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Bad Timing for ‘Solitaire-gate’

Recently two state departments have reinforced stereotypes that neither wants. It’s become easier to accuse the Montana government of wastefulness upon revelations that its employees are playing video games and swapping dirty e-mails on taxpayers’ dime. Late last year, a Department of Corrections employee reported receiving an objectionable e-mail from a co-worker. A subsequent investigation […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

The Dollars and Sense of Climate Change

For the last few years, the issue of global warming has risen to the forefront of our country’s political debate. Here in Montana, the Legislature will probably have dozens of bills in the 2009 session to address the concerns surrounding climate change. As the discussion over the scientific opinions on global warming continues, a new […]

By Webb Brown
Closing Range

Wilderness 101, Part Two

Our previous Wilderness 101 class covered how Bob Marshall almost single-handedly created the “wilderness movement” in American politics and set the stage for the eventual passage of the law governing wilderness areas on American public lands: The Wilderness Act of 1964. When Marshall died in 1939, various federal agencies had set aside roughly 5 million […]

By Dave Skinner
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Ideological Brawl

As Whitefish and Flathead County officials dig in their respective heels for what is sure to be a drawn-out litigation battle, it’s clear the wedge between the two municipalities involves more than the law of the land. As legal arguments focus on who controls the outskirts of a city and what soil can be developed […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Restoration Economy Beckons

Last month hundreds of us stood on the banks of the Clark Fork River which courses through 120 miles of the largest superfund site in the nation. We were there to watch the river run free for the first time in 100 years. In doing so we were recognizing the advent of a new economy […]

By Pat Williams
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Quirky Field of Aspiring Politicos

Shay Joshua Garnett acknowledged last week that he has a warrant out for his arrest in Indiana. Despite his legal woes, he promised to continue his fledgling campaign for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., in the upcoming election. And who can blame him? Several elections for higher office, here and […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Random Drug Testing Proven Ineffective

My 30-year professional history has focused on destructive thinking and behavior patterns in sexuality and drugs and alcohol. I wish to comment on the proposed Whitefish High School mandatory drug and alcohol testing policy for all youths in any sanctioned activities. Though exaggerated in some recent media articles, I agree with the committee that there […]

By Andy Hudak
Closing Range

Retardant Justice

It must be spring. After all, environmentalists have “sprung” at least six or seven new lawsuits on the Northwest court system the past couple weeks – and Earthjustice is about ready to file against delisting Northern Rockies wolves. But it’s a just-dismissed lawsuit that has my attention, especially since I just got “carded” for this […]

By Dave Skinner
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Where’s Roger?

Roger Koopman’s so-called “Liberty Project” was intended to lure “pro-freedom Constitutional conservative” candidates to challenge GOP incumbent state lawmakers who he considers to be sellouts in upcoming primaries. And he could have touted the project as a revolution for the right wing of the right, if he himself had filed for reelection – but he […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Time for a 21st Century G.I. Bill

America owes a great debt of gratitude to the men and women serving in our armed forces. A whole generation of military personnel is paying a huge price in service to our country. The federal government must honor that service with an updated benefits package suited to the needs of the 21st Century. Many of […]

By Sen. Jon Tester
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McCain’s Grizzly Aversion

There is little stigma attached to Montana. Living here for the better part of a decade, I’ve found the out-of-state response to my adopted home is one of curiosity or adulation or both. Whereas Californians, whether deserved, are often blamed for ruining much of the rural West and New Yorkers the East. But with the […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

No Compromise in Fight for Property Rights

I am enormously grateful to all who have recently thanked me for my efforts to protect the doughnut residents of Whitefish. As always your stories have been sincere, heartfelt and full of the concern for your community that I have so long admired. For those who may question my commitment to your property values, rights […]

By Gary Hall
Closing Range

Wilderness 101: All About the Bob

After my “Wildernists” column, my secret advisory board jumped me for not fully explaining the “wilderness” concept to readers. To begin with, wild land is wild land, but whether it is “Big-W” Wilderness, sanctioned by Congress, is a political act by human beings. God makes the ground, but only Congress (people) make Wilderness. So, since […]

By Dave Skinner
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Stan Jones: Montana’s Ralph Nader

Republican candidate Roy Brown, upon hearing the news last week that Stan Jones is running for governor, welcomed the quirky Bozeman Libertarian to the race. If genuine, Brown’s response was certainly gracious. Former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., must not yet have warned him. Third-party candidates are often chastised for playing spoiler and Burns could […]

By Kellyn Brown
Opinion

Finding Solutions on Property Tax Reappraisal

In Helena, Democrats and Republicans are getting along nicely to mitigate the effects of the 2009 property tax reappraisal in a cooperative manner. The Revenue and Transportation Committee is entrusted with finding solutions for local businesses and homeowners to the property tax reappraisal. As one of the legislators on this committee, I see folks rolling […]

By Mike Jopek