Commentary http://mtpr.org en Genes And Politics http://mtpr.org/post/genes-and-politics <p>Why do people vote the way they do?&nbsp; If we are supposedly rational, self-interested beings, why, for example, do so many people dependent on government programs vote for Republican politicians so bent on eliminating their benefits?</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:47:11 +0000 Mark Hanson 22042 at http://mtpr.org Dear SCOTUS: Women Are People, Too http://mtpr.org/post/dear-scotus-women-are-people-too <p>This week the Supreme Court ruled, again, that corporations are people – and essentially that women are not. In an impressive misuse of legal theory, a fundamental misunderstanding of science and anatomy, and a blatant disregard for the rights of women, the Supreme Court decided in <em>Burwell v. Hobby Lobby </em>that “closely held” for-profit corporations have religious rights and can use them to prevent employees from getting the health care they need.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:13:00 +0000 Ellie Hill 21817 at http://mtpr.org Wind, Wildlife and Weeds http://mtpr.org/post/wind-wildlife-and-weeds <p>Montanans have tremendous, untapped opportunity to produce clean and valuable wind energy from the windswept, wide-open spaces of eastern Montana. At the same time, growing concern about the long-term survival of sage grouse in Montana and across the West raises the potential for conflict between energy development and habitat protection.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:10:32 +0000 Hayley Newman 21816 at http://mtpr.org Stream Access Primer http://mtpr.org/post/stream-access-primer <p></p><p>Now that the rivers have fallen, summer is heating up and recreationists are hitting the state’s streams and rivers in force, it’s not a bad time to review exactly what is legal and what isn’t regarding recreational access to the state’s waters. When the public hews to the law it better ensures that inevitable and tiresome attacks on Montana’s stream access laws by legislators, non-resident landowners and so-called free-market think tanks will continue to fail miserably.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:57:18 +0000 Bruce Farling 21815 at http://mtpr.org Stream Access Primer The Honorable John Q. Corporation http://mtpr.org/post/honorable-john-q-corporation <p>Happy 4<sup>th</sup> of July – Independence Day – tomorrow.</p><p></p><p>But the old red, white and blue looks a little more tattered this year compared to the past.</p><p></p><p>For today, thanks in great part to the US Supreme Court, John Q. Citizen, the human being citizen who is the bedrock our unique experiment in self-governance, is being replaced by John Q. Corporation.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:58:36 +0000 Evan Barrett 21452 at http://mtpr.org Corporate Religion http://mtpr.org/post/corporate-religion <p>The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term yesterday with a bang, again. We've just seen the <em>Hobby Lobby</em> case that grants some corporate entities the right to religious freedom under the First Amendment. I'm not sure the many people who decried the Court's granting personhood rights to corporate entities for political campaign spending in <em>Citizens United</em> saw this one coming – you could kind of understand a corporation speaking through its wallet, but a corporation gaining personhood to express a religious tenet based on the beliefs of its majority owners? Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:03:14 +0000 Al Smith 21376 at http://mtpr.org Energy Resources are the Future of Montana’s Economy http://mtpr.org/post/energy-resources-are-future-montana-s-economy <p>Hello, I’m Don Sterhan with the Montana Business Leadership Council, a non-profit organization aimed at educating Montanans about the importance of a healthy climate for business and industry to create more jobs, higher wages, and new opportunities.</p><p></p><p align="center">**************</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:45:56 +0000 Don Sterhan 21124 at http://mtpr.org Cambodia Connections and Internationalizing Montana Youth http://mtpr.org/post/cambodia-connections-and-internationalizing-montana-youth <p>Last week, my family hosted a gathering at our home for friends both old and new.&nbsp; I hadn’t seen our friend Joe in a while, and he asked how things were at the Mansfield Center.&nbsp; Ironically, on that day, we were welcoming home two Missoula professionals returning from working with youth in Cambodia, and sending off 20 Montana high school students and two teachers for a program in Cambodia.&nbsp; Things could not be better, on a day when we had such tangible expressions of our work to promote global understanding.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:27:20 +0000 Deena Mansour 21062 at http://mtpr.org Lessons from Cambodia http://mtpr.org/post/lessons-cambodia <p>I recently returned from a trip to Cambodia through an economic empowerment program hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana. &nbsp; Congress created this international exchange in 1961, the same year the Berlin Wall was built. &nbsp;The Cold War was entering the deep freeze and the Vietnam conflict was ramping up. &nbsp;Montana’s great statesman Mike Mansfield hoped that an economic and cultural exchange program would build bridges between the U.S. and Southeast Asia.<br /> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:22:37 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 21061 at http://mtpr.org Art Ortenberg http://mtpr.org/post/art-ortenberg <p>This past winter, Art Ortenberg passed away at the age of 87, some 7 years after his longtime partner, wife and friend Liz Claiborne passed.&nbsp; Although they were very wealthy New Yorkers and could live anywhere in total seclusion, they chose a far more visible path-engaged and active in their communities.&nbsp; They loved Montana and the folks that live, work and play here.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:18:31 +0000 Gordy Sanders 21060 at http://mtpr.org