Dave Grimland

Opinion: Reflections on an early campus shooting spree

Fifty years ago this month, Charles Whitman climbed the tower at the University of Texas in Austin and began to kill people. I was in my first year of graduate school—it would be the first time anyone tried to shoot me. It was Aug. 1, 1966. I was 22 years old.

I was studying mass communications and working as a television production specialist at KULR, the university’s educational television station before it became a part of what
we now know as our public television system. I would join the broadcast staff later that year as a member of the nighty news team.


Montana Ethic Project: Sharing the good and bad of progress


This is the 26th chapter of the 32-part video series “The Montana Ethic Project.” This chapter features Timothy James LeCain, an associate professor of history and director of graduate studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, discussing the question, “An Ethical Nature?” You can watch the whole video below. Here is an edited transcript of how it begins:

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Montana Viewpoint: Treaties and sovereignty


The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is an international trade treaty among 12 Pacific Rim nations (with the notable exception of China). It is an important issue in the coming election, and it is important to know why.

The treaty has been put in its final form through largely secret negotiations by the trade representatives of the countries involved and is now waiting to be ratified by the governments of the 12 nations. President Obama wants it, but there is some doubt that the Senate will approve it. Continue Reading →

Opinion: Everything has water flowing through it


Editor’s Note: This essay is part of “Sacred Water,” Environmental Health News’ ongoing investigation into Native American struggles—and successes—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation.

We grew up learning a tradition of respect for water, hearing our Elders praying with water. Water is a part of every second of our lives, everything has water flowing through it, everything has life. Continue Reading →

In Crow Country, a new water system brings life


Editor’s Note: This story is part of “Sacred Water,” Environmental Health New’s ongoing investigation into Native American struggles—and successes—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation.

Read Part 1: Tainted water imperils health, traditions for Montana tribe

CROW RESERVATION— Alisara Knaub saw firsthand how contaminated water can upend your life. Continue Reading →

Politicians, and their critics, get tough grades


My insect antennae went up as soon as I saw the grade on the political mailer: F.

I give out a lot of B’s and C’s, and the occasional D, but not many F’s. They are usually reserved for students who don’t show up to class, don’t do the work or steal the work of others. So what crimes had Rep. Kelly McCarthy, D-Billings, committed to deserve a grade of F from Americans for Prosperity, the Bozeman-based arm of the political action group funded by the Koch brothers? AFP flunked McCarthy on three issues: He voted for Obamacare expansion, against income tax reform and against school choice. Well, at least McCarthy voted. Continue Reading →