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Letter: FLTAC recommends common sense taxation revisions

A number of people -- private citizens, elected legislators and state staff  -- achieved a quiet accomplishment recently.  During the 2021...

 

Op-Ed: Bail or Jail? Montana's Wild West

Montana's Wild West is alive and well as a rogue subset of bounty hunters commit crimes and abuses against defendants on bail, their families and the...

 

Letter: Deleting God

Letter to Editor This message is for the ears of all the atheists living in America, as more and more of you teach your children that there is no...

 

Op/Ed: Health care reforms benefiting Montanans

The 2021 Montana Legislature passed major health care reforms to empower patients, reduce red tape for doctors, and provide access to more affordable...

 

Op-ed: Judicial activism at work in recent court ruling

"The Legislature shall provide by law the requirements for residence, registration, absentee voting, and administration of elections." It doesn't get...

 

Op-Ed: CI-121 will put communities and family farms at risk

Know the consequences before signing the petition to put CI-121 on the November ballot. At face value, CI-121 and freezing your residential property...

 

Op-Ed: Contrary to rhetoric Montana, Idaho wolves not endangered

Idaho and Montana's successful recovery of the gray wolf was a significant achievement in species conservation. In less than ten years, not only were...

 

Op-Ed: Let's Cap Our Property Taxes – And Save Our Homes

Our property taxes now increase by double digits every year. They are being driven in large part by wealthy out-of-state transplants with sacks of mon...

 

Thank You Lincoln for supporting Fireman's Ball

We would like to thank all of the generous folks and businesses from Lincoln, Helena, Missoula and Great Falls, and all the areas in between, for...

 

Op-Ed: Regulations stand in the way of attainable housing

We are five of the youngest lawmakers in the Montana Legislature. At 20, 21, 24, 29, and 31 years old, we are in various stages of renting and home...

 

Opinion: Your sporting and conservation legacy is at risk, and it's worth fighting for

As one of seven kids growing up in Butte, Montana, the holidays in our house were equal parts chaos and celebration. But one thing was a...

 

HED: Thanks to Helena Commission for Supporting Lincoln Proposal

In 2015, a group of Montanans from Lincoln, Helena, and nearby communities set out to accomplish something that today would seem, in retrospect,...

 

Guest opinion: We need more housing

Montana has been discovered. We were the second-fastest-growing state in the country last year. Our rapidly increasing population presents many...

 

Op-Ed: Get a shot please

Like you, we're tired of COVID-19. We want it to be done and over with. But unfortunately, it's not. And even if things get better for a few months...

 

Guest Opinion: Why Do Politicians Lie?

We've all heard the quip, "how do you know when a politician is lying?" Answer: His lips are moving. But there's another obvious question that begs an...

 

Guest Opinion: National debt and a sliver of promise

When running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 the number one issue I discussed was the massive and unsustainable national debt, which is now over $29...

 

Op-Ed: On the vaccine and vaccine mandates

It is very awkward for me to do this, but to lend credibility to what I have written below, I will state my background. I have a doctorate degree in...

 

Op-Ed: Democrats' federal election takeover bill undermines what Montanans want

If there's one thing Montanans are about, it's common sense. We work hard, play by the rules and don't like when Washington elites impose laws that...

 

How the No Surprises Act affects the uninsured

On January 1st of this year, the No Surprises Act (NSA) went into effect protecting individuals with private health insurance from surprise medical...

 

States empowered to stop reckless defecits

In August of 2020, we wrote an opinion opposing Modern Monetary Theory (or MMT, the "too good to be true" idea that the federal government can spend...

 

Democrats' reckless tax and spend spree will exacerbate inflation crisis hurting Montanans

Montana families across the state are feeling the pain in their pocketbooks from inflation and higher prices on everything from gas to groceries to...

 

After months of consideration, a decision not to run for re-election to county commission

From my very early days, I have questioned groupthink. I colored outside the lines and succeeded in some roles and not in others. Through it all, it has always been my desire to raise others up to...

 

Out-compete China with tech freedom

China has a plan. It wants to be the dominant technology country by 2035. If you look, it's clear to see how they're executing on that plan. They're...

 

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill creates Montana jobs, lowers costs

As a farmer, I know firsthand that good things take time. Every year, I plant my fields with crops like wheat, barley, peas, and saffron, and in...

 

Governor Gianforte: Enforce Montana's "Bad Actor" Mining Law

As a hunter and angler who's lived in the Upper Clark Fork River valley between Deer Lodge and Anaconda for more than 30 years, I can attest to the...

 

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