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Introducing the Bump Chassis. Is it evil? Depends how you use it.

Last weekend, a 64-year-old millionaire named Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the window of his Las Vegas hotel room, killing at least 58 people before shooting himself.

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The pardon of Joe Arpaio triggers memories of an immigrant

Of all the stories I heard from the undocumented immigrants I interviewed when I was a journalist during Ronald Reagan's presidency, Ignacio's haunted me the most.

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Expense-ive error: Would Ryan Zinke make the same mistake twice?

Back in June, newly minted secretary of the Interior Department, former Montana congressman and secret past member of the Navy SEALs Ryan Zinke chartered a flight from Las Vegas to Kalispell for $12,375.

(Opinion)   Oct 5, 2017

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Public lands are for more than recreation

The evening before bow season opened in southwest Montana, I loaded up a bike trailer with camping gear and pedaled into a heavily timbered valley near Bozeman.

(Opinion)   Oct 5, 2017

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Turning prejudice into politics with Jeff Laszloffy and the Montana Family Foundation

Last week, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that the description Attorney General Tim Fox had written for I-183a ballot initiative that would require Montanans to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the sexes on their birth certificates—did not convey enough information.

(Opinion)   Sep 28, 2017

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Racism hasn't gone anywhere. It's everywhere.

During my 13 years in Rapid City, South Dakota, I've learned that racism and ignorance almost always go hand-in-hand.

(Opinion)   Sep 28, 2017

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Cutting teachers for dummies: How to maximize pain and minimize profit at UM

Kevin McManigal is a lecturer in the geography and forestry departments at the University of Montana, where he teaches four courses in cartography and geographic information systems.

(Opinion)   Sep 21, 2017

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The real history lesson behind Helena's Confederate monument

As debate over our nation's legacy of white supremacy continues to roil cities and towns from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Los Angeles, California, Confederate memorials fall like dominos.

(Opinion)   Sep 21, 2017

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Are we punishing the poor hard enough?

Michael DiFrancesco got a $185 ticket for possession of alcohol when he was 14 years old.

(Opinion)   Sep 14, 2017

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When it comes to 'global warming,' word choice matters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is in charge of the Forest Service as well as several agricultural and food-related research agencies, recently told its staffers to avoid using the term "climate change."

(Opinion)   Sep 14, 2017

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Keep a promise? Hasn't Greg Gianforte suffered enough?

When Greg Gianforte assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of his election to Congress, I thought the same thing as most Montanans: Hasn't the candidate—already subject to the indignity of being a multimillionaire and fielding questions about his opinions—suffered enough?

(Opinion)   Sep 7, 2017

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Dear Sen. Daines: Natural variability isn't the last word on climate science

Politicians recently visiting the Lolo Peak fire tried to put the blame for the fire on lawsuits filed by environmentalists.

(Opinion)   Sep 7, 2017

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Daunted courage: Is Ryan Zinke losing touch with Montana?

One of the problems with sending representatives to Washington, D.C., is that they lose their Montana values.

(Opinion)   Aug 31, 2017

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Breaking the rules: Zinke and Trump go to war on regulation

A subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources recently held a hearing with the curious title "Examining impacts of federal natural resources laws gone astray."

(Opinion)   Aug 31, 2017

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Everywhere a sign: Helena removes a reminder of slavery

Last Wednesday, after white supremacists spent the weekend rallying around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city of Helena decided to remove its monument to Confederate soldiers.

(Opinion)   Aug 24, 2017

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Bridging the divide between Iraq and Montana

I was standing on the Seliš Ksanka Ql'ispé Dam in Polson this summer, along with 25 college students from Iraq, listening as a civil engineer described how the dam was built.

(Opinion)   Aug 24, 2017

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What is Secretary of State Corey Stapleton hiding?

As Montana's secretary of state, Corey Stapleton has three jobs.

(Opinion)   Aug 17, 2017

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Zinke's plan for sage grouse could be disastrous

Somehow, Interior Sec.

(Opinion)   Aug 17, 2017

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We can deport Audemio Orozco-Ramirez. But should we?

Audemio Orozco-Ramirez has been living in the United States for 20 years, but he is not a citizen.

(Opinion)   Aug 10, 2017

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WWGD? The religious case for fighting climate change

Not long after President Trump decided that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg told his constituents that if it turned into a "real" problem, God would "take care of" climate change.

(Opinion)   Aug 10, 2017

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When it comes time to die, who do you want calling the shots?

The West seems to have a different attitude about life and death than other parts of the country.

(Opinion)   Aug 3, 2017

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Save Willard School? Here we go again.

Here’s a slogan that will make battle-weary Missoulians shudder: “Save Willard School!” That’s the latest refrain among some neighbors of the alternative high school, which is slated to get a new building as part of the massive school bond approved in November 2015.

(Opinion)   Aug 3, 2017

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In the eternal battle of man vs. sun, does the PSC have what it takes to win?

For more than 200 years now, America has struggled against the sun.

(Opinion)   Aug 3, 2017

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Steve Daines takes the easy way out—again—on health care

In these fractious times, when so much of the people's business seems to involve ruthlessly smashing one another, we need politicians who can bring us together.

(Opinion)   Jul 27, 2017

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Uranium may carry a steep price in rural Utah

Tucked inside the Trump administration's proposed budget is $703 million in funding for nuclear weapons.

(Opinion)   Jul 27, 2017

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Looking a TIF horse in the mouth: Is the MRA getting our money's worth at the Marriott?

Last month, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency offered almost $3.6 million in tax increment financing to the developers of a new hotel on the site of the old Mercantile building.

(Opinion)   Jul 20, 2017

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