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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 3, 2021 

Our View: Donations Show Best of Community

The February 17 issue of the Voice included an article from the City of Three Forks officials thanking those who donated $156,760 to five projects in 2020. A large portion of the donations was for the new bleachers at the rodeo grounds. Other...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 3, 2021 

Column: Is he really pounding the desk?

Throughout my newspaper career, I have seen a little bit of everything. A majority of it has been a positive experience, and this is what I want to be doing, but my previous job as a publisher certainly added some gray hairs. Most of the people I dea...

 

Our View: The Confusion of 2 Policies

Montana’s use of masks has been a hot topic for debate with people both for and against very passionate about their stance. This editorial is not intended to pick a side or even to take a middle ground, it is instead to discuss the confusion that...

 

Column: The Movies...

A trip to the movie theater as a kid was always a real treat. I can still remember walking through the doors and into the lobby, where the smell of popcorn greeted me almost as if it was saying welcome back, Jack. We would always get a massive tub... Full story

 

Our View: Pandemic shows best of Three Forks

Over the past few weeks, the Three Forks Voice has published a series of articles about the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on area businesses. Throughout each of the interviews and articles, one thing is consistently repeated. Owners are very...

 

Column: Could have been twins

As I was posting stories to the website earlier this month, I noticed in a basketball story that it said “fowl trouble” instead of “foul trouble.” I wasn’t quite sure whether to scream or laugh or perhaps a combination of both. The paper...

 

Our View: Amazing job by Three Forks Speech Team

There have been some extremely positive things happening lately in the Three Forks School District. While there has been positive news since the start of school in August, perhaps the biggest story of the school year happened earlier this month. The...

 

Column: Mallrats

Having a teenage daughter can sure be a roller coaster ride. Sometimes I never know what type of mood they will be in. Sometimes it is splendid, and others can be a downright scary fit of hormones that makes me want to go and hide in the shed. While...

 

Our View: Be vigilant around parks, churches

In August of 2019, a front-page story in the Voice detailed the vandalism that occurred at the Three Forks United Methodist Church. Vandalism has also been reported numerous times at local parks including before Christmas at the new portable ice...

 

Column: Armchair Chef

I probably watch way too much television, but I could probably think of worse things I could be doing with my time. A great deal of the shows I watch are what you could describe as gritty and it is not uncommon for me to finish a complete season on...

 

Our View: Ice rink huge for Three Forks

While many residents may have been glad to see the end of 2020, there was some great news at the end of the year from the City of Three Forks. A new portable ice rink was constructed and filled at Stevenson Park and although the weather has not alway...

 

Column: Hastings

I am not a big fan of huge retail stores. Sometimes it is a necessary evil to go to one of the big box stores to make a purchase but that does not mean I have to enjoy even one second of it. My hometown didn’t get a Walmart until I was in late...

 

Our View: New members would be huge for TFAA

In late 2020, Three Forks Area Ambulance hosted a drive-by fundraising event to help generate funds for an Emergency Medical Training Class for new members. When putting together a story about the event it became very clear that the service was in...

 

Column: One of those things

When I was a kid, I probably spent more time on the golf course than just about anyone in my hometown. If I was staying with my dad, we would get in nine holes before 8 a.m., golf another nine after 5 p.m., and on the weekends play between 18 and 36...

 

Our View: Page shows positives of social media

It’s oftentimes easy to get swept up in the negative news that can be seen all over the place. Sometimes a quick visit to social media can be an instant downer with the amount of not only negative news but also a lot of fake news. 2020 was a rough...

 

The Prairie Doctor: Choose Respect Not Fear

My son is a cub scout, and I am den leader. Recently our den met outside and practiced putting up tents and learned how to build a fire. With efforts to stay distanced, every scout made his own s’more, and we had such a fun time. One highlight of t...

 

Column: The Tree Farm

I recently read that Republic Services was offering free Christmas Tree recycling in Three Forks. Within seconds of viewing this, I was flooded with a memory that has disappeared for well over a decade. Truth be told I probably have a lot of... Full story

 

Guest Editorial: 2020 a challenge at Montana State Parks

As one of the most challenging years in Montana history comes to a close, we want to call Montanans' attention to the important role our state parks and fishing access sites have played during the COVID crisis. As social distancing became necessary...

 

Column: Radio

After my first year of college at the University of Wyoming, I procrastinated a little too long and did not end up finding a job until mid-June. Because I was late finding work and perhaps spending too much of my salary from McDonald’s I was forced...

 

Our View: Be prepared to take care of pets

In a Facebook post last week, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office shared a seasonal reminder that had a very important message. The message detailed how pets are not toys and to not give a puppy and kitten as a gift unless prepared to take care...

 

Column: Hood Wars

I’m sure I probably sound like a cranky neighbor yelling at people to stay off my lawn who also walked nine miles through a mountain pass to get to school, but kids are just not outside very much anymore. It’s kind of sad because a lot of them...

 

Guest Editorial: 229 years ago, America became . . . America

Yesterday marked a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago December 15 that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation. Bill of Rights Day...

 

Column: Philly 'Wit' Cheese

The City of Philadelphia is rich in history and perhaps and is perhaps as important or more in the creation of the United States as anywhere else. While Philadelphia does have the nickname of the "city of brotherly love", it has also garnered a reput...

 

Guest Opinion: Recommitting to Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

The most recent increase of positive COVID-19 cases in our community and state may have many of us feeling vulnerable, isolated with uncertainty about the days ahead. Please remember we are in this together and will get through these tougher times...

 

Column: Ring, Ring

I never have been one that has been a huge fan of talking on the phone, but it is a necessary part of my job. While there are a lot of things I much rather take care of in person or through email, I still find myself making a handful of calls every...

 

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