Commentary

Take it from an athlete: We don’t need saving

BY: - March 17, 2021

The so-called “Save Women’s Sports Act,” or House Bill 112, claims to save women’s sports by banning transgender athletes. I am a cisgender woman, meaning that I was assigned female at birth and identify as a woman. I am an athlete. In other words, I am exactly who this bill apparently saves. The only problem? […]

Aspen tree decline in West due to cattle grazing

BY: - March 15, 2021

The Forest Service has been proposing logging and burning projects to promote the growth of more aspen. But aspen regenerates by putting out shoots, not through seeds, and it’s extensively documented that the major cause of aspen decline in the West is cattle browsing and trampling the young aspen, thus greatly limiting regeneration. Despite the […]

Montanan Mailbag: The ‘Lost Best Place,’ and special education

BY: - March 15, 2021

The Daily Montanan doesn’t have a “letters to the editor” page, but we will — as time and interest allow – post some letters we’ve gotten. If you would like to submit a letter to the editor, feel free to email: [email protected] Guest views are considered on a case-by-case basis, but those can also be […]

It’s important to say ‘Thank you’

BY: - March 14, 2021

On a global scale, the past 12 months have taken a terrible toll on the economy and health of humanity. As of this writing, more than 150 million people have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.  In the United States, we have 29 million confirmed cases. In Montana, 10% of the population has tested […]

Anti-predator hysteria dominates Montana Legislature

BY: - March 12, 2021

For decades Montana has been a leader in the scientific management of wildlife. That has included managing predator species, in which Montana has carefully struck a balance of returning these animals to the landscape while balancing the needs of the people who live here. But now that appears to be changing, driven by a visceral […]

…Are condemned to repeat it

BY: - March 11, 2021

Pop quiz, folks: In what way are some Montana lawmakers like anti-vaxxers? OK, besides that whole science thing. Both suffer from a lack of historical perspective that could keep them from making mistakes that hurt residents. You see, when the anti-vaxxing craze (and that’s what it is, crazy) heated up several decades ago, and parents […]

House Bills 200 and 223 would harm immigrants, entire communities

BY: - March 10, 2021

A number of years ago, I was followed and questioned by federal immigration officials. Three men knocked on the door of the hotel room where my cousin was staying while visiting me in Billings, welcomed themselves in, and asked for our immigration papers. They said they had seen us at a local store and followed […]

Voter fraud lie causes a torrent of bills

BY: - March 10, 2021

A lie is a fickle creature. Once told, a lie marches free into the world, with its own agenda, out of control of those who created it. And as Georgia Republicans are discovering, a lie that is big enough and powerful enough can even turn on its masters, forcing those who created it to now […]

Students oppose HB349 which allows discrimination

BY: - March 9, 2021

In the past month, the Associated Students of the University of Montana has had the privilege to work towards allocating funding for dozens of student groups that captivate the diversity of student interests that make the University of Montana a campus unlike any other. From the Climate Response Club to the Telemark Skiing Club, college […]

Conservation groups try to keep Castle Mountains pristine

BY: - March 8, 2021

The Castle Mountains are a pristine, island mountain range east of White Sulphur Springs, Montana that, despite the small size of the range, provides an important link in the wildlife corridor connecting Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. The range gets its name from its “castle turrets,” which are 50-foot high igneous rock spires on the […]

Montana Dems: We are watching … and waiting

BY: and - March 7, 2021

We are halfway through Montana’s short legislative session, and Montanans are still waiting for Republican legislators and Gov. Greg Gianforte to get to work on creating the jobs and economic recovery they promised during the campaign season. In their absence, Democrats have led the way. Montanans are still reeling from the pandemic and expect legislators […]

Here’s how we’re faring through the pandemic

BY: - March 7, 2021

The snow crunched under our skis along the Going-to-the-Sun Road last week, and at times, the images of Mount Vaught and Mount Cannon on a still Lake McDonald showed perfect twin reflections. A chubby dipper bounced with vigor in the lake. I peeled off my coat and long sleeve shirt, and my friend and I […]