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Ending campaign for state senate

Editor,  Today I made the difficult decision to end my campaign to serve you in the Montana State Senate. It sounds cliche, but I’m doing it to for family reasons. I thought campaigning and serving in the Legislature would be easier now that my kids are out of diapers. But I recently returned from several days at a tribal judges’ conference in Nevada, and it was just too difficult to be away from them for an extended period of time. I realized I’m unable to commit to the back-and-forth travel of the legislative session. I want to thank everyone who supported me with your time, contributions, advice, and encouragement. I can refund any donation you’ve made-...

Neither party has good presidential candidate

 Editor, I can’t think of a better way to open a letter than was presented last week by the Ashcrafts. After all, if someone has also submitted a letter to the Missoulian....well what can you suspect. He/she must be “one of those.” Because the author identified a judge who retire...

Moving forward

Editor, On 11/11/2023 at 11 p.m. Dick Christopher died. On 12/15/2023 at 11 a.m. we laid my father to rest with military honors. We would like to truly thank our community and people who knew him, shared him with us and helped us through our loss. In the days following his death, we learned more of the...

Don't let holidays end in tragedy

Editor,  December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. It opportunely coincides with the holidays when folks are going to parties, reconnecting with old friends, and maybe indulging more than they do the rest of the year. Wherever you’re going this Christmas season, please never get b...

Democracy will determine election outcome

Editor, Our nation, the United States of America, is presently in political crisis. We have never had a person running for president who wanted to lead our nation with a political system other than a democracy. Donald Trump is the first person trying to accomplish this with an autocratic/dictatorial form ...

Grateful left-leaning James C. Nelson is retired

Editor, We are writing in response to an article written by James C. Nelson in the Dec. 6 issue of the Valley Journal. He is also a frequent contributor to the Missoulian. Mr. Nelson was an associate justice of the Montana Supreme Court from 1993-2012 and was appointed by Marc Racicot. This position, by d...

Strong leaders needed

Editor, Der Fuhrer is here. As I read James C Nelson’s letter to the editor I was impressed with his candor and his inability to judge what is actually happening, especially since he is a former judge. As a former judge I thought he might be measured in his inflammatory rhetoric, but I was sadly ...

Disappointed with Supreme Court ruling

Editor, I appreciated my time spent on this 95-mill property tax issue with you, the Department of Revenue and the lobbyist for the school organizations. I am disappointed with the Supreme Court ruling but will abide with it. The educational value of researching and understanding how the school, local gov...

Use the pill, not abortion for birth control

Editor, Here’s a novel idea on the subject of abortion. Don’t get pregnant. I’m 80 years old and grew up in an era void of legal abortion or birth control. If we got pregnant, we had the little darlings.  Then a miracle. The birth control pill was developed. It was control fin...

Music to my ears

Editor, Imagine this: feeling deep, soul-filling joy amongst mostly strangers, two evenings in a row. That’s what happened to me. Curious? Friday night, Mission Valley Live presented a concert highlighting Robin Layne and the Rhythm Makers. It was a knee-bouncing, energy-filled evening of incredi...

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