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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,…

Letters to the Editor

Response to LaSalle

I am the son of German immigrants who left Germany for America in 1929. The economic situation in Germany at the time was catastrophic. They came separately from Germany and met in New York City in the early thirties. New York had a great socialistic public education system that I benefited from. I suppose that…

Current agenda

Let’s see, so far the Trump and Republican agenda includes massively increasing our military spending (so they can kill more people), gutting the EPA and environmental regulations (so the rich can get richer, while killing more people), making it as difficult as possible for women to have an abortion (so those women can die the…

Re: ‘Vanishing into ‘the cloud’?’

Fascinating article and report blaming Amazon for “stifling competition, eroding jobs, and threatening communities.” That’s a pretty big accusation. Are those things really attributable to Amazon? I have never found blaming to be helpful unless I just want to bitch and moan. Somehow that might make me feel better for a moment especially if I…

Hijacking of Special Election

The special election to select a new Congressman for Montana is less than 80 days away and the process for conducting the election has been turned into a political football. First, Governor Steve Bullock scheduled the election at the earliest possible time, 85 days after Ryan Zinke resigned to serve as President Trump’s Secretary of…

Vote against Hamilton bond

The Mayor and the City Council are endangering public safety by moving fire protection money from the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department to build a “Justice Center” on the Armory property. The Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) has a Capital Improvement (CIP) fund set up to purchase fire trucks and safety equipment when they come due…

Deplorably twisted

What is the absolute best way to tell a lie? Take a truth and twist it until it bleeds. Repeat as necessary, until other people start repeating the twist, as the truth. When the twist is accepted as common knowledge, you win. Even if the truth just gets to be in doubt, you still win….

Too much out-of-state money

Here we go again. We just finished another election cycle in November with all the negative attack ads appearing on our local TV channels. Just like a bad penny, they are back again. First we have behind door number one – the Judicial Crisis Network. A multi-million dollar out of state PAC that chooses to…

News from the Legislature – Week 10

I was in the Air Force a long time ago, in the weather section. I chuckle at some of the similarities to a weather forecast and a legislative update…. for example…. ‘As the warm front approaches the winds will be gusty and variable in direction, sky a mix of high and low clouds, and the…

Against HB501

A pro-Israel bill moving through the Montana Legislature (House Bill 501) would ban Montanans from doing business with companies supporting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, which is working to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. House Bill 501’s sponsor, Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen, incorrectly labels the BDS movment as anti-Semitic –…

What about the dams?

I was moved by the letter written by Dallas Erickson (2-22-17) regarding the two dams south of the valley. I would like to see a response in the very near future by the County Commissioners, the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation. The County Commissioners have heard these encouragements to have an…