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At Your Service: Reflections, regrets at the end of a series

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It was with a pang of regret that I published the 24th and last chapter in my At Your Service series last Monday. I began thinking of such a series something like 20 years ago, figuring it would be fascinating to visit some of the many churches in Billings and hoping that my “reviews” of the services might be of interest to others. At the time, though, and for many years after, I couldn’t imagine where I might publish such a series. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: NDO will hinge on results of fall election


A former Billings City Council candidate who has inserted himself oafishly into this year’s council race has, purely by accident, exposed a general misunderstanding of how that legislative body conducts its business. Brian Kenat, a Tea Party Republican who unsuccessfully ran against Ward 3 Councilwoman Becky Bird in 2013, has been calling council candidates to sound them out on their beliefs—and to badger them if he didn’t like their views. (more…) Continue Reading →

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NDO supporters encouraged to keep up the fight


Hope Errico Wisneski told supporters of a nondiscrimination ordinance in Billings on Tuesday that they are moving forward swiftly, however slow the process might seem. Things truly move slowly in Washington, D.C., she said, which is why the Human Rights Campaign is working for change in states and individual communities. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Draft NDO opens more doors to debate

As reported by the Billings Gazette this morning, the city has released a draft of the nondiscrimination ordinance that will be the subject of a City Council work session Monday night. Here’s the most surprising thing I noted in the draft: it prohibits discrimination not only on the basis of “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,” but also on “Veteran’s status, political beliefs or obesity.” Leaving aside the question of why “veteran” is capitalized, I doubt anyone will object to including veteran status in the ordinance. Who doesn’t want to protect veterans from discrimination? But what about obesity? Continue Reading →

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Guest Editorial: Building a city enriched by diversity

During the first 12 years of my life, growing up in Montana, it was against the law for a person of my race to marry an African American or an Asian American. Montana’s anti-miscegenation law was not repealed until 1953. It was not until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court declared these laws, still existing in sixteen other states, unconstitutional. (more…) Continue Reading →

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