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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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 One of the most important civic duties Montanans will participate in next year is filling out and responding to the 2020 U.S. Census. At just nine questions long, the questionnaire might not seem like a big deal, but it is.  Read Article

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We are so thankful for the many people who have supported the annual CROP Walk during the past 23 years. (This year’s was Oct. 6.) We are privileged to be working alongside you in the fight against hunger! The compassionate and generous contributions from you have certainly provided support … Read Article

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(Editor’s note: At the start of the school year, Jefferson High School teacher Kelsey Voeller assigned an essay to her Honors English I class to get to know her new students. “It was to be a personal narrative with a lesson learned in the end that altered their perception of something they o… Read Article

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Let me start by acknowledging my long-standing opposition to President Trump, and to my absolute horror when my countrymen elected him to the highest position in the land. Read Article

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In a previous issue of the Boulder Monitor there was an interesting article about the difficulties the county had in finding volunteers for the volunteer fire department and emergency medical services. In the same issue, there was a rambling sermon by Rep. Greg DeVries. Read Article

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Two thumbs up for looking into using the former Montana Developmental Center administration building to house artisans. Perhaps their art could be put out for sale, a room or two dedicated to the building’s history, or sculptures placed on the grounds nearby. I’d send a check to help support… Read Article

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We would like to thank the Boulder area people for their prayers, cards, flowers, monetary donations, food, phone calls and help during Anika’s hospitalization and brain surgery. Read Article

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I was given the film “I Am Israel” by Christians who believe Israel is God’s Promised Land and watched with great interest as it began: “It was on this mountain that God first promised my people that He would care for us in this land.” Read Article

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Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, was the 232nd anniversary of the 1787 signing, by Constitutional Convention delegates in Philadelphia, of the U.S. Constitution. As Public Law 915 designated Sept. 17- 23 as Constitution Week, it is fitting this week to read and reflect on both the greatest document … Read Article

Commissioners’ Report
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The Jefferson County budget for Fiscal Year 2020 reflects the Commission’s desire to continue to progress while keeping taxpayers in mind. For the past couple years, we have been able to reduce the mill levies at the county level, and this year we reduced them by four mills. We are not sure … Read Article

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The cold bite in the air signals that school is upon us. As a fifth-grade teacher, I know it’s an exciting time for students, teachers and parents. Like other Montana teachers, I have been preparing for my new students. My goal as a teacher is to create a learning environment that engages st… Read Article

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Most of us have, at one time, encountered or heard about military imposters. Famously, actor Brian Dennehy, who played Sheriff Will Teasle in the 1982 Stallone film First Blood, claimed to have fought and been wounded in the Vietnam War. While he, in fact, did serve in the United States Mari… Read Article

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To celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17, the tri-county Oro Fino Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring a commemoration of the 1787 signing in the Capitol Rotunda at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. (Last year’s event won the National Society DAR 2018 First Place C… Read Article

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Thank you Clancy Volunteer Fire Department and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for sending firefighters and equipment in response to our request for mutual aid Friday evening as we responded to a wildland fire a half-mile south of Jefferson City. Read Article

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I absolutely despise the polarization of politics in America today. Those responsible for this nasty dichotomy need to step back and reflect on how this ever-widening rift affects the lives of all Americans, young and old alike. So I was greatly annoyed when I noticed a presidential campaign… Read Article

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