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 By Roger Dey    Viewpoints

Editorial: How to Kill a Good Town (Revisited)

For the past ten-and-a-half years I've seen Lincoln move from a town stuck in an economic rut to one that began to take control of its own destiny. The successful development of... — Updated 9/21/2022

 

Op-Ed: Fair Day's Work for Fair Day's Pay

The only reason you're not rich is you're lazy. My mother told me that. She didn't buy my moaning about low pay in the state bureaucracy. Mom had a point. If I had been willing to g... — Updated 9/21/2022

 

My Answer: What the Future Holds

This is sort of a surreal column for me to write this week. While it’s not my last column ever, it is the last one to be in print…for now. If you would have asked me, almost thr... — Updated 9/21/2022

 

Op-Ed: We Do Not Need Anti-Democratic Primary Systems in Montana

Several days ago, Marc Racicot and Bob Brown published an editorial arguing Montana should adopt a top-two or a top-four primary election system. While both of these gentleman have... — Updated 9/7/2022

 

Guest Editorial: 50 years of Scapegoat Wilderness

There is a special event happening in Lincoln Montana Sept. 16 and 17. At Hooper Park there will be joyous celebration of the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation... — Updated 9/7/2022

 

Guest Editorial: Wake Up Lincoln!

We would like to express an opinion relating to an article in the latest edition of the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch by Roger Dey, BVD Editor, regarding the future of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. In the article it was stated that... — Updated 9/7/2022

 

Op-Ed: Why a Special Session is not a good idea for our surplus.

There are legislators working to call a special session 90 days before the next regular legislative session to address the billion plus dollars in surplus taxpayer funds. While the... — Updated 8/23/2022

 

Letter: May Your Wishes Come True

untry to stage dramatic hearings about January 6th. Hiring a TV producer to create the greatest impact on the public. Characterizing this event involving a few hundred people as... — Updated 8/9/2022

 

Op-Ed: How much longer will supply chains stress Montana?

The way many of us learn about how the things we own work is when they stop working. Like your toaster. Or maybe your car. And in the year 2022, we all started to learn about... — Updated 7/27/2022

 

Letter: Big Mountain Trail clean up, firewood opportunity

As of July 1, 2022, the US Forest Service has allowed the Big Mountain Snowmobile trail open for clearing and gathering firewood. The Ponderosa Snow Warriors will be having a major... — Updated 7/13/2022

 

Letter: Women have a Choice!

Women and men, you do still have a choice. Say no to unprotected sex unless you are seeking to have and raise a child. You can no longer think that you just can get an abortion.... — Updated 7/13/2022

 

Addressing state's economic challenges and opportunities

As we begin to approach the 2023 legislative session, Montana workers, families, employers, and elected officials are all facing a unique combination of opportunities and... — Updated 7/13/2022

 

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 Legislative Session, two bills (SB 262... — Updated 6/28/2022

 

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 public. State law gives... — Updated 6/14/2022

 

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 care. We’re now seeing those... — Updated 6/1/2022

 

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 God. And they, in turn, teach... — Updated 6/1/2022

 

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 taxes may sound like a good... — Updated 4/21/2022

 

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 much clearer than that line in... — Updated 4/21/2022

 

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 donating either money or auction... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

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 biological recovery targets... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

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 money from selling their Seattle a... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

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 ownership, and all of us are... — Updated 3/23/2022

 

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 constant-when you reached a certain age,... — Updated 3/23/2022

 

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, extremely daunting, given the deep... — Updated 3/10/2022

 

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 challenges and opportunities, and... — Updated 2/24/2022

 

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