Commentary

Eleanor Roosevelt
3:17 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Driving Mrs. Roosevelt

Allen Secher is a MTPR host and producer of "You Must Remember This"

Have you ever had the opportunity to sit and converse with greatness, and to be enveloped in their aura?

For five days, in June of 1955, I was afforded that incredible experience as the driver for Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Permit me to expand.

In the 50's one could still work their way through college. One of my jobs was as a campus guide for the PR department of my school, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The annual Board meeting and Arts Festival were held each June.

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Commentary - September 16th, 2014
3:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Five Tips for Effective Philanthropy

The lake cabin is closed up; the boat’s in dry dock; the kids are back at school – all signs that fall is here.  And so is the beginning of the fall fundraising season.  Our mailboxes – both electronic and old-fashioned – are filling up with charitable appeals. 

So, let’s talk about how to be an effective philanthropist, whether you’re giving away 50 bucks or 50 grand.

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Commentary - September 15th, 2014
2:51 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Megafire Trends

This week, the Montana Wood Products Association holds its annual convention marking 42 years as a trade association dedicated to preserving and promoting Montana’s wood products industry. 

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Commentary - September 12th, 2014
3:55 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Women Are People

When I was in college I had the good fortune to land a work study job at the Women’s Resource Center on campus.  It was there that I got introduced to feminism.

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Commentary - September 11th, 2014
10:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Energy Choice For Montanans

Renewable energy is helping Montana families and businesses take charge of their power supply like never before.  There are now more than 1,000 solar arrays, small scale wind turbines and micro-hydro generators producing clean energy in the state. The wholesale cost of solar panels has dropped by two-thirds since 2008. Production from on-site energy systems in Montana has nearly tripled in that time.

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Commentary - August 10th, 2014
10:26 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Capital Punishment And Our Character

About a week ago, Henry McCollum walked out of a prison where he had been on death row for 30 years. DNA evidence showed him to be innocent of the crime for which he had been convicted. Also recently, botched executions in Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma made headlines as prisoners experienced torturous deaths.

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Commentary - September 3rd, 2014
11:57 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Suicide And Older Adults

Good evening. I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. Tonight my commentary is about suicide, a tragedy that has touched many of us personally. Although some find this topic uncomfortable, I hope to raise awareness of the importance of taking action and finding solutions. I’ll also tell you about an important summit on suicide prevention being held here next week.   

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Commentary - August 28th, 2014
1:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Political Debates Strengthen Our Democracy

In the United States and in Montana, the proper functioning of our democratic form of government requires an active and informed participation by the electorate.

Broad “participation” is essential to the American democratic election formula.  That is why GOP efforts at suppressing the vote across the nation, the subject of my commentary last month, is not just reprehensible, but also detrimental to the proper functioning of our system.

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Commentary - August 29th, 2014
10:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

An Open Letter to Steve Daines:

Mark Twain once observed: ”A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  Our American Sage wasn’t wrong on that matter.  A recent example of Twain’s words was the wham-bam, thank you, ma’am destruction of one of Montana’s finest people — a man who had spent thirty-three years in service to  his country and this state.  Not once in the rush to judgment about this man, did someone of note stop to say, “Wait! Let’s look at the facts.”   

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Commentary - August 27th, 2014
2:13 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Justice At Risk

When we think of America's legal system, it seems we most often think of our criminal justice system and the protections it offers to hold criminals accountable while also shielding innocent citizens from governmental abuses. In some ways, the more remarkable part of our legal system may be our civil justice system and the contributions it and our constitutional right to trial by jury have made to consumer health and safety.

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