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Guest opinion: Terrorists win as U.S. gives up freedom for security

The 9/11 attackers have won. Their goal was to provoke fear that in turn would lead Americans to destroy their own democracy.

July 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Bullock made tough, right decision to veto HB12

In four terms in the Montana Legislature few decisions have been as difficult as whether to uphold the governor’s veto on House Bill 12. It increases funding to businesses providing services to Medicaid patients and it passed with bipartisan support. Funding for increases to these providers …

June 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Just say no to public funding for private schools

This session in Helena we’ve heard a lot of bills that bear a striking similarity to model bills from the legislative agenda of the corporate bill-mill ALEC. Whether a bill is an ALEC model bill, whether its subject is just high on the ALEC agenda, or whether it was written by a former ALEC …

March 23, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana can fix its public pension programs

Our public retirement systems are in trouble, but not the kind of trouble I read in the headlines recently. We can fix them and we should do it now. But we need to remember how they got into trouble in the first place.

December 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Gulf disaster shows need for clean, safe energy now

I learned a lot about offshore oil drilling in the past few weeks. In early June, I joined a small bipartisan national delegation of state legislators on a tour of the oil spill damaged area around Grand Isle, La. The tour was organized by the National Foundation of Women Legislators, whose …

July 24, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Scientific illiteracy clouds climate-change politics

The most disappointing thing about the small number of political leaders denying the science of climate change is that it reveals the extent of scientific illiteracy in America. Today big businesses that profit from our failure to halt CO2 emissions deny the science of climate change the sam…

January 02, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Make it simple: Let non-seniors purchase Medicare

Make it simple, Peggy Noonan said in a brilliant editorial in the Aug. 22 Wall Street Journal ("Pull the Plug on Obamacare"). Tell Americans what health care reform would do in 25 words or less. Not everyone will agree, but if you cannot explain it in terms everyone can understand, then peop…

August 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Elect public education advocates

Why are some school groups and advocates so eager to criticize the state leaders who believe in public education? Shouldn't their ire be turned to a more appropriate, truly anti-education target?

February 22, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Middle ground needed on tax cuts, education funds

The Republican leadership has been playing hardball with policies linking education funding to permanent tax reduction. Permanent tax reduction is not a bad idea - House Bill 417 on "revising school finance laws," sponsored by Rep. Galen Hollenbaugh, D-Helena, included some permanent propert…

April 25, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

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