Commentary

Commentary - December 04, 2013
10:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

The Collapse of Compassion

We’ve seen the fateful video many times.  Dallas, November 22, 1963.  You see the turning of his head, a wave of the hand, that big smile erupting under bright eyes, and that broad shock of hair parted right to left.  At that moment, he doesn’t know that it is the last time he will ever smile.  And that unknowing, in that smiling moment, of what will happen next . . .

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Commentary
9:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

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Commentary - November 25th, 2013
1:05 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

The costs of treating pollution

You pretty much can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting some politician, Chamber of Commerce spokesperson or tea party activist lecturing about how government spending is chaining future generations to a bottomless maw of debt and impoverishment.

To them, it’s always about protecting the future, the kids, grandkids. Fine.

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Commentary - November 27th, 2013
12:56 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Home for the Holidays

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli Counties.  Tomorrow is the start of the holiday season, a time when many of us gather with family and friends, including parents and older loved ones who live far from us.  This can be a wonderful opportunity to have important conversations with them. Tonight I want to share some tips on having these conversations while you are home for the holidays.

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Commentary - November 10th, 2013
2:16 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Building with wood connects us to our environment

World demographic statistics report that one person in three, or one billion people, actually live in slum conditions.  One hundred million people across the globe are homeless and over the next 20 years, three billion people, or forty percent of the world’s population, will need a new home.  The scale of the challenge facing society is staggering.

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Commentary - November 21st, 2013
10:17 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Raise the Minimum Wage

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Next Thursday is Thanksgiving.

Events surrounding these two separate dates coincide to make a strong point about the challenges facing America's working poor.

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Commentary - November 20th, 2013
10:13 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Cat-Griz XLV

This weekend will mark my 45th observance of the Bobcat-Grizzly Game, “the Brawl of the Wild,” as it is now hyped.  I’m not too keen on the brawlish aspects of the event, especially what goes on in the stands and in town after the game.  Nor do I like the barbs that fly back and forth for weeks beforehand in the name of rivalry humor.   Some remarks delivered in jest are received as jabs, and why cultivate animosity with a neighbor?  I’m not even particularly a football fan.  Yet I’m irresistibly drawn to the Bobcat-Grizzly game.

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Commentary - November 19th, 2013
9:45 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Holiday Safety

We're quickly approaching the holiday season, a festive time for gathering with family and friends.  It is a time for celebrating and for giving thanks.  Every year it seems that we are urged to get into the holiday spirit earlier and earlier,  at least the buying part.  So, here are some tips to keep your holiday season and gifts joyful, and safe. 

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Commentary
9:32 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The Federal Debt Ceiling: Analyzing the Can Kicked Down the Road

          If the Obama Administration cannot get the incompetent, stumbling rollout of the Affordable Care Act fixed in the next month or so, we will soon face another game of “economic chicken” between Tea Party Republicans and President Obama. 

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Commentary - November 15th, 2013
11:04 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Marking International Education Week in Montana

Last week while visiting Beijing, China, I appreciated once again how large our world is and, at the same time, how small it is as well.  While scaling the Great Wall and walking through the grandiose imperial palace of the Forbidden City, I was reminded how historically rich and culturally diverse the global community is outside of the United States.  At the same time, as I passed the bustling streets of this metropolis of 21 million people buzzing with market activities, I also realized how interconnected our worlds are.

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