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Guest opinion: U.S. DOJ agreements benefit Missoula women

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, together with its U.S. Attorney’s Offices, enforces the nation’s civil rights laws to protect against unlawful discrimination. When civil rights are violated, the department has authority to act, as it did in Missoula. Had the departmen…

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Guest opinion: C.M. Russell legacy lives on in his adopted state

Guest opinion: C.M. Russell legacy lives on in his adopted state

The buffalo bull’s head crafted by cowboy artist Charlie Russell is a Montana symbol that has become more visible this year with the sesquicentennial of Russell’s birth. He would have been 150 on March 19.

August 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Billings council should assert city's right to self-government

I met the kid who would quickly become my best friend in the world about 35 years ago. We were sophomores at Hellgate High School in Missoula, both products of middle-class homes. We liked to go to basketball games and see movies with our gang of friends and hang out and do all the things hi…

August 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Nixon resignation anniversary shows contrast with Obama

The 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation as president is an appropriate time to take note of how nasty and unfounded the current Republican calls for impeaching President Obama happen to be.

August 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Safer Wyoming roads at less-than-expected cost to motorists

Wyoming’s transportation system, particularly its highways, plays a vital role in the overall safety and health of our residents and our state’s economy.

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Guest opinion: S.D. candidates must pay attention to Native American vote

During the past few years I have encouraged Native American tribal governments to move their elections to coincide with the national elections in November.

August 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Investing in solar gives consumers energy cost control

The Montana Public Service Commission will decide in September whether to approve NorthWestern Energy’s application to purchase 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana for $900 million.

August 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Nondiscrimination ordinance should be fully inclusive

The Billings City Council is contemplating a fully inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. But many do not understand the full impact of what “fully inclusive” means and what it means to the transgender community if it does not fully address the concerns of safety, security and dignity for all of us.

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Guest opinion: Montana voters beware GOP's public land resolution

Guest opinion: Montana voters beware GOP's public land resolution

The political climate in this country has become so polarized that average people are being forced to choose sides within their own political parties. We have politicians who are no longer looking for solutions but instead looking for a fight.

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Guest opinion: Stop Congress from privatizing our public lands

What if I told you there was a plan to take away your freedom to access Montana’s most cherished outdoor spaces and give you a big tax hike on top of it. Sounds like a pretty bad deal. Yet, that’s exactly what Congress and others are up to. Think I’m kidding?

July 31, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Reasons to celebrate anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid

In 1965, almost half of America’s seniors had no health insurance. For the men and women who survived two World Wars and the Great Depression, retirement often meant insecurity and hopelessness. Our nation’s seniors reached their most medically vulnerable years with few, and sometimes no hea…

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Guest opinion: GOP aims to sell our public lands to highest bidder

Elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the state of Montana. Unfortunately, that oath is being cast aside when it comes to upholding the Montana Constitution and our public lands.

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Guest opinion: Sage grouse can coexist with oil production

The threat of an impending threatened or endangered ruling for sage grouse has prompted many opinions about best management practices. Some writers have suggested that if it weren’t for oil and gas drilling, we’d have significantly greater sage grouse populations.

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Guest opinion: Let's protect treasures in Montana's 55 state parks

Guest opinion: Let's protect treasures in Montana's 55 state parks

Montana State Parks celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Bob Rowe: Hydro power deal will help customers for a long time

Bob Rowe: Hydro power deal will help customers for a long time

If the Montana Public Service Commission approves NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to acquire the PPL dams, those great facilities will be dedicated to serve our Montana customers, at prices based on the cost of producing electricity, for as long as there is water in the Missouri and Clark For…

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Guest opinion: Climate change is scientific reality

As scientists who have lived and worked in Montana, we understand the scientific principles demonstrating that human activity is rapidly changing our climate. That is why we joined over 100 other scientists across Montana in sending a letter to our top elected officials calling on them to su…

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Guest opinion: Unlimited money endangers '1-person, 1-vote'

“One person, one vote.” That’s a principle most Americans can get behind. We may disagree on who should be elected, but that’s how the process is supposed to work: we each get one vote.

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New rules good for the health of Montana

When the Environmental Protection Agency announced the carbon pollution rules for coal-fired power plants last month, it mentioned asthma and how asthmatic children who live near power plants are impacted every day by pollutants. It said what we in public health already know- we will all suf…

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Hobby Lobby decision reflects upcoming electoral choices

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a stinging decision that established America’s women as second-class citizens.

July 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Jeffrey Renz: Restore, increase international exchange funding

In June, the United States Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the Obama Administration’s proposed cuts to the Fulbright Program and endorsed a small increase to that budget. Having just returned from a Fulbright year in Georgia, a former Soviet Republic, I understand how important it i…

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Why should unions negotiate for workers who don’t pay their fair share?

In Harris v. Quinn, the U.S. Supreme Court put unions in a bind when it ruled that unionized home-care workers cannot be required to pay for the representation that unions are required by law to provide to them. In cases across the country lawyers are now asking courts to extend the rule of …

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Guest opinion: America's faster-paced sports run rings around soccer’s refined boredom

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Soccer is easy to mock. In what other sport can we compile a scorecard of the number of ersatz “injuries” or the time the supposedly injured players spent writhing on the ground.

July 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Americans saw World Cup soccer and loved it

VIENNA, Va.—Unbelievably, World Cup soccer has become the topic of conversation around the water cooler at work.

July 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: ACA benefits add up to healthy gains for Montanans

The Affordable Care Act is working and the evidence continues to mount.

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Guest opinion: AG will help counties prosecute rape cases

Sexual assault is a heinous crime. An authoritative study has concluded that one in three American women will be sexually abused in their lifetime. The physical and emotional damage can be deep and long-lasting. That’s why I took the U.S. Department of Justice’s questions about the handling …

July 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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