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I thank John Ilgenfritz of Helena for looking at my ideas (‘Lots to ‘chew on’ in The Monitor,” Jan. 22). He wrote: “A couple of weeks ago [DeVries] talked about virtually shrinking Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to 0 over 20 years by cutting its budget by 10% every se… Read Article

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I haven’t been able to be too involved with work over the past couple of weeks. My back finally gave out and I lost the use of my right leg for several days. The doctor finally got it stabilized with some steroids and drugs so that I can get around with a cane. I worked a couple of days last… Read Article

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When assessing the maladies that ail our society, the cornerstone that is the family is turning to dust. The demise of the cornerstone is due to crumbling fathers, and parents in general. A society is built of families, a structure of micro-cultures that will only be as successful as each in… Read Article

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The new year has begun: Second semester began Jan. 27, and numerous events will take place including plays, staff training, JHS days and school planning. Read Article

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The Animal Shelter and Care Committee, or AS&CC, promotes the humane treatment of animals in Jefferson County through shelter, education and spay and neuter endeavors. For over 12 years we have been providing low-cost, twice-yearly shot clinics and spay and neuter clinics for county resi… Read Article

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The staff of Boulder’s See ‘n Save store thanks each and every one of you for your clean, gently used donations. Over the years, these donations have resulted in funding for many valuable community projects. Read Article

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I just read your two and one half page article by Eric Dietrich of the Montana Free Press in the Dec. 25 issue of The Monitor. In my opinion, it is an editorial masquerading as a news story. Read Article

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We are in a time of cultural division. A day of drawing sides, establishing positions and rallying sympathizers. Some preach civility and tolerance, others enjoin backbone and principles. At the crux of this societal seesaw is the struggle over the hilt of the sword of the state. Some desire… Read Article

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When I was about 10 years old, my father told me that living in a community comes with responsibilities. It is the responsibility of every person to give a little of themselves for the benefit of others, he said. Some people fundraise for the school, others plan events or take the time to br… Read Article

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As a retired active duty Air Force Commander, I upheld the Air Force core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do.” You quickly learn the value of teamwork and how no one is above these core values. Those airmen who neglect these principles are held accountable. Read Article

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Education is meant to nurture and prepare students for life after graduation, whatever that next step may be. Our students and educators face many challenges, but mental health stands out among them. It is no secret that Montana leads the nation in teenage and childhood suicide. Read Article

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In the movie “Hondo,” John Wayne’s character throws a boy in the water to learn to swim so he might get to the other side of the pond for better fishing. The mother was horrified, but the boy survived and was not traumatized. In fact, he was elated to achieve better fishing and the skill of … Read Article

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It is obvious that if conservatives were only as brilliant as liberals, we would quickly embrace the joys of socialism. We would put our trust in ever-growing government bureaucracy, happily working toward that glorious utopia where individuals need no longer make any decisions for themselve… Read Article

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The Boulder United Methodist Women are so very grateful to the Boulder community for supporting our annual bake sale for charities. Your generous contributions will support many worthy local and worldwide programs and will truly make a difference in the lives of many people. Read Article

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In a letter to the editor a few weeks ago, Denise Fellers demonstrated a mistaken understanding of the Democratic Party’s position on several key issues. Reading Ms. Feller’s letter reminds me that some Republicans think finding a Democrat in Jefferson County is as likely as finding an armad… Read Article

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Small Business Saturday has slowly become an American tradition following the Thanksgiving holiday. Brick-and-mortar businesses across the country promote their best deals of the year in hopes of luring shoppers from online purchases. It was not so long ago that Americans would visit locally… Read Article

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Editor’s note: Lee Benner shared the following story at town hall meetings in Clancy and Boulder on Oct. 24 and Oct. 29, respectively. The meetings, organized by Jefferson County Prevention Specialist and DUI Task Force Coordinator Barb Reiter, focused on the challenges facing youth today. T… Read Article

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Montana’s national parks are some of the best in the country, but they desperately need repairs. Parks across our county, like those in Montana, are facing unreliable funding, record visitation and aging infrastructure. Read Article

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The letter by Bryher Herak (“Polarizing misconceptions threaten us,” Oct. 16) explained something I have been struggling with: why friends who are Democrats are still Democrats when the party has changed dramatically. Read Article

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The worst thing about a Congressional closed-door hearing is that the opposition does not get any press when they posture and pontificate on the unfairness of whatever. The best thing about closed-door hearings is that, “The private ones always produce better results.” That’s not my opinion,… Read Article

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Do you think only “bad” parents need to take parenting classes? As I have talked with people about the upcoming “Active Parenting” class, that is the stigma that seems to be attached. How unfortunate! Read Article

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In an Oct. 23 letter to the editor (“Horrified by mostly liberals causing country’s woes”), George Thackery wrote: “I am horrified by abortion up to and including the day of birth. What kind of monsters have we become?” He ended his letter by suggesting we work together to solve our problems. Read Article

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I was asked, and happily comply with the request, to respond to readers who voice concerns over my positions. I deeply appreciate the effort by Dean Grenz of Boulder to contact me personally in addition to submitting letters to The Monitor. All of my contact info is included in each piece an… Read Article

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Just a note to assure your readers that I do indeed talk to Democrats. I also listen to news. I even read on special occasions, sometimes publications without pictures. And, God forbid, I try very hard to think for myself. I even have a working knowledge of our Constitution, which is a truly… Read Article

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Over the past several years the Jefferson County DUI Task Force has supported and encouraged Jefferson County schools to become involved in Red Ribbon Week. Much of the support has come by providing schools with a moderate stipend to purchase materials and provide speakers and other resource… Read Article

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