Commentary http://kufm.org en In Defense of the United States Postal Service http://kufm.org/post/defense-united-states-postal-service <p> &nbsp; &nbsp; 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.&nbsp;&nbsp;I wrote him a letter and it reads:&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:03:42 +0000 Patricia Rosenleaf 17522 at http://kufm.org Tax Day http://kufm.org/post/tax-day <p>There’s a story in my family that goes back a few decades.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; The story goes something like this:</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:47:46 +0000 Sarah Howell 17516 at http://kufm.org Living Up to the Legacy http://kufm.org/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://kufm.org Fight for Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking and Montana http://kufm.org/post/fight-hope-and-freedom-human-trafficking-and-montana <div><p>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.&nbsp; To many Montanans, this statement may sound a bit strange, even unbelievable.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is hard to imagine world where men, women, and children are brutally exploited and trafficked like a commercial property.&nbsp; Such practices, however, not only exist today but also thrive.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:33:29 +0000 Abraham Kim 17396 at http://kufm.org Federal Regulators – Whose Interests Do They Serve? http://kufm.org/post/federal-regulators-whose-interests-do-they-serve <p>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.<br /> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:23:30 +0000 Al Smith 17393 at http://kufm.org Confusing Politics and Economics in Electric Supply Decisions http://kufm.org/post/confusing-politics-and-economics-electric-supply-decisions <p><strong>Confusing Politics and Economics in Electric Supply Decisions </strong></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:53:42 +0000 Tom Power 17330 at http://kufm.org Collaboration http://kufm.org/post/collaboration <p>Recently, I was asked to speak about collaboration in the nonprofit world:&nbsp; what it is, why it’s important; what makes it work and what makes it fail.&nbsp; That got me thinking.&nbsp;</p><p>As a start, I looked up “collaboration” in the dictionary.&nbsp; Its two definitions amused me.&nbsp; Collaboration is first defined as “the act of working together with one or more people in order to achieve something”; and second, as “the betrayal of others by working with an enemy, especially an occupying force.”</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:23:35 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 17074 at http://kufm.org Building tall with wood supports rural America http://kufm.org/post/building-tall-wood-supports-rural-america <p>If cities are serious about tackling climate change, then the solution may be found in building the city of tomorrow to look more like the city of yesterday.&nbsp; As glass and steel towers continue to rise, wood skyscrapers are likely to start sprouting alongside.&nbsp; Multi-story and high-rise wood buildings are already planned or rising in Europe and Canada.&nbsp; They are architecturally distinct, and they are made of the original green building material.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:09:23 +0000 Julia Altemus 17029 at http://kufm.org Lewis and Clark Counties Sustainability projects: Saving energy and money http://kufm.org/post/lewis-and-clark-counties-sustainability-projects-saving-energy-and-money <p>Good evening, my name is Elisa Prescott and I am the Sustainability Coordinator for Lewis and Clark County in Helena.</p><p>Over the last few years, Lewis and Clark County has been working hard to encourage, promote, and support resource efficiency, energy conservation, and economic savings throughout our community.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:35:16 +0000 Elisa Prescott 16858 at http://kufm.org Paying back the land: Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013 http://kufm.org/post/paying-back-land-public-lands-renewable-energy-development-act-2013 <p>As the second session of the 113<sup>th</sup> Congress develops, it is my great hope that Congress can leave its abysmal bill passage record in the past. In 2013, Congress signed just 58 bills into law, the lowest since bill tracking was initiated in the 1940’s. Much of the stalemate characterizing the last two congressional sessions has been blamed on bipartisan gridlock. It begs the question, why aren’t the widely supported bipartisan bills that are waiting in committee becoming law? Bills that are well rounded, effective, and supported by stakeholders are repeatedly dying in committee. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:54:48 +0000 Hayley Newman 16747 at http://kufm.org