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 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    October 28, 2020 

Patching Cracks

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It’ll keep you busy, but you won’t get anywhere doing it.” I first heard this line from a 16-year old kid in a rehab program I was working with. I’ve repeated it hundreds of times because a great deal of the...

 

Letter to the Editor- Peaceful Protest

Our “Trump 2020 sign was taken from our front lawn last week. We have since learned several others have had their signs taken as well as the “Trump Train” by the highway being vandalized. These are not acts owe expect to happen in Big Sandy....

 

Letter to the Editor - Living with Covid-19

Dear Big Sandy Community: I am writing this out of an inherent obligation to be transparent with the Big Sandy community. By the time this letter is published, I will be fully recovered and back to work after testing positive for COVID-19. This is a...

 

Letter to the Editor - Appreciation

Editor’s Note: Pam Gasvoda expressed to me their deep appreciation for Big Sandy for the care and support they have received; however, she didn’t want to have to keep repeating the following information over and over. In January 1998, Arnie...

 

Patching Cracks

Throughout elementary school, junior high, high school, and college, I was a poor student. I had brief spurts where I’d manage to bring my grades up to decent levels, but for the most part I did my best to not drop below C’s. I was a poor note...

 

Patching Cracks

One day, James and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, came to him and asked for a place of honor in Heaven. It was a lofty request that Jesus denied by explaining that the Father decides who will be where in eternity. When the rest of the disciples...

 
 By 3    Opinion    September 30, 2020

Letter to the Editor

The Big Sandy Medical Center (BSMC) has remained a cornerstone business and healthcare provider for the Big Sandy community and surrounding area since its doors opened in 1965 and expanded to add the long-term care facility in 1985. Big Sandy...

 

Patching Cracks

In 1884, George Eastman founded the Kodak company and patented the first roll of film. This invention revolutionized photography. In 1900, Kodak released the Brownie camera, the first camera aimed at mass ownership. It cost $1, was easy to use, and...

 

Patching Cracks

A couple months ago, my Facebook feed showed me a handful of videos of of baby skunks wandering around town. I’m sure I didn’t see all of them, but I’ve heard stories of folks filming themselves feeding the babies and heard all sorts of...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear friends and neighbors, I have placed an ad in the Mountaineer promoting what I have called an “America Rally” in Big Sandy on Friday evening, September 18th. Let me explain my rationale. First, the public health restrictions imposed by the p...

 

Letter to the Editor

Importance of Vaccination for Influenza 2020 By Dr. Ann Rudinger (Editor’s note- Dr. Rudinger is the wife of Ed Blazek, Class of BSHS ’72) With all the attention given to COVID-19, it is easy to overlook a basic health care step- the annual FLU...

 

Patching Cracks

“Wealth should be like a light coat on a cool day. It should bring us comfort while we have it, but it can throw off at any moment without worry.” I read this line years ago in school, but I can’t find the name of the speaker. At the time, it...

 

Patching Cracks

For the past 3 years, I have maintained a fairly rigid morning routine that began at 4 AM, when I would get out of bed, read for an hour, walk to the gym, and exercise. 6 months ago, the Covid lockdowns began and my carefully established routine fell...

 

Thoughts with Zoe

2020 has been, at least to this point, quite a year! We tend to concentrate on what's wrong, I mean, what else can go wrong! We are trying hard not to step on people's toes, not to express an opinion...

 

River Ramblings South

Summer is nearly gone, and I cannot say I will miss much of it. I was dealing with back pain most of the summer, which definitely puts a damper on gardening and doing the work I usually enjoy. Generally, we have an enjoyable summer, busy working,...

 

Harvest Brings Stress

Harvest and haying time is always a stressful time. It's hot, sweltering, equipment breaks down, and everyone is exhausted! We have little time to take a break, little time to get a good night's...

 

Patching Cracks

I love Johnny Cash. I think my all time favorite Cash song is “A Boy Named Sue.” The song was a huge hit for Cash, but was actually written by Shel Silverstein, who is famous for writing books of children’s poetry. In the song, a young man is n...

 

Patching Cracks

My brother lives in Northern California. For the last 6 months, he and his family have been living with some of the strictest lockdown regulations in the country. My little brother is very active and a bit of a gym nut. The lockdown has eliminated...

 

Patching Cracks

In his fictional book, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis wrote a collection of letters from a senior demon to a novice tempter. The book explores the various ways people are led astray, tempted, tricked, and manipulated from their faith in God. The o...

 
 By Ann Denning    Opinion    August 12, 2020

YOU AREN'T WELCOME

Those words cause a person to feel slighted, irritated and sometimes surprised. The Canadian/U.S. border is now closed, except for essential travel. Essential travel is commercial products being...

 

Dear Editor

Talk is always cheap, but it seems even cheaper when it comes from the lips of Senator Steve Daines. Daines claims to be an advocate for Montana producers so much that he sounds like a broken record, but when push comes to shove, is he really there f...

 

Patching Cracks

I learned basic car repair in college after buying a beat up old car for $250. Armed with a repair manual and a basic tool set from Sears, I took on all manner of simple repairs. Along the way, I learned quite a few lessons. One of the most...

 
 By Steve Sibra    Opinion    July 29, 2020

TALES OF OLD BIG SANDY: Harley Hurd: A tough skin concealed a heart of gold within

When I was a lad, there were a few people around Big Sandy who always seemed to be somewhere nearby. On the one hand, they were like the buttons on an old coat, maybe a little bit frayed, maybe the...

 
 By Serena Cator    Opinion    July 21, 2020

Uncertain Times

My son has recently asked me, “why do people say the expression ‘uncertain times’ when they talk?” I explained to him that we have a new normal...and we may never go back to the way it used to be. These “uncertain times” have everyone...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 21, 2020

Thoughts with Zoe

I thought I would share “Lighting Up the World” by Tyler Perry, instead of trying to rewrite the subject and doing it poorly. Enjoy! “I’VE BEEN DOING a lot of building over the past few years. I’ve learned that, according to the commercial...

 

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