Proud to be in the ‘Dawg House’

I don’t mind saying that we’re in the “Dawg House.” Our family was transferred from Texas to the Flathead Valley last June. Prior to our move, I spent a week here driving the valley wondering where we were going to settle. My husband works on Reserve in Kalispell, leaving north Kalispell and Whitefish our options. […]

By Catherine Owens

Occupying Hypocrisy

Last October, according to CBS News, President Barack Obama described the Occupy Wall Street movement as a reflection of a “broad-based frustration about how our financial system work”’ and pledged to continue fighting to protect American consumers. CBS News went on to report that “the president, speaking at a press conference, said he had heard […]

By Joe Novak

Rehberg’s Bill a Solution Looking for a Problem

As a Montanan who has worked near the international Border for more than 20 years, Rep. Denny Rehberg’s H.R. 1505, The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, leaves me scratching my head. What is he thinking? The bill, which Rehberg co-sponsored, would hand sweeping powers to the Department of Homeland Security and the Border […]

By Steve Gniadek

Governor Schweitzer Wrong on Keystone XL Pipeline

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s recent statements about Keystone XL display a blatant disregard for the facts about the Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands oil. In Montana the pipeline would cross significant portions of the Missouri and Yellowstone River drainages, posing an unacceptable risk to our communities, fisheries and agriculture. The risks of expanding this […]

By Jennifer Ryan, John Wolverton, Paul Edwards and Lindsey Myers

Blocking Forest Bill for Political Gain

Well, it seems like the fat lady has sung and 2011 won’t be the year that Montana finally breaks through the old timber war political log jams. Regrettably, we will have to wait until at least next year to see Sen. Jon Tester’s forest bill become law. Unfortunately, we have our lone congressman to thank […]

By Robin Poole

Standing Up for Vets

This Jesus statue business is such a shame. An outside group from Wisconsin is creating hoopla over a memorial to our Montana WWII veterans? What business do they have coming to Montana and telling us what to do? Thank God we have a congressman with a backbone who will stand up and fight for our […]

By Vondene Kopetski

Crony Capitalism

Much of the problem with the U.S. economy is that the Federal government has too much power. It has the ability to choose the winners and losers in the market place, and as we witnessed in Libya, in the international arena as well. This is the reason corporations and other special interest groups, like unions, […]

By John Vail

Time to End Foreign Aid

With 15 million Americans out of work, record home foreclosures, the largest number on food stamps and 25 percent of our school children living below poverty level, one might think it’s a good time to end foreign aid and instead concern ourselves with our own country. But no, foreign aid has become such an ingrained […]

By Bill Payne

Jesus of Historical Importance

Jesus of Nazareth is recognized worldwide among scholars, historians, archaeologists, even Muslims, Hindus, and Jews. His existence is indisputable, even by Dan Brown. So, one might ask, “What ‘religious law’ is established by a statue of this historical man resting on public property?” What about the memory of this man needs so desperately to be […]

By Brian Friess

Scale Back Taxi Regulations

The new ruling by the Montana Public Service Commission purportedly clarifies how “nonprofit” taxi services must operate and these new regulations will affect the services provided, free of charge, by the Ride Guy in Whitefish. The Ride Guy is a group of dedicated volunteers that seek to reduce to zero the number of people driving […]

By David A. Smith

City Managers Have Ballooned the Budget

The mayor and city council of Kalispell are looking for another high paid city manager. Next year we will vote to retain the city manager or go back to a mayor form of government. This vote happens every 10 years, or you can vote on the form of government every year if you can get […]

By Fred Hammel

Fiscal Sanity is Not ‘Far Right’

An Associated Press article entitled “Crowded field courts far-right voting bloc” recently appeared on the front pages of newspapers across Montana. The author, Matt Gouras refers to the far-right voting bloc, which he links to the Tea Party. Since when is being fiscally responsible, following the Constitution and supporting free markets far right? It sounds […]

By Julie Wolf

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