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Guest opinion: Community Health Centers on D.C. chopping block

Some of our most effective, low cost health care is about to get cut, costing our state more money and affecting those with the least access to care in Montana. Don’t let that happen! Rep. Dennis Rehberg needs to hear your thoughts.

March 06, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Give children gifts for lifetime of reading

With the holidays fast approaching, many Americans are in search of the latest and greatest children's gifts to place under the tree. But amidst all the dolls, gadgets and superheroes, there's one gift that, more than any other, can make a profound difference in the life of a child — the gif…

December 20, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Nullification movement opposes 'more perfect union'

On Dec. 20, 150 years ago, South Carolina left the union, soon followed by other Southern states, to form a confederacy. They did so in reaction to the election of Abraham Lincoln as president and his views against the expansion of slavery. The North went to war to restore the union.

December 20, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana must change attitudes to stop DUI

How many tragedies does it take to change the “good ol' Montana” attitude toward drinking and driving? Who is responsible? Can we change old habits and patterns about driving under the influence?

December 19, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Legislature needs to give counties authority to curb underage drinking

Albert Einstein defined the word insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.” A group of my classmates and I believe in order to combat DUI and underage drinking problems in Montana, the approach to these issues has to change for us to see a real difference.

December 06, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Political practices system 'a fundamental wreck'

As chairman of Montanans in Action, I must point out what was not reported in the Billings Gazette's Nov. 19 opinion piece concerning the settlement that was reached between Montanans in Action and Montana Political Practices after four years. Montanans in Action, and all those named by Denn…

December 04, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana needs plan for wind energy development

As a state whose economic wellbeing is tied to development and management of its energy resources — coal, natural gas, hydroelectric power — should Montana have a plan for harnessing its wind?

December 04, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Baucus overlooks pipeline safety precautions

We are disappointed that Sen. Max Baucus has urged the State Department to quickly approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would take Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta through Montana to the U.S. Gulf Coast without taking the time to address our concerns. These concerns include whether the p…

November 22, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana University System holding down student costs

The Oct. 28 edition of The Billings Gazette ran an Associated Press story below an accurate headline of a troublesome national trend: “College tuition costs climbing again this fall.”

November 15, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Election brings brand new day for more of same gridlock

Let's talk about the Nov. 2 electoral earthquake. The almost historic loss the Democrats suffered has changed the balance of power in Washington. It is the third major change voters have made in Washington in four years. And I promise you, it will not be the last.

November 08, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

George Will: GOP iceberg looms for Obama's big government change

WASHINGTON — When Alexander Pope was on his deathbed, his doctor assured him that his breathing, pulse and other vital signs were improving. “Here I am,” Pope said to a friend, “dying of a hundred good symptoms.”

November 08, 2010 12:05 amLoading…
Guest opinion: I-161 would cost Montanans jobs and not just those of outfitters

Guest opinion: I-161 would cost Montanans jobs and not just those of outfitters

Initiative 161 is a complex ballot initiative that would abolish outfitter-sponsored licenses, substantially increase nonresident license fees for deer and elk (while adding an annual cost-of-living increase), and remove important controls on the outfitting industry. With over 5,000 words an…

October 30, 2010 12:05 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Montana’s outstanding wildlife: Public trust or private property?

Guest opinion: Montana’s outstanding wildlife: Public trust or private property?

Not long ago, market hunters took much of North America’s wildlife to the brink of extinction. Here in Montana, sport hunters and landowners rallied to protect wildlife, paying for habitat restoration and recovery projects. That resurgence occurred after it was determined that wildlife shoul…

October 30, 2010 12:05 am Related Loading…
Harnessing wind makes economic sense for Montana

Harnessing wind makes economic sense for Montana

The value of Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard law and renewable energy in general has been made a subject of debate in races for political office this fall. It’s surprising that this debate is occurring given that poll after poll has shown Montanans to be highly supportive of renewable en…

October 27, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Schools get more mandates, but no more money

There are some things I would like to ask Montana legislators: As a recipient of campaign contributions, I just want to be reassured that you are being accountable to everyone, so can you please answer the following questions?

October 27, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Clinton is far more valuable as secretary of state than as president

CLAREMONT, Calif. — With President Obama’s polling numbers at a low and the traditional start of the primary season now approaching, some have asked: should Secretary of State Hillary Clinton challenge the president for the Democratic nomination? My answer is an unequivocal no.

October 24, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Clinton’s the only Democrat who can win in 2012

WASHINGTON — The latest buzz flitting among the Georgetown salons is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will switch jobs with Vice President Joe Biden and take his place on the Democratic ticket in 2012.

October 24, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana doesn’t need another constitutional convention now

The creation of a state’s fundamental law – its constitution – is a defining moment in the history of a state.

October 23, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: State’s flawed constitution spurs lawsuits, is in need of change

Montana’s constitution is a lawyer’s dream. Why? Because it’s filled with ambiguities, self-contradictions and misadventures into guaranteeing costly entitlements. All three errors are fodder for multiple lawsuits. These same three problems that give lawyers a healthy income brokering lawsui…

October 23, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Robet J. Samuelson: Fed nearly out of ammo to fight recession

WASHINGTON — It is widely, though not universally, assumed that the Federal Reserve will soon move to bolster the economy by trying to nudge down long-term interest rates on Treasury bonds, home mortgages and corporate bonds. Just how much rates would decline and how much production and empl…

October 21, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

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