When I read the Billings Gazette’s editorial about former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, who will be the featured speaker at the Yellowstone County Republicans’ Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner next month, I almost sympathized with him.
Next week, a little more than 20 years after the completion of the Downtown Billings Framework Plan, an updated, overhauled version of that document will be unveiled at a public meeting.
The new Downtown Strategic Plan, the product of a year’s worth of work by Billings residents and a consulting firm from Indianapolis, will be made public Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the Royal Johnson Community Room of the Billings Public Library.
The terrible school shooting on Wednesday, on a day where people are reminded to love one another, touched all of us. Reading comments before Valentine’s Day, I saw that some chose to celebrate and some saw it only as a shallow commercial form of greed. We could debate that but for me it goes deeper . Continue Reading →
Before the crowd filtered into the Dennison Theater on Tuesday, Maria Cole made the rounds in a hurried meet-and-greet, and to brace for the night ahead.
Over the past several weeks, the longtime University of Montana benefactor had received her share of criticism for inviting provocateur Mike Adams to speak under the lecture series that carries her deceased husband’s name. Continue Reading →
Shortly after Mike Adams took the stage at the University of Montana, he posed a single question, asking if those in attendance were truly dedicated to defending the First Amendment. Continue Reading →
The Billings Gazette is seeking reader input on a symbol to demonstrate the community’s opposition to hate-filled messages left on a church and on buildings around town.
The idea is to replace the menorah symbol, which was adopted to show rejection of anti-Semitic activities in Billings a quarter of a century ago. The menorah, which was printed on a full page in the Gazette and placed in windows all over town, drew national attention and helped spark the Not in Our Town movement. Continue Reading →
When General Electric first appeared on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896, the company was lauded as a cornerstone of industrial might, a reputation it would hold for more than a century.
But now, with the digital revolution in full swing, the powerhouse of American ingenuity is searching for its place in a changing world, one where transformation will be key to survival. Continue Reading →
Xavier Springer’s photo, “Swiftcurrent Falls on a Smoky Morning” (above), taken during a bright orange sunrise in Glacier National Park, has been chosen as the grand-prize winner of the Montana Wilderness Association’s 2017 photo contest.
Springer, of Great Falls, was among photographers who submitted more 1,000 entries in the association’s ninth annual contest. Continue Reading →
One of my favorite songs as we celebrate Valentine’s Day is the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love,” with its lyrics: “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done … Nothing you can make that can’t be made … love is all you need.”
Let’s show our love and stop the devastating cuts to essential public services in Montana. Short term, consider emergency supplemental appropriation. Find the money. Stop the bleeding. Save lives. Continue Reading →