Letters to the Editor

Montana House Dems weigh in on health care

April 05, 2019 at 7:34 am

One of the most important issues that we will tackle this session is protecting the healthcare coverage of more than 96,000 Montanans. Last week, the House Human Services Committee voted to advance HB 658 to continue Montana’s successful Me...

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Setting the record straight on HB 722

April 05, 2019 at 7:34 am

I would like to provide some factual information about HB 722, a bill I am sponsoring this session, as it was the focus of a recent letter to the editor and was completely misrepresented.HB 722 allows the transferring of a suspended hard ro...

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President’s budget ignores needs of rural America

April 05, 2019 at 7:34 am

Details on President Trump’s 2020 budget were released this month. In an attempt to rein in federal spending, the budget recommends a $3.6 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, the proposals set forth in this bud...

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Notes from Helena for March 25

March 26, 2019 at 11:36 am

WHOOPEE!!! Lincoln County folks made a fantastic impression at the Columbia River Treaty Town Hall in Kalispell March 20. It was huge, and it was good. Jill Smail, lead negotiator from the U.S. Deptartment of State, told me so as the meetin...

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Libby needs to return to roots for good paying jobs

March 26, 2019 at 11:36 am

Shopko’s looming closure is but the latest in a long line of business closures/failures in Libby — Stimson lumber, Stinger Welding, Revett Minerals, SK Fingerjoint, LiV Golf Cars, and the list goes on.One third-rate retailer does not a town...

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Legislators must address Alzheimer’s epidemic

March 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

On April 2, Montanans will join hundreds of other Alzheimer’s advocates from across the country in our nation’s capital, meeting with Senator Daines, Senator Tester and Congressman Gianforte. The resounding message will again be loud and cl...

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SBA salutes women entrepreneurs

March 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

We salute women entrepreneurs during Women’s History MonthAs we enter the third year of the Trump administration, we’re fortunate to have a President who understands the vital role women entrepreneurs play in our economy. The U.S. Small Bus...

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Medicaid Expansion Lacks Real Compassion

March 21, 2019 at 3:00 am

Why should someone who works and cannot afford insurance pay for the insurance of someone else who does not work at all? Medicaid already covers people who cannot work. Medicaid Expansion is a deceptively named redistribution scheme that ta...

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Legislature should act on infrastructure for Montana

March 19, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Infrastructure is a conversation that is happening on the national, state and local level. When we talk about our state’s infrastructure in the Montana Legislature, it usually means big money and big problems. During the last three legislat...

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Supportive energy policy shines spotlight on rural America

March 19, 2019 at 1:39 pm

As renewable energy continues to bring prosperity to states with supportive policies, rural communities are in the spotlight. Solar and wind energy projects create new jobs and tax revenue in communities that host them, helping them become ...

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