Commentary

Don’t use shame to convince people to get vaccinated

BY: - September 6, 2021

In the fall of 2020, I was infuriated to see then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rushing to seat Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court just 35 days before the 2020 election. After all, he was the one who refused to even hold hearings on Merrick Garland, a moderate choice by any measure, because the […]

Dreaming of Afghanistan past while fearing for Afghanistan present

BY: - September 6, 2021

Five times I landed at the Kabul airport. Before touching down, I saw women doing what I was doing — pulling a headscarf out of a bag. I experienced natural trepidation: Would I get through the immigration and identity card processes, pay a baggage helper appropriately to get me where I needed to go, find […]

Congress must make taxes on stocks, income more fair

BY: - September 5, 2021

Working people are the backbone of our economy. Our tax system is so unfair that a billionaire living off his Wall Street investments can pay a lower tax rate than an emergency-room nurse tending to COVID patients or a truck driver who keeps our economy going by delivering key components overnight. That’s because our tax […]

Saving the grizzly bears in the Yaak-Cabinet Mountains by lawsuit

BY: - September 4, 2021

Montana’s Governor Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines recently claimed “frivolous” lawsuits had to be stopped so more logging could occur in our dwindling National Forests. But there’s nothing frivolous about the Alliance for the Wild Rockies filing a 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue the Forest Service to stop the Ripley logging project […]

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 […]

Is Montana’s history repeating itself?

BY: - September 2, 2021

There’s that ancient saw about history repeating itself, and anyone who has read much history knows how sadly true that is. What may be even more frightening, though, is when history doesn’t repeat itself. What happens then? Like many states, Montana is tearing itself apart debating masks, vaccines, mandates and public health measures. With absolutely […]

Montana needs Tester’s leadership on taxes

BY: - September 1, 2021

I served as a Carbon County Commissioner for nearly three decades. In this position, I proudly managed balanced budgets for 24 years. As someone once trusted with managing public funds, I’ve been following events in Congress this summer. Last month, the United States Senate passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. This legislation is financed […]

After 36 years, I quit.

BY: - August 31, 2021

It took 36 years, but I’ve finally left school. The end came shortly after University of Colorado administrators denied faculty the ability to teach remotely amid yet another COVID-19 surge. Following the denial, a stream of unusual advice for professors trickled in: anticipate chaos, get creative and, if necessary, call the police. Over the years, […]

In the GOP fight for the White House, the unvaccinated and children are collateral damage

BY: - August 30, 2021

Some days, I don’t know whether to scream or cry about the surge of the COVID-19. The national death toll from the virus has now topped 616,000 — more people than live in Tucson, Milwaukee or Baltimore.  And experts say that, unless we take dramatic steps to curb the spread of the Delta variant of […]

Montana still hasn’t learned anything from its history

BY: - August 29, 2021

The Preamble to our State’s Constitution speaks to the importance of Montana’s quiet beauty, the grandeur of our Mountains, and the vastness of our rolling plains as underpinning our desire to improve our quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations. In fulfillment of that […]

Children are dying for Republican ‘freedom’

BY: - August 28, 2021

Apparently, the bodies of sick or dead children are not a motivator for today’s Republicans. Then again, when were they? When 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Republicans didn’t fight to end gun violence — they doubled down on unfettered gun access.  When scientists warned decades ago that generations […]

The only hope for the future of Afghanistan

BY: - August 26, 2021

In more than 75 interviews I conducted with Vietnam War veterans during a two-year period, there was only one common element among all of them. They were officers, enlisted soldiers and draftees, from every branch and every year. They had differing political views and their experiences, as part of the military, were almost unimaginably varied. […]