A case for Mike Pence as heroic in face of pro-Trump attempted coup

BY: - January 8, 2022

I come to celebrate an American hero. I come to celebrate Mike Pence. That is not, to put it mildly, a widely held opinion. Not yet, at least. The Trumpian right reviles Pence as a traitor, as a Judas whose lack of courage and commitment a year ago cost them the prize that they see […]

A new year and a chance to do better

BY: - January 7, 2022

Well, here we are, limping into 2022 after another tough year of dealing with the COVID pandemic and the vast fallout to our society it has produced. We’ve lost far too many of our fellow citizens who will not have the opportunity to make any choices in the coming year. But for those of us […]

Remarks by President Joe Biden on the Jan. 6 anniversary of the Capitol attack

BY: - January 6, 2022

Madam Vice President, my fellow Americans: To state the obvious, one year ago today, in this sacred place, democracy was attacked — simply attacked.  The will of the people was under assault.  The Constitution — our Constitution — faced the gravest of threats. Outnumbered and in the face of a brutal attack, the Capitol Police, […]

Maskless in Billings: School district gives up on requirement, but it feels like fatigue

BY: - January 6, 2022

Well 2022, you’re lookin’ a lot like 2021 to me. Protests have been planned for capitol buildings on Jan. 6, and we’re continuing a fight over the most common-sense, inoffensive measures possible: Getting a vaccine and wearing a mask. I guess because everything has to be political, that means every issue will become a matter […]

Anger has spread across Montana like a disease

BY: - January 5, 2022

At a city commission meeting, a citizen approached the podium. In remarks dripping with vitriol and peppered with profanity, he impugned the characters of two city staff members, disparaged the lengthy service of one city commissioner, and bemoaned the fate of his fellow citizens, whom he dismissed as “dumb bastards” getting taken by “The Man.” […]

Re-thinking work-life balance

BY: - January 4, 2022

As a writer, I get stuck every so often straining for the right words to tell my story. Over the years, though, I’ve learned when to quit tying myself into mental knots over sentence construction. Instead, I step back and rethink where my story is going. This process is essentially what millions of American working […]

Know your health insurance options before Jan. 15

BY: - January 3, 2022

You may be taking some time this winter break to rest, relax and practice self-care. We encourage some of that self-care to include looking into your health insurance. Yes, I know, not exactly what you want to do with your time off, but we promise you, your future self will thank you!  Why is health […]

Incinerate this commentary

BY: - January 2, 2022

I was in middle school when I first learned of the Harry Potter series making waves in the Christian community. As the daughter of devout Southern Baptist who took the Bible as law, woe unto them that call evil good. Reading a coming-of-age story about a magical boy and all his wand-yielding, spell-casting friends was […]

Stop normalizing Islamophobia

BY: - January 1, 2022

In her latest act of demonizing Muslims, Rep. Lauren Boebert recently insinuated at multiple events that Rep. Ilhan Omar could have been a suicide bomber because of her Islamic faith. This might be business as usual for the Colorado Republican. But for Muslim Americans like myself, it’s another painful reminder of prevailing hatred in the country we call […]

Top 10 most viewed commentary pieces for 2021 on the Daily Montanan

BY: - December 31, 2021

Montanans are nothing if not opinionated, and the part of the Daily Montanan’s mission was to curate a group of columnists, thoughts and ideas for issues facing Montana. And Daily Montanan readers responded. Everyday, we’ve brought readers at least one commentary piece that hopefully provokes thought and spurs deeper conversation. Here are the top 10 […]

This holiday season, kick back and take a break from the exhaustion

BY: - December 31, 2021

It’s that time of year — much like the “dog days of summer” — when people really would rather be thinking about something besides the ever-snarling pit of political strife. And why not? Our citizens are exhausted from dealing with the very real issues facing them on a daily basis in their personal lives and, […]

Why Desmond Tutu matters more than ever

BY: - December 30, 2021

One day after Christmas – in an event that seems particularly on-brand for 2021 – the world lost one of its living saints, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whose work in South Africa helped bring about the peaceful dismantling of the institutionally racist apartheid. What would be even more tragic than his death is if we also […]