Editorial

Tax cuts just in time for Christmas

December 22, 2017 at 8:52 am

For years, Washington has grown in its power and wealth while hardworking Americans have struggled to make ends meet. In fact, the nation’s most affluent counties are suburbs of Washington, D.C. Taxpayer dollars have padded the pockets of D...

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What we can do about the rise in alcohol-impaired driving

December 19, 2017 at 8:19 am

In 1988, Larry Mahoney drove his pickup truck down the wrong side of Kentucky’s I-71, hitting a church bus head on and killing 24 children and three adults. The incident, which became known as the Carrollton Bus Crash, remains the deadliest...

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Protecting public use of public lands

December 12, 2017 at 3:00 am

In 1977, President Carter signed a law that required the Forest Service to study 973,000 acres in Montana to determine if they were suitable for wilderness. The findings were to be reported in five years and Congress was to take action aft...

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Special session in the rearview mirror

November 28, 2017 at 8:40 am

The special session of the Montana Legislature is behind us — yet another thing to be thankful for in this season. Taking center stage was concern for the most vulnerable populations in Montana. What avenues should be taken to address takin...

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Congress is scamming you with taxes

November 24, 2017 at 8:38 am

By JAMES DEANWhen Congress cuts income taxes, they increase your inflation tax in secret. This is like taking money out of your left pocket rather than your right pocket. Either way, you pay. When it comes to taxes, ignore tax rates and foc...

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A grassroots return to decency

November 14, 2017 at 3:00 am

From 80 mass shootings of innocents in 30 years it’s obvious that quietly realizing, then offering respect for the senselessly lost, is what decent people do. Decency conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability. Now it’s ti...

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It’s time for the governor to dance alone

November 14, 2017 at 3:00 am

Gov. Bullock called a special session for next week in Helena. He is interested in some cuts and transfers in state government to shore up the shaky budget. Also included, however, will be “temporary revenue increases,” i.e., more taxes for...

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It’s ‘no accident’ how we arrived at this point

November 14, 2017 at 3:00 am

Last fall, Montanans were treated to a campaign ad from Gov. Bullock entitled “No Accident.” In it, Bullock brags about a $300 million surplus and not raising taxes on Montana families.This August, the governor’s budget office released tax-...

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Keeping the government from snooping

November 06, 2017 at 5:32 pm

As Montanans we don’t like outsiders putting their noses in our business. The government is certainly no exception, especially when it comes to gathering information on law-abiding Montanans.There are bad folks out there who want to do us h...

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Glacier Park maintenance requires action

October 24, 2017 at 3:00 am

Visitation to Glacier National Park has never been higher, and need for maintenance has never been greater. My Model T friends driving classy, century-old Fords helped boost the record visitation, but park repairs require attention in Washi...

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