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Editorial

To find our opinion based editorials, see below. We'll share opinion based editorial articles regularly for interested viewers.

Updated 1 year, 10 months ago

Uncle Sam wants you to get counted

As the country celebrates its birth as a nation, one of the most patriotic things Montanans can do is stand up a...

Updated 4 weeks ago
Gunderson’s open cut law leaves neighbors in the dust

I read the story on the proposed Fire open cut mine near Libby with great interest and frustration. Libby Representative Steve Gunderson’s HB 599 is now paving the way for Thompson Contracting Inc. to develop a 1...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Anti-competitive tactics in the meat packing industry hurt Montana ranchers

In Montana, cattle outnumber people by nearly three to one, so it’s no wonder that Montana beef plays such a large role in our rich legacy of agriculture and our economy.

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Republicans tout freedom while chipping away at rights

When Montana Republicans tell you they are fighting for your rights and freedoms, they’re speaking out of both sides of their mouths. While presenting themselves as champions of our rights and liberty, they have ...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Montana's education system needs an upgrade

A decade of carrying innovative education legislation resulted in my selection to the National Council of State Legislature’s International Education Study Group, an outfit charged with studying the world’s highe...

Updated 3 months ago
Special session is an opportunity for electioneering and not much more

A small group of politicians are asking other legislators to sign a letter requesting an expensive Special Session. I oppose this wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars on a session that lacks merit and on what se...

Updated 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Democrats’ federal election takeover bill undermines what Montanans want

If there’s one thing Montanans are about, it’s common sense. We work hard, play by the rules and don’t like when Washington elites impose laws that go against what works for Montana. That’s why I fought against P...

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Only the states can tackle this disastrous spending problem

In August of 2020, we wrote an opinion opposing modern monetary theory (or MMT, the “too good to be true” idea that the federal government can spend unlimited amounts of money, regardless of revenue, in order to ...

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
Enforce the 'bad actor' mining law, Governor Gianforte

As a hunter and angler who has lived in the Upper Clark Fork River valley between Deer Lodge and Anaconda for more than 30 years, I can attest to the damaging legacy of mining on our waterways. In 1908, a massive...

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Catastrophic wildfire threat requires forest management

Last year was a historically destructive wildfire season. While we haven’t yet seen the end of 2021, 64 large fires have burned over 3 million acres nationally. The economic damage caused by wildfire in 2020 is e...

Updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Bipartisan infrastructure bill invests in Montana

As a farmer, I know firsthand that good things take time.

Updated 6 months ago
The Ripley Project, like our forest, serves many purposes

The governing board of the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition (KFSC) has voted unanimously to support a legal defense of the Forest Service’s Ripley Project. This vote represents the strength of the collabora...

Updated 7 months ago
Defending Montanans from the Democrats' tax and spend spree

Democrats, led by President Joe Biden, U.S. senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are rushing a reckless $3.5 trillion tax and spending spree bill through Congress that...

Updated 7 months, 1 week ago
Take advantage of this opportunity to build Montana's workforce

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), our state has an opportunity to make unprecedented investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

Updated 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Critical race theory can't be allowed to open the classroom to discrimination

A recent thoughtful and well-reasoned attorney general’s opinion on critical race theory from Austin Knudsen has people on the left stamping their feet and pulling out their hair. The Montana Democrats’ spin mach...

Updated 11 months ago
Republican leadership celebrates successful legislative session

Montana voters spoke clearly last November. They elected Republicans up and down the ballot, giving legislative Republicans a clear mandate to make good on our campaign promises of protecting the Montana way of l...