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Sharp-eyed longtime readers of the Monitor may have recognized the byline on the April 7 article about Montana’s distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Writer Katheryn Houghton began her professional journalism career as an intern for the Monitor. She was a warmly welcomed addition to the sta… Read Article

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The Montana Legislature is working on plans to appropriate the nearly $3 billion American Rescue Plan Act funding package that Montana will receive from the federal government. Unfortunately, the Legislature is entertaining a controversial amendment in the bill to cut federal aid funds by 20… Read Article

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The great risk in asking people what they think is that they will actually tell you. But The Monitor’s annual survey of subscribers is a source of great joy and fascination for me: It provides a window into our relationship with our audience; points us toward trends and ideas that merit cove… Read Article

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Ms. Johnson makes an emotional plea in this week’s letters to the editor for voter suppression without any provision for voter integrity. Lets analyze her argument. Read Article

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 It should be noted that when the work on the kiosk was being done, it was said that upon its completion the poop collection station was to be reinstalled.  I have sent several emails to City Hall and each time, I have been advised that the Department of Public Works will reinstall it.  Now … Read Article

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The Boulder Fitness Club is in the process of relocating to the former high school gym on the west side of the Pietrasanta apartment building.  If you have exercise shoes or any other personal belongings at the Club, please remove them by April 15. Read Article

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Why is our state representative Marta Bertoglio supporting voter suppression bill HB176 which eliminates same day voter registration on Election Day?  60,000 Montanans registered and voted on Election Day over the past 15 years.  Montanans have shown their support for this same day registrat… Read Article

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The Jefferson County Public Health Department held a COVID vaccine clinic on Friday, March 19 at the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department Station at Montana City.   Read Article

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I am following with interest the discussion of SB 215, which its sponsors claim to be some kind of protection of Montanans’ religious freedoms. It seems some folks are interested in the subject but might not yet have read the proposed bill/s.   Read Article

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While the 2021 Montana Legislative Session is only part way done, we feel it’s important to take a moment and thank Representative Marta Bertoglio for her work in protecting the health and safety of the communities we serve. Recently, Rep. Bertoglio stood up for common sense and protection o… Read Article

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I had to read Senator Edie McClafferty’s reply to Susanne’s inquiry three times. I am pretty sure that it is what Orwell called double speak. In other words, it deliberately distorts or obscures the meaning of what was being said. Read Article

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Whew! The election’s over.   And hooray!  We don’t have to watch thousands of political ads and get asked to contribute... until the next election cycle, which starts in less than a year. Read Article

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We pay into the Social Security System while employed and expect a nominal payback upon reaching retirement age. In 1984, federal legislation was passed allowing the IRS to tax our Social Security income up to 50% which again was increased to 85% in 1993. Back then, a married couple filing j… Read Article

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To those of you who have been struggling with the uncertainty of this virus, know that the Health Department  has been struggled with you. We have struggled with how best to protect our community. We have debated policy and procedures. We have followed the best practices laid out by our coun… Read Article

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Should we all become cowboys, wearing white hats and carrying guns, setting off to save the world in Netanyahu fashion, bombing Palestinian neighborhoods as revealed in a documentary film titled, “Jenine, Jenine.” Ethnic cleansing is after all, all part of Torah Doctrine — “Kill every man wo… Read Article

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Eddie Mulick was the first person I met when I moved to Trout Creek, and that was largely because he owned what his matchbooks proclaimed was, “The Wayside Bar--finest bar in Trout Creek.”  It was also the only bar.  Read Article

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I wish to add my voice to all those who have expressed gratitude to the Jefferson County Health Department for their tireless efforts to keep us all safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, I have great appreciation and respect for our county health board and officer for issuing a m… Read Article

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Last week the Montana Senate voted on a crucial measure to address the current fiscal crisis ongoing in Washington, D.C. Informed citizens know U.S. debt is now approaching $28 trillion. This does not count over $220 trillion of unfunded liabilities or the $4 trillion of planned deficit spen… Read Article

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Wylie Galt, Rep. R Martinsdale, has introduced HB 505, a goldmine for landowners and outfitters, which intends to take licensing of non-residents out of the hands of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This bill would establish landowner licenses for, not only cows, but also for bulls. Read Article

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The staff at the Jefferson County Public Health Department is small and, for almost a year now, they have been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Out of a concern for others, they frequently work nights and weekends, without extra pay, to help keep our county healthy.  Many people do no… Read Article

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Thank you to all the nurses, staff and volunteers at the Jefferson County Public Health Department for all they are doing to deliver the COVID-19 inoculations to our Jefferson County residents.  We all appreciate what they are accomplishing.   Read Article

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In last week’s Monitor, our representative, Marta Bertoglio, had an article that I found very disturbing.  Read Article

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Consumers have the right to know the origin of their beef purchases, and ranchers have the right to a fair and competitive market. This is a reasonable expectation.  However, since 2015 Congress specifically exempted beef and pork from labeling laws. Consumers do not know where their beef co… Read Article

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I’m a proud founding member of Big Sky 55+, a non-profit statewide group that advocates for older Montanans and for a healthy Montana. We are the newest members of Montana Unified, a coalition formed to fight for worker rights. Read Article

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Right now Republicans are working hard to take away voting rights from potentially 8,000 Montanans with House Bill 176 which eliminates same day voter registration on Election Day. This law has been in place for 15 years and in 2014 the majority of Montanans voted down an initiative to elimi… Read Article

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I’ve lost three hunting spots on corporate timberlands in the last two years. I’ve always appreciated the privilege of hunting those lands but knew they could be sold. One sale blocked a road leading to thousands of acres of US Forest Service where I’ve hunted for over 30 years. The hunt for… Read Article

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I have friends that think that President Trump was the worst thing that happened to the United States. I have friends who think President Biden is the worst thing that has happened to the United States. What if there was a way to put national politics in its place, and increase your influenc… Read Article

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Montana voters passed I-161 in 2010 to limit guaranteed outfitter tags. The current legislature, with sponsor Jason Ellsworth (R) SD 43, has introduced SB-143 which negates I-161, thus bypassing the will of Montana voters. This bill proposes to double the number of guaranteed outfitter licen… Read Article

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There’s one passage in William Kittredge’s The Next Rodeo that has sneaked into my brain and my way of thinking. It’s from the essay “Home”: “Looking backward is one of our main hobbies here in the American West, as we age. And we are aging, which could mean growing up. Or not. It’s a diffic… Read Article

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I urge citizens to contact state Representative Marta Bertoglio and state Senator Edie McClafferty to vote against HB102.  This bill allows anyone without any firearms training and no background check to legally carry a loaded concealed gun into towns and cities including bars and restaurant… Read Article

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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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