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 By Helen Austin    Opinion    February 12, 2020 

Whitewater News & Opinion for February 12, 2020

2-5. Since it is basketball season, I am going to make some comments to coaches, administrators, players, and fans. Here’s a big question: If there is a lopsided score, with one team losing badly,...

 

Fight socialism with better ideas, not bigger bullets

At the recent Montana Republican Kickoff, something very strange happened. A GOP legislator from Billings suggested that he ought to be shot. Representative Rodney Garcia dropped a stink bomb in the middle of the gathering by insisting that it is...

 

Slim pickings mid-winter

Last week’s column on the impending invasion of feral swine from Canada attracted an unusual amount of attention. Apparently the squeal of the pig resonates with more hunters than I would have...

 

Plan for pigs not for everyone

Last week’s column on the impending invasion of feral swine from Canada attracted an unusual amount of attention. Apparently the squeal of the pig resonates with more hunters than I would have...

 

Whitewater News & Opinion for January 29, 2020

1-22. U.S. politics is in such chaos. Let’s hope 2020 will improve everything. Some one asked me, “what’s your political preference?” Answer: I am a Democrat! What are you folks? Again, Happy...

 

BLM Plans Overhaul of Grazing Regulations

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing to overhaul regulations for grazing on 155 million acres of public lands across the western United States. The BLM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on Tuesday (Jan. 21), and...

 

Still better than Tucson

I’m a little torn. It’s so cold I have no interest in going outside. On the other hand, it’s cold, so it’s making ice and that means I should be outside -- fishing. I’ve never been much of...

 

I just had to check

So, I finally let the media hype get to me. Not the left vs right garbage that continues to divide us. I’m talking about the fires in Australia. By now, if you check social media daily or even...

 

Together We Can Stop Human Trafficking in Montana

Title: Together We Can Stop Human Trafficking in Montana January 11th was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Recently we have seen too many missing youths in Montana who may be human trafficking victims. Learning what we can do to stop this crime may...

 

Washington State: It's a different world

It’s only a day’s drive from here, but it’s a world away. At least I fit in. With longish gray hair and a beard, I looked like a hundred other guys on the street, although they were dressed...

 

Whitewater News & Opinion for January 15, 2020

Again, sympathy to all victims of the many wars. Pray for peace. Sympathy to victims (both people and animals) of the fire in Australia. It is so sad. Back in Whitewater, happy birthday and...

 

My knight in shinning armor

I refuse to think of myself as elderly, however a recent situation made me think otherwise. It was eight years ago I started thinking of retiring from teaching as I was getting more second-generation students in my classroom. How could that possibly...

 

Federal land grazers are losing their vested water rights

Ranchers running livestock on federally managed lands are facing a major taking of which few appear to be aware. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has filed thousands of water rights with the Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC). The...

 

Feeling like 2009

On January 1, 2020, I had my first pop since December 31, 2009. Ten years! I made it and I know it’s not polite to pat yourself on the back, but it was a tough thing for me to do. For those who...

 

Whitewater News & Opinion for January 8, 2020

Happy New Year 20020! We should all pray for peace on earth. Sympathy to all victims of war everywhere and their families. New Year’s Eve, there was a great party at North 40 in Whitewater. There...

 

Whitewater News & Opinion for January 1, 2020

12-25. Sympathy to families of victims of guns violence in Great Falls, Mont. There is a need for gun control everywhere. Get well wishes to all cold and flu sufferers. The best home remedies are 1....

 

Come down to the HLRC and give back to the Greatest Generation

Dear Editor, Our community has much to be thankful for, of which would be our senior citizens at our senior center, the Hi-Line Retirement Center (HLRC). We are what we are because of what our seniors worked so hard for all their lives. It is...

 

A good bird dog dies young

I never put much stock in the old saying that a man is lucky to own one good bird dog in his life. If that’s the case then that man just didn’t have enough dogs. I’ve had a bunch, some better...

 

Glad to be home

Ready or not, here it is. I thought it was ridiculous that we had tons of snow dropped on us during October. I thought to myself, yes this is terrible but not bad. We are a little over a week in...

 

2019 Letters to Santa and Christmas Art from Phillips County Schools

Malta Elementary Mrs. Ost Kindergarten Dear Santa, I have been good. I would like a Cowboy football helmet and pads. Love, Tryan Anderson Dear Santa, I have been good. I would like a Mini Force XBot....

 

Christmas Stories from Saco Middle School

Christmas Tree Carter Pippin Saco - Grade 7 Fake needles held together by wire, metal, and plastic, standing tall in the middle of the room, decorated brightly with lights tangled all around the tree...

 

Letters to Santa from Phillips County Schools Part 2

Malta Elementary Dear Santa, My name is Avi Oxarart, and I go to Malta Elementary School. This year for Christmas I would like American girl doll stuff. Top 5 things IN 2019 WHAT DID YOU DO TO HELP OTHERS… 1.Help my mom clean up the kitchen 2.Help...

 

Whitewater News & Opinion for December 18, 2019

Sympathy to family and friends of Shirley Dunbar. She was a real nice lady and will be missed by all. (The Dunbar's are a pioneer family of Whitewater.) Our sympathy and prayers are with all the...

 

Wow, that was fast

Wow. That went fast. It always does. The five-week general big game season in Montana closed Sunday. Unless you plan to hunt the shoulder season for elk, you’re done for the year. There’s often a...

 

I hope it doesn't spoil him

My 12-year-old grandson Isaac shot a good muley buck earlier this month. I hope it doesn’t spoil him. In an effort to get young people interested in hunting, the state, along with a number of...

 

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