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3:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Beware of Common Sense

Beware of Common Sense

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Commentary
8:27 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Valuing the Montana Colstrip Electric Generators: A Strange New World

Valuing the Montana Colstrip Electric Generators: A Strange New World

 

NorthWestern Energy is proposing to purchase the Montana hydroelectric generators originally owned by the Montana Power Company. Montana Power sold them off in the late 1990s as it pursued a speculative dream of becoming a national telecommunication company. Instead Montana Power went bankrupt and ceased to exist.

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Commentary - February 13th, 2014
12:21 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Educators as Leaders

What do Mike Mansfield, Pat Williams, Jon Tester, Bob Brown and Angela McLean have in common?

Mike Mansfield, Senate Majority Leader longer than anyone in US history, led a US Senate that was arguably the most productive in US history.

Pat Williams, elected Montana Congressman for nine straight terms, more than anyone in our history, had a record of legislative accomplishment in fields as varied as labor, education, the arts, wilderness and public lands access.

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Commentary - February 12th, 2014
2:32 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

In Praise of Public Schools

What do these seminal Americans, Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey, Horace Mann, Frederick Douglass, John Adams, and Susan B.

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Commentary - February 11th, 2014
11:06 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Work Comp – You Can Help

Workers' compensation, pretty boring stuff, until you need its benefits.  So, this is for all you workers out there – from desk jockeys and burger flippers, to firefighters – and for you employers who want the best for your workers.  What do you do if you are injured on the job and are unable to work for several weeks, months or years?  How will you keep a roof over your head, make your car payments, buy clothes for your kids or put food on the table?  If you are like most Montanans, you would have to rely upon the Workers' Compensation system. 

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Commentary
9:02 am
Tue February 11, 2014

U.S. State Department Greenlight for the Keystone Pipeline?

U.S. State Department Greenlight for the Keystone Pipeline?

          The U.S. State Department, which has to approve pipelines crossing into the United States from other countries, recently released its updated study of the environmental impacts associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  That pipeline would carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast. President Obama had previously indicated that he would approve the 1,700 mile pipeline if it would not “significantly exacerbate” greenhouse gas emissions.

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Commentary - February 6th, 2014
10:41 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Black Butte Copper Project

Good Afternoon, my name is Jerry Zieg and I’m the Vice President of Exploration for Tintina Resources, and a graduate of the University of Montana.  Tintina Resources is a mineral exploration and mining company working through the process of permitting a copper mine on what we call our Black Butte Copper Project near White Sulphur Springs, Montana. 

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Commentary - February 4th, 2014
10:07 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Community Progress Brightens Gloomy February

One of my favorite cartoons shows two schoolboys in a blinding snowstorm.   It’s dark out; they’re bundled up and hunched against the wind; clearly, they’re miserable.  One boy looks at the other and says, “I can see why they made February the shortest month.”

That line resonates with me during these grey days and cold nights, especially when I often work on some pretty bleak subjects:  kids dropping out of school, homelessness, childhood obesity, hunger.  But bright spots of recent progress in those areas promise to make THIS February a lot less gloomy.

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Commentary - January 28th, 2014
9:35 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Veteran's Viewpoint

This is Dan Gallagher with Veteran’s Viewpoint.

In many ways, this is a hard commentary for me to do, and frankly, I worry that my words may not be sufficient to make the points I think important with the amount of feeling the subject merits.

The subject of my discussion today, and in my next Veteran’s Viewpoint, is this:  Do soldiers ever die in vain?

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Commentary - February 5th, 2014
1:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Economic Empowerment Program Supports Montanans Competing Globally

In today’s Missoulian, reporter Martin Kidston tells the story of Ngo Ha, a Vietnamese professional currently in the U.S. on a Department of State program.

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