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Guest opinion: Gazette wrong about GOP welfare reform effort

Guest opinion: Gazette wrong about GOP welfare reform effort

Since I am a sitting member on the House Committee for Human Services and was present at the meeting that the Gazette is referencing, I would …

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Guest opinion: Power plays in House Human Services hearings

Guest opinion: Power plays in House Human Services hearings

Last week we saw House Republicans attempting to control state agencies’ testimony at committee hearings.

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Guest opinion: Let's invest county college levy locally

Guest opinion: Let's invest county college levy locally

As two legislators with a long history of working in and for Montana’s two-year colleges, we’re asking for your help on a pair of bills we’re …

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Guest opinion: When oil spills, landowners must advocate for themselves

In July 2011, my farm was flooded in oil from the Exxon pipeline that burst under the Yellowstone River. Landowners along the river grouped up…

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Guest opinion: Economic justice and health care for Montanans

As we celebrated Martin Luther King, we were celebrating his inspiring vision of an America of equality. That vision was of an America of raci…

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Guest opinion: Don't sacrifice Smith River to copper mining

Guest opinion: Don't sacrifice Smith River to copper mining

January has become a very special time of year for those of us who appreciate Montana’s incredible outdoor opportunities. About this time ever…

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Guest opinion: Time to fix Montana's DNA testing law

On March 20, 1987, an intruder broke into a home in Billings, Montana and raped an 8-year-old girl. The evidence pointed to Jimmy Ray Bromgard…

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Guest opinion: Smart investments for public education improvement

As a former teacher, principal and superintendent of schools (and now a career coach at Montana State University), I am not naive to the polit…

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Guest opinion: Boosting Montana's high school graduation rate

We have reached a milestone in Montana’s efforts to improve the graduation rate. From 2009 to 2014, Montana’s graduation rate has increased fr…

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Guest opinion: Unprecedented spending in Bullock's Build Montana plan

Do you ever wonder how the state picks which road, bridge, and sewer projects to fund each year?

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Guest opinion: Kidnapped Nigerian girls? Still missing

Eight months is a long time. Long enough for international outrage to rise, fall and fade away. That’s how long it’s been since Boko Haram mil…

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Guest opinion: Bonding is how Montana paid for today's infrastructure

As many as 2,000 temporary high-paying, blue-collar jobs will be created in Montana if the U S government approves the much publicized Keyston…

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Guest opinion: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Fair Housing legacy must be protected

In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a march through the streets of Chicago to protest the housing segregation which plagued that city and…

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Guest opinion: Get 7-12 students on target for college readiness

My communication arts teaching assignment includes “Reading for College” and “Developmental Writing,” both college preparation courses. An ent…

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Train tracks through Billings a big-city problem that divides town

Billings is a small city by national standards, but has a very real “big-city problem,” which is the need of an unencumbered, permanent connec…

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Guest opinion: Montana must improve workplace safety

Montana has the unenviable position of third highest workplace injury rates in the nation. To solve this problem, it is vital that we work tog…

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Guest opinion: Mont., S.D. landowners worry about pipeline risks

TransCanada is so intent on winning approval for its proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada, it is spending millions on media ads…

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Guest opinion: VITA offers free tax help, answers ACA questions

Tax season is upon us and this year many folks are feeling particularly anxious about implications with the Affordable Health Care Act. The Vo…

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Guest opinion: Resolve to protect public health from climate change

The new year allows us to reflect on the changes we want or need to make. Often we choose resolutions to maximize our health; quitting smoking…

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Guest opinion: Revised water compact deserves Legislature's support

As the Legislature prepares to take up a revised water compact, I’m encouraged by all of the new developments that will give Montanans stable …

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