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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, too, are being kept in the dark. You can reach the Hotline through its website, http://www. montanafoi.org/, or by calling the Meloy Law Firm at 406-442-8670. Tax-deductible donations to the Hotline may be made through the website. The Montana FOI Hotline Inc. is a private, nonprofit Montana corporation funded through donations from news and educational organizations, individuals wh...


It’s up to us to fight drug problems

I am 71 years old and grew up in Montana. I only left for 8 years when I chose to join the Marine Corps in 1965. When I was going to high school in Browning I saw people freeze to death in that town from getting drunk and passing out on the street. I spent the last 18 years of my working life se...


Gun issues fueled by emotion

Emotions can be a dangerous thing and cause an individual or a nation to act irrationally due to misinformation. Adolph Hitler gained total control because the citizens had no weapons of defense. Hitler, who hated the Jews so badly, had his own people burn the Reichstag building, and used his controlled medi...


Call for Convention of States Project

“Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealist acting from h...


Montana Indian Caucus calls on Montanans for support

One of the best things about Montana is that we always step up and help each other when our communities are in need. We roll up our sleeves, set aside our differences, and help one another. The creator always humbles us and reminds us that one of our greatest assets is each other. Last summer, people from ac...


Gun violence must be addressed Gun violence must be addressed

Three months from now the 50-year milestone of my service as a Marine combat veteran in the Vietnam War will come to pass. It will also serve as the jump-off for four female members of my extended family to visit Vietnam for the purpose of visiting the battleground (Hue) where their eldest brother/uncle and ...


Name changer

Change is inevitable, necessary and even desired. We choose change all the time. We change our oil, address, hair color, diet, job, friends, toilet paper roll, underwear and even our operating system. We contemplate change regularly. Should I trade in my old car? Get a new pair of shoes? Change cell phone pr...


Wee morning worries Wee morning worries

I lie awake sometimes, in bed, in the wee hours of the morning and I think. Better put, I brood – but not about a single topic. My brain goes from here to there, whizzing, whirring, round about from subject to subject and then back again to a previous one. At a time when my gray matter should be restin...


Next Legislature must stand up for Montana Next Legislature must stand up for Montana

Montanans are now seeing the real-life consequences of budget decisions made by the Republican legislators who make up the majority of our state legislature. Over the next year, 28 property assessment offices will be closing their doors in addition to the 19 public assistance offices that have already tur...


Lower your personal carbon footprint

Every day we see news reports or read about the devastating effects of climate change and frightening predictions of damage to our planet’s ecosystem. Most scientists agree that the earth’s climate is warming due to massive carbon dioxide emissions. Many of us feel powerless to affect changes, bu...


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