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 By DARLA HILL    Opinion    January 4, 2023

POEM: God is the Reason

GOD IS THE REASON Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall God is the reason for them all. As winter nears and coats are donned, Sweaters, gloves, and hats put on WAlking briskly in cool crisp air, Moisture dampening once dried hair, The Earth is filled with man...

 

Thought Provokers: 12/28/2022

Ohio is the only state in the USA that doesn’t share a letter with the word “mackerel”. You never see old people laying/sleeping on their stomach. The correct phrase is “you can’t eat your cake and have it, too” not the other way around....

 

Op Ed: Medicaid Rates for Montana Nursing Homes

As Montanans, we care for each other. Across the rural-urban divide, generational divide, and Brawl of the Wild divide. Of all our constituents across Montana, the most deserving are our elderly neighbors who are on Medicaid benefits. They have...

 
 By Georgia    Opinion    December 28, 2022

Just Ask Georgia: 12/28/2022

Georgia, I have a question, I’m so lost! Isn’t NFL just for the U.S.?! How does New England have a team?????? New England isn’t part of the United States! I just had this same argument with someone who told me Georgia is a country, not just a...

 

Connecting Point: Have No Fear

Fear as a subject, I have come to comprehend, has graduating degrees. But, the Christmas season has had a positive effect on my mood: Reading through God’s word I am encouraged by both gospels Matthew and Luke: Have no fear. Acknowledging our...

 

Horoscopes: Week of 12/28/2022

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Cleaning and organizing can wait for another week, Aries. This week you should focus on having fun with your family and friends Enjoy the respite from work. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, work is on your brain, but it could be...

 

Thought Provokers: 12/21/2022

Mrs. Clause never spends Christmas with her husband. Technically, fries w/ ketchup is eating fruits and vegetables. As kids, we wish for fake things to be real, but when we grow up we wish real things were fake. Batman has a vitamin D deficiency...

 

Dear Editor: Don't Allow This Blatant Assault on Montana's Citizens

Dear Editor, In the early 1970s, frustrated with the corporate boot that dominated and bullied Montanans, the state’s people rose up. Led by ordinary citizens like Pastor George Harper of Helena, local historian and mother of six Louise Cross of...

 

Connecting Point: Christmas Confusion

Christmas is in the air with school plays, business parties, and church, and community events. Last-minute decisions are being made about travel, or what will be served during the day’s celebration. Here in the Whitehall valley, there is no...

 

Thought Provokers: 12/14/2022

Mowing your lawn is an exclusively middle-class chore. Neither the poor nor the rich have to do it. Knowing that something is unhelpful is helpful. You can always tell by driving around who has a garage after a snowstorm. The fact that rich...

 

Dear Editor: Equality, liberty, and justice for all?

Dear Editor, I recently read an article published by foxnews.com where Florida governor Ron DeSantis slams woke Disney. I also watched a PBS NewsHour segment where Governor DeSantis stated that Florida is where woke goes to die. So, what is woke?...

 

Dear Editor: Thank you from Bill Kenworthy

Dear Editor, I wish to take a moment to thank my four doctors, Dr. MacDonald, Dr. Watson, Dr. Willoughby, and my personal doctor and great friend, Gayle Sacry. Also, Comm. Int. Health helper Holly Harper for coming to my house to take my vitals....

 
 By GEORGIA    Opinion    December 14, 2022

Just Ask Georgia: 12/

Georgia, I have a question, I recently learned that a small man has been living in my attic for the past 53 weeks, unbeknownst to me and my family. He doesn’t speak any English and he acts feral. I don’t know what to get him for Christmas this...

 

Connecting Point: Hidden Under the Tree

Our lives circle around tradition, especially this time of year. Over at least the last decade most, maybe all, adults agree tracking consumers has become excessive. It is my opinion that this creates a slippery slope where we lose value in some of...

 

Horoscopes: Week of 12/14/2022

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, no matter how much you try to tip the odds in your favor, this week is much more about the luck of the draw. Keep a positive outlook and things may turn out in your favor. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, if winter’s chill...

 

Dear Editor: Tiring of Misleading Dribble

Dear Editor, Well now, this is different. I know that my letters are usually long, but this is in response to the letter last week wondering whether or not big corporations were going to get any more tax breaks when the republicans take charge of the...

 

Dear Editor: Response to Jon Goff's Article

Dear Editor, After reading the article by Jon Goff in a recent Ledger pursuant to our “right to vote” and his statements of “a threat to our democracy” and his use of the term “Democratic Republic,” I about lost my lunch. Yes, we all have...

 

Dear Editor: Addiction & Politics

Dear Editor, I broach this subject very carefully, with a bit of hesitation and more than a bit of consternation, because it is a rather touchy one! Addiction! Of late, there has been a lot of talk going around having to do with another touchy subjec...

 

Dear Editor: The Terminator and the Constitution

Dear Editor, The TERMINATOR - straight from the insurrectionist’s mouth: “I haven’t read the Constitution, but from what I’ve been told, most of it is a waste of paper quite frankly; the fifth amendment is the only part worth saving.” A...

 

Thought Provokers: 12/7/2022

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory came out in 1971 and encouraged kids to lick walls. Lead paint was outlawed 7 years later. Walking around with your belt unbuckled feels inappropriate, but removing it completely makes it okay again. As humans...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    December 7, 2022

Connecting Point: Chartered Course

Well-known poet Maya Angelou has said, “Everyone grows old but not everyone grows up.” It is one of those understated facts that on Wednesday you might find humorous and on Thursday it irks you. There are some adults that never grow out of their...

 

Horoscopes: Week of 12/7/2022

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Someone thinks you are up to a challenge this week, Aries. Dive right in and prove them correct. There’s much you’ll get done, but leave some time for leisure. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 There’s not much you can’t accomplish...

 
 By Georgia    Opinion    December 7, 2022

Just Ask Georgia: 12/7/2022

Georgia, I have a question, I (22M) was on Facetime with my girlfriend (20F) and my sister (11F) walks in. She has tears streaming down her face. I quickly move to comfort her. She comes in for a hug, and I hold her face while wiping a tear, asking...

 

Dear Editor: China Funds Universities

Dear Editor, As Vladimir Lenin said: control education, control the future. Well, it was something to that effect. Other nations understand this and use it to some extent in the United States. But no one has influenced education in the U.S. as China...

 

Dear Editor: Government Needs to Get Off Our Backs

Dear Editor, Will congress enact more corporate tax cuts now that Republicans have taken control of the House of Representatives? Will they extend current corporate tax cuts? How about tax cuts for the rest of us? That’s right, 95% of us do not...

 

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