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Robert J. Samuelson: Are Americans under-saving for retirement?

WASHINGTON — Can America afford to retire? As millions of baby boomers pass their mid-60s, the specter of widespread under-saving has taken hold. It’s a scary vision. But is it likely? Probably not.

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Guest opinion: Non-labor income grows more important to West

As an economist who loves the West and our open spaces, I think a lot about what makes our small towns tick. To better understand how our economies work and how to strengthen them, we first have to ask where our money comes from. The answer — non-labor income — might surprise many readers.

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'It broke our heart': Woman's death from exposure in Hamilton brings sadness

'It broke our heart': Woman's death from exposure in Hamilton brings sadness

HAMILTON — Hamilton Police Officer Norm Williams remembers the cold, hard rain that fell on the day they found her.

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Robert J. Samuelson: How we won and lost the War on Poverty

WASHINGTON — We are awash in retrospectives of the “War on Poverty,” launched 50 years ago this month by Lyndon Johnson. A furious debate has developed between those (mostly liberals) who consider the war an important, if incomplete, triumph and those (mostly conservatives) who judge it a wa…

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Medicare recipients need to keep Benefit Notification Letter close at hand

Did you miss the annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Advantage Plans? Here are special enrollment periods that might allow you to still change.

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Robert J. Samuelson: The end of early retirement?

WASHINGTON — We may be witnessing the last gasp of early retirement – not just in the United States but in many industrialized countries. Considering the high unemployment since the 2008 financial crisis, you might expect the opposite. Early retirement would flourish. It would strike many un…

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Corvallis man billed nearly $2,000 for 40-year-old Social Security error

HAMILTON – A Corvallis man was floored last week when he received a letter from the Social Security Administration saying he has to pay nearly $2,000 by Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, due to a clerical error nearly 40 years ago.

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Woman admits to stealing $41,000 in Social Security payments

A woman admitted Friday in U.S. District Court in Billings to stealing more than $41,000 in Social Security benefits for a Roundup woman who had died.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Liberals make Grandma their poster child

WASHINGTON — Two analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have produced an important study that should (but probably won’t) alter the climate for Washington’s stalemated budget debate. The study demolishes the widespread notion that older Americans need exceptional protection agains…

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Robert J. Samuelson: The entitlement hang-up obscures real debate

WASHINGTON — Let’s drop the whole notion of “entitlement.” Just eliminate it. Politicians, pundits and academics who talk about entitlements would then have to name the actual programs and argue their merits and demerits. This would encourage clarity and candor. Of course, that’s why it won…

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For 12,400 Montana federal workers, shutdown creates uncertainty

With a federal government shutdown looming Monday, few agencies would say what was in store for government services or Montana’s 12,400 federal workers.

September 30, 2013 9:53 pm Related Loading…

White House errs in correspondence with Wyoming man

CASPER, Wyo. — The letter, attached to an email, bore the seal of the president of the United States.

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Woman gets prison for Social Security fraud

A federal judge has ordered a Billings woman to prison for spending about $80,000 in Social Security benefits to support her drug habit instead of her son.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Schools vs. nursing homes: Government budgets tighten

WASHINGTON — The bankruptcy of Detroit is an extreme example, but it is not an isolated case. State and local governments face a prolonged squeeze between costly commitments to retirees and demands for better services. Think schools, police, libraries, parks, roads and prisons. As the Great…

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A dying wish: Bill would decrease waiting time for Social Security payments for terminally ill

A dying wish: Bill would decrease waiting time for Social Security payments for terminally ill

In many ways, the fight Brian Moyer has been waging for the past 18 months to fulfill a promise to his dying wife has just begun.

July 19, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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MSU: Employee Social Security numbers at risk

BOZEMAN — The Social Security numbers of about 4,500 past and present Montana State University employees may have been accessible to others because of a computer virus, school officials said.

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East Helena man sentenced for Social Security fraud

HELENA — An East Helena man with a lengthy criminal record has been sentenced to over a year in federal prison for Social Security fraud.

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Military widow faces foreclosure of Stevensville home

Military widow faces foreclosure of Stevensville home

STEVENSVILLE – Her first husband died in Vietnam and her second husband died of injuries stemming from the same war. Now, Helga Cook is losing her home.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Obama’s lazy budget gives to retirees, takes from others

WASHINGTON — There is something profoundly timid about President Barack Obama's proposed $3.778 trillion budget for 2014. Stripped of boasts about "investments" for the future and a responsible "balance" between deficit reduction and economic growth, the budget is a status quo document. It l…

April 12, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Legislature must honor guarantees to retirees

Montanans are proud of their reputation as people of their word. Perhaps that's no longer true in Montana's Legislature. The Legislature is busy dismantling its commitment to public employees by gutting the Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment. The operative word in this provision is “guaran…

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