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Guest opinion: Montana must improve workplace safety

Montana has the unenviable position of third highest workplace injury rates in the nation. To solve this problem, it is vital that we work together as a state to drive these injury rates down. The three of us are working across party lines to address this challenge.

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Guest opinion: Mont., S.D. landowners worry about pipeline risks

TransCanada is so intent on winning approval for its proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada, it is spending millions on media ads and making donations to communities along the route. In recent articles, TransCanada has stated that it has obtained 100 percent of the easements in …

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Guest opinion: VITA offers free tax help, answers ACA questions

Tax season is upon us and this year many folks are feeling particularly anxious about implications with the Affordable Health Care Act. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps thousands of Montana residents every year with free tax preparation. This year those volunteer tax prepare…

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Guest opinion: Resolve to protect public health from climate change

The new year allows us to reflect on the changes we want or need to make. Often we choose resolutions to maximize our health; quitting smoking is among the most common. Reasons for quitting include improving our health, as well as that of our loved ones and communities.

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Guest opinion: Revised water compact deserves Legislature's support

As the Legislature prepares to take up a revised water compact, I’m encouraged by all of the new developments that will give Montanans stable and reliable access to water, and erase the uncertainty that hangs over property owners across the state. And do all of this in a way that’s firmly gr…

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Guest opinion: Insuring more Montanans will help all of us

Providing health insurance to the estimated 70,000 hardworking Montanans earning less than $16,000 a year will promote prosperity and save lives. In the majority of states, Republicans and Democrats put aside partisan politics and expanded Medicaid to their low-income neighbors. It’s time Mo…

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Guest opinion: French cartoonists are my heroes

I woke up this morning to the news of the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo Magazine office in Paris. Twelve people were killed and eleven wounded, including two of my French cartoonist friends, Tignous and Wolinski. Cartoonists around the world are grieving.

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Guest opinion: Big wind project sails through in critical bird habitat

Renewable energy sources (wind, solar) are much-needed. Nonetheless, any industrial development has environmental consequences. Obtaining good, adequate data to evaluate and use can help avoid costly and disastrous consequences.

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Guest opinion: Let's make Montana medical marijuana law work for our citizens

In 2004, 62 percent of the voters in Montana passed a ballot initiative known as the Montana Medical Marijuana Act (Initiative 148). That law was designed to provide a safe, compassionate alternative to highly addictive and damaging pharmaceutical pain medications for people with cancer, chr…

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Guest opinion: A century after suffrage, women picking up legislative power

Guest opinion: A century after suffrage, women picking up legislative power

Next year Montana will celebrate the centennial anniversary of electing the state’s first women to the Legislature.

January 11, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Legislation aims to take public out of hunting

Guest opinion: Legislation aims to take public out of hunting

A pair of bills requested for the 2015 Montana Legislature would have devastating effects on Montana’s fair chase public hunting heritage. They’re being falsely pitched as more hunting opportunity for everyday sportsmen when, in fact, they’re aimed at further commercializing and privatizing …

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Guest opinion: Look back to learn how Congress can go forward

With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care Act — there’s a long list of issues and one burning question: whether a Republican Congress and a Democratic presiden…

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Guest opinion: Rural customers suffer most with USPS cutbacks

A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-…

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Guest opinion: ACA provides benefits to rural Montanans

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for health care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

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Guest opinion: Take 30 minutes to strengthen democracy

MISSOULA — As we begin 2015, many are still searching for a resolution to get the new year off to a good start. If you want to make a change in 2015 that will really make a difference, try dedicating 30 minutes each week to making our democracy stronger here in Montana.

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Guest opinion: Good year in 2014 generates Montana optimism for 2015

Guest opinion: Good year in 2014 generates Montana optimism for 2015

In the Bullock household, our New Year’s Eve traditions are pretty tame: we close out each year by reflecting upon some of the accomplishments and events of each of our family members, and then look to the upcoming year with even greater hope and optimism.

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Ask the Judge: The best test there is

These articles have been fun, and I like the discussion they have generated.

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Guest opinion: Untapped treasure in Montana's state parks

Guest opinion: Untapped treasure in Montana's state parks

Not counting hunting and fishing, at least 71 percent of Montanans participate in outdoor recreation each year. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, this produces $5.8 billion and supports 64,000 direct Montana jobs.

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Guest opinion: House rule changes would boost speaker's power

BOZEMAN — The new speaker of the Montana House recently proposed, then rescinded, a dress code he was trying to impose on the Legislature.

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Guest opinion: Silvertip zoning district will protect landowners' rights

BELFRY — I am a produce farmer and one of the landowners who are working with the county commissioners to establish the Silvertip zoning district in Belfry. Our goal is to protect our health, safety, water, property rights and livelihoods.

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Guest opinion: Proposed rules would unbalance the Legislature

BUFFALO — I served in the minority, in a tied Legislature, and in the majority during my 12 years tenure in Montana’s Legislature. This resulted in a perspective of public service and “equitable legislative rules” that is more developed and mature than what is being demonstrated by the curre…

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Guest opinion: Give Montana cities more flexibility to meet growth demands

When the Montana Legislature meets in January, I hope it wisely opts to provide our cities with more flexibility to make fiscal decisions such as empowering residents with a greater say over how they are taxed locally.

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Guest opinion: Wild horses, urban deer, roaming bison and dead ideas

Guest opinion: Wild horses, urban deer, roaming bison and dead ideas

More than 35,000 wild horses live on public lands, without rational or effective management, and cost the taxpayers $75 million annually.

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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.

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Guest opinion: Just not buying ‘The Night Before Christmas’

When Clement C. Moore wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas” — better known as “The Night Before Christmas” — I’m sure he didn’t mean to lie. I just think he had no idea what he was talking about.

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