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George Ochenski

George Ochenski

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You reap what you sow

By: - September 17, 2021

It’s that time of year in Montana when summer winds down, the nights get cooler, leaves begin to wear their fall colors and “harvest season” is in full bloom. Humans, not unlike the grizzly bears, are preparing for the Montana winter ahead, enjoying the fruits of their labors on the land while the hunters prepare […]

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It’s not freedom, but free dumb that is killing us

By: - September 10, 2021

There’s no nice way to put it. Hundreds of Montanans are now getting sick and dying thanks to the anti-science, anti-mask, anti-vax messages propagated by the insane rhetoric of Republican politicians under the false rubric of “personal responsibility” and “freedom.” But as the costs to society continue to rise exponentially while the more lethal, more […]

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Hold politicians accountable when they lie

By: - September 3, 2021

Not so very long ago politicians who lied were held in low esteem and deemed, in some cases, unfit for office. Anyone who doubts that might recall Bill Clinton’s impeachment for blatantly lying about “not having sex” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky after his semen wound up on her dress. But these days, especially […]

It’s time to end this edition of ‘The Great Game’

By: - August 27, 2021

Oh the wailing and gnashing of teeth as the U.S. leaves Afghanistan, bringing its longest-running war to an ignominious close. Then again, there’s a reason they call Afghanistan “the place where empires go to die” — and we have just been added to the long list of would-be occupiers and rulers who have dragged themselves out […]

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Bump stocks are not a priority for Montanans

By: - August 20, 2021

If you’re like most Montanans, you probably don’t know or care about whether or not you can legally purchase a bump stock. In fact, you may have never heard of these devices that replace the normal stock in a semi-automatic rifle to allow it to operate much like a fully-automatic machine gun. Yet, for some […]

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We’re all all-full: The limits of our growing population

By: - August 13, 2021

When Europeans first landed on the North American continent, it was “ripe for the picking,” lush with forests, rivers, wildlife, fish and land as far as the eye could see. As for those already inhabiting those lands and waters, well, they were considered “savages,” and their removal by whatever means necessary was a foregone conclusion. […]

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We can’t log our way out of global warming

By: - August 6, 2021

Late last week President Biden met with Western governors to discuss the wildfires that continue to scorch their states.  Montana’s Republican governor, Greg Gianforte, said he plans to tell Biden we need to log more of our forests — only of course he’ll use the latest timber industry gobbledygook of “active forest management” instead of speaking plainly and […]

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Too little too late (and way too bad)

By: - July 30, 2021

The clear signs were there months and months ago. A low-snow winter, an early, too hot and too dry spring with almost no runoff. By the time “summer” got here, Montana was already in crisis mode as river levels plunged, water temperatures rose to lethal levels for coldwater fish, and the state roasted in triple […]

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Government can take care of the citizens while corporations take care of themselves

By: - July 23, 2021

Although Montana’s Democratic Party appears to be dang near invisible, President Joe Biden and the Democrat majorities in Congress are definitely on the move. The good news is what they’re doing brings tremendous benefits to our people and planet, not to the mega-corporations Republicans in the White House and Congress have slavishly served for the […]

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Letting corporate polluters off the hook is a losing game for Montana

By: - July 16, 2021

It’s no secret that Montana has suffered long-term human health and environmental damages from a variety of industries including mining, smelting, manufacturing and processing. We have the largest Superfund site in the nation — the Upper Clark Fork Complex — which is nothing to brag about. From killing hundreds of Montanans with asbestosis in Libby’s W.R. Grace […]

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Montana’s Senators are Mobil-Exxon puppets

By: - July 9, 2021

Montana is a very long ways from the Senate chambers in Washington, D.C. Yet, like every other state, we send two senators to represent us in what used to be called “the greatest deliberative body on earth.” We are continually flooded with self-congratulatory press releases promising they’re “fighting for Montana.” But a sad reality was […]

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Montana is melting and its politicians refuse to do anything about it

By: - July 2, 2021

It’s almost impossible to believe, but while Montanans are melting in record-high, triple-digit temperatures in June, mining and burning more coal as well as drilling and burning more oil and gas continues to be recklessly promoted by our politicians who are apparently blind to the severe drought, blistering temperatures, and insect infestations as the climate-destroying […]