Commentary

Anti-democratic behavior on full display in House Judiciary

BY: - January 22, 2023

We would like to publicly call out the action in the House Judiciary Committee during the Jan. 13 hearing of Representative Ed Stafman’s House Bill 202. This bill advocated for the establishment of Extreme Risk Protection Orders that would provide procedures for family members and law enforcement to temporarily remove firearms from the possession of […]

Old Person deserves recognition, memorial highway

BY: - January 21, 2023

Chief Earl Old Person deserves consideration for a Memorial Highway in Montana. Sen. Theresa Manzella states that the rodeo grounds in Browning are already named after the Chief–honoring his tribal name. The typical tourist travelling through Montana is not experiencing the rodeo grounds in Browning–but would become acquainted with Chief Old Person if his namesake […]

Forest Service undermining the consent of the governed in Holland Lake proposal

BY: - January 20, 2023

  In a nation founded on the principle that all power in governance resides in “We the people,” the “consent of the governed” should be the goal not only of those in the public policy arena, but in the government agencies charged with implementing those policies. That’s particularly important in the management of public lands […]

Stubborn House leaders refuse to condemn violence against reproductive rights organizations

BY: - January 19, 2023

One of the first stories I covered as a reporter was in Fargo, N.D., in 1996. One of the town’s local well-known zealots, Martin Wishnatsky, had again handcuffed himself to an abortion clinic fence in protest of abortion law. With a certain amount of weariness, editors at The Forum dispatched the greenest reporter they could […]

Beware Republican deregulation

BY: - January 18, 2023

“If the government would just get out of the way and free the power of the competitive market, we would have a much better economy.” It’s good political rhetoric. The current Republican administration and their pals in the Republican legislature are repeating it over and over as a part of Governor Gianforte’s “Red Tape Reduction […]

Something doesn’t seem right with the Holland Lake Lodge transfer

BY: - January 17, 2023

Thank goodness the public has been digging deep and exposing the shadiness that is happening in regards to Holland Lake Lodge, which operates on public National Forest Land via a special-use permit.  The proponents of this project have already lied about: The presence of wildlife in the Holland Lake area; the actual acreage of the […]

This MLK Day, let’s learn the right lessons from history

BY: - January 16, 2023

Every year, the arrival of the Martin Luther King holiday calls us to pause and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy. And every year, I’m struck by the same thing: As sincere as we are in our reverence for Dr. King, we keep learning the wrong lessons not just from his life but from history writ […]

And still we dream

BY: - January 16, 2023

Something about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech always reminds me of the last page of “The Great Gatsby.” Like Gatsby, King had come a long way, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. “We’ve got some difficult days ahead,” he told an overflowing Memphis crowd, “but […]

Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population is crashing and we’re trying to stop it

BY: - January 15, 2023

There’s no other way to put it, the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly population is going downhill fast – which is the opposite of the agency’s legal mandate to recover, not extinguish, endangered species. In 2018 the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service counted 54 grizzlies in its monitoring report.  In 2019 only 50, down to 45 in 2020 and […]

A group of activists poses for a photo taken by another group member on the first day of the 2023 Montana Legislature.

The GOP problem: We have too much democracy

BY: - January 14, 2023

The “New Montana Freedom Caucus” (whatever that means) has a hatred of democracy. The problem, as the members see it, is we have too much democracy. The country was founded as a republic on a democratic platform and system designed primarily to protect the rights of property, not people. The first Ten Amendments to the […]

The MAGA clown car crashes into Congress

BY: - January 13, 2023

Here we are on the second anniversary of Trump’s lie-fueled violent insurrection to try and halt Congress from certifying a duly elected president of the United States. Despite the death and destruction in its attempted takeover of the Capitol, the MAGA mob failed — and many are now paying the price in prison. But lo […]

Montana, just say when …

BY: - January 12, 2023

I guess the question is really simple: Montana, have we had enough? Have we had enough of a viral speech by Matt Rosendale, one of our state’s only two representatives in the House, who gave what many characterize as an unhinged-yet-viral speech about the House’s longstanding rules being some kind of conspiracy? Imagine how ridiculous […]