Obama Violates Balance of Power

When Obama announced he “had a pen and phone” he was challenging the idea of whether judicial and legislative branches of government are even necessary

By Bill Payne

A New Foreign Policy Consensus?

The violence we see today in Iraq is heartbreaking, but perhaps we as a nation can take something good from the tragedy

By Andrew Person

Nelsons Deserve Our Thanks

It is an all too rare opportunity for a community to be able to view and appreciate private collections of such depth and quality

By Rob Akey

Support the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act

Tourism and Montana may have a bit of a love/hate relationship, but the reality is that tourism brings money to the state and makes recreation and outdoor oriented jobs available, as well as many service positions, according to 2013 research conducted by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research. Outfitters, raft companies, guest ranches, fishing companies, […]

By Allison Linville

Obama Sets Dangerous Precedent

Even staunch supporters of President Barack Obama are at a loss to explain his ill-advised trade of five Taliban generals for one U.S. Army deserter.

By Bill Payne

LETTER: Obama Energy Price Hikes Are Avoidable

Recent reports by the Associated Press and other news organizations depict a bleak future for American energy consumers. Electricity prices are on the rise, and your wallet will soon know it. Frustratingly, the reason those prices are going up have nothing to do with normal economics.

The problem isn’t that demand has been increasing – in fact, even as the U.S. population has grown, our energy consumption has leveled off over the past 15 years due to increased efficiency and conservation.

By Sen. Ed Walker

LETTER: Support Carbon Limits on Power Plants

Recently, Gov. Steve Bullock received a letter signed by more than 50 Montana health professionals from across the state. The letter asks Bullock and his administration to strongly support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

The reasons are simple: Discharge of toxins and carbon from coal burning plants are causing health problems and climate change, which also carries serious health impacts.

By Paul Smith, Colette Kirchhoff and Lori Byron

LETTER: Outdoorsmen Should be Alarmed by Land Grabs

From the dusty washes near Bunkerville, Nevada, to polished marble offices along K Street in Washington DC, there is a radical cry to wrest our national forests and prairies away from public ownership.

That cry should alarm all Americans who cherish their freedom to hunt, fish and otherwise enjoy the great outdoors.

By Land Tawney

LETTER: Incorrect Medicaid Calculations

Recently a column in the Flathead Beacon (“Free Stuff, Isn’t”) raised the question of whether or not expanding Medicaid to 70,000 low income Montanans is worth the cost. Simply put, yes, expanding Montana’s Medicaid program would strengthen our economy, create jobs and help thousands of Montanans access the health care they need.

The column cited a recent report by Montana Budget and Policy Center (MBPC) that notes Montana is missing out on millions of dollars every day we wait to expand Medicaid – $1.84 million in federal funding, $1.3 million in labor income, and $135,000 in state and local taxes are lost each day. Additionally, Medicaid expansion would bring 12,000 new jobs to the state. After noting this, however, the columnist Dave Skinner mistakenly claims the jobs created by expansion would net salaries of only $27,000 a year.

By Jackie Semmens

LETTER: Fisher the Voice We Need in Helena

When I took the oath of office of mayor of Kalispell last January, I was in the envious position of inheriting a city in a great position to move into the future due the dedicated efforts of outgoing Mayor Tammi Fisher. Because of Tammi’s commitment and unique ability to work with eight council members with diverse backgrounds, our fiscal house in order. We have a balanced budget, our reserves have been restored to their target levels, ineffective and inhibiting transportation impact fees were eliminated and our local government was right sized without reducing the level of services. These are all accomplishments of a dedicated mayor who worked with her council to set the policy for the city manager to implement.

By Mark Johnson

LETTER: You Cannot Go Wrong with Blasdel

I served in the Montana House for three terms with Mark. During that period of time, I came to know him as a very committed, loyal and dedicated person to the people and state of Montana. He served on and chaired a number of committees that had a significant monetary impact on the Treasure State’s households. Mark always used conservative logic and commonsense when voting on bills that would have a lasting effect on the state’s economy. During the past session, as speaker of the House, he navigated the House through some very difficult and controversial legislation. For most legislators being in the position of speaker is on-the-job training, but for Mark it was a natural progression. He’s a successful small business owner who hires, manages and trains people. He knows the importance of jobs, finance and family.

By Bill Beck

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