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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Commentary - April 30th, 2014
9:54 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Building Bridges from the West to the East


Innovation. It is a concept that is promoted from the world of business and technology to education.

Read more
Commentary - April 29th, 2014
9:49 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Montana Nonprofits: The Economic Engines That Could

Montana Nonprofits:  The Economic Engines That Could

The other day, I ran into an old friend at the grocery store.  “Are you still with United Way?” she asked.  “Yes,” I said.  “And is that what you do full-time?” she continued.  I gave her the only answer that came to mind:  “I’m trying to get it down to full time,” I said.

Read more
Commentary - April 28th, 2014
10:45 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Don’t be fooled by false and inflammatory statements

I simply have to shake my head at the blatantly false accusations and statements made in the press lately by a few fringe environmentalists concerning Governor Bullock’s priority landscape recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The accusations are so false and so out-of-line that they must be corrected.

Forestry provisions in the Farm Bill are the direct result of several national concerns, fire budgets, fire risk to public safety and infrastructure, lack of management on federal lands, litigation and jobs.

Read more
Commentary - April 25th, 2014
11:10 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Bystander Intervention

Imagine you and your friends are out at a bar on a Friday night. When you came in you noticed a woman at the bar sitting alone. Later in the evening, you notice her again, now sitting with a man who keeps moving closer to her and buying her drinks. She looks uncomfortable and keeps moving her chair farther back while looking around the bar. A bit later you notice that she stands up and tries to walk away. He follows her and puts his arm on the wall to talk to her further. It looks like she’s cornered. What do you do?

Read more
Commentary - April 23rd, 2014
11:05 am
Fri April 25, 2014

American Oligarchy

When asked to name one idea that would change the world, venture capitalist Tom Perkins responded that wealthy Americans who pay more taxes should get more votes.  Pay a million dollars in taxes, get a million votes.  His audience laughed.  But Tom Perkins, a very wealthy man, wasn’t joking.  The sad fact is that, in a certain respect, his wish has already come true.

Read more
Commentary - April 17th, 2014
10:28 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Swift and Substantial Action on Climate Change

The International Panel on Climate, or IPCC, released another report on Sunday.  Written by thousands of science, policy, and economic experts, this IPCC report, along with others that have been released in the last year, represent a synthesis of existing climate research knowledge.  The findings in the reports are alarming, and while the report is very detailed in its research the results can be summarized rather easily with four main points.  One, the climate is changing.  Two, carbon pollution is almost certainly responsible for the change.  Three, the environmental, social and economic

Read more
8:54 am
Tue April 22, 2014

New Efforts to Fire Proof Our Forests: The Initiative Built into the 2014 Farm Bill

New Efforts to Fire Proof Our Forests:  The Initiative Built into the 2014 Farm Bill[1]

Read more
Commentary - April 18th, 2014
10:38 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Quality Control Needed for Successful Recycling in Montana!

Good evening Montana! Matt Elsaesser here with Recycle Montana. Next Tuesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! Earth Day is a great time to discuss day-to-day opportunities to reduce our impact on the planet and build community. The three Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle are always a great way to start the discussion. Reducing our waste by bringing our own mug to the coffee shop or donating our used household items to a local thrift store is pretty strait forward.

Read more