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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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Commentary - November 5th, 2013
9:40 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Veteran's Viewpoint

This is Dan Gallagher with Veteran’s Viewpoint.

Next Monday, November 11th, is Veterans Day.  Let me tell you about a couple of the things planned for that day.

First of all, the annual ceremony at the Doughboy Statue on the Missoula County Courthouse lawn will begin at 11:00 a.m., and last for a little more than an hour--but more about that in a minute.

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Commentary
3:59 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Renewable Energy Standard: A Good Deal for Montana

Renewable Energy Standard: A Good Deal for Montana 

In less than a decade, renewable energy generation has grown exponentially in the United States. In 2012, renewable energy accounted for nearly 50% of all new U.S. power generation. State renewable energy standards- policies requiring a minimum amount of a state’s electricity to come from renewable energy—are an important reason for this growth. Thirty states, including Montana, have adopted renewable energy standards.

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Commentary - November 8th, 2013
12:27 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Judy Smith

I met Judy Smith when I was 23 years old and my life forever changed directions. I worked with her in a variety of projects for the better part of three decades. Judy died Wednesday evening.  We will all miss her vision, drive, passion and brilliance.  She was one of the smartest people you could ever hope to meet.  She had her doctorate in Microbiology but devoted her life to social justice. 

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Commentary
2:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

A Harvest for All

A Harvest for All

We reap a bountiful harvest.  Many Montana kitchens fill with aromas of applesauce simmering on stovetops and later, pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving turkeys.  We stock pantry shelves with garden bounty.  If nothing else, we sit down tonight to dinner and have the luxury of not thinking about hunger until the morning—most of us, that is.

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Bakken boom
11:32 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Is the Bakken Oil Boom an Example of the Economic Development We Are After?

Is the Bakken Oil Boom an Example of the Economic Development We Are After?

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Commentary - November 1st, 2013
9:36 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Death. Talk about it.

Hello.  I’m Maurika Wells, Administrator for Hospice of Missoula.  This is my 5 minutes and I am going to title it: DEATH.  TALK ABOUT IT.  Picture a black billboard, and in big white bold letters… DEATH. TALK ABOUT IT

Last week I watched a fantastic TED talk titled “LET’S TALK ABOUT DYING” by Peter Saul (I highly recommend this talk!) and in it he says... “How we die, lives on in the minds of everybody who survives us.”  Think about that. 

How WE die.  Lives on, in the minds of everybody who survives us.

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Commentary - October 30th, 2013
10:19 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Alzheimer's

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  Tonight I want to share some information about Alzheimer’s disease which I learned at the UM Geriatric Education Center’s Conference in mid-October.  But first I’d like to say “Hats off!” to the GEC for providing this free, top notch conference broadcast to 25 sites in Montana.  What I share are snippets from a variety of the excellent speakers who discussed the latest research on treatments, and the interrelationship that lifestyle risk factors and genetic influence

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Commentary - October 25th, 2013
9:32 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Post-Shutdown: Where Do We Go From Here?

Last Thursday, sixteen days into a federal government shutdown, Congress passed a temporary budget that re-opened the government and raised the debt ceiling until January of 2014.  This agreement sent federal employees back to work and diverted a potential default on national debt, and that is inarguably a good thing.  However, for those of us that watched in dismay as partisan politics left our country uncertain, our economy weakened, and our government in disarray, there are larger lessons to be learned from the last few weeks.

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Commentary - October 19th, 2013
9:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Importance of Learning Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is both time consuming and troublesome.  I still recall in high school and in college spending hours trying to memorize hundreds of vocabulary words in Spanish and Japanese and the dozens of ways to conjugate verbs.  I still cringe when thinking about the deep embarrassment of those awkward moments when I tried to express complex thoughts in front of my foreign language classes using kindergarten level terms because of my limited vocabulary.  Although these were difficult times in my international academic training, I certainly do not regret it.

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