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Valley Views Valley Views

Gallatin County is a close-knit community, and as one of your commissioners, I see so many helpers across our communities working to support their vulnerable neighbors and make our community safety nets stronger. A recent act of goodness came in the form of a successful mill levy in 2022 that voters approved to maintain the only skilled nursing home in our area: Gallatin County Rest Home. As the second most populated county in Montana, ensuring the vitality of our only remaining skilled care nursing home is critical for our seniors needing long term care. Voters stepped up to save this essential facility, but unfortunately, recent federal regulations proposed by the Biden Administration thr...


Slices of Life

(This column is part of a seven or perhaps 11-part series.) Chapter one, number one. You know what they say: sometimes you just have to laugh. And why not? Laughter can be healing. It can be an escape. It lowers stress. It gives a boost to your immune system. It is relaxing. It is stimulating. It ...


Valley Views Valley Views

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began just over two years ago, and the devastating war that has followed has been a catastrophe for Ukrainians and Russians alike. Tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed, tens of thousands more have been wounded and maimed, and an almost incomprehensib...


Legislative Notes Legislative Notes

The Credit Card Competition Act has emerged as a controversial bill that Congress is expected to take up early this year.  Under the guise of increasing competition in the credit card market, this legislation presents some serious threats to small businesses and credit card users.  As is so often t...


Legislative Notes Legislative Notes

“Equal justice under law” is such a foundational principle in our constitutional republic that the phrase is carved in stone above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.  Unfortunately, here in Montana, it appears that justice is not applied equally. ...


Peace Voice

Excuse me as I ponder eternity — briefly. Like it or not, this is the essence of … uh, aging. As I wrote a year ago: “ …once you actually hit it — that three letter word, “old” — watch out: “An aged man (as William Butler Yeats pointed out, as he sai...


Legislative Notes

It seems like every day I open the newspaper and read a new decision issued by a Montana court. I’m not a lawyer, but it’s becoming apparent to me that our courts are increasingly out of control.  There have been many questionable decisions issued by our courts in recent years. One decisi...


Slices of Life

My family and I are amusement park geeks. Always have been.  Non-amusement park aficionados see the long lines as a deterrent. Why spend so much time in line just waiting for the 90 seconds of roller coaster wonderment?  Seems like a waste. Admittedly, there is a lot of waiting time while ...


Valley Views

Montanans have always been serious about governing themselves in the way they see fit.  While we have a representative government—i.e. one in which we elect officials to represent, lead and act on our behalf in governing—Montanans have never ceded complete control over our lives, liberty and...


Put America first

Editor, Currently our democracy is lost unless we stand up against the tyranny of the Biden administration and the progressive Left. The dictatorial Left under the Biden administration has removed many of our freedoms and are attacking others. We hear day to day from the Left, how if President Trump wins ...


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