Jeannette Rankin

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ACLU sponsors ‘Lives of Others’ showing

When the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana was planning a film and discussion for tonight, the major concern for this year appeared to be criminal justice. But with the election of President Donald Trump in November, the ACLU’s list of concerns quickly expanded to include increased attention to immigration rights, voting rights and rights of the LGBT community. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Jeannette Rankin, a woman far ahead of her time

Kevin S. Giles, a Deer Lodge native, is the author of the new book “One Woman Against War: The Jeannette Rankin Story.” It tells of the pacifist convictions of the first woman elected to Congress. Her campaign came just two years after Montana legislators gave women the right to vote. Rankin, from Missoula, thought she had lost the 1916 election until strong returns came from farmers and ranchers (and their wives) across the great sweep of Eastern Montana voted her into office. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Ethic Project: Our history, heroes and character


This is the seventh chapter of the 32-part video series “The Montana Ethic Project.” This chapter features Chuck Tooley speaking on “The Montana Character.” Tooley is a former mayor of Billings—the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, in fact—and now the owner of Tooley Communications. You can watch the whole video below. After reading the preamble to the Montana Constitution, Tooley begins his presentation by saying: (more…) Continue Reading →

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David Crisp: What’s wrong with ticking people off?


The saddest quotation in last week’s Billings Gazette came from Shonn Lehmann, a volunteer weighing names for a new West End middle school. After fellow volunteer Dana Winchell suggested the district avoid naming the school after a human being because of the politics involved, Lehmann said, “I think that’s what we need to avoid, ticking people off.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Our schools deserve to have noble names


Maybe Billings School District 2 should adopt the naming system used in some cities and simply assign numbers to new schools. The soon-to-be-named building on the West End would thus be known as Public Middle School No. 6. God forbid it should be named after anyone whose life might serve as a shining example to generations of young students. (more…) Continue Reading →

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