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When folks accuse journalists of just relishing the bad news, it is as if we are somehow lesser humans, void of empathy.
There's that old saying, borrowed from a cartoon, "We have seen the enemy — and he is us."
In Lockwood, it's not practical to lower speed limits.
Reporter Derek Brouwer will probably kill me for using this picture.
When Marc Racicot and Dorothy Bradley squared off for gubernatorial debates several decades ago, it was noteworthy in Montana because there were so many of them, more than 30.
Medics and police work the scene of a two-car accident on Friday afternoon that sent one man to the hospital.
Every person believes he could be a great columnist.
“Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century Montana American Indian Writers”
When journalism is at its best, it's putting ideas, rhetoric and politicians to the test.
If a new trilogy of books by Montana-based Bangtail Press were a collection of music, it’d be a box set.
“Tom Horn: In Life and Legend”
One of the best parts of being a journalist is trivia.
Benjamin Disraeli is credited with saying, "There are three kinds of lies — lies, damn lies and statistics."
OK, here's a marketing pitch from a guy who normally doesn't have to worry about what our advertising says.
Other than losing daycare, $2,000 and having no idea what to do next, last Saturday was a great day.
Because we have letters to the editor, and I am the editor, I read a lot of commentary about issues as diverse as trapping to taxation.
Headlines give me headaches.
A little more than a month ago, Gazette institution and longtime cooking columnist Joyce Michels announced she was hanging up the skillet and retiring after decades of hunting down recipes and pleasing picky readers’ palates.
Imagine my surprise when I learned that Fox News reported The Billings Gazette had pulled its 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama.
Why do you love Yellowstone County?
In addition to a dispute between the demolition contractor and a subcontractor hired to tear down Billings’ old library, the city confirmed asbestos has been discovered in more areas, leading to oversight and testing by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
There are times when working at a newspaper makes you feel like a superhero.
I've never met her, but she's been to my house for dinner more times than I can count.
For the Montana University System, it's the best of times and the worst of times when it comes to research.
“Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret”
Forgive me for breaking with my normal habit of talking about newspapers today.
”Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen”
“Adventure Tales of Montana’s Last Frontier”
In my world, there is social media. Then there's anti-social media.
Welcome to the Good Life.
You probably didn't take off Friday, Jan. 10 off to celebrate. The earth didn't move here in Montana. But, the legal ground shifted — slightly but for the better.
Of course I would think Billings is neat.
In a very real sense, The Billings Gazette — and other media — have become victims of our own taboo.
Of all the calls an editor gets, few are more common than the desperate DUI.
The next time I begin a sentence, "What's wrong with kids today," I give you permission to knock me upside my fat, bald little head.
On Thursday, Yellowstone County Treasurer Max Lenington may have outdone himself.
The greatest freedom the free press may have is the option to not print something.
For some reason I can remember what I thought the first time I heard that some cellphone manufacturers were putting cameras on phones.
Most of the time, newspapers tell you the story from beginning to end.
Montana history may just have proven that justice delayed does not necessarily mean justice is denied.
There's that Jim Croce song about time in a bottle. Though it's a love song, it begins, "If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do..."
Here on the pages of The Billings Gazette, we — like many residents — have carped about the slick roads and the how it seems like plowing has lagged.
Santa put in some overtime this year.
A month ago, it seemed like Yellowstone County Treasurer Max Lenington hardly missed an opportunity to accuse The Gazette of witch-hunting him for using county taxpayer equipment to send an email full of racially insensitive, if not insulting remarks.
Who can tell of the feats of Israel
For years I’ve joked that there were only two types of people who read newspaper bylines – journalists and journalists’ mothers.
Everybody has a hometown.
Few stories in the past month have drawn more reader interest than Gazette reporter Eddie Gregg’s coverage of Max Lenington’s email. The embattled Yellowstone County assessor, treasurer and superintendent of county schools (yes, that’s all one job) came under fire when a public records reque…
What about Bozeman?