Commentary

Montana Constitution applies to all Montanans (including the governor)

BY: - April 25, 2022

In the many years I had the privilege of teaching Montana history, one of my absolute favorite chapters was on the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. The diversity of people gathered at our state capitol during the wintry months of 1972 created a document that has stood the test of time and been admired and emulated […]

Democrats are fighting for Montana’s working families

BY: - April 24, 2022

Montana Democrats have spent the last two years offering ideas that invest in our state’s families, communities, and economy. We have solutions to invest in affordable housing, expand access to child care, train the workers that small businesses need, protect our privacy online, and let ag producers protect themselves against out-of-state corporations. Despite our efforts […]

Montana Republicans would rather whine than help residents with real problems

BY: - April 23, 2022

Is anyone else getting tired of whiny Republicans?  The most recent example is an editorial sent across the state by 57 Republican Legislators.  Their complaint is, once again, a screed against the judiciary.  Didn’t any of them take 8th grade civics classes?  What part of “checks and balances” don’t they understand?  This time around they […]

Montana is now a pot state, not a coal one — so tell our federal delegation

BY: - April 22, 2022

For years now we have heard Jon Tester and Steve Daines declare themselves “coal state senators” whenever they so willingly vote against measures to reduce or tax the use of coal and its planet-killing pollution. But as recently released data show, the state and local tax revenue and number of jobs created by Montana’s legalization […]

Legendary author Rudolfo Anaya on banning books

BY: - April 21, 2022

Ten years ago, “Bless Me, Ultima” was being pulled from the shelves in Arizona classrooms as Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program was dismantled.  I was a reporter at Albuquerque’s now defunct alt-weekly. In our rundown brick office, I pulled out the city’s actual phone book. The big old paper version was already like a thing […]

Parents want to take back schools, but when did they ever leave?

BY: - April 21, 2022

I have to give credit to the wonderful marketing job some politicians have done at creating a controversy out of nothing. That would perfectly describe the movement that urges parents to take back their schools. To hear some worried politicians and aspiring school board members tell it: Communism, immorality and self-hatred have seeped deeply into […]

Montana’s baseload power needs may require nuclear energy

BY: - April 20, 2022

Energy is the lifeblood of human civilization and progress. Transportation, manufacturing, the Internet, heated homes, clean drinking water, agricultural production, and almost every other vital component of our modern lives relies on having consistent and reliable access to energy. Energy is also essential to our national security and independence. Just look at what is going […]

Capping costs is not a substitute for lowering prices

BY: - April 19, 2022

Lawmakers in Congress have been promising to tackle rising drug prices for years, but so far there’s been little action. Now, Congress may be running out of time as bigger issues like the war in Ukraine and inflation crowd out long-standing issues with more immediate concerns.  The outrageous price of medicines has made prescription drug […]

Daines is all wrong when it comes to inflation

BY: - April 18, 2022

In a letter to his constituency recently, Sen. Steve Daines sent an email that said, among other things, the following: Inflation under President Joe Biden’s administration continues to spiral out of control.  Compared to one year ago, Montanans are paying 8.5% more on everything from gas to groceries. At the pump, it costs Montanans over […]

Buchanan symbolizes the desperation of the Democrats

BY: - April 17, 2022

In the middle of a primary election, establishment Democrats are endorsing Billings stock market advisor and asset manager Gary Buchanan for Montana’s eastern Congressional District. Furthermore, many rank-and-file Democrats in the district’s cities are helping to circulate a petition to put Buchanan on the November ballot as an Independent candidate.  Buchanan has carefully crafted his […]

Putin’s arrogance is shown by his disregard for the lives of children

BY: - April 16, 2022

In 1999 I traveled to China as a member of a bipartisan group of state legislators belonging to an international educational program. One of my most memorable moments was a visit to a school for the children of migrant workers in Shanghai. Unlike in America at the time, the migrant workers in China came from […]

Gianforte betrays his constitutional and public trust responsibilities

BY: - April 15, 2022

Montanans were justifiably shocked when the news broke last week that Gov. Greg Gianforte stopped the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from enforcing its instream flow water rights on the nationally famous Smith River as well as the Shields River. Thanks to the “right to know” provision in Montana’s Constitution reporters were able to […]