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Guest opinion: GOP Congress can choose to govern or to fight Obama

Both the U.S. Senate and House will be in the hands of Republicans starting in 2015. This could mean that there will be two early votes when Congress convenes in January. One to repeal Obamacare and one to do away with clean, healthy reproductive care for women. The president will veto both.

November 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: American energy story entirely good news

Seemingly overnight, gasoline prices have plunged. Regular unleaded is approaching $3 per gallon at my local Wawa. That’s the lowest price since just after the recession ended.

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Guest opinion: Small financial steps can break debt cycle

Having credit available affords us the opportunity to get what we need (or want) now and pay for it later. But it can become a trap. If debt is not managed properly, it can snowball quickly, especially if balances aren’t paid off every month.

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Guest opinion: Parents, too, could use a break on student loan debt

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been fighting the good fight for student loan debt reform. As she put it recently: “Millions of young people are just stuck. They can’t buy homes, they can’t buy cars ... all because they are struggling under the weight of student loan debt.”

November 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Passing advice: How to avoid sideswiping a bicyclist

Like most states, Montana has what’s called a “Safe Passing Law” aimed at motorists who approach a bicyclist from behind and have to pass. Regrettably, the law is vague and not understood by many drivers.

November 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana can meet carbon challenge with innovation

In Montana, we know innovation. Our state is home to historic feats of engineering like the Going to the Sun Road and the Fort Peck Dam. These days Montana engineers are hard at work solving new challenges, like harnessing new energy sources and leading the way in high-tech industries.

November 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Barack Obama plays bewildered bystander

Guest opinion: Barack Obama plays bewildered bystander

WASHINGTON — The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government's handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times on Oct. 18.

October 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP needs to support funding for better public health

Health issues were big news in The Billings Gazette recently, even before the Ebola and enterovirus D68 outbreaks. In October a front page headline announced: “Poverty hinders Montana’s access to health care.” The lead article on Sept. 30 stated: “Feds give $14.9M to Montana for health care …

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Guest opinion: Dark money campaigns skew justice against individual rights

Guest opinion: Dark money campaigns skew justice against individual rights

The thumbscrew was a favorite of medieval torturers and 18th century slave traders. The thumbs or toes of the victim were inserted into the device, and then were slowly and painfully crushed by incremental turns of the screw. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United works li…

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Guest opinion: Catholic synod underwhelms on controversial issues

The Roman Catholic Church’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family concluded with an address from Pope Francis on Oct. 19.

October 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: EPA carbon rule would mean fewer jobs, higher costs

The EPA’s new “Clean Power Rule” would impose new limits on carbon emissions that would devastate our coal industry. As a result, these rules will increase energy costs, hamstring job creation and economic growth and reduce the amount of revenue available for Montana’s infrastructure and sch…

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Guest opinion: Wilderness role grows in today's economy

Guest opinion: Wilderness role grows in today's economy

At the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, it is encouraging that lands set aside for conservation can also have tremendous economic value. Wild places are key to attracting entrepreneurs, as well as a tidal wave of retiring baby boomers. And, more obviously, wild places create jobs in o…

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Guest opinion: Montanans oppose giving away federal lands

State Sen. Jennifer Fielder has suggested that a Utah county commissioner, Nevada state legislators and a Canadian negotiator know what’s best for us here in Montana. I’d like to think Montanans know what’s best for Montana. While transferring federal lands into state hands may be of interes…

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Guest opinion: States would do better job of managing federal lands

Guest opinion: States would do better job of managing federal lands

In response to confusion caused by certain environmentalists that claim our public lands would be “sold to the highest bidder” if federal lands are transferred to the states, leaders of the Transfer of Public Lands effort from all Western states recently gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, to …

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Guest opinion: Families need to discuss end-of-life care well before the end

Guest opinion: Families need to discuss end-of-life care well before the end

BOSTON — There is no way to hear Brittany Maynard's voice without being deeply touched. Tragically blindsided by brain cancer and a terminal diagnosis, Brittany has bravely decided to live large, to turn her terrible personal fate into a public story.

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Guest opinion: House bill makes empty promises about national forests

In Washington D.C., it’s often easier to make noise than progress. That’s certainly the case with HR 1526, the so-called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act.” The name sounds great, but the fact is this radical bill has zero chance of becoming law and thus no chance of mak…

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Guest opinion: Surface owners, know your oil and gas mineral rights

Everyone wants to own mineral rights (aka mining rights), right? Even if deemed worth it, it’s complicated. If you alone own the mineral rights for oil and gas, it’s certainly simpler. And it gives you more say with an oil company hoping to lease them.

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Guest opinion: Workers deserve wages to lift them above poverty

People who work full time shouldn’t be living in poverty. Higher wages ensure that working Montana families aren’t falling behind and are able to make ends meet.”

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Guest opinion: Return of football would benefit MSUB community

The Big Huddle leadership appreciates the Gazette editorial board’s attention (Aug. 19) to the idea of returning football to Montana State University Billings. We couldn’t agree more that “ the university continues to define itself and change its status as a well-kept secret university — the…

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Guest view: Yoga pants are not worth a revolutionary effort; they're a trend

Guest view: Yoga pants are not worth a revolutionary effort; they're a trend

Our culture is to blame for oversexualizing the female body, not the dress code. Place the blame in its rightful place. We live in a “booty crazed” culture that is capitalizing off clothing that accentuates the derrière. 

October 15, 2014 10:28 am Related Loading…

Guest opinion: LR-126 perpetrates fraud targeting Montana voters

On Nov. 4, voters decide whether to approve Legislative Referendum 126, a referendum placed on the ballot on a straight party-line vote by the 2013 Montana Legislature.

October 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: 9th grade success key to high school graduation

Guest opinion: 9th grade success key to high school graduation

A month into the year of any high school you could probably easily spot members of the freshman class. The step into that first year of high school is a whopper: swirling among lockers, hallways, peers, multitude of classrooms, labs and teachers.

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Guest opinion: Montana Meth Project takes on growing drug threat

Guest opinion: Montana Meth Project takes on growing drug threat

Montanans, it is time we all take a stance to stop one of the most damaging and dangerous addictions that is occurring in our backyard. Methamphetamine is bulldozing across our great state leaving no community untouched.

October 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Cap on punitive damages good for Montana business

The Montana Supreme Court is reviewing a case that may decide whether Montana businesses will face unlimited and potentially bankrupting awards in civil lawsuits. Presently, Montana law places a reasonable cap on the amount of damages a plaintiff can receive to punish a defendant in a civil …

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Guest opinion: Church making life harder for LGBT folks

Guest opinion: Church making life harder for LGBT folks

In an Oct. 2 guest opinion, Bishop Michael Warfel defined what marriage is, but left out one important caveat in his title: “according to Catholicism.”

October 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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