Author

George Ochenski

George Ochenski

COMMENTARY

Presidents Day? Nothing to celebrate this year.

By: - February 23, 2024

Presidents Day just came and went. It’s a federal holiday, so great for those who got a day off with pay, although for the vast majority of the populace it was just another day. That’s no surprise — it’s real hard right now to get very excited about presidents, especially when we have two very old guys […]

COMMENTARY

Trump’s chaos engulfs the Montana Republican Party

By: - February 16, 2024

If there’s one word to describe Donald Trump, it’s “chaos.” He foments, spreads and leaves chaos like a twisted miasma in his wake. No one knows what he’ll do from minute to minute, what crazed, hateful and paranoid conspiracies he’ll make up and claim to be true — despite his well-documented record as the greatest liar […]

COMMENTARY

Toothless treaties won’t solve cross-border pollution

By: - February 9, 2024

For those Montanans with good memories, the recently announced acquisition of the Teck Resources coal mines in British Columbia’s Elk Valley by Swiss international megacorporation Glencore might bring an unwelcome sense of deja vu. Why? Because it’s eerily reminiscent of the 1977 acquisition of the Anaconda Company by ARCO — another international megacorporation that acquired an environmental […]

COMMENTARY

Montana Tunnels: Another mining disaster

By: - February 2, 2024

The severely misnamed Montana Department of Environmental Quality recently announced that it was “initiating the bond forfeiture process for the Montana Tunnels mine after the mine failed to make a $1.5 million reclamation bond payment in December that was a court-approved bankruptcy stipulation.” This latest disaster — in a long string of abandoned, bankrupt and perpetually-polluting […]

COMMENTARY

NorthWestern Energy gets the gold, Montanans get the shaft

By: - January 26, 2024

Montana’s brutal cold wave is over and it’s hard to find anyone sad about that. But what will bring tears to Montanans’ eyes is when their power bills from NorthWestern Energy arrive. Our so-called “regulated monopoly” is sticking Montanans for exorbitant prices, claiming it had to buy super-expensive energy on the open market during the […]

COMMENTARY

Montana’s governor selling us out to the highest bidder

By: - January 19, 2024

  Longtime Montanans who are concerned about the direction in which our much-loved state is headed got a blunt reason from our governor last week when he said: “Montana is an easy product to sell.” If anyone had any doubts, these words “from the horse’s mouth” pretty much say it all — our mega-millionaire governor sees our […]

COMMENTARY
The Montana State Capitol on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, a day after the legislature adjourned the 2023 session.

A troubling trend: Letting government run itself

By: - January 12, 2024

Republicans on the campaign trail and in the statehouse profess they believe in smaller, less intrusive government. Likewise, Democrats continually promise “open and transparent” interaction between the government and the public. So why are both parties now moving aggressively at the state and federal level to cut the public out of government decision-making? One might […]

COMMENTARY

New year, new hope (but the clock is ticking …)

By: - January 5, 2024

There’s something about a new year that brings an optimistic sense of “what could be” in the year ahead. But that optimism hinges on significant societal commitments to take the actions — not just talk about them — necessary to make the changes that are now so evident and necessary. The hands of time only move in […]

COMMENTARY

As globalization crumbles, it’s time for domestic self-sufficiency in 2024

By: - December 29, 2023

  The decades-long attempt to force “globalization” as the primary economic model is crumbling. We saw it coming when the pandemic hit and suddenly “global supply chains” failed, leaving those relying on them in dire straits. Now, as clusters of war spread across the planet, once again the supply chains are broken like the fragile, […]

COMMENTARY

The Endangered Species Act is now more important than ever

By: - December 22, 2023

  Humans tend to see the world with mankind as the most important species on the planet. That concept has been reinforced through any number of ancient myths, particularly one that claims humans “have dominion over” all creation. But of course the actual “web of life” has many, many more strands than the rather newcomers […]

COMMENTARY
First Judicial District Court Judge Kathy Seeley listens to arguments on Friday, May 12, 2023, from attorneys for the state and an attorney representing 16 Montana youth who allege the state's energy policies are violating their right to a clean and healthful environment.

A great and timely honor for two Montana judges

By: - December 15, 2023

From time to time those who take brave stands for the future are recognized and rewarded for their courage, wisdom, and ultimately, the decisions they make or influence — and that just happened for two Montana judges. Helena District Court Judge Kathy Seeley and the late Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice and U.S. Sen. Paul […]

COMMENTARY

How about a Christmas truce in Montana’s partisan political war?

By: - December 8, 2023

  It’s all too obvious that “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men” is getting real hard to find these days. Red-hot shooting wars are going on all over the globe and the concerns about those conflicts expanding, not shrinking, are very real. Yet, when it comes to “leading by example” there’s not much to be […]