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Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! It was good to be home for a few days and seeing the friendly faces in eastern Montana. I get a lot of emails and phone calls from my constituents in SD18. The large majority are in support of how I vote. There are a small few...

 
 By Jerry Kessler    Opinion    March 8, 2023

Guest Opinion: Woke Craziness

Disneyland has removed the phrase “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” from the music of its parades due to concerns about racial sensitivity. Disney made the change due to the phrase’s origin in the 1946 film “Song of the South,” which has long been criti...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! In Judiciary committee we heard bills about landlords and tenants, protecting individual rights from government, the abuse of the judicial system, and etc.  It seems like there is a lot of concern about parent’s rights....

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! The Transmittal deadline is coming up fast.  I am going to introduce four more bills this week that need to be heard and hopefully moved through the Senate before Transmittal. There are two bills dealing with FWP, one dealing...

 

Hot Air Is Not Saving Our Way of Life

A formation of losses is destroying our way of life. Hot air is not saving it. Publicly noticed losses are closure of the MDU electric plant, closure of the Savage coal mine, and closure of the sugar factory. Additional threat of loss fails to be...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We finished our 6th week, so we are one-third of the way into the 68th Legislative Session. We heard a variety of things in Judiciary this week. We heard some bills about dealing with injunctions. There are some cases where...

 

Letter To The Editor

For almost the last 100 years, the sugar beet producers in our area have been recognized as some of the best sugar beet growers in the nation. We have always taken pride in growing the highest quality crop possible every year. We, the growers, are...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! Jan. 30 - Some of my bills are moving through the process. I introduced SB55 in committee, which deals with the DEQ becoming a member of a national lobbying group, to deal with the Federal government, which is very anti-mining...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Things keep rolling on fast pace at the Capitol. There are lots of people involved in this process. There are elected officials, people representing themselves, agencies, and of course there are lobbyists and special interest groups, trying to help...

 

The Doctor's Rebuttal

I am a physician who has worked in this region since 1986. I look at the local newspapers, browse the headlines, but admit that I do not read the details of most articles. After I read a prominently featured submission, entitled “Middle-class...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! There was a lot of activity at the capitol this week. I saw a few people from eastern Montana. It is fun to have you stop and see us if you are in Helena. One important bill that is coming up soon in Judiciary committee is...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! Our second week of session seemed like a busy week. I presented my first two bills: SB 58, which raised the cap on Block Management from $25,000 to $50,000, and SB 42, which allows an easier path for a right of way through...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We are back in Helena for the 68th Legislative session and Freedom is still the foundation I stand on as we talk legislation, write legislation, and vote on legislation. I am reminded of the quote by Benjamin Franklin “They...

 

Broad Coalition Supports Gustafson & Rice For Supreme Court

Absentee ballots will soon be mailed out for November’s election. Two of the most important elections on the ballot are for Montana’s Supreme Court. We, as a group of Montana attorneys, former and current elected officials, and concerned...

 

Letter To The Editor

Justice Ingrid Gustafson is the right choice to remain on the Montana Supreme Court. She is fair, impartial, and an independent jurist. She upholds the rule of law and the independence of the Montana judiciary. She has tremendous experience as a judg...

 

Letter To The Editor

The Montana Supreme Court has gone rogue. They don’t think they are accountable to anyone. They run as “non-partisan” candidates, so the voters don’t know their true political views. They don’t even run as conservative or liberal. Except...

 

Guest Opinion

It has been an honor and a privilege to represent Senate District 18, which includes Wibaux, Dawson, and Richland Counties in their entirety. Senate districts in Eastern Montana are going to change. As you know, in Montana we redistrict every ten...

 

Letter To The Editor

During the 2021 Legislature, we set a budget to adequately fund state government operations. It turns out that the State Treasury received a lot more tax revenue that we projected. In almost every area, tax receipts have exceeded our expectations. Th...

 
 By Dan Eakin    Opinion    August 17, 2022

Letter To The Editor

Justice Ingrid Gustafson is the right choice to remain on the Montana Supreme Court. She is a fair, impartial, and independent jurist, and she upholds the rule of law and the independence of the Montana judiciary. She has tremendous experience as a...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Guest Opinion: Locking Out All People From Half The Land & Water Forever

President Biden is pursuing a “Half Earth” policy to permanently lock up half of the earth’s land and water against any human use by 2050. Its name “50 x 50” means 50% by 2050. In 2019 the Center for American Progress published an...

 
 By Randy Pinocci    Opinion    June 22, 2022

Guest Editorial

With my re-election as Public Service Commissioner representing eastern Montana, I deeply appreciate the confidence placed in me by my constituents (67% vote; thank you!) and want to dedicate my election to a great grassroots supporter: Lonny...

 
 By Jacklyn Damm    Opinion    June 8, 2022

Celebrate Healthy Homes Month With Smokefree Air!

Each June, National Healthy Homes Month raises awareness on housing-related health hazards and the steps to take for safe, healthy homes. This year’s theme is “A Healthy Home at Any Age” to highlight the importance of a safe living space for ev...

 

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor, This election cycle, a native eastern Montanan is running for county attorney. Richland County’s current county attorney chose not to run for re-election, and whether she knew it or not at the time, hiring Layne Johnson as deputy...

 
 By Shane Kyhl    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Shane Kyhl Statement to Richland County Voters

My name is Shane Kyhl, and I am running as a constitutional sheriff a conservative Republican. I received my criminal Justice degree in 2010, and I specialize in leadership and management I’m a hands-on manager. I believe in America, the constituti...

 
 By Tom Halvorson    Opinion    May 25, 2022

Guest Opinion: Paving County Roads And Reducing Taxes

During this primary election season, a promise has been made to pave the county roads (not by any current county commissioner). Along with that are promises to reduce spending and taxes. Do these promises add up? Richland County has about 70 miles...

 

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