Opinion

Commentary from a variety of Montana citizens expressing a range of viewpoints.

Views expressed by the commentators do not necessarily reflect the views of this station.

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.

Judy Smith

Nov 8, 2013

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. 

A Harvest for All

Nov 7, 2013

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.

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

Death. Talk about it.

Nov 1, 2013

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.

Alzheimer's

Oct 30, 2013

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

Post-Shutdown: Where Do We Go From Here?

Oct 25, 2013

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.

The Importance of Learning Foreign Languages

Oct 25, 2013

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.

The Stink Coming Through the Revolving Door

Oct 24, 2013

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.

Common Core Craziness

Oct 23, 2013

"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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