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 By Anne Denning    Opinion    August 3, 2022 

Barn Cats-Working for a Living

I am a great believer in equal opportunity when it comes to animals. People have heard that a particular cat is “ just “ a barn cat. So if we follow that line of thinking, people born poor are just “ poor,” so Because of the circumstances...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    August 3, 2022 

Thoughts With Zoe

Nothing brings more joy than running into kids who want to share their lives with me. I love the park right next to the Mountaineer and walking on the sidewalk by the library. Of course, I have to...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Patching Cracks

This week, I finished reading a biography of C.S. Lewis written by a student and personal friend of his. The book is unique in that it offered a personal account of the life of an author I hold in high esteem. I love Lewis’ writings, both his...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 20, 2022

Patching Cracks

I recently came across a great line: “Every Olympic event should have an average person competing for reference.” I am not sure who said it originally, but it is brilliant. First off, it’s funny. I can only imagine what it would be like to...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Patching Cracks

Most people know Daniel in the Bible from the story of the lions’ den. The account of that event takes place in the 6th chapter of the book, when Daniel was around 70-years old. He had spent his entire life up until this point working in the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Thoughts with Zoe

"Summertime and the living is easy," as the song goes. Not for our farmers and ranchers, but maybe for the children of the community. It could be that I'm getting older, but more children are riding...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Patching Cracks

The Old Testament history of the Jewish people records a major series of events that changes the religion, how people thought, and in some ways, the course of Western Civilization. This story takes place a few hundred years before the birth of Jesus....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 22, 2022

Patching Cracks

When I was a kid, my favorite books were the Choose Your Own Adventure series. These books usually told some sort of adventure story about time travel, monsters, knights, detectives, or some other exciting tale. Every few pages, when the main...

 
 By Anne Denning    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Some Mothers

So much has been written about mothers and so much misunderstood. So many topics concerning mothers have not become newsworthy. We, as mothers, know this. It’s only been relatively recent that miscarriages have been acknowledged as the traumatic...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Thoughts with Zoe

We can complain all we want about gas prices. We can't go places as we want. Our fast pace style of living must slow down. We can't afford to go 100 miles an hour. We can blame it on a wide variety...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Patching Cracks

I got my first job when I was 16. I worked at a bakery/deli making sandwiches, serving customers, washing dishes, and doing other minimum wage-type restaurant work. Since then (for about 30 years), I have rarely had a stretch of time where I did not...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Thoughts with Zoe

This Memorial Day week reminds me of Memorial Day's most powerful lesson learned. I was in Washington DC making the rounds of all the memorials. There is very little talking while you soberly view eac...

 
 By Ann Denning    Opinion    June 1, 2022

The Damnit Animals

When I was growing up, none of my family swore. The only exception to that rule happened maybe twice a year when I would hear--DAMNIT!!! A hammer usually preceded it on a finger or something similar. I first used that word at the tender age of five....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Patching Cracks

Around 17 years ago I was hired to work as a chaplain at a metal health facility for kids. I had been a youth pastor for a number of years and was decent at working with kids. That was about all I had going for me, apart from interviewing well. I...

 

Letter to the Editor

I’m moved to write this letter of appreciation to the local pastoral community for their continued efforts to address suicide by sponsoring the weekly National Suicide Prevention Hotline advertisements in The Mountaineer. It’s important to note...

 
 By Ann Denning    Opinion    May 4, 2022

An Unmentioned addiction

We are all too familiar with the serious, devastating addictions pervading our society. The one happier addiction hardly ever mentioned is that of the bookaholic. The bookaholic draws little interest as they conduct their addiction behind closed...

 

Patching Cracks

I have been preaching through the book of Acts at my church for the past 8 months, taking time off for a Lent and Christmas series. This past Sunday, I reached chapter 17 and began delving into Paul’s visit to Athens, in ancient Greece. While...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    April 27, 2022

Thoughts with Zoe

When I first moved to Big Sandy to a farm out southeast. A huge cottonwood tree greeted everyone at the start of our farm. Over the years, the tree was poisoned by weed spray from airplanes spraying...

 

Patching Cracks

A few times in my life, I’ve read a news story involving someone who was shot by a friend while “testing” their brand new bullet proof vest. I’ve also seen videos of the same stupid stunt. I will say confidently that I would not test out a...

 
 By Ann Denning    Opinion    April 20, 2022

MOTHERING HACKS FROM A DINOSAUR

Yes, I am calling myself a dinosaur, as I’m sure many young mothers will view me as such. The thing is, being a dinosaur has taught me lots of things. Scientists learn many things from studying dinosaurs. Study my dinosaur ideas and see if you lear...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Patching Cracks

I recently read that employees, by a wide margin, prefer recognition for their work and contributions over bonuses or financial incentives. This seems counterintuitive, but there is a strange truth about what motivates humans in life: we want to...

 

Letter to the Editor - Senior Center

The Big Sandy Senior Citizens Center Respected Editor, The State Unit on Aging, housed in the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, recently became aware of the struggles of the Big Sandy Senior Citizens center. I, along with our...

 

Patching Cracks

The nation of Ethiopia, which is in Northeastern Africa, was once a lush, fruitful, and green nation. Over the past century, that situation has changed. The nation has seen nearly 40% of its forests cut down and sold off. The result of these actions...

 
 By Anne Denning    Opinion    March 30, 2022

The Positives of the Pandemic

A person can immediately think of tons of negatives caused by the pandemic. Some are terrible, and others are just irritating. News articles and general talk amongst people have concentrated on the downside. I know I am a constant complainer because...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I’m writing concerning the article on the front page of the March 2, 2022, edition of the Mountaineer about the Big Sandy Senior Citizen Board seriously considering closing the Big Sandy Senior Center. Like they stated, “closing the...

 

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