Commentary

Commentary - June 7, 2013
3:29 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Women and families need comprehensive immigration reform

With Memorial Day behind us and summer vacation in full-swing, summer is just beginning to hit its stride here in Montana. Just talking about it brings a smile to my face: vacation, bbq, family, camping, fireworks, roasting marshmallows, swimming, and this summer, comprehensive immigration reform.

The season that seems to celebrate so many things American, is perhaps the perfect time for our country to embarking on an epic discussion of immigration reform.

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Commentary - June 6, 2013
9:25 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Was Stillwater’s Future Foreshadowed by Anaconda’s Past

It’s said that "those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”  Almost exactly thirty years ago the last Anaconda/ARCO miner laid down his tools.  Does that economic disaster provide lessons for Stillwater Mining today?

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Commentary - June 5, 2013
11:47 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Like No Other

This week across Montana, schoolchildren are scampering off to what they hope is endless summer.  Meanwhile their teachers close another chapter in their careers.  For some of them, it’s the last chapter.  But whether it’s the first, middle or last time, the closing of the school year is a bittersweet time for our K-12 schoolteachers.

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Commentary June 4th, 2013
9:15 am
Wed June 5, 2013

US Supreme Court's Balls and Strikes Count

Last month I spoke about how mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts can never be fair, because the parties do not have equal bargaining power, equal experience in arbitration, equal ability to understand contract language, particularly the ramifications of the rights being waived, and an equal ability to insist on clauses being included or excluded in the contract. 

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Commentary June 3, 2013
9:53 am
Tue June 4, 2013

The Right to Bear Arms Against the Government

One of the interesting under-currents in the great American gun debate goes well beyond the right to self-defense against attacks on our person, family, or home. Instead it focuses on the need for the population to be significantly armed so that it can effectively rebel against a government that has become authoritarian and threatens our basic democratic rights and liberties.

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Commentary-May 31st, 2013
12:54 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Health Reform and Medicaid in Montana

A recent article in the May 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reports on a study of a group of adults in Oregon who were given the option of applying for Medicaid health insurance in 2008.  This study is important because it shows what happens when uninsured people do get health insurance; in this case Medicaid.  Our own state legislature recently decided in a very close vote not to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in Montana.  Despite this, or maybe because of it, we all need to understand some of the important facts about health, health care, and health insurance.

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Commentary-May 30, 2013
8:50 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Montana CPAs

Have you seen the Men in Black movies?  Most of us have.  They focus on this secret agency whose sole purpose is to rid Planet Earth of alien creatures.  No one knows about this covert agency, no one knows about the good they do or how they save the planet countless times each day.  CPAs are a lot like that.  Yes, you heard me right, I said CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS  are a lot like a secret organization of professionals who right the world of wrongs and make it a better place to do business.  Let me explain . .

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Commentary - May 28, 2013
10:47 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Indians in the Military

On this day following Memorial Day I think it would be good to briefly consider some facts of American Indian involvement in the history of the US military.  I think would be good to consider that there may not be any such thing as American military history without American Indian history. 

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Commentary May 27, 2013
9:22 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Our “last full measure of devotion”

Today is Memorial Day!  For some, this holiday marks the beginning of summer barbecues, blockbuster movie premiers, and retail sales events.  However, for many Americans, it is a day to pause, reflect and honor the many men and women who, as President Lincoln stated in his address to Gettysburg in 1863, “…gave the last full measure of devotion.”  Taking time to acknowledge the sacrifice of service is documented as far back as 1862, when women in Savannah, Georgia decorated the graves of soldiers.  After the Civil War, an annual Decoration Day was created to commemorate the loss of 625,000 U

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Commentary aired May 23, 2013
3:26 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Great Produce Rescue of 2012

I’m Robin Taylor, and I’m the garden manager at Wholesome Foods in Bridger. We’re in the middle of planting, but with every seed I put into the ground I’m reminded of my visits to this vegetable garden last summer – during a time that eventually became known as the Great Produce Rescue of 2012.

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