Commentary

Commentary - October 24th, 2013
2:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Stink Coming Through the Revolving Door

When one reflects on the recent federal government shutdown and Congress’ near “default” on the “full faith & credit” of the US Government, a whole lot stinks.

Buried in that stinking pile of refuse is a small item that reminds us of a big problem -- the pervasive power that special interests have through their lobbyists and the benefits they gain from the revolving door between Congressional members and staff and those same special interests.

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Commentary - October 23rd, 2013
9:42 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Common Core Craziness

"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound and fury, a dimension of fright. You're moving into a land of shadow and little substance, of things and ideas fiercely believed, though barely believable. You've crossed over into the Fact-Free Zone."

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Commentary - October 22nd, 2013
9:36 am
Wed October 23, 2013

What's The Cause of Rising Health Care Costs?

Well, the rhetoric over the Affordable Care Act, Obama Care, is heating up. Amazing that a private health insurance plan that Republicans touted as a solution not so long ago, is now being attacked by those same Republicans as being “socialist,” while Democrats who supported a national single payer system, now defend a private insurance plan. We even have disagreement as to whether it is a good idea for every citizen to have insurance coverage.

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Commentary - October 21st, 2013
9:43 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Economics of the Recent U.S. Shift Away from Coal for Generating Electricity

 The Montana Chamber of Commerce recently attacked EPA’s regulation of the emissions from coal-fired electric generators. That regulation, the Chamber argued, would have catastrophic consequences for both controlling carbon emissions and for the Montana and American economies.

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Commentary - October 18th, 2013
11:50 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Population Health

Most health insurance companies in 2013 remain focused on the financial health of their organization.  In today’s environment most large employer groups self-insure and pay all their own medical costs and a fee for services to the insurance company.  When providing coverage for individuals, insurance companies now avoid people who are likely to use much in the way of medical care.  This means trying to insure only people who are likely to remain healthy and who have no history of serious disease.  The sad truth is that looking for ways to improve the health of the people they insure is not

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Commentary - October 15th, 2013
9:41 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Indian Identity - Part 1

Walk into any law library in this country and peruse the wall of US Code, that record of Congressional statutes, and among the 51 volumes there you will find titles such as The Congress, Agriculture, Railroads, Minerals and Mining, War and National Defense – all subjects common and particular enough to the US that no one would think twice about their presence.  But among these volumes you will also find one titled “Indians” – Title 25 to be exact.  A second perusal of the wall of Congressional law should be enough to show you that no other group of people in this country have been made dist

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Commentary - October 14th, 2013
2:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Montana’s Forest Products Week

This week marks the third annual Montana “Forest Products Week”.  In 2011, the state legislature set-a-side a week every October, in order to recognize the value of Montana’s forest products industry, their contribution to the management of our forest lands, and to the stability of Montana’s economy. 

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Commentary - October 8, 2013
3:13 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Veteran's Viewpoint

This is Dan Gallagher with Veteran’s Viewpoint. 

First of all, let me remind you that Veterans Day is coming up--Monday November 11th.  And again this year, American Legion Post #101will sponsor the Missoula Veterans Day ceremony on the county courthouse lawn, and, again, I will be organizing this event.

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Commentary - October 11th, 2013
3:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Uncover Missoula Fails to Recognize the True History of Missoula

According to an article in “Uncover Missoula, “a publication of the Missoulian newspaper the city’s history began in 1860 with a settlement known as Hell Gate. The standard article included in the past two editions failed to recognize important events relating to American Indians and their deep historical connection to Missoula.

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Commentary - October 9th, 2013
10:08 am
Thu October 10, 2013

It’s about Democracy

If you think the current standoff in Congress over the government shutdown is the failure equally of both sides to negotiate a compromise, suppose the party roles were reversed.  A Republican president is confronted by a Democratic House speaker whose most liberal party wing refuses to fund the government unless the president agrees to a single-payer, government-funded health care system.  We all know Republicans would howl that this is government by extortion, which it is.  Give a minority the laws it wants, or everybody suffers.  If President Obama gives in to current demands, th

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