Didi and Jan Peccia

GUEST POST: Melanoma Awareness Month–Know the Dangers of Indoor Tanning

by Didi Peccia

Didi Peccia is a small business owner in Helena.

Jan Peccia was not only my sister-in-law, she was my best friend. We raised our babies together and we went into business together. She and I co-owned Montana Book and Toy Company and Augustine Properties in Helena. But in 2013


Blinded By The Light

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….


GUEST POST: Time for Congress to Save Lives During National Colorectal Cancer Month 

By John Morrison

Morrison is the former Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance. He lives in Helena.

A simple medical screening could have saved my dad’s life. Frank B. Morrison, Jr. lived and worked in Montana as a lawyer, judge, businessman and community leader for 36 years, including seven years on the Montana Supreme Court. He was fortunate always to have health insurance and had the benefit of good family genes. But, dad died unexpectedly at age 68 from something that could have been prevented – colorectal cancer.


GUEST POST: Making Congress Responsible for Wildfires

Guest post by Norma Duffy.   Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for the bad politics-as-usual, interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods  UPDATE: as of 8/16/2105 at 4:00 pm  Gov. Steve…


GUEST POST: Fortunate

by Anna Whiting Sorrell, MPA

Whiting Sorrell is Director of Operations, Policy and Planning Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department, former Director Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and former Billings Area Director, Indian Health Service

This week I will celebrate my 58th birthday.  Most women in Montana would not consider this a milestone in their lifetime, but for me, I will celebrate it with vigor as I know how fortunate I am just to be alive. According to a Montana Department of Health and Human Services report, as an Indian woman in Montana, I can only expect to live to be 64 years old.  Indian women die a generation younger than non-Indian women, who can expect to live 20 years longer. This statistic has been my personal reality as my mother died at 57 and her mother died in her forties.


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GUEST POST: Legislative Rape

by Anonymous Fifty-six Montana legislators in the House of Representatives just voted to legalize rape of pregnant women.  Despicable. House Bill 479 requires a doctor to determine how old a fetus is before performing any fetal surgery: “a person may not perform fetal surgery on…