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Guest opinion: Founders would be proud of wilderness legacy

I was pleased to see the Gazette celebrate the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act on its 50th Anniversary earlier this month. I well remember the momentous days leading up to the vote in the House on July 30, 1964, in the conciliatory period just seven months after President Kennedy’s assass…

September 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Time to push made-in-Montana public land legislation

I recently got to hike with some fellow Montanans 2,000 feet up to Headquarters Pass on the Rocky Mountain Front.

September 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Domestic violence a year-round menace in Montana

Many people across town and across the country are talking about the high-profile domestic violence incident that continues to grab headlines. Similar situations are present here and escalating, with terrifying cases of violence reported each week. One in three women in our region is a targe…

September 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Will Montana judges be for sale?

Citizens United empowered organizations with opaque, feel-good names to pour significant amounts of dark money into judicial elections. This is happening in our sister states, and there is no reason to believe that it won’t happen in Montana’s upcoming elections for judges and justices.

September 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Bipartisan coalition created Montana's Election Day registration

When the 2005 Legislature passed the law that created Election Day voter registration in Montana, I was proud of our state, our legislature and our bipartisan coalition as we placed a commitment to democratic ideals ahead of partisanship.

September 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Lawmakers must support continued funding to curb domestic violence

September marks the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

September 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Cost of prescription meds grows more outrageous

In a Billings Gazette guest opinion in September 2003, I compared the prices of a three-month supply of the 30 most popular patented prescription drugs from the Billings Costco pharmacy with a Canadian pharmacy. The Canadian prices were 48 percent lower.

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Guest opinion: Big squeeze sparks battles aboard U.S. airliners

There’s an old “Seinfeld” episode where Jerry and Elaine are about to board a plane and the gate attendant tells them she can bump one of them into first class. Jerry immediately takes the offer, explaining to Elaine that he’s flown in first class before — she hasn’t — so he knows what he wo…

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Guest opinion: Montanans bridging partisan divides on wilderness

Guest opinion: Montanans bridging partisan divides on wilderness

Earlier this month, Montanans who like to hunt big game, catch wild trout and just plain get away from it all celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

September 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana Republicans cross over to be Democratic candidates

In an affirmation of ideological purity the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee, is suing the county election administrator and the Montana secretary of state to block anyone but Republicans from voting in a Republican primary election. Their concern is that in some Republican primar…

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Guest opinion: Congress can restore freedom of information in FOIA

Over time, federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records …

September 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Moving voter registration deadline back 2 days is common sense

There has been a lot of hyperbole in the press lately from people opposed to LR-126, the referendum that will appear on the ballot soon that moves the deadline for voter registration to 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day. This change will merely ensure that all properly registered voters …

September 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Patient’s suicide leaves haunting questions

I lost a patient to suicide.

September 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Why House debates matter to Montanans

Guest opinion: Why House debates matter to Montanans

Debates are a proud part of the Montana tradition and I intend to put myself out there for folks to judge whether I meet their high standards. In an era of unprecedented campaign spending, debates remain a bastion for the free exchange of ideas where voters can size up the candidates out in …

September 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Looking forward to Bozeman House debate

Guest opinion: Looking forward to Bozeman House debate

You can tell it’s election season. The political ads are flying, the campaign mailers are being delivered, and unfortunately, we have seen the level of rhetoric and political posturing increase as Election Day draws near, which is why I just wanted to take a moment to set the record straight…

September 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Global warming makes firefighting more dangerous

As former Montana smokejumpers we are increasingly alarmed by the severity, size, and expense of wildfires. The weather this year in Montana might give false hope to those who think weather and climate are the same. But climate is about trends and scientists say that those trends are proving…

September 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Bipartisan land-exchange bill awaits action in Congress

Grand Teton National Park is an extraordinary place. Its mountains are breathtaking, its lakes and rivers pristine. Wildlife is abundant and the majesty of nature reigns supreme. It is one of the crown jewels of the national park system.

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Guest opinion: Proposed 'transfer' of public lands is prelude to privatization

Several Western states are pursuing the “transfer” of federal lands to state ownership. Groups and politicians are now pushing back and engaging on this issue, partly driven by their fear that the real aim of these initiatives is not state ownership but rather the privatization of public lan…

September 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Political debates strengthen our democracy

In our democracy, having an “informed” electorate is essential to the proper functioning of our government and to the free elections which are its hallmark. Informing the voters is the dual responsibility of the news media and the candidates. The news media provide the primary communication …

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Guest opinion: Facts knock down strawman arguments from land transfer opponents

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi said that, and it’s a pretty reliable barometer of political progress. The further an issue advances along Gandhi’s spectrum, the more seriously people are taking it, and the nastier the side t…

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Guest opinion: U.S. labor policy steers toward job-driven training

As the secretary of labor, I have a unique opportunity to meet with employers around the country of all sizes and from an array of industries. So many of them tell me the same thing; they’re ready to grow their businesses and to hire more people.

September 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Unions provide workers freedom to balance job, life

Today, all workers have the right to choose to stick together and collectively bargain with their employer for a better life. Even employees’ who have never exercised that right still have it. The key element to true rights is that those rights are there when you need them.

September 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: TV ad misrepresents Daines relationship with unions

Steve Daines ran a TV ad with a person saying he’s a union democrat — with a union logo prominently displayed — announcing support for Daines. However, the person in the ad has been actively promoting Republicans for years, is not a dues-paying member of any union in Montana, does not serve …

September 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Senate must act quickly on conservation tax incentives

     During a period when the reputation of the U.S. Congress has been battered by the media and the public, the Senate has a remarkable opportunity to pass historic legislation that would directly assist agriculture producers, private land conservation, sportsmen, local economies and outdoo…

August 29, 2014 4:56 pmLoading…

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