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Commentary - April 17th, 2014
10:28 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Swift and Substantial Action on Climate Change

The International Panel on Climate, or IPCC, released another report on Sunday.  Written by thousands of science, policy, and economic experts, this IPCC report, along with others that have been released in the last year, represent a synthesis of existing climate research knowledge.  The findings in the reports are alarming, and while the report is very detailed in its research the results can be summarized rather easily with four main points.  One, the climate is changing.  Two, carbon pollution is almost certainly responsible for the change.  Three, the environmental, social and economic

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Commentary
8:54 am
Tue April 22, 2014

New Efforts to Fire Proof Our Forests: The Initiative Built into the 2014 Farm Bill

New Efforts to Fire Proof Our Forests:  The Initiative Built into the 2014 Farm Bill[1]

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Commentary - April 18th, 2014
10:38 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Quality Control Needed for Successful Recycling in Montana!

Good evening Montana! Matt Elsaesser here with Recycle Montana. Next Tuesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! Earth Day is a great time to discuss day-to-day opportunities to reduce our impact on the planet and build community. The three Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle are always a great way to start the discussion. Reducing our waste by bringing our own mug to the coffee shop or donating our used household items to a local thrift store is pretty strait forward.

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Commentary - April 16th, 2014
1:24 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Aging-in-Place Safely

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  Tonight I want to talk about Older Americans Month, which takes place during May, and this year’s theme “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” I will also talk about how this theme ties in with a recent keynote address about aging-in-place which I heard at the Montana Gerontology Society conference.

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Commentary - April 9th, 2014
1:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

In Defense of the United States Postal Service

    A while back Charles Osgood, the host of SUNDAY MORNING, a television news magazine presented on (of all times) Sunday morning, made some remarks about the United States Postal Service which I found uncalled for.  I wrote him a letter and it reads: 

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Commentary - April 11th, 2014
9:47 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Tax Day

There’s a story in my family that goes back a few decades.  It’s the kind of story people like to pull out and dust off over the holidays, when everyone is enjoying some cheer and good company.  The story goes something like this:

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Commentary - April 10th, 2014
2:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Living Up to the Legacy

Twenty years ago, Billings, Montana set a national standard for community rejection of hatred and bigotry.  Almost as one, the community shouted a loud “NO” to ultra-right-wing extremist behavior that was racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic.

The Northwest United Skinheads and, police believed, elements of the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nation, were equal opportunity bigots, targeting for abuse and intimidation anything that wasn’t “white, American and Christian.”  Whether you were black, Latino, Indian, Jewish or gay, you were not welcome in their America, or their Billings.

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Commentary - April 2nd, 2014
9:33 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Fight for Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking and Montana

After winning Picture of the Year for his film “12 Years a Slave”, celebrated Director Steve McQueen dedicated his Academy Award to the 21 million people around the world still entrapped in slavery.  To many Montanans, this statement may sound a bit strange, even unbelievable.   It is hard to imagine world where men, women, and children are brutally exploited and trafficked like a commercial property.  Such practices, however, not only exist today but also thrive. 

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Commentary - April 8th, 2014
9:23 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Federal Regulators – Whose Interests Do They Serve?

GM, oh GM, what to do about you? You hid dangerous defects from the public and federal regulators, you determined 57 cents was too high a cost, to you, to fix the problem, and as a result Americans have needlessly died. If it weren't for those pesky family members who lost a loved one seeking accountability from you, and the trial lawyers that represent them, you wouldn't be the butt of late night comedy sketches. But, you have somewhat of an explanation, it wasn't all your fault.

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Commentary
8:53 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Confusing Politics and Economics in Electric Supply Decisions

Confusing Politics and Economics in Electric Supply Decisions

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