Commentary

Massive ‘Pintler Face’ logging and burning project is a disaster waiting to happen

BY: - March 1, 2024

The Pintler Face project: It’s absolutely one of the worst places in the state for clearcuts. For the Forest Service to propose a project like this in essential habitat for lynx, grizzly bear, and wolverine — which are all listed under the Endangered Species Act — simply makes no sense. Consequently, we’re left with no choice but to take the federal government to court […]

Daines’ mild mannered image doesn’t match his ultra-right policies

BY: - February 29, 2024

If Steve Daines has a superpower, it’s that he seems affable enough, on the rare occasion of him being spotted in public in Montana, and that most people can’t say much about him, except that he’s Republican. And, of course, he loves Donald Trump — an obligatory fealty forced upon anyone down to the dog-catcher […]

Divided government isn’t always a bad thing

BY: - February 28, 2024

I spent nearly 50 years in Montana state government working for four governors and 14 years in the Legislature.  I finished with a term as a lobbyist just to have one last taste of the fun in the capitol.  I learned a lot of hard lessons. One of the Democrat governors I worked for told […]

A request to have our back in teaching Black history in Montana

BY: - February 27, 2024

The room was full of questions on Friday. From first-year students to first-time grandmothers, those participating in the intergenerational experiment that is my African-American History course this semester wanted to know more. They usually do. Given that their queries arose in the midst of Black History Month, it seemed especially meaningful. All the more so […]

Denying Montana’s heritage one drop of blood at a time

BY: - February 27, 2024

Fresh off winning the Golden Globe for her incredible performance in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Lily Gladstone met with the press, and the first question someone asked was about speaking the Blackfeet language in her acceptance speech. Gladstone responded by citing Robert Hall for coaching her in her native language. Hall, who lives and […]

A menthol ban will empower cartels

BY: - February 26, 2024

Our Native American families and communities have been devastated by the proliferation of illegal drugs such as fentanyl.  This epidemic has been fueled by foreign drug cartels that profit from an ever-growing illicit market. A federal proposal by the Food & Drug Administration to ban the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars […]

Montana leading the charge to support seniors

BY: - February 26, 2024

Montana’s nursing homes are resilient. The past few years have reaffirmed our commitment to doing everything necessary to continue providing quality care to our elderly population. The Treasure State’s policymakers share that resolve and have continued to do their part to ensure our seniors have access to care. In the wake of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic […]

The people win a big one

BY: - February 25, 2024

Montanans have always been serious about governing themselves in the way they see fit.  While we have a representative government—that is, one in which we elect officials to represent, lead and act on our behalf in governing—Montanans have never ceded complete control over our lives, liberty and property to the political branches of the state […]

Why are my property taxes so high?

BY: , and - February 24, 2024

Property taxes can make your head spin, not only because they’ve shot up to the stratosphere, but because the mechanics of the system resist easy explanation. That said, this historical moment – during which many Montanans are struggling to pay this year’s property tax bill – screams out for a good-faith attempt. For the sake […]

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 […]

Why is America losing the research and development war? Selling taxpayer funded ingenuity to China.

BY: - February 22, 2024

I wanted to congratulate the Daily Montanan and John Bruggeman for the excellent commentary on the state of America’s research and development. I wanted to share my personal experience on the subject since I was an R&D scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy for 27 years  and another seven years in the private sector […]

How old is too old? Well, American voters have been here before.

BY: - February 22, 2024

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are old men. That’s not ageism, that’s just a chronological fact, relative to the average American life expectancy. Both were old when they ran against each other in 2020, being older than either Ronald Reagan or Bob Dole, both Republicans who were running for President in the 73rd year of […]