When it comes to fighting the pandemic, heaven help us

BY: - September 30, 2021

As the death count from COVID-19 exceeds the number of soldiers lost in World War II or the number who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic or the fact that we experience roughly the equivalent of a 9/11 attack every day in fatalities, I find myself becoming nostalgic for the political conversations of bygone years. […]

Montana Legislature, governor and FWP Commission undermine ethical wildlife management

BY: - September 29, 2021

As former members of the Montana Fish  Wildlife Commission, we generally refrain from criticizing decisions made by our successors. However, the current commission’s recent actions regarding the new wolf trapping and hunting regulations are so egregious that we must speak out. For the record, we all are avid deer and elk hunters, and we believe […]

Infrastructure and budget bills contain provisions which will make climate change worse

BY: - September 28, 2021

In so many ways the future hangs in the balance as Congress debates the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill and $1 trillion infrastructure bill. Although encouraging the use of more electric vehicles and increasing solar and wind energy will definitely reduce the amount of carbon we emit into the atmosphere, there are also huge problems […]

GOP extremism is backfiring

BY: - September 24, 2021

By now people have plenty of examples of the GOP’s idea of governance, which consists of opposing everything that doesn’t fit their myopic ideology. Here in Montana we’re headed back toward Lockdown City thanks to the utter failure of our Republican-controlled executive and legislative branches of government. But evidence is quickly mounting that GOP extremism […]

Montana’s answer to COVID-19? It won’t be found in a politician.

BY: - September 23, 2021

Human behavior hasn’t changed in 2,500 years, apparently. The Greek orator Demosthenes deals with a rich leader who has been accused of assault and believes himself above the law because of all his glorious achievements. Sounds familiar, right? But in his treatise, “Against Meidias,” he argues that a man cannot be judged by his status […]

Montana, Congress has two weeks to save the world

BY: - September 21, 2021

Imagine what is it like to have two weeks to save the world. Let’s just say, it’s a lot. Now, this may sound like a hypothetical exercise, or the start of a fantastical epic, but it’s not. This is the world we’re living in right now. In the next 10 days, Congress has the chance […]

Reflecting on life as a Muslim after 9/11

BY: - September 20, 2021

Sept. 11 is a day of sorrow for every American, but to me, it is also a reminder of how quickly a group of people can be demonized and isolated. I am from Jersey City, a town where Donald Trump said there were thousands of Muslims celebrating on rooftops during the 9/11 attacks. Not only […]

Everyone deserves the right to clean air, water — no matter the ZIP code

BY: - September 19, 2021

I grew up in a loving family — financially poor, but spiritually rich. My family was blessed with the abundance of having my two strong grandmothers who helped us make it out of poverty. But when they both died from pollution-related illnesses, I learned that simply having a good, strong family isn’t enough. You also […]

What was Afghanistan for?

BY: - September 18, 2021

I can still taste the sand, feel the heat on my skin.  We were told to smell our water before we drank it, just in case something had been added to it. I remember the faces, including my own, when one of our brothers or sisters in arms lost their lives.  I remember the look […]

You reap what you sow

BY: - September 17, 2021

It’s that time of year in Montana when summer winds down, the nights get cooler, leaves begin to wear their fall colors and “harvest season” is in full bloom. Humans, not unlike the grizzly bears, are preparing for the Montana winter ahead, enjoying the fruits of their labors on the land while the hunters prepare […]

‘A Chill Wind’: Texas unleashes bounty hunters on women

BY: - September 16, 2021

Back in the 19th century, Texas was awash in vigilante groups. In those dark years, various self-appointed “law enforcers” modeled after the Texas Rangers embarked on a decades-long campaign of ethnic cleansing of Indigenous peoples in the western territory. Thanks to the Supreme Court, the state is now unleashing another wave of newly minted bounty hunters […]

If schools can send girls home for short skirts, they can enforce mask mandates

BY: - September 15, 2021

We’ve tried all sorts of things to make masks palatable for the extremely loud minority of parents and GOP politicians who keep taking over school board meetings across the country, throwing Nazi salutes and nonsensically screaming that safety measures are “child abuse.” Let’s be clear. The majority of our country is vaccinated against COVID-19 and […]