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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...

 

Op-Ed: Why Would You Say "No?"

I'm running to be the next member of Congress from Montana's eastern district because I've devoted my life to this state's people, land and wildlife....

 

Letter: Montana Resident Sportsmen/women wake up!

I am a 68-year-old, retired farmer, fourth generation Montanan, and a lifelong avid hunter, angler, and conservationist with a degree in Wildlife...

 

Op-Ed: Resist U.S. Attorney General's attack on parents

I was shocked to learn last week that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed the FBI and federal prosecutors to charge parents who speak...

 

Letter: Life Among Criminals

Every day I open my E-mail account and see attempts to defraud and steal. I know I have to be very careful what I open or risk identity fraud or...

 

Letter: Thanks for sharing training

On Oct. 13, a number of the area’s elected officials received an invitation from the Lewis and Clark County Elections Supervisor providing a number...

 

Op-Ed: Montana is not a Pumpkin

October is here, leaves are falling, and perhaps Montanans should not be surprised that the Montana Democrats on the Districting and Apportionment...

 

Op-Ed: Working to Protect Montanans from Democrats' Tax and Spend Spree

Democrats, led by President Biden, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi, are rushing a reckless $3.5 trillion tax and spending spree bill...

 

Letter: Privacy & Money at Risk as IRS Seeks Approval to Snoop

There is an ongoing battle regarding the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan proposed by the Biden Administration, which includes a provision that...

 

Op-Ed: Biden's Corporate tax hikes will affect working class

(Sept. 29) This month, U.S. Senators began the markup of Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget resolution package. This rubber-meets-road moment seems to...

 

Letter: Law vs. Morality

As a prosecutor I once was assigned a case where-in the Highway patrol watched a man load up his truck with railroad ties from a pile next to the...

 

Opinion: 'Junk Science'

The Montana Nurses Association has referred to the recent emergency rule from Montana DPHHS regarding not masking in school as "promotion of junk...

 

Comments on Congress: Twenty Years On, There's Still Work to Do

As the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, I've been thinking a lot about the 9/11 Commission, which I co-chaired with former New Jer...

 

Op-Ed: Senator Tester faces choice on Colstrip, Montana energy jobs

Hidden away deep within the massive, $3.5 trillion Congressional budget package is a ticking time bomb for Montana's economy. The innocuous sounding...

 

Comments on Congress: Why voters vote as they do

Maybe it's just a professional preoccupation, but I've always been intrigued by why voters cast their ballots as they do. I've never made a formal stu...

 

Opinion: Conglomerates dominate food chain

Perhaps one of the most personal decisions you can make every day is deciding what to eat. But what happens when multinational corporations in the...

 

Letter: Curriculum concerns should drive involvement

Conversations over the past few months reflect a lot of concern about Montana's children returning to school, and the curriculum being provided...

 

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