Evan Barrett http://mtpr.net en Living Up to the Legacy http://mtpr.net/post/living-legacy <p>Twenty years ago, Billings, Montana set a national standard for community rejection of hatred and bigotry.&nbsp; Almost as one, the community shouted a loud “NO” to ultra-right-wing extremist behavior that was racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:11:19 +0000 Evan Barrett 17470 at http://mtpr.net A True Montana Melodrama http://mtpr.net/post/true-montana-melodrama <p align="center">A True Montana Melodrama</p><p align="center">A Montana Public Radio Commentary by Evan Barrett</p><p align="center">March 13, 2014</p><p></p><p>Much has been said about the appointment of John Walsh to the US Senate including comparisons to Montana’s earlier Senate appointments.</p><p></p><p>It’s interesting to look at the actual historical facts of the earlier situations.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:29:34 +0000 Evan Barrett 16299 at http://mtpr.net Educators as Leaders http://mtpr.net/post/educators-leaders <p>What do Mike Mansfield, Pat Williams, Jon Tester, Bob Brown and Angela McLean have in common?</p><p></p><p>Mike Mansfield, Senate Majority Leader longer than anyone in US history, led a US Senate that was arguably the most productive in US history.</p><p></p><p>Pat Williams, elected Montana Congressman for nine straight terms, more than anyone in our history, had a record of legislative accomplishment in fields as varied as labor, education, the arts, wilderness and public lands access.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:21:06 +0000 Evan Barrett 15010 at http://mtpr.net Giants Among the People http://mtpr.net/post/giants-among-people <p>When I was young, there were three pictures in my parents’ hallway -- Jesus Christ, &nbsp;&nbsp;Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and John L. Lewis, President of the United Mine Workers Union.&nbsp; These men informed my family’s political and life perspective.</p><p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:11:23 +0000 Evan Barrett 13743 at http://mtpr.net Three Lumps of Coal for the Working Poor http://mtpr.net/post/three-lumps-coal-working-poor <p align="center"><strong><u>Three Lumps of Coal for the Working Poor</u></strong></p><p align="center">A Commentary from Evan Barrett</p><p></p><p>I ended my commentary last month this way:&nbsp; “Here’s hoping that the onset of Christmas will result in some Christian values rising up in that ‘millionaire class’ that we call Congress so that we might, by year’s end, see the minimum wage go up.&nbsp; But I wouldn’t bet on it.”</p><p></p><p>Well here it is, almost Christmas, and so far Zippo from Congress.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:38:03 +0000 Evan Barrett 12670 at http://mtpr.net Raise the Minimum Wage http://mtpr.net/post/raise-minimum-wage <p>Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Next Thursday is Thanksgiving.</p><p>Events surrounding these two separate dates coincide to make a strong point about the challenges facing America's working poor.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:17:35 +0000 Evan Barrett 11436 at http://mtpr.net The Stink Coming Through the Revolving Door http://mtpr.net/post/stink-coming-through-revolving-door <p>When one reflects on the recent federal government shutdown and Congress’ near “default” on the “full faith &amp; credit” of the US Government, a whole lot stinks.</p><p>Buried in that stinking pile of refuse is a small item that reminds us of a big problem -- the pervasive power that special interests have through their lobbyists and the benefits they gain from the revolving door between Congressional members and staff and those same special interests.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:21:32 +0000 Evan Barrett 10156 at http://mtpr.net Let’s Require Civics Education at All Levels http://mtpr.net/post/let-s-require-civics-education-all-levels <p>After many years away from the formal classroom, I am teaching again.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:37:43 +0000 Evan Barrett 8855 at http://mtpr.net Labor Day Disconnect Between Congress & American Workers http://mtpr.net/post/labor-day-disconnect-between-congress-american-workers <p>As we approach Labor Day, Montana and American workers are plugging away at their jobs, producing products and profits for their employers while Congress goes out of session for 5 weeks, leaving Washington having produced little or nothing.</p><p></p><p>There is a great disconnect between Washington, DC and the rest of the nation.&nbsp; Is it no wonder that less than 10% of folks give Congress a positive rating?</p><p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:49:18 +0000 Evan Barrett 7549 at http://mtpr.net Detroit: Conquering Challenges http://mtpr.net/post/detroit-conquering-challenges <p>The challenge in Detroit is two-fold: financial and economic.</p><p></p><p>There are sensible and proven solutions to both challenges.&nbsp; This country and its leadership need to move beyond dogma and politics to do the right thing for both Detroit and the nation.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:02:15 +0000 Evan Barrett 6202 at http://mtpr.net