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Freezing tribal funds appalling, hurts tribal members

Editor, I was appalled and mad to see what BEH has done. I tried to put money on one of my kid’s commissary at the jail and was told they have none due to that account being closed out by BEH. They are being punished for something they are not...

 

We are at a crisis level in education

Looking at these test results on the National Indian Education Study 2015 gives me a slight feeling of despair and a feeling of hope. For this reason, I do what I do.  When the Office of Public Instruction has been claiming that 75 percent of the...

 

Keep land in wilderness study area

Editor, I am writing to express my concern with Rep. Kerry White’s proposed resolution, House Joint Resolution 9. This resolution seeks to release Montana’s Wilderness Study Areas from consideration for inclusion in the National Wilderness...

 

Don't let new health care act defund Medicaid

Editor, Congress is moving quickly to enact the American Health Care Act. This bill goes beyond its stated purpose to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by fundamentally restructuring Medicaid. If this bill becomes law, Medicaid would no...

 

Locker room privacy - just common sense

While I understand that in today’s culture there are males who identify as female and vice versa, like most Montanans, I am strongly opposed to boys and men being allowed to use girls’ and women’s locker rooms. It’s just common sense that...

 

Week 10 in the Legislature

The pace is picking up in the Montana Senate. Tax Committee is still wrestling with the medical cannabis (marijuana) issue. The committee had two extra fact-finding meetings trying to determine quality and safety standardized testing requirements nee...

 

Legislation spells bad news for renters

Forty years ago, the Montana Legislature enshrined renter’s rights in the state code by passing the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 1977. Now, those rights are being threatened. A group of bills have been introduced in the Montana Legislatur...

 

Quist victory no threat to gun rights

Editor, Special election candidate Rob Quist is quickly filling the hopeful Democratic, independent and moderate GOP counter to Greg Gianforte a corporatist outsider with a far-right wing neo-conservative agenda. Now, Mr. Quist, a gun owner who grew...

 

Celebrate farmers and ranchers during Ag Week

Montana agriculture provides abundance all year As the days get longer and the weather warms, many of us begin to plan and dream of the upcoming growing season. Warmer seasons for many mean connecting with the land and enjoying the fresh produce...

 

Cutting higher ed wrong way to fix shortfalls

As the president of the Associated Students of the University of Montana, it is my privilege and responsibility to represent over 11,000 students of the University of Montana. Unfortunately, the fight for affordable, accessible higher education for...

 

Our View: A laurel and a dart for Windy Boy's charter school bill

Kudos to Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, for trying to do something to improve education on Indian reservations and throughout Montana. Windy Boy cites the high dropout rate and discipline problems at reservation schools as one of his reasons...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 17, 2017

Humiliation is, apparently, addictive

It’s one thing to know something about yourself that is, let’s say, not a plus, like “I’m not awesome at geography,” but it’s another thing to have it demonstrated, repeatedly, to truly...

 

Let's be smart with our money this election

Editor, County taxpayers pay all the costs associated with holding elections in our counties. This last election was especially expensive for all of us because ballots needed reprinting due to the unfortunate death of the Libertarian candidate. The...

 

Native lawmakers ask for responsible hunts

Despite the obvious changes that come with the passing of time and the evolution of technology, the connection between buffalo, buffalo hunting and Native peoples remains a vital part of tribal identity in Montana. The relationship between tribal...

 

Montana needs real health care reform

Obamacare is in a death spiral. Insurance premiums increased yet again by an average of 25 to 50 percent this year in Montana. As more insurers abandon the Affordable Care Act’s exchange, costs continue to skyrocket across the nation. These trends...

 

I love a rainy night

“I love to hear the thunder; watch the lightning when it lights up the sky.” Eddie Rabbit sang it true. This week I determined to be a time of easing back into my “normal” routine. Ha! Not even the weather in this, the dry season, has...

 

Week Nine at the Legislsature

The week started with the Democrats nominating Rob Quist for their delegate to the U.S. House seat Sunday. I returned to Helena Monday and took in the Republican meetings to see Greg Gianforte’s nomination by the Republican party. In the Education...

 

Sales taxes would create long-term economic problems

By Shelby DeMars , Montana Business Leadership Council Executive Director With just over half of the legislative session completed, there have been over $280 million in tax hikes proposed thus far. Most of that revenue would come from sales taxes on...

 

Helena wants to steal an hour of your life

Editor: Our elected officials are busy in Helena wanting to steal an hour a day from each of us during the summer months. Senate Bill 206 will do away with Daylight Savings Time. With Daylight Savings, we gain an hour in the summer so we can enjoy...

 

Our View:

Republican leaders have now shown two sides of a coin in their opposition to mail ballots in the election to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke — and both sides are wrong. Rep. Forrest Mandeville, R-Columbus,...

 

The hijacking of a 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, Gov. Steve Bullock scheduled the election at the earliest possible...

 

Montana's seed bill, Senate Bill 155

Editor, Farmers continue to evolve crops naturally, or with genetic selection and enhancement. In some circles, it is referred to as research. It is a constant process to find new ways to outsmart old problems: insect damage, heat or drought...

 

Montana's public lands deserve robust public discourse

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...

 

Renewables under attack in the Senate Energy Committee

Every two years, when the Legislature meets to weigh and discuss the many issues that affect Montanans, the Senate Energy committee, which we serve on, has to shape the policies that will determine Montana’s energy future. It’s disheartening to...

 

Cole-Hodgkinson not fulfilling her duties as new county attorney

It was with both amusement and embarrassment that I read the article printed in the Havre Daily News on Feb. 28, 2017, regarding the new Hill County attorney, Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson. Let me be up front — as is my habit — that I work for the...

 

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