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Things your mom never told you Things your mom never told you

I’ve got a newsflash for the naive among us: your mom didn’t tell you everything. This comes with the territory of motherhood. I’m talking about real lies about important things. Listed here are some of the things your mom probably never told you (and probably never will, but you didn’t hear it from me): She sacrificed more for you than you’ll ever know – until you are a parent yourself. Then you will realize and lose your breath at the very thought of it. But you’ll repeat the process because that’s the circle of life. She never valued sleep before you were born, but immediately after she was tired. She longed for a nap. She couldn&rsqu...


New elk management plan needed

There’s an old saying in Montana that elk make people do stupid things. There’s a lot of truth to that saying. Whether you’re a dedicated elk hunter, a landowner with 400 head of elk on a haystack or a wildlife manager seeking to balance the needs of both interests, elk have a way of making...


Medicaid work requirement will lead to fewer insured Montanans

It’s helpful to be at the same line of work long enough to be able to be proven wrong. I’ve been working with NAMI Montana to improve Montana’s mental illness treatment system for the past ten years. We’ve been really active on the local, state and national levels. That amount of work...


Losing each other at the home improvement store Losing each other at the home improvement store

My husband and I had to make a trip to the home improvement store last weekend for one item, just one. We started out together, but after a cursory period, we found ourselves involuntarily separated. We were looking for lye. I make soap, and you can’t make soap without lye. Usually, I order my lye o...


'Friday Night at the Library' is March 22

Is it spring yet? We are all wishing for better weather and to help you look forward to what has to eventually come, (it won’t still be snowing in June, will it?), check out the great magazine titles that you can read for free using your library card and Flipster. The cover on “Birds and Blooms&r...


Legislative goals summarized at halfway point

As Speaker of the House, it is a goal of mine to have unity within the Republican Caucus and a positive working relationship with the minority party. At the halfway point of the 66th legislative session we are hitting those marks. Another goal of this session was to put the K-12 funding bill on the Govern...


FOI hotline available to public

For years news organizations have relied upon an organization called the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline to provide legal advice and assistance when confronted with closed or improperly advertised meetings or sealed documents. The service also is available to individual citizens who believe they, t...


Importance of government transparency highlighted during Sunshine Week Importance of government transparency highlighted during Sunshine Week

The students I teach at the University of Montana often show up with a powerful assumption: If there is some piece of information out there, Google can find it. It’s an understandable belief for 19-year-olds who have grown up in a world where ubiquitous connection to the Internet and easy access to vas...


Compact opponents aim to increase federal control of MT waters

The recent proposal made by opponents of the CSKT Water Compact seeks to replace the long-negotiated agreement with a one-sided proposal that is illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional. While being peddled as “a people’s compact” or “the mending fences act,” this proposal is ...


Support bipartisan youth suicide prevention bills

Montana is a state with a proud history of firsts. We were the first state to elect a woman to Congress: our very own Jeannette Rankin. We were also the first state in the nation to enact sweeping anti-corruption legislation in the Copper King era, after wealthy business interests in our state used their ...


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