Liberty County agent reprimanded over newspaper column


HELENA (AP) - A county Extension agent reprimanded for expressing personal political views in a weekly farm-and-garden column says he won't apologize for his statements, but has agreed to recast his writing as a personal column.

John Maatta, the Montana State University extension agent for Liberty County, was repeatedly reprimanded by superiors at MSU for what they said were inappropriate political remarks he made in a regular column in the Liberty County Times weekly newspaper.

Extension agents in Montana often write columns for local newspapers, usually on subjects ranging from farm or ga...

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