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What Going Back Would Look Like

A lot has happened since March 9. It was then that the Kalispell City Council approved traffic impact fees in what council members called a compromise and developers panned as anything but. The decision was supposed to settle an issue that had been debated for two years; how much to charge developers for the added […]

By Kellyn Brown
Business Is Personal

CPSIA Lead Law – A Pawn in Partisan Chess Game?

Late Thursday, Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) amendment to the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) came up for a vote in the Senate. The amendment appeared rather straightforward, yet Montana Senators Tester (D) and Baucus (D) both voted against it. The final tally fell almost entirely along party lines. It’s difficult to say whether Senator […]

By Mark Riffey
Opinion

Rehberg, Tell the Truth

Congressman Denny Rehberg, by his own admission, has placed various earmarks in recent legislation, including funding for the World Trade Center. The total of these earmarks is $42 million. There’s just one word for bragging about bringing federal money home for projects and then voting against the legislation that funded them: Hypocrisy. A recent editorial […]

By Dennis McDonald
Business Is Personal

Going Dutch. Or Not.

You may remember that I’ve repeatedly suggested that you use the news in your advertising. Some days it’s just too easy. I see that some have done just that, but beware: Just because you use a good suggestion, don’t think that a great message isn’t required. For example, it seems everyone mentions the stimulus package […]

By Mark Riffey
Closing Range

Prolonging the AIGony

Why are $165 million in bonuses being paid to staff at American International Group Financial Products (AIGFP)? As much as I denigrate the “mainstream media,” sometimes they do stellar work. In late December, Washington Post writers Robert O’Harrow, Brady Dennis and Bob Woodward did a wonderful three-part series on AIGFP, starting with “The Beautiful Machine.” […]

By Dave Skinner
Opinion

Death Penalty is Not a Deterrent

I served as chief special prosecutor for the state for 21 years. During that time I was involved with the prosecution of many homicide cases, including five death penalty cases involving homicides committed by prison inmates against other inmates. I also managed the prosecution of fourteen inmates for the 1991 prison riot homicides. I believed […]

By John Connor
Business Is Personal

Once Again, Congress Takes Aim at Small Business

For decades, I have avoided getting involved in politics. It annoys me. For almost two years, I have (mostly) avoided getting into it here at Business is Personal and the other places where I publish business advice. But they keep on trying to drag me in, the CPSIA being the most recent evidence. Once again, […]

By Mark Riffey
Opinion

Card Check Bill Threatens Workers’ Rights

Congress is preparing to debate a bill that is not only anti-business, but also anti-worker. It’s ironically named the “Employee Free Choice Act,” (EFCA), and the only winners, if this bill is passed, are big labor unions. Since unions in private industries have seen their numbers dwindle over the past 20 years, they are pushing […]

By Webb Brown
Like I Was Saying

In Search of a City Leader

Just days after the city of Kalispell announced that it had narrowed to three its list of candidates for city manager, two of them withdrew from consideration. With just one man left standing, the council opted to push back a scheduled meet and greet and widen its search. Better that, I suppose, than making a […]

By Kellyn Brown
Business Is Personal

Smouldering Buildings

It’s a perfect morning. You hit the local coffee roasters for your morning java, spending a little time with the local paper as you down your first cup. Before long, it’s time for work. You’ve got a full day planned. As you aim your rig toward downtown, your thoughts turn toward the day’s ToDo list. […]

By Mark Riffey
Closing Range

Fundamentals 103

In mid-February, news hit that dirt bikes and ATV’s intended for kids under 12 years old were banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Why? They contain lead. Where? Try maybe the crankshaft bearings, battery terminals and control-cable ends. Trust me, no brat clever enough to rip apart the engine before Dad finds out is […]

By Dave Skinner
Like I Was Saying

What the Recession Hasn’t Touched

It’s difficult to accurately measure a recession by everyday anecdotes. We tally vacant storefronts, count new job listings and scan local real estate prices. They’re subjective, but the signs of hard times are there. What we tend to overlook – or at least I do – are other indicators; the ones that point to optimism, […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Saving Energy Projects from Being Litigated to Death

“The U.S. faces potentially crippling electricity brownouts and blackouts beginning in the summer of 2009, which may cost tens of billions of dollars and threaten lives. Unless major investments are made immediately in electricity generation (power plants) and transmission (power lines), the threat of service interruptions will increase.” That’s a quote from a report by […]

By Rep. Llew Jones
Business Is Personal

Being Maxwell Smart

A few weeks ago, we talked about my contention that now is THE time to start a business. I was a little surprised that no one told me I was nuts. Almost makes me wonder if you read that issue. Assuming you did and didn’t disagree, or if you’ve changed your mind since your younger […]

By Mark Riffey
Like I Was Saying

Why CHIP? Why Now?

Despite their many critics, Montana lawmakers do well representing their constituents’ varied opinions. This state is quirky and impossible to pigeonhole left or right. Don’t touch our guns, but smoke marijuana once approved by your doctor. The politics mix progressive and conservative views with staunch libertarianism. This legislative session lawmakers, by and large, have again […]

By Kellyn Brown