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Opinion

Commentary from a variety of Montana citizens expressing a range of viewpoints.

Views expressed by the commentators do not necessarily reflect the views of this station.

Montana’s two U.S. Senators are split on the vote to confirm or not confirm Neil Gorsuch as the next lifetime member of the US Supreme Court. Senior Senator Jon Tester has decided to vote against confirmation, citing Gorsuch’s propensity to judge cases in a way that empowers corporations over individuals. 

A Congressional death in 1945 and a federal judgeship appointment in 1969 triggered two Montana special Congressional elections like the one we have scheduled for May 23, now that Rep. Ryan Zinke has been sworn in as Interior Secretary.

The death of a congressman in 1945 and a federal judgeship appointment in 1969 triggered Montana's two previous special congressional elections like the one we’ll have in 2017 once Rep. Ryan Zinke is sworn in as Interior Secretary.

An Open Letter to the President-elect:

Perhaps we can help you bring us together on the most important issue facing humankind. More than 97% of climate scientists have given you a flying start. They've proven that global warming is real, and we are causing it by burning too much fossil fuel.

My commentaries try to call for a common sense perspective in our government and politics.  While I approach things from a progressive or liberal bent, in my comments I try to bring facts and reason to bear.  In that vein, I believe the impact of Montana’s current medical marijuana legal situation on over 12,000 patients calls for the immediate application of some common sense from our state courts.

'Feelin' The Bern' Or Nixon Redux

Apr 29, 2016

I respect all who are “feelin’ the Bern.” Bernie Sanders has best articulated the challenges of the economically repressed American middle-class, helping many, including Hillary Clinton, find our voices about how badly the economic playing field is tilted to the advantage of the uber-rich and giant corporations and needs to be changed.

Montana Democratic Party Rules Increase Fairness

Apr 29, 2016

I am an active Democrat. I know little about how Montana Republicans select the delegates to their national presidential convention, but do understand the Montana Democratic Party approach.

History Says Keep An Eye On Federal Coal Payments

Apr 5, 2016

The Department of Interior recently announced a comprehensive review of federal coal leasing and a pause in most new leases. This has been done twice before during the Nixon and Reagan Administrations. Then, like now, those reviews and moratoria arose from concerns the public was being denied a fair return on the coal it owns. Seems like every time the system is fixed, it turns up broken again, leaving taxpayers on the short end of full and fair payment from the coal companies profiting from the people’s resources. How could that keep happening?

Who’s In Charge: The 'People' Or The One Percent?

Feb 29, 2016

“The people,” said a farmer’s wife in a Minnesota country store while her husband was buying a new post-hole digger, “The people,” she went on, “will stick around a long time. “The people run the works, only they don’t know it yet – you wait and see.”

Carl Sandberg in “The People, Yes” (1936) 

Opinion: Protecting People And The Environment

Feb 11, 2016

Republican/Tea Party political mantra includes phrases like “government is the problem,” “any business regulation is bad,” and we just need to “trust the marketplace” and the companies that inhabit it.

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