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The Cult of Republicanism

By Marty Essen, Victor   A cult is a group of people that shuts out conflicting information and rejects facts in favor of an alternative reality.   It’s time to call today’s Republican Party what it is: a cult. The Republican Party hasn’t always been a cult, but you can trace its conversion to one…

Something wrong with this picture

By Bradford Larkin, Hamilton   I am confused about one simple truth here in the Bitterroot Valley. Would anyone please help me understand why we in Hamilton pay 20-30% MORE for every retail product than any Missoula store offers, yet these same Hamilton business owners pay 20-30% LESS in wages than what every employer offers…

Negative impact of state library budget cuts

By Montana Library Association Board of Directors : President – Lisa M. Jackson, Vice President – Elizabeth Jonkel, Past President – Dawn Kingstad, Secretary/Treasurer – Mary Guthmiller, ASLD Chair – Aaron LaFromboise, PLD Chair – Kit Stephenson, SLD Co-Chairs – Dianne Mattila, Angela Achuleta, ALA Representative – Matt Beckstrom, MPLA Representative – Rachel Rawn, PNLA…

Stevi fishing access site: A call for planning

By Margaret J. Gorski, Stevensville   Warren Buffett is known to have said, “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”  Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Those are two of my favorite quotes about the value of planning for the…

Episode could be indicator of new period

By Bob Brown, Helena   Greg Gianforte eventually apologized to the reporter he manhandled on election night. For some the apology was late and inadequate. For others Gianforte shouldn’t have apologized to the “liberal” reporter at all. Such is the divided nature of these times.   If Gianforte owed an apology, though, it was to…

New Congressional health care plan – a devastating blow to Montana’s public schools & students

By Kirk Miller, Executive Director, School Administrators of Montana   Today, as every day, teachers called the names of more than 140,000 students, as they took attendance in Montana’s 821 public schools. For the thousands of children who file into our classrooms, school is more than a place to learn. In-school programs and practices ensure…

Wildlife victories show how citizens and legislators can work together

By Bill Geer, President, Montana Wildlife Federation   Another acrimonious session of the Montana Legislature has come to end. Montana’s hunters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts had several successes in this session. We spoke up for wildlife and our outdoor heritage, we reached across political divides, and our elected officials heard us. In a tough…

Focus is on moving state forward

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock   Montana currently has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, with historic low unemployment and new businesses being created at record speed. We have a stable business climate allowing businesses across the state to grow, expand, and create more good paying jobs. And we are consistently recognized…

Size matters: bigger is better for wilderness

By Howie Wolke, Livingston When it comes to wilderness, bigger is better. From a human perspective, it is difficult to experience wilderness values such as awe, oneness with nature, solitude and challenge in isolated natural areas hemmed in by roads or noisy machines. The authors of the Wilderness Act rightly understood that if folks accepted…

Concerns over President’s budget proposal

By United States Senator Jon Tester, Democrat, Big Sandy When my wife Sharla and I sit down to do our budget each year we outline our priorities. Whether it’s spending more money on new equipment or spending a little less and fixing it up yourself—it’s a balancing act and you see what our priorities are….