Commentary

Return to work bonuses were always a scam

BY: - November 8, 2021

After a disappointing jobs report in April, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced, “Montana is open for business again, but I hear from too many employers throughout our state who can’t find workers.” He subsequently withdrew Montana from the enhanced unemployment insurance program, which had previously added $300 a week to unemployed workers’ paychecks. This was replaced with […]

Montana needs U.S. to lead at climate change conference

BY: - November 7, 2021

Countries across the world are gathering in Scotland for the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference, or COP26, to grapple with our climate crisis. I joined 500 state legislators from 47 states and territories calling on our federal government to strengthen our national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. As the largest historical contributor to greenhouse gas […]

The ball is in your court, Mr. Knudsen

BY: - November 6, 2021

Jim Edwards’ commentary in The Daily Montanan on Nov. 2, raises some important questions about the incident involving St. Peter’s hospital health care providers being allegedly threatened by three public officials for their refusal to provide horse wormer as a Covid treatment to an 80-year-old Covid patient—who just happened to be on the “A list” […]

Climate change is killing our future

BY: - November 5, 2021

For years now we’ve been subjected to an endless stream of nonsense from those who deny the inescapable reality that our planet is overheating due to human-caused pollution in the atmosphere. It’s now apparent that the cascading effects of global baking — and the concurrent lack of action by our politicians and lawmakers — are […]

Love yourself and your life a little bit more and maybe we’ll get through this pandemic

BY: - November 4, 2021

You don’t appreciate life until you’ve looked a dying man in the eyes and know that you get leave and he doesn’t. But, that’s exactly the lesson I learned as a young, inexperienced hospital chaplain. I remember one particular hard day in which it seemed as if death was around every corner. A motorcycle accident […]

A big win for lynx, grizzly bears

BY: - November 3, 2021

Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) are medium-sized wildcats with a thick coat and broad, furry paws that allow them to stay on top of the snowpack. Lynx are an old-growth forest-dependent species, whose numbers have fallen due to the loss of old-growth forests from logging, the effects of climate change, and trapping. On March 24, 2000, the contiguous […]

The public deserves to know all the context of Knudsen’s actions at St. Peter’s

BY: - November 2, 2021

The Casper Star-Tribune’s headline on Oct. 20 proclaimed: “Montana hospital says doctors ‘threatened’ by public officials over Ivermectin request.” Tuesday’s Helena Independent-Record had the same headline. Because this story is newsworthy, many other cities and states are covering this story as well. We can only hope that it is very unusual in our country for […]

Corporate meat lobby claims they’re the scapegoat when they’re really the problem

BY: - November 1, 2021

Recently, in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), a mouthpiece for the corporate meatpacking industry, complained that the Biden Administration’s work to combat concentration in the agriculture industry cannot ignore the “fundamental principles of supply and demand.” Let us look at some facts to counter their claims. […]

Nobel winners made possible predictions of global warming and modern weather forecasting

BY: - October 31, 2021

As a climate scientist myself, I was excited to learn that Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics. I first met Manabe when I was a graduate student in the early 1970s, so I was particularly pleased that the prize recognizes the profound importance of Manabe’s […]

Think a mild case of COVID-19 is no big deal? Think again.

BY: - October 30, 2021

More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died. But what about the millions who lived? Have they fully recovered? According to new research, perhaps not. We often talk about the symptoms of a disease as the immediate impacts such as a […]

Gianforte, Knudsen go off the rails

BY: - October 29, 2021

Montanans would be fully justified to seriously question what’s going on with the Republicans elected to our state’s top positions. Their actions are outside the boundaries of any attorney general or governor in recent memory, regardless of political affiliation. They range from potentially illegal abuse of power and law enforcement personnel by Attorney General Austin […]

You know who wouldn’t think much of Montana’s anti-vaxx laws? Antonin Scalia.

BY: - October 28, 2021

It’s always dangerous getting the dead to speak to current issues. But, with Halloween and all, ‘tis the season. I mean: It’s dangerous to hazard a guess at what, say, Abraham Lincoln may think of critical race theory. And it’s just as dangerous to wonder what Jesus would do in every contemporary life situation because […]