News From the Front, the Last One

“A ship does not sail with yesterday’s wind.” Red Mark, a 12th-century pirate from a Louis L’Amour novel. “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” George Orwell Scrooge said to the ghost of his dead partner Jacob Marley (who resembles at least two of my ten uncles, even in […]

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News From the Front April 21

Friday 21st April is day 82 of the 90 day Session. The Legislator’s on-line calendar ends on Friday, 28th April. We want these dark clouds because they bring rain. The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: It’s good to be back in Montana. It remains the best place I’ve ever been. This is a very […]

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News From the Front April 18

Dear Readers: In all areas of life, we vote people into office in order to serve our interests. Often, they do this for the most part. It’s difficult for our elected officials to fully serve people on every bill or decision. So while it’s important to push your legislator on the issues where their vote […]

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News From the Front April 7

Dear Readers: Time is a precious commodity. Time is of the essence. Time is relative. The legislature has stated that their goal is to end by Good Friday. This means there was a lot of movement and work on bills in the past week and this pace will continue into next week. Given the shortened […]

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News From the Front, March 31

Dear Readers: Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) had a very interesting life. That made him eminently quotable, seemingly for many topics. This one is very wise in today’s world, in my opinion. His quote also reminds me of the saying that if you want to learn something new, read something old. […]

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News From the Front, March 24

Dear Readers: One of the Conservation District Administrators called NFTF “calm,” a word that I had not thought of as pertinent to any legislative process, even the first day. The Session is swirling with much uncalmness, a word that I may have just invented because it has that squiggly red line under it as I […]

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News From the Front, March 17

Never trust a dog to watch your food. Saint Patrick The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The green grass will be here at some point in the future, but today is a fun celebration of all things green and of all things Irish.  I thought about commenting on this week’s […]

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News From the Front, March 10

“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.” Marie Curie The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: If you like to read about great people, pick up a book about Marie Curie’s life. She was a remarkable woman and one of my heros. Her words certainly put an interesting perspective […]

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News From the Front, March 3

“Quit now, you’ll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.” David Zucker, of the 1980 movie AIRPLANE! fame. The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: We are halfway through the Session, and the Airplane! movie is so stupid that it was funny to me when I saw it in 1980. […]

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News From the Front, February 24

Photograph used by permission of the Billings Gazette. Photographed by Casey Page.  Calving season at Castle Mountain Ranch. Thanks to the Gazette and Casey for their help. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”  Plato “You can discover more about a person in an […]

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