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Guest opinion: Montanans can be thankful for bounty of wildlife

Guest opinion: Montanans can be thankful for bounty of wildlife

This Thanksgiving, as you're gathered around the table about to give thanks — for good health, for loving friends and family members, for our soldiers overseas —consider adding another blessing: for living in a state so rich in wildlife.

November 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: The grand jury says no. Now St. Louis must make the best of it

Guest opinion: The grand jury says no. Now St. Louis must make the best of it

All of St. Louis owes a debt of gratitude to the 12 St. Louis County citizens who served on the grand jury that has decided that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not stand trial for the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.

November 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Let's focus on real families in Montana

Guest opinion: Let's focus on real families in Montana

In response to Judge Brian Morris’ courageous and historic decision applying the federal Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection to nullify Montana’s “marriage ban” amendment, Jeff Laszloffy of the Montana Family Foundation predictably decried the decision, stating that he was “heartbro…

November 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: What Montana's outdoor business needs from Congress

Those of us who make a living in Montana’s outdoors keep track of a few important events on the calendar: the start of ski season, the end of hunting season, road closures in Glacier and Yellowstone and, yes, even Election Day.

November 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Depend on coal and U.S. ingenuity for cleaner power

Throughout the history of coal-fired electricity local emissions have been identified as detrimental to the environment: sulfur dioxide, particulates, NOX, acid gasses, mercury. Once identified rules and penalties were legislated, American ingenuity took over. Engineers and scientist designe…

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Guest opinion: Climate change threatens rural co-op members

We are members of Montana’s rural electric co-ops. We live in rural areas of Montana and feel firsthand the impacts of climate change, from decreased stream flows, earlier snow melt, drought and increasing soil aridity to extreme heat, hail, severe wildfires and sudden flooding events. Our l…

November 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Montana's Kevin Dome could be new wave of clean air technology

I have the honor of being one of Montana’s longest-serving mayors. As the mayor of Shelby (an office I’ve held since 1990) I’ve learned a thing or two about seizing every opportunity that comes our direction. I know Montana’s future is full of opportunities to create jobs and boost our small…

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Guest opinion: Partisan wave fails to swamp state courts … this time

Guest opinion: Partisan wave fails to swamp state courts … this time

The GOP “wave” elections produced big changes in Congress, governors’ mansions and state legislatures. But this year’s wave stopped at the courthouse door, as those very same wave voters chose to keep their elected judges from both parties. Americans want courts to be insulated from politics…

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Guest opinion: Legislature should fix net metering law to be fair to all customers

NorthWestern Energy is the largest provider of renewable energy in Montana. With our acquisition of the dams, more than half of the electricity serving our 360,000 customers in Montana will come from renewable resources — water and wind. The electricity generation we use to provide our custo…

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Guest opinion: Gruber video reveals Obamacare deceit

Guest opinion: Gruber video reveals Obamacare deceit

WASHINGTON — It’s not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT pr…

November 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Montana and the election that preserved the Union

Guest opinion: Montana and the election that preserved the Union

Political candidates usually passionately proclaim that the election in which they are running is “the most critical in a generation,” or the “the most important in modern history.” Despite the hype, elections, including the one that just occurred, are rarely turning points in history.

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Guest opinion: Bullying must be stopped to keep students safe

The Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey for 2013 has a category titled “Unintentional Injuries and Violence.” It pertains to helmet and seatbelt usage, driving and drinking or texting, carrying weapons, being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, been in or injured in a phys…

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Guest opinion: Bipartisan possibilities in roads, pipeline, postal and tax reform

It’s no secret that Election Day brought some change to Congress. For the first time since you elected me to the U.S. Senate, I will be a member of the minority party.

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Guest opinion: Helping a reform-minded secretary fix the VA

Guest opinion: Helping a reform-minded secretary fix the VA

At last, America’s military veterans seem to have a Secretary of Veterans Affairs who gets it.

November 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Local Energy Investment Act would empower Montanans

Our proposition is simple: businesses and residents should have more opportunities to produce their own energy, and get credit for it from their utility.

November 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Hunters, step up to report thieves who take away from our sport

Guest opinion: Hunters, step up to report thieves who take away from our sport

Montana Sportsmen Alliance is appalled at the number of illegal and unethical incidents that have occurred since the opening of the general big game rifle season. Between moose poaching, elk shot and left, crippling of elk while shooting into large herds, trespassing to shoot elk, it has bec…

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Guest opinion: Montana elk hunter ethics go by the wayside

Here’s a picture I want to put in your head, because it’s one I can’t erase from mine:

November 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Yellowstone County health system readies safeguards against Ebola

Guest opinion: Yellowstone County health system readies safeguards against Ebola

Our local public health staff and the medical community have put enormous effort into preparing for the potential threat of Ebola in Yellowstone County. While Ebola remains a significant public health concern, fear of Ebola needs to be put in perspective. As your county health officer, I wan…

November 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana should invest in federalism

The American experiment of federalism, and the proper role of the states versus the federal government, continues to evolve. Even though many of us are cautiously optimistic after this election that the federal government will improve, given the federal government's past inability to properl…

November 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana engineers ready to tackle environmental challenges

In September 1945, my grandfather, John Morrison Sr., turned a spare bedroom in his home into the office of Morrison Engineering Company. His vision was to pull Montana’s communities out of the mud with modernized roads and other infrastructure to meet current and future needs.

November 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Ask the Judge: The jury isn't out on jury trials

My mailman asked the other day: “How does someone get selected for jury duty?,” adding, “I understand some people do not register to vote because they do not want to serve as jurors.”

November 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

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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.

November 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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…

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