Commentary

If competition would kill Amazon Prime, maybe it’s not that great

BY: - June 15, 2022

Amazon and its lobbyists are claiming that passing Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Big Tech bill would lead to the end of Prime, or at the very least, significantly impair the service. This is such an absurd, desperate lie. What the bill does is force Amazon to compete in ways that will benefit consumers and small businesses.  […]

Montana’s people-oriented constitution turns 50 and still serves us well

BY: - June 15, 2022

My fellow Montanans, I am sorry that the trip from Phoenix to Helena is a little too much for these soon to be 97-year-old bones. But, I join you in spirit. In 1969, when Jean and I moved to Helena from our Tule Creek farm in Roosevelt County, strong winds of change were sweeping Montana. […]

FDA menthol rules will save lives, but Montana still must do more to protect kids

BY: and - June 14, 2022

When it comes to tobacco, it’s been said that “menthol helps the poison go down easier.” And it’s true. The cooling, anaesthetic effect and flavor of menthol helps disguise the harshness of tobacco and has lured generations of Americans into tobacco use, leading to lifelong addiction, disease and risk of death from lung and heart disease and cancer. […]

Montana adding red tape to those who need help with healthcare

BY: - June 13, 2022

Nearly 300,000 Montanans, including 128,000 children, rely on Medicaid for their health care coverage. Nearly 2-in-3 businesses have an employee who is covered by Medicaid, making it a critical support for Montana’s small businesses and entrepreneurs who can’t afford to compete with big corporations on worker benefits. Medicaid keeps our families healthy and our economy […]

Arntzen’s dangerously hard-to-follow logic

BY: - June 12, 2022

Sheesh. When it comes to the current hullaballoo over minimum school standards, our Superintendent of Public Instruction is impossible to follow. Before I count the ways, a little background on school accreditation: Montana’s Constitution assigns the control of public schools to local school boards. In order to ensure the quality and equality of opportunity the […]

Excess profits tax will not solve inflation problems

BY: - June 11, 2022

Inflation has settled in for the American consumer and it’s nowhere more obvious than at the gas pump. Not so coincidentally, the only ones who are able to stay ahead of inflation are those companies which are causing the inflation itself, the oil companies whose profits have skyrocketed at the expense of the American consumer. […]

Patriotism in 2022: Red hot anger, White rage and a blue-streak

BY: - June 10, 2022

Editor’s note: Please be advised this column contains graphic language and may not be suitable for all readers.  With so many options available, how’s a patriot supposed to choose? Residents are snatching up t-shirts, bumper stickers and a popular yard flag that says, “Fuck Your Feelings. Trump 2024.” That’s an oldie but a goodie, recycled […]

America fleeced at the gas pump (again)

BY: - June 10, 2022

There’s an old and very hard-hearted line that “if God didn’t want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.” It’s in the classic movie “The Magnificent Seven” and is uttered by the Mexican bandito chief whose gang robs a poor peasant village. God probably doesn’t have much to do with gas prices these days, but […]

Montana Supreme Court must be more open now than ever

BY: - June 9, 2022

In his June 8, commentary “How the Supreme Court Works” author, John Moore, notes that administrative proceedings before the Montana Supreme Court are open to the public, whereas the Court’s deliberations on appealed cases are closed to public scrutiny.  He then closes with a question: “What do you think?” As the author of the concurrence […]

How the Montana Supreme Court works

BY: - June 8, 2022

On May 28, the Daily Montanan featured Steve Corbin’s commentary: “Maybe it’s time to reform the United States Supreme Court.”  I’m not taking issue with his ideas; I’m merely aligning one of his statements with the practice of the Montana Supreme Court. Corbin wrote, “The Supreme Court of the United States is the only public […]

Nazis 3.0 come to Billings. Will the city push back?

BY: - June 7, 2022

“The enemy is Marxism. I tried to save you. Read Mien Kampf,” a picture with Adolf Hitler states on the Telegram web page filled with Nazi propaganda, MMA fight clips, and footage of men doing hand to hand combat training. In another pic, four men in an area Billings’ locals would recognize as Pioneer Park […]

Before add more religious-based laws, we should clean up the religions

BY: - June 6, 2022

Conservative/evangelical religions have joined with right-wing politicians from all branches of government, including those in the federal judiciary, to overrule Roe vs. Wade and its progeny and to undo 50 years of “settled law” (so acknowledged by the various members of the conservative Supreme Court who were appointed since Roe and who are now poised […]