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 By Evan Barrett    Opinion    April 21, 2014

Living up to the legacy

Twenty years ago, Billings set the standard for community rejection of hatred and bigotry by saying no to racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic ultra-right-wing extremist behavior. We all know the story of how extremist hateful and bigoted activity... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 18, 2014

Life lessons: A pain in the head

One of the latest trending videos on the Internet is of a young man, presumably the Jared Michael who originally downloaded it, who was trying to get a video of himself, with his back to the tracks, as a train approached and passed. That was the... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 17, 2014

Return of the native to the Hi-Line

Feels good to be back in Montana in the springtime. One thing for certain, spring in eastern Montana is reliably brown. Other places, other climes, daffodils are popping up their cheery heads, lilacs... Full story

 By Mark Douglass    Opinion    April 17, 2014

The too-high cost of child abuse

As we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April — and especially Childhood Exposure to Violence Week this week — I am particularly mindful of the lifelong cost of child abuse. In 2012, researchers released a landmark study about the... Full story

 By Rick Ripley    Opinion    April 14, 2014

Bison harm Montana landowners

A Montana district court recently ruled that Montana laws dealing with the wild or domestic status of bison are “ambiguous.”  Those laws certainly are complicated, and for good reason.  The Montana Legislature has purposely given joint... Full story

 By Tim Tepas    Opinion    April 14, 2014

Autism a disorder, not contageous

April is National Autism Awareness month, which raises the question – what is autism?  First, understand the misconceptions about autism. People with autism do not have a disease, and they aren’t broken, so they don’t need to be fixed. There... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 11, 2014

Sometimes change stinks

It’s not that I’m afraid of change or that I hate change. I’m just highly suspicious of change, and when I say highly I mean it in a big way that’s in all capital letters — and italics — like HIGHLY suspicious. Change operates under its o... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 10, 2014

I'm just willing to be uncomfortable

People frequently say to me, “You are so courageous. I could never do something like ‘that.’” (“That” can mean any number of things, some crazy indeed!) I’m puzzled. Often, but not... Full story

 By Travis Kavulla    Opinion    April 8, 2014

Make your voice heard on NorthWestern Energy purchase

Want to make your voice heard on a deal which, if approved, will affect your power bill for a generation to come? The Public Service Commission is holding 19 public meetings throughout the State of... Full story

 By John Kelleher    Opinion    April 7, 2014

A little good from a sad situation

Last week was another landmark in the long and sad epic of the Rocky Boy scandal. Tony Belcourt, the once up-and-coming state lawmaker, and several other people, have pleaded guilty to felonies in connection with a series of bribes and thievery of... Full story

 By Sarah Corbally    Opinion    April 7, 2014

Help prevent child abuse: Through the eyes of one child

Looking out the window, and cautiously waiting for the moment when his father gets home, the fear begins to set in. Many reoccurring questions start to develop in his head; “What will he do this time? Was it my fault? Will it hurt?” Fear and... Full story

 By Tristan Persico    Opinion    April 7, 2014

Veterans appreciate Montana's wilderness

Montana’s wilderness. That’s where my mind went to most often while I was deployed in Southern Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal operator in the summer of 2009. Some people missed their families, others had a sweetheart or spouse... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 3, 2014

Not exactly the gunfight at the OK Corral

This morning I sat in front of my casita, reading a book, sipping tea, enjoying the breeze on my face, when suddenly five truckloads of Mazatlan Policia screeched around the corner and, positioning...

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 28, 2014

When good art tries to go bad

I am here to say that I suffer for my art, not quite the cut-off-my-own-ear suffering of Vincent van Gogh, but I suffer nonetheless. Sure, like many artistic sufferers, I brought on some of the troubles myself. I had waited until I had 10 days to do... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 21, 2014

Science news in all its awesomeness

It is quite possible that, since the age when mankind invented ways of making fire on demand, science exists solely to make life more awesome. Carrying stuff around on your back? A big drag. The wheel? Awesome. A four-wheel drive pickup? Awesomer,... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 20, 2014

What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

It was close to 4 o’clock when I left my apartment to walk up the street to get a liter of milk, no specific destination in mind, just a purpose — buy milk. I could go to the frutera and buy milk... Full story

 By Carlos Herndon    Opinion    March 17, 2014

Warrior spirit rises at Rocky Boy

It was an honor to attend the community meeting held at Stone Child College on March 11. An amazing movement is being created by the people from a broad sector of Hi-Line communities. The meeting demonstrated an excellent format by allowing individua... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 14, 2014

It's still legal to torture plants

With a high level of self-entertainment and very little sense of self-preservation, my husband told me that I should teach a course on how to effectively torture and kill plants. Everybody’s a comedian. Too bad he isn’t good at it, I say. To be... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 13, 2014

In my next life, I'm going to be a man

“In my next life, I’m going to be a man. When I’ve punched the time clock, I’ll be off work, done for the day. Go home, grab a brew, the remote, grunt, and wait for dinner to appear. I won’t... Full story

 By Joe Balyeat    Opinion    March 11, 2014

Understanding Obamacare, and why it will ultimately fail

Since 1990, culminating with Obamacare, progressives progressively destroyed health insurance. How? By switching definitions. Old Definition: Insurance — current fixed, smaller payments to protect yourself from future potential unforeseen larger... Full story

 By John Kelleher    Opinion    March 10, 2014

A time to celebrate public access

Next week is Sunshine Week, a time set aside by the American Society of New Editors to discuss issues of access to public records. Montana has some of the best laws concerning the public’s right to know what state and local governments are up to,... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 7, 2014

The only thing as strange as cats

I wonder about people. I wonder so much that sometimes I think a childhood accident must have stunted the growth of that brain part that reads body language. I can read animals better than I can people. Except cats. Cats make me wonder, too. Like... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 28, 2014

The Tasmanian Devil strikes again

"This is my new horse Taz," says I. "What kind of a name is Taz?" says John. "I dunno," says I. "It's just the one he came with." "I don't like it," says John. "It's just a name," says I. "Sounds... Full story

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 27, 2014

On the edge of possibility

I perch on that edge, jump back and forth across the line, ignore it, bow to it. Some days I refuse to recognize possibility, let inertia carry me like a raft on the Pacific tides, beyond sight of... Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 21, 2014

Shine, little glow reindeer, glimmer

Finland’s Reindeer Herder’s Association is trying something new this year to help save reindeer lives: glow in the dark reindeer. The story was originally reported Monday by Finnish national broadcaster YLE, but the title read “Poroille... Full story


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