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Protecting Montana From Attacks On Our Health Care

“I am a cancer survivor, as is my 22 year old son. It is frightening to think that both of us may be uninsurable in the future if this trend continues.” That is a portion of the letter I recently received from a Montanan named Karen. Karen wrote...

 

Guest Opinion

We’ve been complacent. We thought everybody knew how important a free press was to our world and that all this talk about us being the enemy of the people would be dismissed for the silliness that it is. But the reckless attacks have continued,...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Summary Judgment In Irrigation Case Cause For Celebration With Caution

Federal district court judge Brian Morris issued his summary judgment ruling in the lawsuit that threatened to end irrigation in the lower Yellowstone valley. The ruling is cause for joy and celebration with caution. The ruling is a solid win for our...

 
 By John Mercer    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Deciding on our HD35 Representative

Elections bring out some very interesting advertising by candidates. I’m concerned about a term called, ‘campaign conservative,’ meaning someone is a conservative but only until after the election. As that relates to our area, we have our...

 
 By June Buckle    Opinion    May 30, 2018

To The Editor

Most voters requesting absentee ballots have noticed that in this primary election the Public Service Commission in District 1 is up for election in June. Travis Kavulla, our current Public Service Commissioner for District 1, is at the end of his...

 
 By Tom Martin    Opinion    May 30, 2018

To The Editor

Randy Pinocci is the top choice to be our Public Service Commissioner in District 1. This district represents 19 counties, from Cascade county north to the Canadian border then east to North Dakota. Randy Pinocci is the only candidate with...

 

Letter To The Editor

Janet Christoffersen will be a strong county attorney for Richland County. Eastern Montana will always be home to me. I was raised in Sheridan County, Montana, and resided there for more than thirty years. Because of that, I have personally known Jan...

 

Krautter Will Bring Proven Leadership To Helena

What do you look for in a leader? Experience, intelligence and commitment. These are all qualities Joel Krautter possesses. Joel has extensive experience in leadership that makes him the best person to represent us in Helena. Currently, Joel serves...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, One thing that is disappointing to me is when candidates campaign one way and then vote the opposite once they are elected. In Eastern Montana candidates like to campaign like a conservative Republican because they can't get elected if...

 
 By Keitz Ochs    Opinion    May 16, 2018

Letter to the Editor

Montana Public Service Commission District #1 will lose a valuable asset this year due to term limits. Travis Kavulla, Vice Chairman, (Rep) will be replaced after the November 2018 General election. Commissioners' on the PSC normally do not get a lot...

 

Letter to the Editor

I support Joel Krautter for House District 35 Representative. Joel is one of my associates, a shareholder in my firm and a friend. He is the best candidate for HD 35. But who is Joel? He’s a compassionate, diligent, hardworking lawyer. He’s...

 
 By Matt Rosendale    Opinion    May 16, 2018

Matt Rosendale: Montana Deserves a U.S. Senator Who Means Business

Like many Montana ranchers, I know the importance of having good neighbors. When harvest time rolls around and neighbors are shorthanded, we help load up the wheat or the sugar beets in the field and get them to market. When a prairie fire rips...

 
 By Janet Sergent    Opinion    May 9, 2018

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: The June 5 Republican primary election will give Richland County voters the opportunity to decide what kind of new leadership we want in the next Representative we send to Helena. These are a few key leadership qualities I believe our...

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Janet Christoffersen is the right choice for the next Richland County Attorney. She has the ability to work with people and for the people. Janet has always been approachable, honest and hard working without any hidden agendas. While I...

 
 By Jerry Kessler    Opinion    May 2, 2018

Success and Failure

The determinants of success and failure in life are complex. People who have had advantages in life are more likely to succeed, and people who have not had these advantages are more likely to fail. The seeming inevitability of this trend is...

 

Taking Care Of Montana's Cash Cow

Budget problems, budget cuts and lower than expected revenue. Such has been the news from Helena this past year. The budget cuts even hit Sidney. The Office of Public Assistance closed, ending three j...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: “America will ever be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) I have known Tanya Rost for years. In fact, her husband Shawn worked for...

 
 By Rick Norby    Opinion    April 18, 2018

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: I am writing to give my personal endorsement to Joel Krautter for Representative of House District 35, ahead of the June 5th Election Day. Since I’ve known Joel, I’ve been able to see Joel’s passion to make a positive difference...

 

Letter to the Editor

Ref: Candidate for Richland County Attorney, Janet Christoffersen I have been a law enforcement officer for 40 years with 37 of those years as a criminal investigator. I have served with the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation as a Narcotics...

 
 By Jordan Hall    Opinion    April 11, 2018

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: I admire Joel Krautter. I admire that Krautter has been able to fit in and plug into Sidney when he’s from a place that is startlingly different from here. I admire that Krautter has co...

 

Letter To The Editor

Krautter is Best Choice for Representative Dear Editor: I am writing today to give my endorsement to Joel Krautter in his campaign for Representative of House District 35. As a former Chairman of the...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    April 4, 2018

Hearing April 19 Threatens To Terminate Irrigation From Existing Intake Weir

Despite claims to the contrary, the lawsuit against the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project is not a suit only to stop a new weir and fish bypass. It threatens to terminate irrigation from the existing Intake weir. In response to my previous...

 
 By John Mercer    Opinion    April 4, 2018

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor: Radioactivity Welcomed to Montana or “Obfuscation” – to make obscure or unintelligible. Governor Steve Bullock and his party have been considered very environmentally conscious, but it seems they are forging a new direction. North...

 

Buffalo Commons by Way of Pallid Sturgeon

Because I grew up as a dry land farmer, when the Buffalo Commons was proposed in 1987, it didn’t take long for me to realize what was really going on. While on one side, it involved repopulating the Great Plains with buffalo, on the other side, it...

 

Krautter Calls For Legislation To Protect Richland County And Montana From Becoming A Dumping Ground For Other States' Radioactive Waste

On Wednesday night, March 7, I attended the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) meeting regarding the Yellowstone Disposal landfill, being proposed 4 miles southeast of Sidney and in close...

 

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