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Thirteen-year-olds can AirDrop Simpsons memes from across the room, and artificial intelligence made chess masters like Garry Kasparov obsolete. But for all our technological advances, at home, we’re still cavemen.  Read Article

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Mr. Rosendale has shown his true colors. After the January 6th riot, destruction and insurrection at our Capitol, he was so spineless he chose to still believe Trump’s ‘stolen election’ lies. The first stance he took representing Montana was to disregard domestic terrorists mounting an insur… Read Article

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At times my heart is so heavy I can’t imagine how I am going to carry on without Bob beside me, but then I read all the wonderful notes of sympathy/support that were sent to me and my family and review the generous contributions that have been made in Bob’s name and I know I am not alone.  B… Read Article

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Just a brief, but sincere, thank you to all those who showed compassion and consideration these past several months. And a special thank you to those of you who showed up for work and performed your jobs with integrity, proficiency, and professionalism.If I didn’t thank you out loud, know th… Read Article

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For the first time in our history, the United States of America has failed to realize a peaceful transition of power. That failure is egregious and inexcusable: there is no way to legitimatize the actions of those who stormed the Capitol on January 6 or of the president who essentially invit… Read Article

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First, I commend the Monitor for the high quality journalism provided week after week. When public trust of the press is waning, the Monitor’s standard of professionalism is a beacon. Read Article

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Whatever grudging respect I had for U.S. Senator Steve Daines has been obliterated by his stunt of joining 11 other Republican Senators to question the validity of the 2020 Presidential election. His motives mystify me, but his action chills me. Trump, I at least understand. He wants to be P… Read Article

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The Instagram post looked strange to Amulya Panakam, a 16-year-old high school student who lives near Atlanta. In February, a friend showed her a sensational headline on her phone that declared, “Kim Jong Un is personally killing soldiers who have Covid-19!” Of course, the news wasn’t real. … Read Article

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Over the last several months, we have seen many requests to support small businesses. The focus has mostly been on our restaurants who truly need our support. We also need to remember those other small companies in our community, like Michelle’s Toolbox. Michelle is a Boulder resident we rec… Read Article

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We have always known that Boulder was a special community, it has never been more apparent to us as it is now. We just want to say “thank you” to everyone who has thought about us, prayed for us, brought us meals, and cared about our son.  Read Article

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December 15 marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago on that day the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation. Read Article

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As we approach the end of 2020 you may be thinking about donating to one of Montana’s charities. Your donation helps these organizations provide critical services and this year many need your help. Read Article

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Montana is not the only place with an economy that depends on its rich natural resources, though I would argue that it is the most spectacular. And I learned firsthand, making my living off the state’s timber, the importance of careful stewardship of the wealth that comes from our rivers and… Read Article

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With the passage in Montana of I-190 we have joined California, Washington, Oregon, and a few other “Liberal” states in making the purchase and use of marijuana jail time free. It has been about 100 years since its use became a social stigma, then illegal in the United States. Marijuana use … Read Article

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As evidenced in the responses to my prior letter, the Covid mask issue is an emotional one for many people. However, concern and patriotism do not address my two main points: Read Article

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The government is not trying to control you by requiring masks any more than by asking you to wear a seat belt or obey speed limits. It is about safety and health for all. Read Article

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Randy Newberg doesn’t carry a sidearm. Clocking some 100 days every year exploring the unbound—and often bear-laden—pockets of the American landscape, Newberg says when it comes to a bear attack, he’d leave his trust in an aerosol rather than a piece of lead.  Read Article

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In a recent rally, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem stated that her supporters were “happy because they are free.” Free from what - COVID-19? Is the new definition of freedom the all out resistance against wearing a protective mask or garment - especially if it can save lives? Using that lo… Read Article

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Public health should be a matter of science, not opinion. It should be based on fact, not politics. Yesterday, Montana recorded over a thousand cases of Covid19. This is why I was so disappointed in Stu Goodner’s uninformed and inflammatory letter to the editor last week. Those of us who wea… Read Article

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I’m an Army veteran who, as my dad and father-in-law who fought in WWII found out, relied totally on our fellow soldiers to have our backs and we had theirs. Patriotism. Selflessness. As kids, we saved dimes for war bonds. We had no car and walked everywhere or rode our bikes. My grandparent… Read Article

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When “All in the Family” hit the TV screens in 1971, the war in Vietnam was raging, cities from Washington, D.C., to Detroit were charred from riots in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination, and many young people like me were leaving those cities, moving west to rural America.  Read Article

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I am so deeply appreciative of the opportunity to have run for House District 75. Although I lost my race, it was an honor to be the Democratic candidate for Jefferson County.   Read Article

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Over the past two decades we have traded in logical thought for feelings. This is true in the epic failure of the “flatten the curve” policies. Read Article

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As CO2 levels hit 40% above a hundred years ago, 415 parts per million, Montana’s summers are longer, hotter and drier. The record breaking fires in California are a preview of what’s coming to Montana. Farming is threatened as well. Yet some of our leaders insist on attempting to fool us ab… Read Article

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Many of you know we have a daughter-in-law in the Boulder community know we have a daughter-in-law from China and that her mother is suffering from bone cancer. Lily lives in Saudi Arabia. She wants very badly to go to China to see her mother. There is no longer a direct flight to her parent… Read Article

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A week from now, subject to the vagaries of ballot counting in this pandemic-challenged election, we will have chosen a President. If the majority of polls are to be believed*, that President will be Joe Biden. It’s possible – but somewhat less likely — that Democrats also will flip enough s… Read Article

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After attending the Basin Water and Sewer District meeting Oct. 6, I was stunned, as was everyone else that attended.  Read Article

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Now that the election season is full upon us I, like you, have had my mailbox jammed full with large and glossy pieces of light cardboard informing me about the merits and flaws of the various candidates. While I am glad that the Post Office is making money off of politicians instead of havi… Read Article

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Most are so weary of politics that we fill post office trash cans with political ads and mute them on TV. Why are politics consuming and often destroying our families, friendships and communities? Primarily, I believe, because over the last 50 years our society negated teaching our children … Read Article

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Here is why I am not voting for Tom Woods for Public Service Commissioner. Electing Tom Woods would result in higher power bills for me and my family. How do I know this? Because after spending eight years on the public dole as a state legislator, Tom Woods has a clear record of supporting b… Read Article

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Marijuana legalization in Colorado has cost them not only in dollars, but in lives, increased crime and mental health issues.  Here are the facts:   Read Article

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Our youth are the future of Montana and they are in jeopardy. There are already many opportunities for young people to be led astray, not the least of these being availability of illegal and unhealthy substances. The passage of I-190 and CI-118 in this November’s election would make it legal… Read Article

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Some nice changes in Jefferson County recently; cool weather has replaced grasshoppers with fall colors, a little rain has cleared the smoke from the skies, and the Panthers hard work finally paid off with a win. The one thing that doesn’t change is Democrat candidates telling us not to trus… Read Article

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — When Harlandale Independent School District in south San Antonio shuttered its doors in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, Melissa Casey’s first thought about her students was, “How are all of their basic needs going to be met?” Read Article

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Jefferson County Election Administrator Bonnie Ramey wrote this “point-counterpoint” in response to questions from residents concerning the decision to hold a mail ballot election in November. She addresses oft-heard comments and concerns about mail ballots versus voting in person at the polls. Read Article

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Steve Bullock’s ads could leave one wondering if he is really running for the Senate, or another term as governor.  Such a list of self promoting brags.  I take particular note of his claim of “conservative budgeting.”  I was still a member of the Montana Senate during Bullock’s first two ye… Read Article

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