Commentary

Commentary
4:53 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Dealing with a “Speculative and Uncertain” Future When Planning Electric Supply Acquisitions

Dealing with a “Speculative and Uncertain” Future

When Planning Electric Supply Acquisitions

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Commentary - May 16th, 2014
1:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Pragmatic Conservation Bills

Last fall, my wife and I quit working.  We turned off our cell phones and closed our laptops.  We assembled a stack of good books, a pile of knitting, and packed every piece of wool clothing in the house.  Then, we skipped town. 

We pulled off the interstate at the first opportunity and cruised along the Blackfoot River, running low, cold, and sluggish between its banks in mid-November. We climbed over the Continental Divide and descended onto the high plains that stretch eastward for an eternity. 

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Commentary - May 15th, 2014
12:49 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Our Public Lands - Not From Our Cold, Dead Hands

Heart Lake lunch
Credit U.S. Forest Service Northern Region

“This land is your land, this land is my land.” In 1944 Woody Guthrie made this song famous as the US struggled to lift itself out of the Great Depression and the Second World War. Today those words epitomize a new battle occurring in the American West...one where misguided lawmakers are embroiled in a bitter battle over the future of our public lands. This is land they see fit to exploit and sell to the highest bidder and, sadly enough, Montana is no exception.

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Commentary - May 12th, 2014
12:39 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Protecting our streams key to buffering the impacts of climate change

Meadow creek fly fishing
Credit U.S. Forest Service Northern Region

The most recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change indicates that the greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere at an alarming rate, with concentrations the highest they have been in at least 800,000 years.  The thousands of international scientists comprising the panel warn that resulting global warming will severely reduce sea ice and continental ice masses, producing rising sea levels, dramatic changes in ocean alkalinity and modifications of the dominant ocean currents that produce weather.

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Commentary - May 14th, 2014
9:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Mental Health & Older Adults

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli Counties.  Because May is Mental Health Month, tonight I want to talk about the importance of maintaining good mental health and seeking appropriate treatment if your mental health is suffering, especially as this subject pertains to older adults.

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Commentary - May 8th, 2014
1:58 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Medicaid Expansion – Good Jobs, Good Health

Seldom, if ever, has such a big win-win proposal been put before the Montana Legislature as the opportunity in 2013 to enact an expansion of Medicaid coverage to thousands of Montanans under the Affordable Care Act.

Producing more than 10,000 jobs while at the same time making Montana and Montanans healthier, the bill was a policy bonanza that should have easily passed the Legislature, but was narrowly defeated based upon political dogma, not facts.

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Commentary - May 7th, 2014
9:23 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Pride In Our Legal System

May 1st was Law Day, America's yearly recognition of and reflection upon the unique role our legal system plays in our democracy. Law Day was first proposed by ABA president Charles S. Rhyne in 1957. It was envisioned as a day to honor our strong heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law. A heritage traced back to the English noblemen who met in May 1215 to prepare the Magna Carta, signed by King John in June 1215.

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Commentary
4:53 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Coping with a New Cold War in Central Europe: Ukraine and Russia

Coping with a New Cold War in Central Europe: Ukraine and Russia

          Our aging old and bellicose new young cold warriors are rattling their rhetorical sabers and urging that the American military machine rattle loudly some real military equipment to chase the Russians out of Ukraine and end the Russian intimidation of the Ukrainian people.

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Commentary - April 24th, 2014
11:43 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Ending Hunger and Creating More Resilient Community Food Systems

When people talk about hunger and hunger issues, they often picture a homeless man begging on street corner, and while that’s one face of hunger, it’s not completely representative of everyone hunger impacts.  Hunger and food insecurity impact people of all ages, from all walks of life. Our customers at the Gallatin Valley Food Bank are working families, seniors, college students, and people living on fixed incomes that don’t allow them to meet their basic needs, these are people that are your neighbors, your friends, and fellow community members.

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Commentary - May 1st, 2014
8:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Responsible Coal Development

This year’s frigid temperatures have been a stark reminder of the importance of reliable and affordable electricity for families in Montana and across the nation.  For many, the electricity that heats homes and keeps the lights on comes from coal produced in southeast Montana.

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