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Gazette opinion: Just like the good ol' days of campaigning

Gazette opinion: Just like the good ol' days of campaigning

It sounds a bit odd to get sentimental about policy.

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Gazette opinion: City fails to protect those in need of help

Gazette opinion: City fails to protect those in need of help

In the very early hours of Tuesday, the city of Billings made history.

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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.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Texting, cellphone use puts young drivers at risk

There are some encouraging results in the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey but also areas of significant concern.

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Gazette opinion: Indian Country lost influential leader in Belcourt

Gazette opinion: Indian Country lost influential leader in Belcourt

The state of Montana — and all of Indian Country — has a lost an influential leader.

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Gazette opinion: 2011 agenda: Let's invest wisely in Montana's future

Gazette opinion: 2011 agenda: Let's invest wisely in Montana's future

At the start of the new year, The Billings Gazette editorial board invites our readers to look ahead with us. The board annually compiles a community agenda of several public issues that it believes will be especially important to Billings and Montana in 2011. We believe that the new year pr…

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Gazette opinion: Make breath tests a request drivers can't refuse

Montana prosecutors need better tools to convict drunken drivers. Judges need more options for sentencing and supervising them.

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Gazette opinion: Laws must change to stop state's impaired drivers

Gazette opinion: Laws must change to stop state's impaired drivers

Mackenzie Reffalt should have been a seventh grader at Shepherd Public Schools this Christmas. She should be barrel racing in youth rodeos, playing soccer and basketball with her friends.

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Gazette opinion: Law should stop encouraging 16-year-old dropouts

Thirty-one states, including Alaska, Colorado, South Dakota, Washington and Oregon, have laws requiring teens to stay in school till age 17 or 18.

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Guest opinion: Russians savor freedom, shopping

I was invited earlier this year to lecture at the law school at Bashkir State University in Ufa, Russia — two time zones East of Moscow near the Ural mountains. The ninth largest city in Russia, it has over a million people. It is a large oil and gas center.

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Gazette opinion: Montanans earn degrees of success despite recession

Rolf Groseth, who was appointed Montana State University Billings chancellor last Friday by the Montana Board of Regents, was at work before 7 a.m. Monday, greeting a dozen Yellowstone County legislators and representative-elect Joanne Blyton of Joliet. The lawmakers turned out on a subzero …

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Gazette opinion: Court's public access revision still leaves room for secrecy

For the past two years, the Montana Supreme Court has been reviewing public-information provisions of its lawyer disciplinary rules. The long-awaited revision takes effect Jan. 1. It goes further than the old one to state that disciplinary proceedings and records are open to the public. Howe…

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Gazette opinion: What must change to secure Social Security?

When Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson released a draft plan last week for bringing the nation's budget deficit under control for the long term, few politicians embraced their ideas. Making the magnitude of spending cuts and tax increases suggested by that bipartisan duo would mean sacrifice o…

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Gazette opinion: Voters need to know who's behind election spending

Do Montanans have a right to know who is spending money to influence public elections in their state?

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Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs gives a quick take on the news of the week.

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Gazette opinion: Time for citizens to speak up on Inner Belt Loop

Gazette opinion: Time for citizens to speak up on Inner Belt Loop

There's just one street that carries traffic to and from Skyview High School, Harvest Church and all of the homes in subdivisions on that northwestern edge of Billings Heights. For many years, Heights residents have pleaded for another route — for public safety, improved traffic flow and eco…

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Gazette opinion: Check out those dirty political campaign ads

If you are among the Montanans who will be going to the polls Tuesday, chances are your mailbox is still collecting political advertising. (Early voters report a reduction in political mailings after their ballots were returned.) Some of the mailings tout a candidate or ballot issue’s virtue…

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Gazette opinion: Vote for your educational values Nov. 2

The Nov. 2 General Election is really a school election, too.

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Gazette opinion: Healthy initiative provides kids safety net in recession

Gazette opinion: Healthy initiative provides kids safety net in recession

Montana voters helped insure the state’s children against some of the worst effects of the Great Recession. As a result, while health care costs and unemployment rates have risen, the number of children covered by state health programs has increased.

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Gazette opinion: 2 libraries collaborate for community

Billings has a virtual community library to serve people on the West End.

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