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Opinion: All state firefighters need work-comp coverage

This Labor Day, I join many Montanans in thanking our hardworking firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency responders who fight this summer’s exceptionally intense, destructive wildfires. One way to express gratitude is to make sure Montana laws protect those who protect us. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: The (first) war to end all wars

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As sabers rattle over the Korean peninsula, remember that those who create wars seldom fight in them. That is left to the sons and daughters of less important people. The decisions to enter  what became known as World War I were made by men who believed it would be close to Armageddon. “If war breaks out,” said British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, “it will be the worst catastrophe the world has ever seen.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: A Tale of two statues

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In Vienna, my adopted city, there is a Soviet War Memorial. It occupies 3,000 square feet in central Vienna.  It features a white marble colonnade and a 650-foot column capped by a 40-foot figure of a Red Army soldier. He is wearing a golden helmet and bears a Soviet flag and a golden Soviet coat of arms.  A plaque at the base of the column reads:  “Monument to honor the soldiers of the Soviet Army who fell while freeing Austria from Fascism.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Time to rid Helena of Confederate memorial

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As members of the American Indian Caucus of the Montana Legislature, we extend our condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who lost her life protesting hate and bigotry in Charlottesville, Va. Our hearts also go out to the families of Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates of the Virginia State Police, who lost their lives while monitoring the rally. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlottesville and those across this great country who have been hurt physically and emotionally by the despicable actions exhibited by white nationalists. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: In the aftermath of violence, silence from ‘leaders’

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A presidential response condemning white nationalists and Neo-Nazis should not be this difficult to formulate, and the silence from Montana’s state and congressional leaders should not be this deep and profound. On Saturday, white supremacists marched down the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, waving Confederate flags and bearing Nazi symbols, where they were confronted by counter protesters understandably offended by the outward show of bigotry and hate. (more…) Continue Reading →

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