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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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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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