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Guest opinion: Hydro dams will meet NWE customer needs at lowest cost

If the Montana Public Service Commission approves NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to acquire the PPL dams, those great facilities will be dedic…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: 2 D.C. judges rule for blind ideology, 4 uphold ACA

WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as "an impartial guardian of the ru…

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Gazette opinion: That's not what the NDO would do

Gazette opinion: That's not what the NDO would do

In a future editorial, we'll discuss the need for the Billings City Council to pass the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

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Gazette opinion: The state’s rights issue in your wallet

Montana won another round this week in the state’s fight against onerous requirements of the federal REAL ID Act. Gov. Steve Bullock and Attor…

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George F. Will: Immigrants' son is California's new Goldwater

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Conventio…

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Gazette opinion: Important questions raised but unanswered in hydropower purchase

Previously, we’ve said that a proposal by NorthWestern Energy to buy hydroelectric dams in Montana from PPL-Montana would seem to be a good deal.

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Robert Samuelson: A part-timer boom -- or blip?

WASHINGTON — There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month.…

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David Ignatius: Obama's foreign policy shortcomings

WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a "deadly" threat, and …

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Gazette opinion: Make real estate prices public

Legislators, the state's Revenue Department is poised to give you a gift. 

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Gazette opinion: Dear federal government, just send help to Bakken

Gazette opinion: Dear federal government, just send help to Bakken

Dear Attorney General Eric Holder (and federal lawmakers),

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Ups and down

Down to insurance companies cancelling policies of homeowners who would dare submit a claim for a hail storm. While we understand the shock of…

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We're issuing a challenge to potential cooking columnists

We're issuing a challenge to potential cooking columnists

A little more than a month ago, Gazette institution and longtime cooking columnist Joyce Michels announced she was hanging up the skillet and …

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Gazette opinion: Public safety has to be a 2-way street

Gazette opinion: Public safety has to be a 2-way street

Tuesday’s shooting incident is a great example of the state of public safety in Billings.

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The Medicaid paralysis

WASHINGTON — The White House recently put out a 40-page report arguing that the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the A…

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Suicide work too important to let paperwork stand in the way

Suicide work too important to let paperwork stand in the way

Who knew the biggest hurdle in getting to the bottom of suicide in Montana was a half-a-page of paperwork?

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Gazette opinion: If NWE wants dams, it should pay for it, not consumers

Gazette opinion: If NWE wants dams, it should pay for it, not consumers

When Northwestern Energy announced plans to repurchase Montana hydroelectric dams for $900 million, it sounded like a logical move.

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Gazette opinion: Relay for Life shows the best of Billings' community

Gazette opinion: Relay for Life shows the best of Billings' community

Granted, many of the memorable headlines recently have painted a disturbing picture of Billings.

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Gazette opinion: Leadership needed to reduce returns to prison

Gazette opinion: Leadership needed to reduce returns to prison

About 75 percent of inmates at Montana Women’s Prison arrive addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Drug abuse is at the root of most of their cr…

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Where does the buck stop?

WASHINGTON -- Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall's elections are of a different sort: …

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Gazette opinion: Community must connect with prison inmates

Gazette opinion: Community must connect with prison inmates

Alta Littlelight is training her eighth dog in Prison Paws. She is one of 34 inmates whose good behavior has earned them a spot in the dog pod.

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