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Governor’s budget is a balanced approach

By Heather O’Loughlin, Co-Director, Montana Budget and Policy Center The qualify of life we enjoy in Montana is directly connected to the public investments we make in our communities – modern schools and quality education for our children, safe roads, updated water and sewer systems, and an affordable college education for our future workforce. However,…

Montana’s public lands deserve robust public discourse

By State Senator Fred Thomas, Majority Leader, Republican, Stevensville Montana is blessed with vast landscapes of public lands. Our great outdoors attracts millions of visitors each year and is part of why I love Montana so much. And in Montana, conversations about our public land often go hand in hand with talking about the federal…

Support for special congressional election by mail

By Regina Plettenberg, Ravalli County Election Administrator and President of Montana Association of Clerk & Recorders   Many letters and opinions have been written about running the upcoming May 25th Special Congressional Election by mail. I have been running elections for our county for going on 19 years now. When I first started, elections were…

Fred Whiteside – a Montana historical treasure

By Bob Brown, Helena   “Fred Whiteside is one of Montana’s authentic unsung heroes.” Thus observed Great Falls Tribune reporter and columnist Frank Adams in 1980, a year after a plaque was installed in an obscure capitol hallway, the only monument in recognition of Whiteside who was perhaps Montana’s most courageous statesman. Barely 20, Fred…

Something must be done about local dams

By Dallas D. Erickson, SOS the Bitterroot, Stevensville   For years I have been involved in the area of disaster preparation (which includes mitigation) and response through various organizations. As I have reviewed the possible disaster scenarios it has been plain to me and others that one of the greatest disasters for the Bitterroot Valley…

Real talk about the Montana state budget

By Representative Nancy Ballance, Chair, House Appropriations   Following the Governor’s State of the State address and the response by the Speaker of the House, the media reported on the stark differences the two made regarding Montana’s fiscal condition. However, the more important point that needs to be made is an explanation of the underlying…

Thomas looks down his nose on Montanans

By Tony Jones, President, Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association   Over 1,000 Montanans rallied to show their strong support for our public lands at our state capitol on a cold, January day. It was a sign of a healthy democracy – cars, trucks, minivans and buses full of Montanans converged on the People’s House…

Let us all care for our neighbors

By Karen Harvey, Victor   Like many of you, when I sit down to read the paper or watch TV and hear the words of “Government Budget Cuts” my initial response is often a sigh of relief. But last week, I could only feel frustration and anger with a state legislature so out of touch…

Real Grizzly Bear Recovery

By Brian Peck, Columbia Falls   In the December 14th Bitterroot Star, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Director Jeff Hagener made the claim that grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) were recovered and it was time to delist them from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections and return…

Republican plan for Montana’s future

By Austin Knudsen, Speaker of the House, and Ron Ehli, House Majority Leader   Welcome to a new year and a new legislative session. With our eyes toward Montana’s future, we are hopeful that the next 90 days will bring badly needed changes. We must put our state back on a path toward economic stability…