Commentary

Commentary - February 6th, 2014
10:41 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Black Butte Copper Project

Good Afternoon, my name is Jerry Zieg and I’m the Vice President of Exploration for Tintina Resources, and a graduate of the University of Montana.  Tintina Resources is a mineral exploration and mining company working through the process of permitting a copper mine on what we call our Black Butte Copper Project near White Sulphur Springs, Montana. 

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Commentary - February 4th, 2014
10:07 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Community Progress Brightens Gloomy February

One of my favorite cartoons shows two schoolboys in a blinding snowstorm.   It’s dark out; they’re bundled up and hunched against the wind; clearly, they’re miserable.  One boy looks at the other and says, “I can see why they made February the shortest month.”

That line resonates with me during these grey days and cold nights, especially when I often work on some pretty bleak subjects:  kids dropping out of school, homelessness, childhood obesity, hunger.  But bright spots of recent progress in those areas promise to make THIS February a lot less gloomy.

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Commentary - January 28th, 2014
9:35 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Veteran's Viewpoint

This is Dan Gallagher with Veteran’s Viewpoint.

In many ways, this is a hard commentary for me to do, and frankly, I worry that my words may not be sufficient to make the points I think important with the amount of feeling the subject merits.

The subject of my discussion today, and in my next Veteran’s Viewpoint, is this:  Do soldiers ever die in vain?

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Commentary - February 5th, 2014
1:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Economic Empowerment Program Supports Montanans Competing Globally

In today’s Missoulian, reporter Martin Kidston tells the story of Ngo Ha, a Vietnamese professional currently in the U.S. on a Department of State program.

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Commentary - February 3rd, 2014
2:59 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Protecting the sage grouse from the Endangered Species Act

One could debate whether the recent recommendations by Governor Bullock’s Greater Sage Grouse Advisory Council went too far to protect the bird or not far enough.  There certainly have been concerns expressed from both camps.  However, one thing is certain, the best way to protect the bird, and the people that share its habitat, is to keep the sage grouse off the Endangered Species list.

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Commentary - January 30th, 2014
2:56 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Let’s Fix Montana’s Food Regulations!

Food safety regulations are some of the most important laws we have to protect public health and safety, but they can also be some of the most confusing aspects of running a successful local food business.  For a long time now, many of Montana’s local food producers and consumers have been dealing with a frustrating patchwork of food safety regulations. 

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Commentary - January 29th, 2013
8:26 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The War on Poverty

Fifty years ago President Lyndon Johnson, in his State of the Union address, declared an “unconditional war on poverty.”  Last night, President Obama took the same stage once again to highlight the tragedy of poverty perpetuated by obscene and corrosive inequalities.  Given the half century between these speeches, it would be easy to conclude, as President Reagan did already in 1988, that the war on poverty is over and, as he put it, “poverty won.”  But that’s the problem with persistent and complex challenges:  we’re too easily tempted to buy into the stories that let us off the hook.

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Commentary - January 24th, 2014
12:37 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Let’s Put an End to the Overhead Myth

Nonprofit leaders joke that Missoula has five seasons:  winter, spring, summer, fall – and fundraising.  We’re in the thick of that season now at United Way of Missoula County.

We’re not alone.  All over Missoula, banquets are being planned and grant proposals submitted.  And donors – faced with a plethora of worthy causes – do their best to figure out which charities are most deserving.

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Commentary - January, 23rd, 2014
10:12 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Yellowstone Bison

And again, almost like clockwork, the Yellowstone bison wars begin.  This time, however, it’s a much different and important battle.  As deep snows continue to accumulate on the high Yellowstone plateau and bison begin their historic and highly anticipated migration out of the park, Montana’s Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks and the Board of Livestock are once again are at odds over where America’s largest wild bison herd should be allowed to roam. 

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Commentary - January 22nd, 2014
9:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Retirement Planning

Good evening.  This is Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. Tonight I’d like to share some thoughts I have about the very important topic of planning for retirement.

Like many of you, I am beginning to think about when I might be able to retire.  It’s not that I have ignored the subject over the last 35 years. I diligently do my best to contribute to my retirement fund and annually monitor my expected Social Security income. But I always knew I needed to focus more attention on it.   

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