The economic challenges facing everyday Montanans are daunting. With skyrocketing real estate prices, working-class households, who don’t already own their home, have little hope of purchasing one. For renters, an increasing share of their take-home pay goes toward rent. The people that we depend upon, like caregivers at our nursing homes, firefighters, policemen and cashiers at the local grocery store, …

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Access to quality, affordable healthcare is an issue for millions of Americans, including myself. I grew up in a large ranch family west of Three Forks, Montana. My parents couldn’t afford health insurance, so we got by without. Luckily nobody was seriously injured or contracted a major illness. Today, like other self-employed individuals and small business owners, my wife and …

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Let’s cut to the chase. We’re talking about a severely warming planet. Here in Montana, it’s giving us wholesale drought, catastrophic wildfires and crazy weather extremes. The results? Weeks of summer air that’s unhealthy for people to breathe and downright dangerous for those with asthma or other breathing conditions. Ranchers are selling off major shares of their cow herds because …

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Public education is foundational to a functional democracy. It’s also the means by which young people increase their earning potential, and it contributes to one’s overall health and happiness. An educated workforce is the best way to keep the country on-track economically and compete in the global marketplace. When I was a college-aged adult, an ambitious person with a good …

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For the past two decades, the bulk of my writing has tied directly to public land, conservation and wildlife. My latest book, Large Mammals of the Rocky Mountains (2018), details the biology and behavior of animals whose habitat lies primarily on public land and that play a critical role in Montana’s outdoor recreation industry, a massive economic driver that account …

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