Editorial

Build Montana’s workforce, build Montana’s future

October 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

As communities across the nation work to recover from recent natural disasters, many are discovering that while they have plenty of rebuilding to do, they lack the manpower to do it.This circumstance comes as no surprise to the Montana Cont...

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EPA: Stop wasteful spending, come to Montana

October 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

Private jets, secret “soundproof booths” and steakhouses — you would think that this is the dream life of a rich movie star or maybe James Bond, but according to reports, this dream is a reality for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. While Pru...

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Opinion: Outdoors is a natural resource for Montana’s economy

October 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

As the Outdoor Industry Association recently confirmed, outdoor recreation is not only intrinsic to our way of life in Montana, it is now the largest sector of Montana’s economy.According to the association’s new numbers, Montana’s outdoor ...

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Opinion: Tourists aren’t the problem; just don’t let them stay!

October 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

Montana has always been a “poor” state ... so why has it also always been known as the “Treasure State”? Maybe because there is something more valuable than money? Maybe it was the land itself — that its “treasure” was the land and not in w...

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Daines uses fire devastation to score political points

October 17, 2017 at 8:24 am

Wildfires burned more than 1 million acres in Montana this year. The fires took two lives, drove hundreds of people from their homes, and forced us to breathe air wholly unfit for our lungs. They also shut down our summer tourist season hal...

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The problem with republican and conservative thinking

October 17, 2017 at 8:24 am

The Republican Party must shape up if it wants to be a force for good. We must begin measuring success or failure on a person-by-person basis. If one person fails, all of society fails. Any politician that does not accept personal responsib...

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Montana has a spending problem

October 17, 2017 at 8:24 am

During the last month we have seen headlines like “Montana, broke and burning” and “Governor: Budget cuts will ‘Hurt’ Montana residents.”Montana is not broke, although we are having some financial challenges, and thankfully the fires are co...

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Growing high-paying Montana jobs

October 17, 2017 at 8:24 am

Technology is the great equalizer. There’s no reason Missoula can’t compete with Silicon Valley and that’s the message we heard at the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit.On Monday, close to 700 Montanans came out to the University of Montana to ...

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Allow businesses to exist in Montana unfettered

October 13, 2017 at 3:00 am

Ihave a simple solution for Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget woes. It’s a permanent tax increase, and it should be implemented immediately. Yes, you read that right; I propose an increase in taxes that will come from allowing business to exist i...

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Government cost-cutting, not taxes, is the answer

October 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

Droughts. Firestorms. Crashed commodity prices. Coal fired energy plants shutting down. Stores on main street closing. One doesn’t have to look far to see Montanan’s suffering. When the executive proposes tax increases as the preferred solu...

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