Commentary

Commentary - January 6th, 2014
2:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Sustainable growth in the forestry economy

With the global financial crisis of 2007 (hopefully) behind us, it is time to look at the future and what opportunities lay ahead for the forest products industry.

The world is increasingly becoming a single market, with interdependent production systems, consumption of similar goods and consumers responding to similar conditions.  We no longer compete only in a local economy.

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Commentary - January 1st, 2014
10:09 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Humility: The Forgotten Virtue

On New Year’s Day, many of us make resolutions to do certain things for self-improvement.  The ancient Greeks thought that becoming a better person was the product of taking on certain traits of excellence, called virtues, traits like courage and justice.  One learns virtues by imitation:  imitate a good person, and you will become a good person.

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Commentary
8:58 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

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Commentary - December 27th, 2013
1:59 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Funding Impacts on Senior Services

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. As many of you know, Congress has come to an agreement on the major budget issues that have delayed finalizing the funding for fiscal year 2014, which started October 1.  Because Congress has only partially offset sequestration with this budget deal, I want to talk tonight about why it is important that we advocate on behalf of vulnerable older adults. 

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Commentary
2:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Three Lumps of Coal for the Working Poor

Three Lumps of Coal for the Working Poor

A Commentary from Evan Barrett

I ended my commentary last month this way:  “Here’s hoping that the onset of Christmas will result in some Christian values rising up in that ‘millionaire class’ that we call Congress so that we might, by year’s end, see the minimum wage go up.  But I wouldn’t bet on it.”

Well here it is, almost Christmas, and so far Zippo from Congress.

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Commentary - December 18th, 2013
11:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving

Of all the tasks involved in being a school board member, certainly the most pleasant is attending holiday concerts. Every year I drop in on school programs throughout Great Falls, and this year, I’ve been focusing on the elementary schools.  The talent and sophistication are certainly more evident in the high schools, but in the elementary schools, every child is part of the program.   And for a couple of hours, you get to be part of the unique mini-community that develops around the hub of a neighborhood school. 

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Commentary - December 17, 2013
11:04 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Holiday Cheer - Mandatory Arbitration Fixes?

It's that time of the year when when many of us are out buying gifts as part of our holiday celebrations.  The vast majority of those will be purchased with debit or credit cards.  Later this month and continuing next month the statements for those cards will be arriving – in mailboxes or in-boxes across the state.  And, if you have a dispute with the bank – such as additional fees being tacked on that you didn't know about that caused you to go over your limit and incur even more charges – you will likely find that buried in the fine print of your account agreement is a provision requiring

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Commentary
4:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

From Violence to Non-Violence: Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

From Violence to Non-Violence:

Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

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Commentary - December 13th, 2013
10:28 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The toxic politics of health care

The editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association have put together in the November 13th issue, a wide ranging collection of articles that address the current organization of health care in the US.  They say “The US health care system has reached a tipping point when there is both little doubt about the kind of change that is needed and much uncertainty about how to achieve it.”

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Commentary - December 12th, 2013
2:45 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Peace Corps

With the first 50 years of the Peace Corps behind us and more than 200,000 former volunteers, we need to take stock of its original purpose and consider what still needs to be done. When President Kennedy proposed the Peace Corps in 1961, he envisioned a volunteer corps of 100,000 Americans each year. But at its high point, the maximum number sent has been 15,000 volunteers in a given year. In 2006  former President George W. Bush called for a doubling of Peace Corps' size, but to no avail.

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