Commentary

Is it time for politeness to make a comeback in politics?

BY: - December 7, 2022

There was a time that some look back at wistfully when politics was not so mean, and people of different parties mostly got along. That began changing in the late 1970s when a young candidate for Congress told a group of College Republicans in Atlanta what was wrong with the Republican Party: “One of the […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene moves in same circles as Trump’s anti-Semitic dinner guests

BY: - December 6, 2022

We should talk a bit about Nick Fuentes, the far-right leader who recently dined with Donald Trump and Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago. News accounts have described Fuentes as an anti-Semite, but that does not fully capture the vileness of the man or the danger that Trump courts by giving him credibility. According to Fuentes, American […]

Nothing will be left of forests after Forest Service gets done ‘restoring’ them

BY: - December 5, 2022

The sheer scope of logging, road-building and other “treatments” on the Custer-Gallatin National Forest leaves one to wonder: Will there be any forests left when the Forest Service is done “restoring” them? The sad truth is that although these projects purport to “restore” historic conditions and make forests more “resilient,” they will do just the […]

Not groomers or pedophiles, we simply want the same thing as you

BY: - December 4, 2022

Editor’s note: This essay contains language and descriptions that may be disturbing to some readers.  An elected Republican official with a history of threatening violence against LGBTQ people trained his bigotry on Zoey Zephyr, the first transgender woman to be elected to the Montana Legislature. Aaron J. Leas, who according to his Gab social media […]

Don’t be fooled by the Holland Lake decision

BY: - December 3, 2022

No one should be fooled by the Flathead National Forest’s recent decision to end analysis of POWDR Corporation’s plans to develop the Holland Lake Lodge area. The decision letter says POWDR can submit another Master Development Plan.  As shown by POWDR’s response, they consider this as merely a speed bump. They will re-submit essentially the […]

Holland Lake: The once burnt child fears the fire

BY: - December 2, 2022

We’ve all heard the old saying “The once-burnt child fears the fire” — and likely all had the experience that gave rise to its simple wisdom. But recently, Montanans of any and all political persuasions rose to overwhelmingly reject the highly controversial proposal to expand and develop Holland Lake Lodge. The reason? We have been […]

Colorado Springs is closer than you think

BY: - December 1, 2022

Colorado Springs isn’t so far away. Not by mileage and not by attitude. What happened there – God forbid – could happen here. And this is not just pearl clutching by some scared snowflake. I saw it firsthand. When I covered the “Drag Queen Story Hour” at ZooMontana in Billings in June, I ignored plenty […]

We can’t support legislation that hurts Montana tourism

BY: - November 30, 2022

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that we encourage and incentivize travelers to keep visiting Montana. Tourists in 2021 spent more than $5 billion in our state.  Yellowstone set visitation records in May, June, and July of 2021, and Glacier even had to implement a reservation system for Going-to-the-Sun Road because it got […]

Addressing medical debt during open enrollment

BY: - November 29, 2022

We are in the midst of a medical debt crisis in America, which is affecting the lives of more than 100 million Americans, including many Montanans. This crisis is worsening racial disparities in health and wealth and forcing Montanans to change the way they live due to financial constraints.  That’s why with Open Enrollment running […]

Republicans next move? Re-write the United States Constitution

BY: - November 28, 2022

Don’t be surprised if GOP’s next move will be to call for a U.S. Constitutional Convention. Prior to the 2010 election, Republicans controlled both legislatures in 14 states. The GOP’s Tea Party election sweep in 2010 was – what many experts claim — the start of America turning into a permanent conservative nation. Prior to […]

Les Webber: A champion forever enshrined on a Montana billboard

BY: - November 27, 2022

This is the story—correct that—legend, of a man named Les Webber who ranched and caroused in and around the town of Plains, Montana. When you are leaving Plains, headed to Missoula, you might notice on the right a weathered billboard with a narrow protective roof over it in front of a large Town Pump store. […]

Why we must return to civil discourse

BY: - November 26, 2022

Now that the recent elections are essentially completed, can we return to civil discourse in facing the challenges of our nation? And why is this important? Democracy depends on civil discourse between different groups of people and different points of view. It also depends on the discussion being based on “good faith” where the participants […]