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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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…

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Guest opinion: NWE dam plan will generate benefits for Montanans

September will be an historic month when our state’s regulatory body, the Public Service Commission, determines whether Montana’s hydro generating dams will pass from Pennsylvania Power and Light to NorthWestern Energy, and be dedicated to serve Montana customers at prices based on cost.

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Guest opinion: Plan for your family's best back-to-school time

It is time to prepare our families for that first day and week of the school year. This point on the calendar requires serious effort to transition from the lazy days of summer to the highly scheduled school year routine. From my view, it is an instance of great excitement and new beginnings…

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Guest opinion: Montanans must again say 'no' to hatred

These last two weeks Americans have watched Ferguson, Mo., with sadness and dismay. Can’t we do any better than this? Haven’t we moved beyond racial profiling and violent response?

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Guest opinion: U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

Guest opinion: U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

With the arrival of the new school year, parents, students, educators and the community gear up with much anticipation. Traditional educational approaches have delivered good benefits in the past, but how can we move from good to great? How can we move our students from simply being “good en…

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Guest opinion: New rules would keep clean Montana water flowing

Water is the lifeblood of Montana.

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Guest opinion: CSKT water compact will serve all Montanans well

As members of the Montana Senate who come from opposing parties, we have often found ourselves disagreeing about political values, legislative proposals and our constituents’ interests. But we do agree there are times when we all should leave our politics, animosity and distrust at the door …

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David Nicklaus: Frustration in Ferguson has deep economic roots

It was the middle-class suburb of Ferguson that boiled over last week, but to the rest of the world this was a St. Louis crisis.

August 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest view: More to the nurses' contracts than money

As a nurse at Billings Clinic and member of our contract negotiating team, I found a number of objectionable points in the Aug. 14 Billings Gazette editorial “Nurses contract dispute raises questions,” but two insinuations need to be addressed directly.

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Guest view: Farewell to a real gentlemen

Last week I had the privilege to hear Ian B. Tippet’s last public speech in Glacier National Park. Tippet has worked in the lodges of the park for the past 63 years. He is an English gentleman, and through the years in Montana he has never lost his accent nor his demeanor as such.

August 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Democracy a casualty of voter-suppression politics

Americans and Montanans are proud that our form of government is a democracy — the oldest continually functioning democratic constitutional governmental structure in the world, based upon free elections.

August 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Linda McCulloch: Ballot measure threatens voting rights

Linda McCulloch: Ballot measure threatens voting rights

Women across the state are preparing to vote in the general election on Nov. 4. Current law secures their right — and the right for every voter — to register and cast a ballot through the close of polls on Election Day. It’s a fundamental liberty that should be secured and protected as we ce…

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Sen. John Walsh: Serving you the most important job I have

Public service has always run deep in my blood.  Nothing is more important to me than giving my all to the people of our great state--for 33 years as a soldier, then as your lieutenant governor, and now as Montana's U.S. Senator.

August 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Science has to govern sage grouse debate

Of the primary threat to sage grouse, let us be clear what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has always said: It's all about habitat.

August 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Rep. Keith Regier: Compact needs to be reasonable

Rep. Keith Regier: Compact needs to be reasonable

I read the letter to the editor in the Daily Inter Lake on July 11, “Lawsuits Will Sting if Tribal Water Compact Isn’t Approved.”

August 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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