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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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Commentary - December 5th, 2013
9:36 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Chickens

Recently, I figured out that all I ever wanted was 25 chickens.

I don’t mean ‘if I only had 25 chickens my life would be complete’. 

No.  I mean ‘all I ever wanted was 25 chickens, NOT 700.’

At the pinnacle of my chicken mania, my flock was about 450 laying hens and 250 baby chicks.  We dispatched about 200 of the oldest birds that fall, so thankfully, I only had about 700 chickens for most of one summer.

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Commentary
10:54 am
Tue December 10, 2013

A season of goodwill and cherished memories

A season of goodwill and cherished memories

I must confess I am one of the roughly 30 million people in the United States that bought a Christmas tree from a tree farm lot this year.  I do have fond memories however of many a cold winter’s day in December, as a youngster, trampling through a deathly quiet forest – with only the sounds of an occasional “thud” as huge clumps of snow would fall from pine tree branches, and my own heavy breathing from struggling to extract myself from waist deep snow – in search of the “perfect” Christmas tree.

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Commentary - December 3rd, 2013
8:40 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Veteran's Viewpoint

This is Dan Gallagher with Veteran’s Viewpoint.

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Commentary - December 06, 2013
1:26 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Terry's Top 5 Lessons for 2013

As the end of 2013 draws near, we will be inundated with lists.  The top 10 movies, the best and worst dressed list, the top selling songs, and of course, the very important list of celebrity breakups of 2013. 

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