Guest Post By Bob Williams, Art by Norma Duffy Here’s my bias: The so called Citizen’s United SCOTUS Decision has subsidized the most nefarious strata of both Political Parties. Public financed, instant runoff Elections would work! Right now I am damn glad to…Read More
by Jael Kampfe
4th Generation Montanan, retired rancher, Believer in Kindness
I remember growing up.
My grandfather, Bill Mackay Sr.’s Eisenhower Republican values wove around the dinner table connecting us like matching china. Value local people and local control. Serve. Reach across the aisle. The best legislation requires compromise. Be kind. Your words matter.
by Justin Robbins If the past several days (even weeks) of politicking and conventioning have shown one thing, it is that the concept of statesmanship is dead. There is no market left in the American mind for reasoned debate, considered pragmatism, or ideological compromise. Regardless…
by James C. Nelson Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) I told my friend, a poet, that I didn’t know how to write this piece—I didn’t know how to be eloquent, heartsick, damn mad, and hopeful all at the same time. I still don’t. So,…
When These Students Run the World, We’ll All Be Better Off
On May 19th, MSU students drove to Havre to speak to the Board of Regents against renaming the computer science department the Greg Gianforte School of
Computer Science Computing as a condition of his $8 million donation.
by Morgan Pett
Morgan Pett teaches science at Miles City High School, which is in Sen. Moore’s district
I am writing to make it clear to any transgender students that may come into my classes, that I am not afraid of having you in my classroom. My sense of my own sexuality is not under threat from you. The safety of both the male and female students in my classes in not under threat from you. You and your parents should know that the idea that was recently submitted as a “Guest Opinion” by State Senator Eric Moore to the Billings Gazette, that the students and teachers of the public schools of Montana and the United States are not capable of finding a place for you is destructive, hateful, and beyond the levels of absurdity that we should have to put up with in 2016.
Most jobs come with a lop-sided combination of necessary responsibilities and fringe benefits. For example, a fast food server may get a free meal during or after a shift; a retail sales worker might receive an “employee discount” on items they purchase from their company….
Lots of social media discussion has focused on a part of a new North Carolina discrimination law has been focused on one part of the law which would bar people from using the bathroom for the gender they identify as, if their birth certificate said something…
There was a funeral this week in the catholic church in Lewistown, MT, and the deceased’s family arranged to have a retired priest (and a favorite of the deceased) perform the service. The family also put together a small choir with singers of their choice….
By Jim Nelson,
Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)
Pope Mania! The Papal visit was an emotional and spiritual experience for many of the religious faithful. For countless, Francis’ appearances in Washington, New York and Philadelphia were a defining personal moment to be treasured and savored. Indeed, the outpouring of adulation and media blitz put the Pontiff in the rarified company of Super Bowl champions and visiting English royalty.
I suggest, though, that there is also a revealing and troubling aspect to Pope Mania.
It’s been a little rocky lately for the floundering TEA Party gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana. Yesterday we received this hilarious photo of Gianforte’s truck, parked at a Chamber of Commerce event, the bumper stickers entirely blacked out with black tape. It would seem that a billionaire…
There was a major shindig this weekend in Bozeman, a Tech Summit at which big hitters from Silicon Valley showed up at the invitation of Steve Daines to tell the crowd how Montana can grow its technology sector and thus increase the number of high…
Kim Davis’ legal team has declined the oath keepers offer of amassing an armed anti-government group to stop anyone from trying to arrest her or send her to jail again. On the Oath Keepers website, the group’s leader Stewart Rhodes, of Montana, has asked members…
by Justice Jim Nelson, Montana Supreme Court, Retired
The swings in public perception are amazing. Case in point: Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk who thumbed her official nose at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that marriage is a fundamental right of all persons, not just heterosexuals. Not on Davis’ watch, that is.
No marriage licenses to gays and lesbians would be issued over her official title, because to do so would violate her personal religious beliefs. That, apparently, is the belief that the Bible and the “loving” God who inspired it and who created all people in his own image, condemns marriages which are not between one man and one woman.