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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.

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) 

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