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Guest opinion: Climate change threat to U.S. national security

Climate change is an accelerating threat to national security.

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Guest opinion: GOP must reclaim wisdom of TR, Lincoln

Many Republicans have been waiting and wishing to vote for a Republican U.S. Senate. But no matter how decent or even reasonable Steve Daines may be, he is beholden to the party with a loud and demanding base that perverts reasonableness and insists on slavish obedience to a toxic orthodoxy.

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Guest opinion: Montana business benefits from federal public lands

The 27 million acres of public lands in Montana lend lifestyle and amenity advantages to communities and small businesses, driving entrepreneurs and outdoorsmen alike. Around 64,000 jobs and countless small, community-oriented businesses thrive thanks to our federally managed public lands, c…

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Guest opinion: BNSF works with local officials for public safety

At BNSF Railway, we take public safety seriously and understand that communities want to know what materials may be moving through their towns in order to ensure that adequate precautions can be taken. That’s why BNSF has long provided detailed information about all hazardous material shipme…

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Guest opinion: U.S. military shouldn't be used for nation building

The outlook for Iraq seemed very different 11 years ago when I rolled from Bashir airfield, which my brigade had taken by airborne insertion, through Erbil amid cheering crowds. Moving into Kirkuk, we faced little resistance but were close enough to Iraqi soldiers that cigarettes were still …

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Guest opinion: Paid family leave benefits workers, employers, too

Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when I had children, I promised myself that I would do the same — not ju…

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Guest opinion: New EPA water rule threatens property rights

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day and the liberties enshrined in our founding document, we need to be vigilant on the latest federal encroachments on our rights: President Obama’s EPA and their attempt to use the Clean Water Act to restrict property rights of farmers and ranchers.

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Guest opinion: All people in Billings deserve equal rights, not special rights

There is a part of the nondiscrimination argument that I cannot get behind anymore. And it is coming from supporters of the ordinance.

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Guest opinion: Keep an eye on how Congress acts on voting rights

The right to vote is sacred. It is how we hold our leaders accountable and make sure our democracy is responsive to all citizens. Yet, today, powerful forces are intent on making voting more difficult instead of more accessible and it could hurt Montana families in Indian Country.

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Guest opinion: Schools can boost nutrition for all students

No child in Montana should go hungry.

June 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana math students learn to think for themselves

If I asked you to multiply 12 x 50, would you grab a paper and pencil?

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Guest opinion: Conserve habitat now instead of politicizing sage grouse

Guest opinion: Conserve habitat now instead of politicizing sage grouse

The forthcoming decision on listing the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act has sparked controversy, fear and anger among Westerners. As expected, legislators are politicizing the issue — and not necessarily for the greater good.

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Guest opinion: Bring 'dark money' into light of public disclosure

The venerable Barry Goldwater warned, “Unlimited campaign spending eats at the heart of the democratic process. It feeds the growth of special interest groups created solely to channel money into political campaigns. It creates an impression that every candidate is bought and owned by the bi…

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Guest opinion: Billings' stand against hate still inspires communities after 20 years

Why are we coming to Billings? Because the story of your town is helping to change the world!

June 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Chamber's numbers don't make a case against EPA rule

Glenn Oppel’s attack on the new EPA carbon standards for existing power plants in the June 10 Gazette does a serious disservice both to the facts and to intelligent public discussion of this important initiative to combat climate change.

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Guest opinion: Parent's perspective on kids with special needs

Even though the Special Olympics Montana State Games finished close to a month ago, my daughter, Alana, is still practicing the gymnastics routine she performed. There is no off-season for Alana.

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Guest opinion: Drilling IT benefits economy, environment

Credit for the continuing success of America’s shale oil and gas boom goes primarily to new technology and new applications of existing technology.

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Guest opinion: Keystone XL will boost crude prices in Montana

Does this sound familiar, Montana?

June 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montanans must bridge urban-rural divide

Now that the primaries are over, it’s time to take the temperature of the political climate in Montana. And wherever politicians in this state might stand on the issues of water and weather, they would all agree that, when it comes to politics, our state will get a whole lot warmer in the ne…

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Guest opinion: What America needs from the press

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments …

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Guest opinion: I-172 seeks fairness in Charter's tax bill

Fair treatment and the ability to compete without the government putting its thumb on the scale are values that Montanans support.

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Guest opinion: Don't sell off Montana's future to China

There’s trouble brewing in Montana. People who don’t live here, and who don’t really care what happens to our state, are trying to take advantage of us. If we don’t speak up now, we’ll be paying the price for decades to come.

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Guest opinion: New EPA rules would hurt coal-producing states

The Obama administration unveiled new regulations on June 2 to restrict the amount of carbon dioxide produced by existing power plants. While we agree that America needs to balance energy needs with environmental concerns, the timing of this effort could hardly be worse for the struggling U.…

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Guest opinion: Greenhouse gas proposals cause more pain than gain

You only need to know one number about the Obama administration’s much-ballyhooed restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions: 1.8 percent.

June 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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