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Zinke: Trump’s worst Cabinet member?


Henry David Thoreau said, “That government is best which governs not at all.” Our nation’s experiments in minimalist governance show that Thoreau may have been right: We could be better off with no government than with the one we’ve got. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Time to bridge the broadband gap in Indian Country

Jason Small

The digital divide is real and it’s widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those living on tribal lands have no options to access broadband internet, and the longer this problem persists, the further they get left behind. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Once, patriotism trumped politics

Jim Elliott

When I read the news that the United States government had shut down, my first thought was, “How can they tell?” Then I read that there was some worry that the national parks would be closed during the shut down, but since I thought we were going to close the national parks anyway, that hardly seemed like news. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: In honor of Dr. King, learn, teach, take action


Many of us breathed a collective sigh of relief after the dust settled in Whitefish at the end of Dr. King Day last year. It’s been a year of intense upheaval, including the murder of a civil rights activist at a White Nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va. That scene could have been in Montana’s beautiful mountain town, but it wasn’t, and there are lessons that we must carry forward. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Fading memories of brotherly love


You used to think brotherly love was like the old muni pool — the Athletic or the Mitchell — enormous and all-inclusive, teeming with the bobbing lot of us, overlaid with a joyful din like a pie crust crimped at the edges with mothers’ clucking and pierced only by the shrill whistle of some teenaged lifeguard, glaring down imperiously from his elevated perch like an Egyptian sentinel, a towel draping his head and shoulders, zinc oxide making an isosceles triangle of his nose. He was scary to a 10-year-old, but even then, faintly ridiculous. You gaped at him, shrugged, and turned back to the joyful din. (more…) Continue Reading →

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