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The conservative constitutional argument against D.C. statehood is a red herring

On April 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. If signed into law, this bill would admit the State...

Opponents misunderstand Critical Race Theory

Montana has become the most recent state to formally oppose the teaching of “Critical Race Theory” in public schools. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen,...

Employers: If you want workers, pay a living wage

The sudden shift from “we love our essential workers” to “they’re living off the government dole” seemingly happened overnight. Across the country, local media coverage...

Falling in love with our mythology while ignoring our history

One of the roles of a journalist – arguably the most important – is to set the record straight: Seek facts, report truth and...

On marijuana, Republicans are canceling their own voters

The majority of self-identified Republican voters — as do most Americans of all political persuasions — support legalizing marijuana. But you wouldn’t know that by observing the...

Board of Regents, Ehrlick are right: Constitution means education should be...

Congratulations to Darrell Ehrlick on his fine editorial on “The Day the Regents Lived Up to the Montana Constitution." Ehrlick is right that the 1972...

Our existential moment

A terrifying thing about democracy facing existential crisis is that it’s entirely possible – perhaps even natural – to miss the flashing red warning lights. We have...

The Regents followed history in order not to repeat it

Last week the Montana university system’s governing body, the Montana Board of Regents, voted unanimously to file a lawsuit challenging House Bill 102. The...

State’s education leader wants less education for your children

Since Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen couldn’t offer one concrete example of a Montana problem teaching social studies and history, and since she...

Slouching toward fascism

Dr. David James’ recent guest view comparing our modern political times with those of pre-war Germany and the rise of Hitler and Nazism was...

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