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Guest opinion: Christmas in time of war

During these weeks in December, 73 years ago, remaining wisps of smoke rose from the bombed ruins at Pearl Harbor as light snow fell among the holiday lights in Washington, D.C. It was Christmastime and we were at war.

December 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Congress must step up to prevent VA scandals

The resignation of the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Eric Shinseki, although inevitable, should not subtract from his extraordinary service in the U.S. Army; nor should it blind us from ferreting out the real culprits in this scandal. This disgrace started at the top but was abetted at loca…

June 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Russia's weakness limits its regional reach

President Obama seriously rattled at least one cage with his recent reference to Russia as a “regional power.”

April 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana: Land of uncommon contrasts

Montana is a composite; its identity defined by the beholder. The journalist Joe Howard saw it as “high, wide, and handsome;” the historian Harry Fritz as “a land of contrast;” and K. Ross Toole described “an uncommon land.”

August 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Dog, grandson share wisdom for the ages

What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy dog tails. That’s what little boys are made of.

June 18, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Citizens must help restore civility to U.S. politics

The Missoula City Club recently hosted Rep. Dennis Rehberg at one of our monthly public lunches. He was introduced by the president of City Club Board. As Dennis approached the podium, I arose from my chair, walked across the room and greeted him; the two of us, alone at the front of the roo…

May 19, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Fringe candidates benefit from low voter turnout

For a century, Montana's voters turned out in record high election-day numbers. Throughout the 1900s, Montanan's streamed to the polling places; our percentage of voters was always among the top five states in the nation, with Massachusetts and Minnesota usually leading the way. Eleven times…

November 27, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Montana’s peace park born amid rancor and protest

Guest opinion: Montana’s peace park born amid rancor and protest

During the yearlong celebration of Glacier National Park’s centennial, it might serve us well to recall the tortured legislative beginnings of that soaring, sparkling place.

May 22, 2010 12:10 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Tester bill would protect wildlands, timber jobs

Sen. Jon Tester, with the announcement of his public-land legislation, is reclaiming Montana's pride in our long history of protecting the land through legislation.

July 26, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Insurance industry likely to prevail in health care debate

After 60 years of suffering the enormous, costly inequities in private health insurance, the Congress finally recognizes that only a common effort, led by the national government, can reform what is an obsolete, broken health insurance model. For the first time in many decades, Americans are…

June 16, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Let's end wilderness drought with long-delayed Montana bill

Next year, at this time, Montana's congressional delegation can lay a wonderful gift under our Christmas tree: wilderness.

December 23, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Diverse defenders long protected Yellowstone

Earlier this month, one of the keystone conservation organizations in the Rocky Mountains celebrated its 25th anniversary. In 1983 at the little town of Mammoth, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition held its first meeting. Its incorporation papers date back to that time.

June 20, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Metcalf blazed trail for change in Congress

Lee Metcalf died 30 years ago this month. His life represented political and policy "change," the very thing now being pursued by candidates and voters alike.

January 11, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Cousin remembers Evel Knievel as a smiling, gifted rascal

It was a late night in the mid-1960s. I walked into my cousin Nick's bar out at the nine-mile on Butte's Harrison Avenue. The joint had a larger crowd than usual and I quickly knew why. Bobby Knievel was there. By then he was becoming Evel Knievel, had performed a half dozen motorcycle jumps…

December 07, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Lack of legislation for Montana wilderness imperils public lands

Will the most recent congressional legislation intended to designate new wilderness areas in Montana become law? Not a chance. Does it deserve to become law? No.

November 04, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Guest Opinion: Same-day registration spurs greater voter turnout in state

Guest Opinion: Same-day registration spurs greater voter turnout in state

Do you remember those happy scenes of Iraqi voters walking out of the voting places with a smile on their faces and a purple-covered finger stuck proudly in the air? That voting process is called same-day voting.

February 03, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Shrinking aid puts burden on students

It was just about this time of year 35 years ago, when Congress passed into law a peculiarly American idea-every person should have access to a college or university.

December 17, 2006 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: National issues drove local election choices

It seems clear now that on Election Day voters set aside two long-held guiding principles of political wisdom. The first of those is Tip O'Neill's oft-quoted truism "All politics is local," and the second is the century-old "I vote for the man, not the party." Many voters ignored both of tho…

November 17, 2006 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: All Montanans will benefit from Indian education

History is important to Americans. We should know not only about those who live across the oceans, but also about those who live across the street. Our children's education, much like our own, includes generous doses of information about other nations. Beginning in grade school we are taught…

July 13, 2005 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: FDR wanted Social Security for sake of old and young

I first met "Tommy the Cork" 26 years ago; he was 79 years old and I was in my first year in the U.S. Congress. As a student, Thomas Corcoran had earned among the highest grades ever achieved at Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, …

March 04, 2005 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Raising the minimum wage

Good wages are good for business; profits rise along with income levels. We ought to keep that in mind as the Montana Legislature considers a bill to raise the minimum wage, which has been stuck at $5.15 an hour for the last six years.

January 31, 2005 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Reflections on 115 years of statehood

Charlie Chaplin and Adolph Hitler were both six months old; Butch Cassidy was hiding out in Utah, having robbed the bank in Telluride, Colo., a few weeks earlier; and the railroad magnate James J. Hill, along with Paris Gibson of Great Falls and Charles Broadwater, of Helena had arranged the…

November 27, 2004 11:00 pmLoading…

Bush on land: Private rancher, public developer

Twenty years ago, the Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House for one of his weekly meetings with then President Ronald Reagan. I remember the day. The speaker had decided that he would use that morning at the White House to try and convince the …

November 03, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Dry summer reveals complexity of fire issues

What's this? We are now in our third summer since Bill Clinton left the White House and yet our western forests continue to burn.

August 04, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Healthy forests offer eco-nomic benefits

The forests of Montana and the Rocky Mountain West need the attention they are receiving from Western governors and members of Congress. Ninety percent of the public lands are west of the Mississippi River, with much of our forested estate lying across the Rocky Mountains from Montana and Id…

June 17, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…
Guest Opinion: Montanans must speak up for Rocky Mountain Front

Guest Opinion: Montanans must speak up for Rocky Mountain Front

Montanans are adept at simply saying "nope." We don't say it often but when we do - we mean it. The Bob Marshall Wilderness is threatened and it's time for us to say "nope."

December 20, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Dems gain in West despite national losses

Democrats, looking at the November election results, feel like that dog in the lost and found column: "Lost - Three legged dog, one eye missing. Castrated. Right ear torn off. Answers to the name Lucky."

November 22, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Traficant prime example of political demagogue

Members of Congress are fond of repeating this old inside joke: "During my first term I wondered how I got here. In my second term I began wondering how the hell the rest of them got here."

August 02, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Glacier Park created despite local opposition

The story of that lovely corner of America, known as Glacier National Park, is the story of fire and ice: the natural ice of snow, storms, and glaciers; the political fire of leadership in the face of fierce opposition. Four times during the past 3 million years great ice sheets have advance…

July 11, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Farm, mining industries sustainable through change

Earlier this month I made a public speech about Montana's economy and how we might improve it through better governance of our public lands. The press accurately reported my remarks. However, in response to those news stories, columns (May 16 Gazette) and letters to the editor have accused m…

May 22, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: West must plan for sustainable development

We Rocky Mountain Westerners love living here, but we are eager for a little relief from the current incoherency, which is both upsetting and harmful to our community of belonging.

May 15, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Legends fade, but greatness lives on

As the 72-year-old legend of golf, Arnold Palmer trudged up the 18th fairway at the Masters for the last time, I was reminded of those lyrics in that old Willie Nelson song. Indeed time slides by and in doing so it has a way, in sports as in life, of often turning an old nemesis of yesterday…

April 22, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Sort out fact from false tax perceptions

Finally, we are hearing some straight talk about the perception vs. the reality of Montana's taxes. The refreshing truth is being spoken by a high appointee of our Republican governor. David Gibson, the chief officer of the Montana Office of Economic Opportunity, recently completed a series …

April 05, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Conservation, alternative fuels needed for security

Perhaps Enron is not an aberration but rather the predictable result of a century of overreliance on big oil, generous public subsidies, deregulation, and lax auditing oversight.

February 24, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Remembering Howard: America needs Cosell’s journalistic candor

Howard Cosell has been back in the news. This year of towering national patriotism and disgraceful financial scandal presents an interesting time in which to remember him.

January 27, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Few presidents show foresight in foreign policy

According to some revisionists, the tragedy of Sept. 11 is somehow former President Bill Clinton’s doing. This is the same blame game crowd which asserts that the pending financial “crisis” in Social Security is the fault of former President Franklin Roosevelt.

December 18, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Life changed, but business goes on in Capitol

I was in Washington, D.C., recently when, on the 24th of October, the temperature reached 84 degrees. The last time it was as warm on that October day, cars and airplanes had not yet been invented and the Civil War had not long been ended. The warm temperature is not the only thing that is d…

November 08, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Congressmen must stop leaking vital information

President Bush and congressional leaders are correct to be concerned and angry about the apparent leaks of classified information by some members of Congress. They should take immediate action to plug those leaks and they should also move vigorously to remedy another serious deficiency — thi…

October 19, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Understanding our vulnerability to terrorism

I’m thankful for the relative safety of Montana as my wife and I watch the horror and death enveloping New York City and Washington, D.C. I worked and visited in the very places we now see destroyed and shattered.

September 22, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Montana workers’ future sees change

This Labor Day, many Montanans are wondering about the future of Montana’s labor unions and their parent organization-the Montana State AFL-CIO.

September 02, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Corporate farms thrive at expense of rural families

Whatever happened to the effort to “Save the Family Farmer?”

August 01, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Vouchers - No: Public money should fund public schools

For a time, as a youngster, I attended a private Catholic school. Later as a college student, I received some post-secondary education at a private Southern Baptist college. Those two education experiences could either lock a young man into the confines of high-collared, hard-shelled conserv…

June 22, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Bush reaped what he sowed

Jim Jeffords doesn’t abide bullies. He is a gentle, quiet fellow who is impossible to push around. You know the type: resolute, patient, purposeful. Up here in these northern latitude, long-wintered states we find such people. They have a special way of leaning into the wind.

May 28, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Roadless Pro: 25 years’ study shows support for wildlands

MISSOULA – When we heard the not unexpected news that the Bush administration and perhaps the federal courts were reopening the interminable debate about how to best manage the public roadless lands, I was reminded of the words to an old song: “It seems to me I have heard that song before … …

May 16, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Cut taxes to benefit working Montanans

The U.S. Congress should pass a tax cut. Our apparently stalling economy could use the monetary boost. Many workers have received little or no wage increase during the past several years and dollars in their pockets would be welcome. The total tax collections of the U.S. government, includin…

April 25, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Reconcile history by funding Indian memorial

It certainly wasn’t the first mistake made at Custer’s Last Stand but maybe we can make it the final one. I remember the recent mistake well because I helped make it.

March 26, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Underfunding starves schools, universities

Here is an idea for our elected officials: Let’s have a whopping increase in Montana’s taxes of a couple hundred dollars a year for the next two years.

February 16, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

900,000 people just too many to represent

Oh, no, not again! For two decades in a row, Montanans have been denied that second seat in the U. S. House of Representatives. No people in America are as numerically underrepresented as are we.

December 29, 2000 11:00 pmLoading…

Day of infamy forever changed U.S.

Irving Berlin’s song “God Bless America” had been a hit since Kate Smith introduced it during a radio broadcast two years earlier and it was still No. 3 on the Lucky Strike Hit Parade. A broadcast of “War of the Worlds” by Orson Wells on the Mutual Theater had frightened listeners throughout…

December 06, 2000 11:00 pmLoading…

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