Letters to the Editor

Show your community some love this Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2019 at 3:00 am

Most of us love our community and want the best for it. It’s our home. It’s where we live, work, learn, play and raise our families. And yet, it’s easy to go about our daily lives without ever stopping to think, What can I do to make my com...

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Rural communities in the face of climate change

February 12, 2019 at 2:00 am

Climate change can be difficult to fully wrap your mind around. My fear is that more people will engage only after facing a crisis themselves — losing a home due to flooding, markets upended by multi-year droughts or water shortages.We know...

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Auto insurance required, but not fair pricing

February 08, 2019 at 8:35 am

State law requires auto insurance, but not fair policy pricing. Companies evaluate personal lives, not just driving records. Using different factors, each chooses who pays more. Safe drivers — no DUI’s, accidents, or tickets — who bikeride,...

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It’s not safe to be an Indian woman in Montana.

February 05, 2019 at 3:00 am

These words come as no surprise to many of us. It is our lived experience that Native American women are more likely to go missing, more likely to be murdered, and less likely to have justice in our state.It is our lived experience that whe...

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Notes from Helena: Life is busy at the Capitol!

February 05, 2019 at 3:00 am

Senate Joint Resolution 6 asks Congress to delist the Grizzly statewide, and I will present SJR 6 to the Senate Fish and Game Committee on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Similar to the resolution carried last session by Rep. Steve Gunderson, i...

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Support HB 287 for Mandatory Daily Trap Checks

February 01, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Traps are indiscriminate, excluding no species. Montana has no required timeframe a trapper must check his or her traps. Exceptions exist; traps for bobcats in lynx protection zones require a 48-hour trap check and wolf traps require a visu...

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Through with Chew Week! Lincoln County Health Department encourages area residents to quit smokeless tobacco

January 25, 2019 at 3:00 am

Montana’s smokeless tobacco rates are twice as high as the national average for both male youth (13.8 percent) and male adults (14 percent). The week of February 17 through 23 is “Through with Chew Week,” and is an entire week dedicated to ...

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Daines fighting for rural broadband

January 25, 2019 at 3:00 am

More than 40 percent of rural Montanans lack access to broadband internet. This phenomenon, known as the digital divide, holds rural America back by not allowing millions of people to take advantage of the basic online opportunities that ex...

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What is a market-based approach to water quality?

January 25, 2019 at 3:00 am

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. EPA released a joint letter encouraging market-based, collaborative approaches to reduce excess nutrients in waterways. But, few other details were offered on how to best take this...

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Treasure State Parents Will Discover Education Options for Children During National School Choice Week

January 25, 2019 at 3:00 am

Parents, students, and teachers are celebrating the education options available in Montana during School Choice Week, Jan. 20-26.The week will feature 98 events and activities across the Treasure State, including open house events at school...

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