There's a reason they call them land 'lords'

There's a reason they call them land 'lords'

Longtime readers of this column know that my political views are utterly incoherent.

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Standing Rock and the lessons of Andrew Jackson

Democracies don't usually wage war on their own citizens, and, in particular, on peaceful demonstrators.

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In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

Like flood insurance or a home defibrillator kit, a handgun is one of those products you buy hoping never to use.

(Opinion)   Mar 16, 2017

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Montana deals with its antiquated laws on rape

Doubleday published the book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, in May 2015.

(Opinion)   Mar 16, 2017

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A legislative legacy. Sort of.

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed erstwhile representative Ryan Zinke as the new Secretary of the Interior.

(Opinion)   Mar 9, 2017

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Planting trees for the ages in a climate on the move

This is the time of year to think about planting trees.

(Opinion)   Mar 9, 2017

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How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?

As a freshman senator, Steve Daines lives in a state of constant terror.

(Opinion)   Mar 2, 2017

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Happy 108th birthday, Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner lived through almost the entire 20th century and wrote his way through more than half of it.

(Opinion)   Mar 2, 2017

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Should retirement homes have liquor licenses? The Montana Tavern Association (surprise, surprise) says nay.

Former Missoula city councilman Adam Hertz has gone to Helena to represent our district in the statehouse, but he knows the importance of old friends.

(Opinion)   Feb 23, 2017

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Conserving energy extracted from public lands should be a no-brainer

Waste is not conservative.

(Opinion)   Feb 23, 2017

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A targeted solution to deadbeat dads: no hunting for you

Bad news for deadbeat dads: The Montana state Senate has passed a law that will send people to jail for not paying their legally mandated child support.

(Opinion)   Feb 16, 2017

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The Montana Senate's pre-emptive Sharia strike

One problem afflicting the Montana state Senate is that it is a historically reactive body.

(Opinion)   Feb 9, 2017

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All land—public and private—deserves good stewardship

What's the smartest, most secure kind of investment?

(Opinion)   Feb 9, 2017

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Trump or Christianity: Greg Gianforte has a decision to make

If Greg Gianforte did not have hundreds of millions of dollars, I would say he was unlucky.

(Opinion)   Feb 2, 2017

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The political appeal of going native

As we brace ourselves for the likelihood of a special U.S. House election, prepare to hear boasts from candidates that "I'm a third (or fourth or fifth) generation Montanan."

(Opinion)   Feb 2, 2017

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Barry Usher and the disingenuity of bike 'safety'

Late last week, the status of a bill to prohibit bicycling on most of Montana's country roads went from "draft ready for delivery" to "draft back for redo."

(Opinion)   Jan 26, 2017

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Donald Trump needs a dog

(Because even the worst man needs a best friend)

I'm not sure why so many rural Westerners voted for President Donald J. Trump.

(Opinion)   Jan 26, 2017

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Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

Last week, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said that he does not regard Donald Trump as a legitimate president.

(Opinion)   Jan 19, 2017

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Obama should close the McKittrick loophole

President Obama has one more thing to do before he clears his desk in the Oval Office.

(Opinion)   Jan 19, 2017

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Commander Zinke and the great land transfer flip-flop

Last week, during what are probably his waning days in office, Montana's Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke voted to change House rules in a way that will make it easier to transfer federal lands to the states.

(Opinion)   Jan 12, 2017

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Handicapping Montana's open House seat, post-Zinke: Could a Dem win?

In the two weeks since we last considered the future of Montana's seat in the House of Representatives (see "Playing chicken," Dec. 22), no fewer than six Republicans have expressed interest in running to replace Ryan Zinke, who's been picked by Trump to head the Interior Department.

(Opinion)   Jan 5, 2017

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Wondering how to fight Trumpism? Don't buy in.

By now, it should be obvious that cynical corporate interests from the fossil fuel industry have executed a successful takeover of U.S. policymaking.

(Opinion)   Jan 5, 2017

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2016: The year our better angels went missing in action

I will not insult you by using this space to defend 2016.

(Opinion)   Dec 29, 2016

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Seeking a root for the racist narrative

The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, recently published the names and contact information of Jews living in Flathead County, calling on readers to "take action" against this "vicious, evil race."

(Opinion)   Dec 29, 2016

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With Zinke out of the picture, who'll rep Montana?

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump selected Ryan Zinke, Montana's sole representative in the U.S. House, to be Secretary of the Interior.

(Opinion)   Dec 22, 2016

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A cooperative carries the indie bookstore torch in Billings

It's early October, and I'm at the High Plains Book Festival at the art museum in Billings, selling books as fast as I can handle the slippery credit-card reader.

(Opinion)   Dec 22, 2016

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