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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...

 

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...

 

Darkened beacons illuminate 'plane' ol' bad government

In 1929, just 26 years after the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk, a transcontinental airway beacon system was christened to safely guide pilots across America in all kinds of weather. This modest but practical network blazed the trail for...

 

Time to redouble our efforts to combat dangerous drugs

Dec. 31, 2016: 30-year-old female allegedly stabbed by a 28-year-old male outside of Glasgow, resulting in the woman’s death. The man admitted to consuming meth prior to the stabbing. Jan. 25, 2017:  31-year-old male shot and killed in a Helena...

 

Sen. Tester: Support Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court

Our own Sen. Jon Tester recently said the Senate should “have a hearing and a vote” on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. Tester should go one step further by...

 

Montana needs road and bridge safety

I’ve spent three decades involved in improving public safety. The people that know me recognize it remains one of the great passions in my life. It’s that passion that’s driven me in my life as a police officer, as a community volunteer and in...

 

Montana needs to invest in families with paid leave

At some point, nearly every worker faces a moment when they need leave, whether it’s to care for an aging parent, help a family member after surgery, recover from their own illness or injury, or welcome a new child into the family. As the Montana L...

 

Save Montana highway jobs

Shortly before Christmas, men and women across Montana were notified that the road construction projects they were depending on to put presents under the tree this year would be canceled. The jobs they were depending on to provide for their families...

 

City boy enjoys small town Christmas

Before moving to Havre, I didn’t believe small towns existed, much less small town Christmases. It was a myth, all of it, fantasies invented and romanticized in Sherwood Anderson and Larry Watson books. Sure, I’d driven through quaint southern...

 

Congress needs to come together to fix broken border security, immigration system

It’s an unfortunate reality of our current political system that problems usually don’t get fixed until they near crisis proportions. And that’s what we’re approaching with our badly broken immigration system: a crisis. Our border security...

 

Soooo, ummm, thank you, humans

If I were in school in these modern scientific times, I would be labeled with some kind of official diagnosis rather than just the quaint terms “shy” and “awkward.” Someone with skills would teach me how to be a real kid. I learned the hard...

 

Finally, a debate about identity politics

Amid the climate of disbelief and fear among Democrats following Donald Trump’s election, a fascinating debate has broken out about what’s called “identity politics” on the left, “political correctness” by the right. And about time, I...

 

The first Thanksgiving family feud

Historians all agree that the Pilgrims really did celebrate a first Thanksgiving, but they also agree that it was a one-time event. It wasn’t turned into a yearly celebration until Abraham Lincoln made it official during the middle of the Civil...

 

Welcome to Washington, Mr. President-elect

As hard as the campaign might have been and the transition is proving to be, Donald Trump’s challenges are really just beginning. Governing after a toxic election in which the results awarded him an ambiguous national mandate — his opponent,...

 

Tyree demolishes The 25 greatest inventions of 2016

“The Best 25 Inventions of 2016” blares the cover of the Nov. 16 issue of “Time.” I don’t have the space to do injustice to all of them, but some of them just beg for comment. Of course you may wonder why “Time” feels compelled to...

 

Looking out my backdoor

Have you ever had something in your life at which you were afraid to take an honest look? I’m not talking about major life-threatening things here. We generally face up to those after a short dip into denial. What I’m talking about is a niggling...

 

I-182 lets Montanans vote on life-or-death issue

This election, Montana voters will be deciding the future of medical marijuana in Montana. This is quite literally a life and death issue, and I hope that my fellow Montanans will vote with compassion by casting their ballots with a yes on...

 

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