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 Opinion    December 2, 2016 

Everything's just peachy

There is just no pleasing some people. And by “some people,” I mean my family. My brothers and sisters showed up this weekend to help me get a few little projects done around the house. While they sawed, sanded, scraped and painted, I cooked....

 
 Opinion    December 2, 2016 

All Montanans deserve 21st century cures

Too often, health care gets wrapped up in political debate while forgetting the actual needs of people. The reality is that there are people hurting and they deserve help. My family and I know this all too well. Just over a month ago, my...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2016

Leter to the Editor: Dec. 1, 2016

Editor: A quote from the book “The Way of the Heart,” by Raymund Andrea. “Open your morning paper and note the trend of things for a day, and what do you find? The everlasting wrangling of politicians, those clever saviors of the world; the...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2016

Tweeter in Chief

It’s 3 a.m. and Donald Trump can’t sleep. Restless, he tosses back and forth between Egyptian cotton sheets. The sweat builds on his forehead. His teeth grind. A tinpot dictator in some far-flung land has made a joke about his hands. The rage...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2016

Can Democrats quit identity politics?

For the Democrats, no activity is immune from reflexive accusations of sexism and racism, not even soul-searching. The initial postelection debate on the left has brought some tentative breaks with the party’s oppressive and self-limiting identity...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2016

Presidential Apprentice

Two months before joining the government in an entry-level position, President-elect Donald Trump has been learning the ropes and is busier than a bartender 10 minutes before midnight at a Times Square Applebee’s on New Year’s Eve. A large...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2016

Carmen, cats and counting not-nine lives

Carmen, who had cancer, has recently died. Carmen is one of my Mazatlan friends. I just learned of her death. I grew to love Carmen and looked forward to seeing her each year. But that was not always the way. My first Mazatlan vacation, time passes...

 
 Opinion    November 30, 2016

Going to Electoral College

Wow, what a surprise the Electoral College was! Who knew that a candidate could win the race for the presidency even though he didn’t get a majority of the actual national vote, like Donald Trump did? Somehow, that possibility evaded all the...

 
 Opinion    November 30, 2016

Less agonizing, more organizing

Where was all this passion during the campaign? Now, opponents of Donald Trump are incensed and outraged. Students are walking out of classrooms and campuses. Two protest marches will descend on the capital in January. A meeting of liberal activists...

 
 Opinion    November 30, 2016

Attorney General Sessions is Democrats' worst nightmare

President-elect Trump’s transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for Attorney General would set off controversy. Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist — they’re now using the...

 
 Opinion    November 30, 2016

To really 'Make America Great Again,' end the Fed!

Former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher recently gave a speech identifying the Federal Reserve’s easy money/low interest rate policies as a source of the public anger that propelled Donald Trump into the White House. Mr. Fisher...

 
 Opinion    November 29, 2016

Land of the free, home of the believers

For many, myself included, personal religion is a very touchy subject. For instance, at a dinner party, it is not merely something that I dislike bringing up, but strive to avoid. This is because, since childhood, I have witnessed the way many...

 
 Opinion    November 29, 2016

Montana values prevail over Six Million Dollar Man

In 1978 Max Baucus was elected to the U.S. Senate starting a record 35 years of representing Montana. In 1978, Pat Williams was elected to the first of a record nine consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Also in 1978, something...

 
 Opinion    November 29, 2016

Koch Kollege for right-wing social engineers

Breaking news: An amazing new school for political activists is training thousands of people to be community organizers. They’re using Saul Alinsky’s classic manual, “Rules for Radicals.” The Grassroots Leadership Academy gives how-to...

 
 Opinion    November 29, 2016

What Trump could learn from Alexander Hamilton

By now you’ve probably heard that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by fellow theater-goers at a performance of the musical “Hamilton,” an unlikely hip-hop sensation that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and other Founding...

 
 Opinion    November 28, 2016

Be thankful for Trump's presidency

Thanksgiving may officially be over, but Americans have much to be thankful for. To my liberal and Democratic Party friends (not always one and the same), please enjoy the freedom you have to protest and fear the unknown that is President-elect...

 
 Opinion    November 28, 2016

Make our (costly) infrastructure great again

By his own admission, President-elect Donald Trump is a guy who likes to build stuff: A golf course in Scotland. A hotel in Washington D.C. A great, big beautiful wall on the American border with Mexico. But when it comes to his most ambitious...

 
 Opinion    November 28, 2016

Fake news could reveal disturbing truth

WASHINGTON — For decades, foreign correspondents have covered countries where people are quite literally begging for true information. During the Cold War and under the worst dictatorships, Russians, Hungarians, Poles and many others would whisper...

 
 Opinion    November 28, 2016

Emperor Trump's inauspicious debut

“The Emperor (of Lilliput) holds a stick in his hands, both ends parallel to the horizon, while the candidates, advancing one by one, sometimes leap over the stick, sometimes creep under it backwards and forwards several times ... whoever performs...

 
 Opinion    November 23, 2016

Thanks for help on food drive

Editor, A huge thank you for everyone who participated in the Bobcat/Griz Food Drive. The Bobcats won the football game but the Griz fans certainly turned out when it came to the food and hygiene donations. A special thank-you goes to Sunnyside...

 
 Opinion    November 23, 2016

Holiday heartburn

And now a public service announcement for all you prodigal sons and daughters making the pilgrimage back home for the annual Turkey Day reunion. Prepare for some ultra ugliness out there, people. Expect extra enmity. You are entering enemy territory...

 
 Opinion    November 23, 2016

Words to avoid in 2017

Before year’s end, let’s have one sort of Kumbaya moment as we turn the page on words and expressions that have sort of worn out their welcomes in 2016. We can start with Kumbaya, the 1920s folk song kept alive by Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and dozen...

 
 Opinion    November 22, 2016

Privileged college kids don't understand real social injustice

When, chest puffed out with pride, my father told a law partner his first-born was accepted to Bryn Mawr College, this was the immediate response: “Isn’t that the place where they don’t shave their underarms and dance naked around the...

 
 Opinion    November 22, 2016

Old 'has-bins' urge legislators to keep open minds

We began our service in the Montana Legislature 46 years ago when political differences were as real and sharp as they are today, but when the practice of politics wasn’t as political. Then there were old New Dealers who represented a viewpoint...

 
 Opinion    November 22, 2016

How Canada will get along with the Trump reality

TORONTO — Put aside your preconceptions about NAFTA for just a moment. And your assumptions about Canada, too. Look across the border and you’ll find that the Canadians want to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement also. Sure, Canad...

 

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