Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

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.

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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.

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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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Montana's medical marijuana issue isn't settled—it's just taking a nap

Last month, voters approved ballot initiative I-182, repealing Montana's three-patient limit on providers of medical marijuana.

(Opinion)   Dec 15, 2016

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Elk, climate change, free trade and the view from 9,000 feet

After the election, I went elk hunting.

(Opinion)   Dec 15, 2016

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Could Denise Juneau do what Royce Engstrom didn't?

Royce Engstrom has had one heck of a year.

(Opinion)   Dec 8, 2016

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Why journalism—and good news—will be more important than ever in Trump's America

Most people who pass through Raton, New Mexico, on I-25 are bound for elsewhere.

(Opinion)   Dec 8, 2016

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One job, one vote?

Former legislator/area crank Ed Butcher wants to limit the franchise to the employed. Dan Brooks has a problem with that

Late last month, in keeping with its policy of publishing only those opinions submitted in writing, the Missoulian ran a guest column by former Montana legislator Ed Butcher.

Dec 1, 2016

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Homeland hysteria

The lessons we learned from 'alien' detention at Fort Missoula

Donald Trump said during his presidential campaign that he wants both surveillance of Muslims residing in the United States and a registry to track who and where they are.

(Opinion)   Dec 1, 2016

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An embryonic idea

Missoula's parental leave plan breeds controversy

"If you want the City of Missoula to do something, whether it's implementing paid parental leave or buying the water works, you need to forge ahead with a single-sentence plan and let the numbers take care of themselves. Bentley's parental leave plan hasn't reached that level of dynamic brevity quite yet, but it's on its way."

(Opinion)   Nov 23, 2016

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Behind the scenery

Public land needs a celebration, too

America has spent the last year celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service.

(Opinion)   Nov 23, 2016

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Left behind

"There's a vacuum in American politics, and Trump filled it with garbage. That's not the voters' fault. It's the Democratic Party's fault for not filling it with something else."

Three weeks before the election, a Lee Newspapers poll found Gov. Steve Bullock in a dead heat with challenger Greg Gianforte.

(Opinion)   Nov 17, 2016

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Alternate realities

What could've been, and what will be: a tale of two electoral outcomes

I'm writing this column before Election Day, but by the time it runs, all that will be decided.

(Opinion)   Nov 10, 2016

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A problem we still live with

On refugee resettlement and the politics of fear

In 1964, Norman Rockwell completed a painting he called "The Problem We All Live With," which portrayed four U.S. Marshals surrounding a small African-American girl in a prim white dress, her hair in pigtails, carrying school supplies.

Nov 10, 2016

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Justice and us

How do you punish a judge who fails to punish a rapist?

Last month, a 40-year-old man in Valley County pleaded guilty to raping his 12-year-old daughter and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

(Opinion)   Nov 3, 2016

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A fine line

Questioning Missoula's Day of the Dead parade

It's almost Halloween, and that means it's time for one of Missoula's best-loved fall traditions: the Festival of the Dead.

(Opinion)   Oct 27, 2016

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We need a new Civilian Conservation Corps

Thirty-three years ago, I cowrote a story for Environment Magazine that highlighted the "irreversible damage" being done to our national parks, according to a growing chorus of concerned park superintendents.

(Opinion)   Oct 27, 2016

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Undermining democracy

Ryan Zinke has no more excuses for supporting Donald Trump

It is a peculiarity of Montana politics that virtually no polls emerge until they are too late to do anyone any good.

(Opinion)   Oct 20, 2016

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Into the (not so) wild

When hiking takes you through fragmented high country

"You have to stop in Twin Lakes for beer," a young thru-hiker told us on the Colorado Trail, several days after we'd already passed through Twin Lakes.

(Opinion)   Oct 20, 2016

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Send in the klowns

Missoula succumbs to the scourge of a teenage prank

To paraphrase an ancient curse, we live in interesting times.

(Opinion)   Oct 13, 2016

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