Barry Usher

Ehrlick: The fall of the committee of Usher

BY: - January 28, 2021

“We’re not going down the rabbit hole of racism, because there are immigrants from all over the world that are every color on earth, and we’re not doing racism in this hearing,” – Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, shutting down comments during a legislative hearing on sanctuary cities when someone referenced white supremacy. Barry Usher’s words […]

The time that media companies silenced a national figure… in 1938

BY: - January 24, 2021

In speeches filled with hatred and falsehoods, a public figure attacks his enemies and calls for marches on Washington. Then, after one particularly virulent address, private media companies close down his channels of communication, prompting consternation from his supporters and calls for a code of conduct to filter out violent rhetoric. Sound familiar? Well, this […]

Violent extremists stand with Donald Trump — as do many of my Marine buddies

BY: - January 23, 2021

We will remember the attacks of Jan. 6 with the same horror as we remember the terrorist attacks of 9/11. While there was far less loss of life at the U.S. Capitol, our loss of national dignity was far worse. We know President Trump incited and encouraged the mob that perpetrated the attack.  During the […]

Daines’ high-stakes bet

BY: - January 22, 2021

Politicians, by nature, are calculators, oddsmakers, bettors, bookies. They bet on winning and losing all the time. Montana Sen. Steve Daines bet on President Donald J. Trump. But following the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Daines changed his wager. That day a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol, erected a gallows, killed a U.S. […]

Ehrlick: For people who love freedom, these lawmakers have a funny way of showing it

BY: - January 21, 2021

I need the lawmakers to make up their mind. And personally, I am rooting for them. Apparently, the government has more of an interest in my health than I thought, and I think it’s mighty big of them to want to take over. I am in my mid-40s, paunchy, and I’d really like someone else […]

A meteor, aliens or just a magnificent view?

BY: - January 20, 2021

CADOTTE PASS – This is big country up here on the Continental Divide, even bigger if you’re searching for the skid marks of an 1865 UFO. Whether or not James Lumley, “an old Rocky Mountain trapper,” was telling a tall tale when he got back to St. Louis, his story thrust this low crossing over […]

Transgender athletes: Let the kids play

BY: - January 19, 2021

Today, the Montana legislature heard two bills that affect transgender youth. One levies fines against physicians for providing medically appropriate care for transgender kids, even though we do so in accordance with best practice guidelines from our medical societies. Putting that aside for the moment, the other bill, known now as House Bill 112, or […]

Forest Service fails to consider the impacts of illegal motorized used

BY: - January 19, 2021

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies is challenging the Forest Service’s failure to analyze impacts to threatened grizzly bears from widespread illegal motorized use across Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest, which stretches 2.8-million acres through central and north-central Montana.  Illegal motorized use includes motorized use on “closed” roads by driving around gates or barriers or […]

Ehrlick: A mountaintop still untouched by Montanans

BY: - January 18, 2021

Even as a young man who mostly had only the experiences of Montana to draw upon, I knew what was happening at that moment. We were in the presence of something great, and I was lucky enough to meet Coretta Scott King twice in my life. This isn’t an exercise in shameless name-dropping, though. It’s […]

This impeachment is not about Trump, it’s about the next person

BY: - January 16, 2021

When Donald Trump became the only president in our tangled history to be impeached twice, Americans might well have found themselves asking, “What now?” The better question is “What’s next?” And that goes beyond the prospect of a trial in the U.S Senate that now appears set to unfold in the opening days of the […]

Praise the Lord and pass the pipe bomb

BY: - January 15, 2021

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker singing “Praise the Lord” on the TV was the soundtrack of my childhood. As I’d get ready for school or play, Tammy Faye and her big fake eyelashes, painted-on eyebrows and glowing tan cheeks would grin and sit next to Jim, who looked like he belonged in the principal’s office. […]

It’s the message, not the medium

BY: - January 14, 2021

I agree with U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for all the wrong reasons. Last week, as Twitter and other social media took the nearly unprecedented step of booting President Donald J. Trump from their platforms, Daines took to the traditional media to demand that the leader of the free world be given his 240 characters back. […]