Commentary

Why the Supreme Court’s football decision is a game-changer on school prayer

BY: - September 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently banned school-sponsored prayer in public schools. At the same time, lower courts have generally forbidden public school employees from openly praying in the workplace, even if no students are involved. Yet on June 27, the Supreme Court effectively gave individual employees’ prayer the thumbs up – potentially ushering in […]

A monarch dies in the new century and a nation clatters on

BY: - September 12, 2022

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s death came off flawlessly, a passing anticipated so long ago that it was code-named for a landmark the British sold to a wealthy American who moved it to Arizona and turned it into a tourist attraction 50 years ago. London Bridge still stands, albeit in Arizona. The monarch, alas, rests […]

James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer explains the stunning, newly released first images

BY: - September 11, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope team has released the first science-quality images from the new telescope. In them are the oldest galaxies ever seen by human eyes, evidence of water on a planet 1,000 light-years away, and incredible details showing the birth and death of stars. Webb’s purpose is to explore origins – of the […]

Does hardening schools make students safer?

BY: - September 10, 2022

The first real possibility for federal firearms legislation in decades has been sketched out by a bipartisan group of senators. It comes in the wake of the May 23 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers before himself being killed in a gunfire exchange with police. […]

A MAGA-led civil war? That’s not going to happen.

BY: - September 9, 2022

Summer in Montana draws to a close. The harvest of the field is ripe, fragrant and bountiful, once again giving us many, many reasons to be grateful for our lives, friends and family. Yet, in the seething dog pit of the political arena, we are told that the nation is looming on the edge of […]

Biden’s Philly speech was a challenge to all of us. We have to step up

BY: - September 8, 2022

Returning to the state where he launched his candidacy — and the one that handed him the White House in 2020 — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Americans to join him in a fight to preserve democracy and to beat back the forces of extremism. The 30-minute address was equal parts tribute to […]

Gianforte asks courts to help keep the public out of his business

BY: - September 8, 2022

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. … Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte doesn’t just think he’s better than we […]

The dark dawn of a new day: The dismantling of our public schools by design

BY: - September 7, 2022

Call it kismet. I’d just finished reading about Montana superintendents’ frantic efforts to hire public schoolteachers before the school year begins when an op-ed from another newspaper appeared on my screen. In it, two Republican legislators rejoiced over the “new dawn” their recent legislation created, the “opportunity” for Montana kids to leave public schools and […]

Courts aren’t ready to confront the legal quagmire of DNA theft

BY: and - September 6, 2022

Every so often stories of genetic theft, or extreme precautions taken to avoid it, make headline news. So it was with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting at opposite ends of a very long table after Macron declined to take a Russian PCR COVID-19 test. Many speculated that […]

Not everyone is male or female – the growing controversy over sex designation

BY: and - September 5, 2022

Check out your birth certificate and surely you’ll see a designation for sex. When you were born, a doctor or clinician assigned you the “male” or “female” label based on a look at your genitalia. In the U.S., this has been standard practice for more than a century. But sex designation is not as simple […]

America’s history of warring religious factions began before the country was founded

BY: - September 4, 2022

The story of America is the story of the individual and the protection of the individual from government, from the powerful, from those who “know better” than we do. Our country was shaped by those who knew the feeling of powerlessness in the face of an oppressive government. Who, as individuals even banding together in […]

Two Roberts. Two friends. And the mark they made.

BY: - September 3, 2022

There are stubborn and unwelcome facts about getting older. The gray hairs that weren’t there the day before. The injuries from running or other sports that come easier and are harder to shake off than they were before. And your friends die. This summer, I’ve said farewell to two dear friends who, as dear friends […]