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Montana Viewpoint: Despite all, legislators deserve thanks


The 65th Montana legislative session is over and 150 citizen legislators will be returning to the life they had before the session began last January—sort of. It is “sort of” because, whatever they do in real life, they will be constantly thinking of issues they considered in the legislative session, and, one hopes, also continuously acting in the best interests of the people they represent. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Who’s watching out for the ‘average’ students?


This time of year is full of honors for some pretty amazing kids. Valedictorians are celebrated for hard work, dedication and scholarship. Those kids represent the best of the best in our high schools and they deserve all the accolades they get. Congratulations to all of them, many of whom are brilliant and will go on to do amazing things. Some of them are children of our friends—parents who endured the stress of test prep, college applications, etc., etc., etc. Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Forward Montana works to rekindle democracy


In a national survey of 4,000 high school and college students and 100 in-depth interviews conducted by political science professors Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox, young Americans were found to feel completely alienated from politics. In their book “Running from Office,” Lawless and Fox report that the mean-spirited, dysfunctional political system that now characterizes American politics has wrought long-term, deeply-embedded damage on U.S. democracy and its youngest citizens. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Reflections on a futile filibuster


The recent attempt by Senate Democrats to keep Neil Gorsuch off the Supreme Court puzzles me, largely because the results were predictable, and even Democratic senators should have been able to see that. First, the tactic the Democrats used, the filibuster, has never been successful in defeating a nominee for associate justice of the Supreme Court. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Misleading bills would erode patient rights


How would it feel, while filling out the usual paperwork in the waiting room, to sign a waiver that you won’t sue your doctor? Under a pair of bills recently introduced by Republicans in the U.S. House, that is what would happen without your knowledge or consent. Congress is seeking to pile federal regulations pertaining to medical malpractice on top of 40 years’ worth of Montana laws that already protect doctors. (more…) Continue Reading →

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