Commentary

Commentary - July, 26th 2013
12:40 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Health Care Marketplace

Beginning on October 1st of this year, just about 2 months away, Montana and the rest of the country will begin a process which will radically change how many people shop for and buy health insurance.

Most people have heard of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, though a survey just a month ago showed that up to 40% of Americans still believe that it has been repealed or is not going to take effect.  This points out the problem of a major new law which many people simply don’t understand.  The ones who could benefit the most are probably the least likely to get it.

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Commentary - July 24th, 2013
12:09 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

A journey of young leaders on global environmental issues

We represent the group of 20 undergraduate students selected for the Study of the United States Institute   (SUSI) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, led by Dr. Len Broberg, and hosted by the Mansfield Center of the University of Montana. This is the fourth year that this program has gathered the young and talented future leaders to study about global environmental issues. We all agree that it is a five weeks of brand-new experiences throughout Montana, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.

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Commentary - July 22nd, 2013
9:41 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Forestry and the Farm Bill

As the U.S. House and Senate inched towards a Conference Committee on the farm bill last week, some believe the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill in 2012 (instead passing a nine-month extension), and the current stalemate, illustrates how impotent this policy has become.  Some believed the extension was a gift to the taxpayer, who would have been stuck with paying for potentially exorbitantly expensive insurance, and price support subsidies, while others believed the extension eviscerated a score of important programs.

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Commentary - July 18th, 2013
11:24 am
Mon July 22, 2013

A New Model for Clean Energy

Three weeks ago, President Obama laid out his long-awaited plan to address climate change.  As he put it in a speech to college students, “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”  Key components of the President’s plan include limiting carbon pollution from power plants and increasing the production of renewable energy.  This has major implications for electric utilities across the U.S.

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Commentary - July 19th, 2013
10:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Pat Summitt

For those of you who know me, you know that I am one of the least athletic people you are ever likely to meet.  I don’t have good vision in one eye so I have no depth perception.  I’m not fast or strong.  I’ve long said that my two best sports were bowling and bingo.

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Commentary - July 16th, 2013
10:32 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Veteran's Viewpoint

This is Dan Gallagher with Veteran’s Viewpoint.

“To be or not to be…,” Hamlet asked rhetorically.  “Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?”

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Commentary
8:25 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Controlling Wildfires: Local Versus Global Solutions

Controlling Wildfires: Local versus Global Solutions

 

Montana’s wildfire season continues to develop slowly, but elsewhere in the American West, the wildfire season started early and violently.  By early June wildfires were raging across Colorado where the Black Forest fire burned 22 square miles and destroyed almost 500 homes, leaving two dead by mid-June. Then at the end of June, in Yarnell, Arizona, 19 “hotshot” firefighters died as a wildfire suddenly surrounded and trapped them.

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Commentary - July 12th, 2013
2:06 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Climate and Carbon

Health professionals last month applauded President Obama for making a long-awaited announcement regarding his plans to address carbon pollution and climate change.

By making this announcement, the president put forth a framework for addressing the very real risks to public health posed by our warming climate.

Scientists warn that the buildup of carbon pollution creates warmer temperatures, which increase the risk of unhealthy ozone levels. More ozone, which is also known as smog, means more childhood asthma attacks and more complications for people with lung disease.

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Commentary - July 10, 2013
1:58 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Friendship

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  This month I celebrate 30 years at Missoula Aging Services and 34 years working in the field of aging. Tonight I would like to pay tribute to all the older adults who have served as my mentors and helped shape my personal and professional journey.

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Commentary - July 8, 2013
11:53 am
Tue July 9, 2013

CSKT tribal water compact a good deal for Montana

Never underestimate the ability of fire-breathing propaganda to tie good natural resource policy in knots -- even when the misinformation operates against the very interests it purports to defend.

Good policy is exactly what the proposed water compact between the State of Montana and Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes represents. However, thanks to extremist opponents – and some otherwise reasonable non-tribal irrigators scared by fear mongering -- the Compact, years in the works, was high-centered at the last Montana Legislature, a necessary stop for its ratification.

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