cannot stop. In contrast, people with depression cannot start. Most drinking establishments on TV are well-lit, relatively quiet, and do not have drunk people—the exact opposite of reality. The older you get, the m...

  • Dear Editor: God Bless the Baumeisters

    LAURA MCCARTHY|Jun 5, 2024

    Dear Editor, My name is Laura, and I live in Twin Bridges. My husband, Tom McCarthy, passed away two years ago this August. We all remember the winter of 2022 with all the snow. Tom was blessed to have Bart Baumeister as a friend and his boss at the Pipestone Quarry. He, his wife Natalie, and their son Gage helped me so much through my first winter alone. Anytime I needed them, they were there to help me. They cleared snow from my driveway, helped me with my firewood, and even bought and...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 6/5/2024

    GEORGIA|Jun 5, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, My cousin uninvited me from her wedding, where I (17) was supposed to be a bridesmaid, because I asked if I could bring a plus one. All the other family members are allowed to bring their partners. However, she won’t let me bring my boyfriend since we’ve been together for less than a year. We’ve been together for three months, and that’s a long time for me, so I don’t understand what she is thinking. She believes that I’ll be glad he wasn’t in any of the photos when we break up. I think it’s unfair that she undere...

  • CONNECTING POINT: The Aroma of Forgiveness

    BILL LANES|Jun 5, 2024

    Have you ever been in a setting and observed the difference between an individual’s sincere emotion and pseudo-emotion? We all must be cautious about “reading” people because sometimes our take may be off; however, there are moments when we can truly “read the room.” This occurs in Luke 7 when Jesus is invited to Simon the Pharisee’s home. Jesus had an ability, unlike others, to understand the intentions of the heart. Simon was a cold-hearted keeper of the law, evident by his hidden motives towards the sincere woman washing Jesus’ feet...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 6/5/2024

    Jun 5, 2024

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Family obligations are swimming through your mind, Aries. It is time to sit down and hammer out a resolution that will appeal to everyone and lighten your load. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 A special person in your life is getting closer and closer to you every day, Taurus. This may be the companion that you have been hoping for. Continue to take things slowly. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, sometimes you have a tendency to make things more difficult than they need to be. Stop obsessing over every little detail this week. Things have...

  • Dear Editor: If You Don't Have Good People, You Don't Have Much

    May 29, 2024

    Dear Editor, If there is one thing every business owner, rancher, and manager agrees on, it's that if you don't have good people, you don't have much. And if there's one thing Montanans (and, increasingly, outsiders) know, it's how good our hunting and fishing opportunities generally are. They make life here special. They feed our families and shape our lives. We tend to assume these same opportunities will continue for our kids, regardless of income-but Governor Gianforte and Fish, Wildlife & P...

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