Commentary

Commentary - August 1st, 2013
1:02 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Detroit: Conquering Challenges

The challenge in Detroit is two-fold: financial and economic.

There are sensible and proven solutions to both challenges.  This country and its leadership need to move beyond dogma and politics to do the right thing for both Detroit and the nation.

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Commentary - July 31st, 2013
10:47 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Section 504 Marvel

It’s strange to me that I know so many parents now who have a child with a debilitating illness.  It’s strange because throughout my own school years, first grade through twelfth, I was aware of only one classmate who was chronically ill.  And over 18 years of teaching high school students, I recall only two with chronic illness.

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Commentary - July 30th, 2013
9:22 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Regulating Corporate Behavior

Is Congress doing it's job? Most of us would agree that the answer is no – Congress's approval ratings are at an all time low for good reason. But that doesn't mean they aren't busy.

The House will be voting on 10 bills this week to highlight their headline grabber “Stop Government Abuse Week.” Now, if the name makes you think this might be a renewed effort to rein in the NSA's surveillance program, you'd be wrong. Maybe the name conjures up hope that Congress is looking at how to rein in the TSA before every air traveler is irradiated, no such luck.

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Commentary - July 29th, 2013
9:40 am
Tue July 30, 2013

“Fuel Treatments” of Our Forests: Does It Protect Us from Wildfire?

The drama and distress of wildfire season is upon us again: Fires sweeping towards homes, families hurriedly evacuating their homes; the constant buzz of fire retardant bombers, water-carrying helicopters, and spotter planes; and exhausted fire-fighters struggling up hill to try to contain a fire while other firefighters stand guard at our homes.

            This drama and distress always raises the question of whether there is something we could have done or should be doing that would better protect us against wildfires.

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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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