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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...

 

Opinion: Speech Control is Thought Control

I used to dismiss as a peculiar form of psychosis, the desire of some troubled souls to silence and censor the right of others to speak and think...

 

Op-Ed: Shoulder seasons not meant for public lands

In Montana private land elk hunting is moving toward 11 weeks for people who can pay thousands of dollars for trophy bulls, while others are left to...

 

Letter: Environmentalists caused a problem

The environmental groups have caused a serious problem. Every time the Forest Service plans to remove the beetle killed trees while the trees are...

 

Op-Ed: Protect and Enhance Montana's Economy: Don't Mine the Headwaters of the Smith

While not of the gun-slinging Wild West lore, there is a battle being waged in Montana. The future of the Smith River and the health of the surroundin...

 

Op/Ed: What to the Conservative is Juneteenth?

In theory there is nothing wrong with a celebration of emancipation. The freeing of the slaves was one of the great steps forward for this country,...

 

Op/Ed: Legislature backed commercialization of public wildlife

I, like so many Montana hunters, have been blessed to enjoy a lifetime of world-class hunting and fishing. It's why so many of us live here, and it...

 

AG and OPI are right: Racial discrimination has no place in Montana

A recent thoughtful and well-reasoned Attorney General's Opinion on "critical race theory" from Austin Knudsen has people on the left stamping their...

 

Op/Ed: Connecting Montana to opportunity

The world is changing faster than ever before. If we want Montana to continue to be a place where you can make a living and raise a family, we must...

 

Letter: Ivermectin

To the Editor: It has been known since early in the COVID-19 pandemic that Ivermectin can ameliorate the disease, shorten the course and reduce...

 

Guest Editorial: Against Leftwing Extremism in the Military

Our institutions aren't what they once were. Opinion polls show overwhelmingly that trust in the government, in Congress, and in business has fallen...

 

The Cost of Living

Has anyone else notices the slight yet growing cost of everything lately, or is it just me? Everything from food prices and gas prices to the...

 

Opinion: Montana Has a Supreme Problem!

Our Supreme Court justices must think they are the executive branch and the legislative branch all rolled into one! They may even believe they are...

 

Op - Ed: Snow Warriors support Lincoln Prosperity Proposal

This past snowmobile season started out a little slowly here in Lincoln. Snow was thin but stoke was high, and as soon as the clouds started dumping,...

 

Op/Ed: Legislature expanded education opportunities for Montana families

Education has been one of the most disrupted sectors by COVID-19. The ripple effects of school closures and remote learning have further put pressure...

 

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