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Guest opinion: Ailing Obamacare will fail within 3 years

Since 1990, culminating with Obamacare, progressives progressively destroyed health insurance. How? By switching definitions. Old definition: Insurance is fixed, smaller payments to protect yourself from future potential unforeseen catastrophic events. The potential future loss multiplied by…

March 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Government debt monstrous threat to economy

As Halloween approaches, an old familiar monster rises from the grave like Freddy Krueger in “Nightmare on Elm Street.” But, unlike the famous fictional character, this beast is real and threatens to choke off our children’s future, consigning our great grandchildren to lifetimes of bondage.…

October 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Irresponsible spending continues in Helena

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

May 08, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Medicaid expansion is bad for Montanans' health

Growing up in a Montana family of 14, my parents taught us most important life lessons. One lesson driven home repeatedly: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Such is the Obamacare deal. Everybody will be forced to buy health insurance, and that will magically mean better h…

March 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Schools will run better with free market competition

“There is no respect in which inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood are so disadvantaged as in the kind of schooling they can get for their children.”

February 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Any federal tax increase will hurt Montana's middle class

You don’t raise taxes in a recession. (August 2009)

December 22, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Obama still marching to destructive, big government mantra

Mitt Romney was recently castigated for commenting that 47 percent of people are beholden to government, so they’re wedded to Obama and won’t listen to Mitt.

October 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Elect justices by district? You be the judge

A recent Gazette editorial criticized my Senate Bill 268, which will have Montana Supreme Court justices elected from seven districts. The Gazette argued, “The Supreme Court must serve the entire state, not narrow geographic interests.” That’s precisely why we need this change. The vast majo…

March 26, 2011 12:00 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…

Guest opinion: State's hunting, fishing heritage would be preserved by C-41

The purpose of enumerating rights in state constitutions is to protect the rights of minorities against the political whims of the majority. If the voters of Montana see fit to pass C-41, we will constitutionally protect our Montana heritage of hunting and fishing for future generations.

October 14, 2004 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: School funding lawsuit ruling doesn't add up

In the recent school funding lawsuit, Helena Judge Sherlock's ruling favors the school bureaucracy n claiming Montana must spend $350 million more on K-12 schools to provide "quality" education for children. Sherlock's ruling has no logical basis.

May 23, 2004 11:00 pmLoading…
Time with father time for reflection

Time with father time for reflection

It was the beginning of rifle season. It was also my birthday, and my folks showered me with gifts. But the best gift would be spending the next three days hunting with dad in the Boulder Mountains near Butte.

November 19, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…
Time with father time for reflection

Time with father time for reflection

Earl Balyeat poses with a Montana mule deer buck.

November 19, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Special session would be pure fiscal foolishness

Big-spending Montana politicians are on the prowl again. They're calling for a special session (in either October or January) to spend $93 million on more programs. Remarkably, many of these politicians are the same guys who criticized the Legislature last session for relying so heavily on "…

August 28, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Medical school program overspends on soon-to-be-rich

The Gazette (March 17) presented an editorial about my HB716 to turn the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) medical program into a low-interest loan program - asking doctors to repay their education subsidy once they become established practitioners. The Gazette's editorial …

March 24, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Cuts rarely devastating to government programs

It doesn't matter what your religion … if you really want everlasting life, just become a government program.

July 18, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Sometimes crying 'wolf' is a good thing

I was born and raised in Montana where a man's word was his bond, his handshake good as gold. Native Montanans are fighting mad on the wolf issue because they believe the feds have repeatedly broken their word, reneged on the original deal; and that our traditional hunting way of life is pay…

February 17, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

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