The Billings Gazette - Opinion

Gazette opinion: Montana school ballots arriving in weekend mail

On Friday, Yellowstone County will mail about 80,000 ballots for the May 7 school elections. Districts throughout Montana will hold electio… Read more

Gazette opinion: Victory for Yellowstone County voters

Montana's large-population counties will be better prepared to count tens of thousands of ballots in 2020 elections — thanks to 41 state se… Read more

MILLENNIAL VIEW: Trump administration's census question degrades our data and democracy

WASHINGTON — It's not enough that President Trump and his advisers have been arguing for years that official government data is bad, untrus… Read more

Dump 'Rubes' toon

Please get rid of “Rubes,” and return “Non Sequitur” cartoons! “Rubes” is just awful, and at least we could have some tongue-in-cheek humor… Read more

Border security

I watched a million political ads nearly three years ago. Sen. Tester and a border patrol representative (National Border Patrol Council) s… Read more

What did Harada expect?

Reading a letter to the editor on April 9, about judge Harada. Not "picking at scabs." The story shows the results of a judge running as a … Read more

Commentary: Moving to impeach Trump would only make him stronger

As we all devour the two-volume, 448-page redacted Mueller report, we'd do well to keep in mind a political reality. In a more stable and responsible political climate, impeachment proceedings would have begun months ago when it became abundantly clear that President Trump was trying to influence the investigation into himself, his inner circle and his campaign. That was an unmistakable ... Read more

Commentary: Barr spoke too soon

On Wednesday, Democrats in Congress complained that Atty. Gen. William Barr would be holding a news conference about special counsel Robert Mueller's report before the document was actually released. Several chairs of House committees called the news conference "unnecessary and inappropriate" and warned that it "appears designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read ... Read more

Commentary: Barr embarrasses himself and Justice Department

Attorney General William Barr's cheerleading for President Trump on Thursday morning was entirely inappropriate, and forces the question of whether a cover-up is underway. Barr claimed, in his brief back and forth with journalists, that he was only there to answer questions about the process of producing the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, not its substance. But, in fact, his ... Read more

Guest opinion: Montana’s wrongfully convicted and taxpayers deserve better deal

The state of Montana compensates residents when it takes away their private property, but not when it unjustly takes their liberty. Read more

Commentary: On Earth Day, gloomy predictions haven't come to pass

This Earth Day, it almost feels like we should be carving some turkey. Why? Because we have a lot to be thankful for since the first Earth Day event occurred 49 years ago. We should be thankful that the gloom-and-doom predictions made throughout the past several decades haven't come true. Fear-mongering about explosive population growth, food crises and the imminent depletion of natural ... Read more

Commentary: Trump's tax returns must hold wealth of embarrassing information

You just know President Donald Trump's tax returns are bad. Really bad. Humiliating. Mortifying. Compromising. Incriminating. Fatal to his political fortunes. Why else would the White House be fighting so hard against a formal demand issued April 3 by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., that the Internal Revenue Service turn over six years of Trump's personal, ... Read more

Commentary: How and what to restore in Notre Dame

The Cathedral of Notre Dame was built to be a house of God, its soaring Gothic sanctuary meant to inspire both awe and fear. Indeed, one of the latest photographs of the cathedral's fire-damaged interior paints a miraculous picture of survival: a pile of charred timbers leads the eye upward to a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the crucified Jesus, a golden cross over Mary's head. Yet Notre ... Read more

Commentary: South Bend having a moment, thanks to Buttigieg

As a kid in my hometown of South Bend, Ind., I hoped our modest city would one day achieve true national prominence - but I soon understood that it probably never would. I remember scanning the pages of an almanac in the 1970s to find our population, about 125,000, and thinking naively that there was plenty of room to grow. But I would learn that outside of Notre Dame football weekends, ours ... Read more