Commentary

Commentary - September 29th, 2014
12:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Montana Birds and Climate

While you’re out enjoying the beautiful days of fall, keep your ears open for the sounds of our local birds. With most of our summer migrants gone, it’s the familiar nuthatches, siskins and chickadees whose calls ring through Western Montana’s forests as the larches begin their slow fade to gold. These year-round residents, the ones we see in the hills and at our bird feeders through the winter, carry us through the dark months. We take their subtle calls and quick-moving flocks for granted, but they’re a big part of what sustains this landscape. How would it feel if they disappeared?

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Commentary - September 25th, 2014
2:38 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Backsliding into Corporate Dominance?

I recently dropped in on the annual gathering of the remaining delegates to Montana’s 1972 Constitutional Convention.  The Constitution these heroic Montanans crafted made Montana the envy of other states.  As time takes its natural toll and we lose more of these champions of the people, we also are in danger of losing much of what they accomplished as today’s power elites seek to reverse the progress these great Montanans helped make.

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Commentary - September 24th, 2014
2:22 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Gun Safety - Get Your Remington Repaired

It happens every year for me, those crisp early mornings, the angle of the light, even the smell, tell me, in a way that no calendar can, that hunting season is upon us. Hunting is a family tradition in Montana, a higher percentage of our population hunts than in any other state, and it is common to see hunting parties of two or three generations in the woods and on the prairies throughout Montana. In my experience, the stories from hunting trips are not primarily about the kill, but rather about the experience of being with family and friends in Montana's wild country.

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Commentary - September 23rd, 2014
2:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Building The Montana Economy Around Coal Exports Is Not A Productive Strategy

Montana coal boosters, including the coal companies themselves, have been warning Montanans that if they do not embrace unlimited coal exports to Asia, Montana will lose thousands of coal mining jobs while gaining nothing in the form of environmental protection.

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Eleanor Roosevelt
3:17 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Driving Mrs. Roosevelt

Allen Secher is a MTPR host and producer of "You Must Remember This"

Have you ever had the opportunity to sit and converse with greatness, and to be enveloped in their aura?

For five days, in June of 1955, I was afforded that incredible experience as the driver for Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Permit me to expand.

In the 50's one could still work their way through college. One of my jobs was as a campus guide for the PR department of my school, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The annual Board meeting and Arts Festival were held each June.

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Commentary - September 16th, 2014
3:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Five Tips for Effective Philanthropy

The lake cabin is closed up; the boat’s in dry dock; the kids are back at school – all signs that fall is here.  And so is the beginning of the fall fundraising season.  Our mailboxes – both electronic and old-fashioned – are filling up with charitable appeals. 

So, let’s talk about how to be an effective philanthropist, whether you’re giving away 50 bucks or 50 grand.

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Commentary - September 15th, 2014
2:51 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Megafire Trends

This week, the Montana Wood Products Association holds its annual convention marking 42 years as a trade association dedicated to preserving and promoting Montana’s wood products industry. 

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Commentary - September 12th, 2014
3:55 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Women Are People

When I was in college I had the good fortune to land a work study job at the Women’s Resource Center on campus.  It was there that I got introduced to feminism.

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Commentary - September 11th, 2014
10:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Energy Choice For Montanans

Renewable energy is helping Montana families and businesses take charge of their power supply like never before.  There are now more than 1,000 solar arrays, small scale wind turbines and micro-hydro generators producing clean energy in the state. The wholesale cost of solar panels has dropped by two-thirds since 2008. Production from on-site energy systems in Montana has nearly tripled in that time.

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Commentary - August 10th, 2014
10:26 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Capital Punishment And Our Character

About a week ago, Henry McCollum walked out of a prison where he had been on death row for 30 years. DNA evidence showed him to be innocent of the crime for which he had been convicted. Also recently, botched executions in Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma made headlines as prisoners experienced torturous deaths.

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