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How One Life Can Change a World

On the choppy waters of the Bay of Bengal, somewhere between Rangoon and the northeast coast of India, a ship packed with migrant workers returns to Andhra Pradesh. One of the workers stares out at the waves and has a dream about... — Updated 3/28/2023


Op-Ed: Speaker Regier Prioritizes Protecting the Next Generation of Montanans

There is a reason Montana is the Last Best Place in the country. Over the last decade, the Montana Republican Party has made tremendous progress in advancing our priority of... — Updated 3/24/2023


Opinion: Montanans tired of assault on wildlife

Montana's state Legislature is proposing a host of extreme anti-wildlife bills despite widespread, diverse, strong, and credible opposition to these unnecessary measures. The... — Updated 3/21/2023


Why You Should Want Your Representative to Learn Things

In the pantheon of political attacks on sitting legislators, probably none is more damaging than the charge that they've lost touch with the people back home. If they're in Congress... — Updated 3/7/2023


The moment we receive Him, we are born again

Q: I read a lot about blending various faiths from around the world and many support a one-world religion. Years ago, this was frightening to some, but now people from all faiths... — Updated 3/7/2023


From My Perspective: The Way of the World

Is it just me, or has the world - and by world I mean everything - seemed really heavy? I'm not just talking about lately, I'm talking about in general for the last several years?... — Updated 2/28/2023


Human nature seeks to please itself

Q: It's surprising to see young people fighting for social action and at the same time completely steeped in the pursuit of self-pleasure. It doesn't seem that these two lifestyles... — Updated 2/28/2023


Pornography a symptom of immorality

Q: My teenagers think their mother is quite old-fashioned because of my warnings about pornography. The culture has done a very bad thing by teaching young people that there is... — Updated 2/28/2023


Providing financial relief to Montanans

Republicans' number one goal this legislative session has been to provide financial relief to Montanans struggling with Joe Biden's inflation and the high cost of living. An early,... — Updated 2/23/2023


Letter: VICTORY! But Who's the Biggest Loser?

Apparently, somebody won something last week, because MEIC and other anti-coal groups are claiming a VICTORY! On Friday February 10, 2023, Donald W. Molloy, US District Court... — Updated 2/23/2023


Helena Is Undermining Grizzly Bear Conservation

The grizzly bear is a unique and vital part of Montana's wildlife heritage. Our state animal, the great bear once roamed throughout the plains of central Montana, before being... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Ryan Busse    Viewpoints

WARNING: They're here and already attacking our Montana

All Montanans have seen the bumper stickers and heard the chatter warning potential newcomers against changing Montana. This proud defense of our state often emanates from folks a l... — Updated 2/6/2023


Yes, employees can be hurt by a minimum wage hike

Raising the minimum wage is one of the many policy ideas peppered with tradeoffs, but one of the few that have such a direct impact on businesses and employees alike. Lawmakers in... — Updated 2/6/2023


Courage to Do

In 1841, a physically imposing, twenty-three year-old Frederick Douglass leaned against the rail of a ferry headed for Nantucket. He contemplated the wake widening out behind him... — Updated 1/30/2023


Letter: Four weeks into the legislative session

Week four of the 68th Legislative Session wrapped up on Friday, Jan. 27. Since my move from the House to the Senate, I've been assigned to the Senate Taxation, the Public Health... — Updated 1/30/2023


He understands our sorrow and grief

Q: I've had a lot of sorrow in my life and it seems my friends are weary of my troubles. I suppose others have problems equal to mine but for me it can't get worse. My family tells... — Updated 1/25/2023


Fighting For Montana Values

With the holidays behind us and Congress gearing up for a new session, I look forward to continuing my mission fighting for our Montana way of life in Washington, D.C. Under... — Updated 1/24/2023


Getting Outside is the Best Way to Get Rid of the Blues

Brad's idea of a good time is to swim across the lake at the base of the Grand Tetons, then hike to the top peak and back again on the same day. Sometimes his wife Sheila will join... — Updated 1/24/2023


Going Home

This week I'll be traveling, and for the first time in a very long time (three years to be exact), I'll be "heading home." I'm excited for the trip and the opportunity to spend... — Updated 1/24/2023


The Tenacity to See the Stars

One of the most often used behavioral descriptors today is Attention Deficit Disorder, which basically means unable to sit still or focus for longer than a few minutes. All parents... — Updated 1/16/2023


Op-Ed: Montana Taxpayers Deserve A Refund

Submitted on behalf of Speaker of the House Rep. Matt Regier, Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Rhonda Knudsen and Major Leader Rep. Sue Vinton The 68th Montana Legislature is officially in... — Updated 1/16/2023


Op-Ed: Medicaid rates for Montana nursing homes

As Montanans, we care for each other. Across the rural-urban divide, generational divide, and Brawl of the Wild divide. Of all our constituents across Montana, the most deserving... — Updated 1/10/2023


Op Ed: Senate Republicans agenda for this legislative session

The 68th Montana Legislature is officially in session. As Senate leadership, we're excited to see Senate Republicans getting to work on enacting conservative policy for our state.... — Updated 1/10/2023


From My Perspective: New Year, New Word, New Outlook

Well, we’re a week into 2023. I’m happy to report I haven’t broken any New Year’s resolutions, but that’s mostly because I didn’t make any this year. Instead, I opted... — Updated 1/10/2023


Op/Ed: Looking forward to representing Senate District 40

When a sitting elected official resigns ahead of the expiration of his or her term, a flurry of activities is set in motion, as we experienced in mid November and into this month.... — Updated 12/31/2022


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