Editorial

Shop local, dine local to support your small-business heros

November 16, 2018 at 3:00 am

Every year after Thanksgiving, Americans kick off the holiday shopping season with big stores advertising deal after deal. Not long ago, Americans during the holiday season typically would visit locally-owned small retailers in a downtown a...

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Let us aim to be a best place

November 09, 2018 at 3:00 am

Days ago, I hunted up the reservoir. It had rained overnight, and larch needles and leaves had been falling. I took a road over a ridge to the south. As I reached the top, the road swung toward the southwest. Clouds brightened. I drove slow...

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People of faith must support I-185

November 01, 2018 at 4:04 pm

As people of faith, we believe we have the moral obligation to take care of our neighbors. Often that means helping individuals by donating clothes after a house fire or providing dinner after the loss of a loved one. However, sometimes we ...

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Libby schools revisiting communication protocol following threat

October 30, 2018 at 3:00 am

For decades, schools across the nation have been receiving threats similar to what we recently found at Libby Middle/High School. Such threats have been created by students for a variety of reasons: someone thought it would be funny, or wan...

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‘Big Tobacco’ only cares about profits

October 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm

The corporations that are “Big Tobacco” and those corporations’ surrogates know a higher tax on tobacco means fewer people using the product. That means less profit for them. This is the reason for their opposing I-185, the initiative to co...

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I-185 doesn’t fix flawed work training

October 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Montana’s economy is booming. Thousands of jobs are being created, wages are increasing and workers are in demand. The state’s unemployment rate of 3.6% is below the national rate.Employers are scrambling to find employees. In this economic...

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Sibanye-Stillwater opposes I-186

October 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm

At Sibanye-Stillwater, we take tremendous pride in operating responsibly and caring for the environment under existing law and under our Good Neighbor Agreement. This is a contract with three local citizens’ groups that creates an innovativ...

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I-185 is more big government

October 26, 2018 at 3:00 am

Growing the size of government to fix a problem caused by government is like trying to dig yourself out of a hole. That is exactly what Ballot Initiative 185 would do. On the steps of the Capitol in 2015, the proponents of Medicaid Expansio...

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I-186 will hurt counties and communities

October 26, 2018 at 3:00 am

From its founding as a railroad town in 1882 to our current, natural resource-based economy, Billings has a long history of supporting natural resource development and mining. And with the Stillwater Mine located just a stone’s throw away f...

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Elected and appointed officials have already said no to I-186

October 23, 2018 at 3:00 am

In 2006, the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), Earth Justice and other extreme and litigious activist groups brought forward the concept of I-186 to the Board of Environmental Review (BER), a board of senior environmental pro...

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