Commentary

Another lie, Ryan. 350 Montana doesn’t want to defund the police

BY: - August 17, 2022

I came in from weeding onions and turned on my computer to stream the congressional debate. Retired duffers get to do that in the middle of the day. My favorite part of the debate was seeing the look on Ryan Zinke’s face when he realized the debate wasn’t going to be a slam dunk. That […]

States with strong anti-abortion laws have high maternal and infant mortality rates

BY: - August 16, 2022

As someone who considers himself pro-life, I should be celebrating the recent Dobbs case that the Supreme Court used to overturn Roe vs. Wade.  But I’m very concerned today. I believe such a ruling will not only fail to reduce the abortion rate, but could very well lead to an increase in maternal death rates […]

The elephant in the room which is destroying family farms, rural communities and democracy

BY: - August 15, 2022

I love farming and have been doing it all my life, but I told my kids not to come back to the farm, because there’s no future in it. That’s the sad truth. During the last year on Capitol Hill, there have been multiple hearings and bills and even an executive order to address what […]

ICE probably spied on you

BY: - August 14, 2022

Growing up in the Southern California suburbs, government surveillance never worried me. But my Syrian-American parents were more cautious. They would often warn me against talking about politics over the phone — in case Big Brother was snooping. As a teenager, I dismissed their concerns. “Listen, we’re not in the Middle East,” I would counter. […]

Criminal activity in the Bull Mountains must be stopped

BY: - August 13, 2022

The Bull Mountains just north of Billings are home to Montana’s only underground coal mine, owned by Signal Peak Energy. I have ranched in these hills my entire life, just like my parents before me. We have ranched alongside coal production for generations. It’s always been a challenge because coal mining inherently causes damage to […]

Montana’s trifecta of shame

BY: - August 12, 2022

Back in the old days there was a slapstick comedy show about three goofy men whose continuous bungling brought laughs to millions. It was called “The Three Stooges.” Now, Montanans get their own version, as three of the top Republican politicians in the state bungle their way through what seems like poorly-scripted political vaudeville. But there’s nothing […]

Daines flip-flopping for veterans just part of a long line of questionable behavior

BY: - August 11, 2022

Not so fast, Sen. Steve Daines. Sure, we can all applaud you for voting for the PACT Act … But let’s remember you were against it twice before you were for it. After more than a two-year saga to get legislation that both political parties could agree to, Sens. Jon Tester, D-Montana, and Jerry Moran, […]

Private property and personal liberty are not the same thing

BY: - August 10, 2022

Kendall Cotton, in his article in the Missoulian of July 5, “U.S.—Made Possible by Private Property,” states: “What makes America special is that our system is deeply rooted in the concept that property rights and individual rights are inseparable” and that this confluence is what has made our country what it is today. How did […]

The difference between Montana’s two Senators, placed on a national stage

BY: - August 9, 2022

The following is not the opinion of environmentalists, liberal media or biased intellectuals. This is directly from the Department of Defense Climate Risk Analysis published in October 2021. As the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin has said, “To keep the nation secure, we must tackle the existential threat of climate change.” We are already seeing […]

When are book bans unconstitutional? A First Amendment scholar explains.

BY: - August 8, 2022

The United States has become a nation divided over important issues in K-12 education, including which books students should be able to read in public school. Efforts to ban books from school curricula, remove books from libraries, and keep lists of books that some find inappropriate for students are increasing as Americans become more polarized […]

Happy birthday to Medicare and Medicaid

BY: - August 7, 2022

Last week marked the 57th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.  Guided by the steady hand of Montana’s great statesman Sen. Mike Mansfield, this landmark legislation granted millions of Americans access to healthcare. Congress has taken tremendous steps during the last two years to make sure that more Americans could get access to affordable health care […]

Give Montanans the right to choose ‘None of the Above’

BY: - August 6, 2022

On Election Day, assuming you can still bring yourself to vote, you go down to the polls, or more likely, the mailbox and look at the selection of candidates for various offices. Some are OK, some are not, so you pick your favorite and then you come to a race where both candidates are, in […]