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Why should someone who works and cannot afford insurance pay for the insurance of someone else who does not work at all? Continuing to fund Medicaid Expansion with tax revenue from Montana’s struggling workers lacks real compassion.

This week the Montana Legislature started its 2019 session.  Just like last session, I will be sending out weekly updates to let you know about some of things happening at the Montana Legislature.

One of us is a Democrat; the other is a Republican.   We each served more than a quarter of a century in the Montana Legislature, mostly at the same time.   We also held positions of top leadership in both the Senate and House of Representatives.  We have been serious rivals, but always frie…

I’m well aware that my column is mostly of the “doom and gloom” variety, and perhaps some folks think that life cannot possibly be that bad — that it must be a negative reflection on me that I don’t have more positive things to talk about.

“There are no losers to what we are going to propose, ” said Kane County Commissioner Doug Heaton, a founding member of American Lands Council (ALC).

Washington, D.C. – The government announced last month it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. The government is still trying to force the nuns to either violate their deeply hel…

The Montana Supreme Court is reviewing a case that may decide whether Montana businesses will face unlimited and potentially bankrupting awards in civil lawsuits. Presently, Montana law places a reasonable cap on the amount of damages a plaintiff can receive to punish a defendant in a civil …

Thank you to Teton Medical Center (TMC) and the EMS Responders.  Without TMC being available Tony’s situation would have been a total different outcome.  Tony suffered a massive heart attack and I was able to have him to TMC within 10 minutes.  I called on my way to TMC and told them I was a…

Healthcare in this country has become exceedingly complex and confusing. After working over 40 years in the healthcare industry I have concluded that many rules, regulations, standards of care and performance expectations continue to expand to an overwhelming degree. As consumers of healthca…

A paid consultant, Ralph Llewelyn, submitted a proposal to the Teton Nursing Home and Teton Medical Center to benefit both organizations. In February Teton Medical Center finances had deteriorated and the proposal was being rejected.

Once again the battle begins.  Isn’t it a shame that we have lost basic civility in our society and especially our politics?  The political spectrum has become more polarized with each election.  Democrats elect more left wing liberals and the Republicans elect more ring wing conservatives. …

I would like to extend my apologies to the community of Fairfield for missing the “Meet and Greet” hosted by Taylor Brown last week. I had made a commitment to my family to attend another function that day, and although I am campaigning, I am still a mom first. I will do my best to schedule …

I met Sen. Jeff Essman of Billings last fall when he was traveling through our area looking for people to run against Sen. Llew Jones. I was asked to speak to him and he asked me whether I knew Jones. He was looking for someone to run against Jones who was more fitting to his conservative views.

Editor’s note: Rep. O’Hara, in his email, advised that he is currently in Florida where he has a vacation home.

Many of you have expressed concern in regard to the ice and or water build up on the south side of Avenues and on some shaded street areas.  Fairfield Town Officials share and understand your concerns.  As Mayor, I take the privilege to state that this has often been a problem since 1978 – t…

Your Lewis and Clark County Commission has been busy since the first of the year.  Among the more pressing issues have been deciding whether or not to allow the voters to decide on whether they are willing to fund a permanent levy to support the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.  After doz…

With the departure of Senator Baucus from the Senate, Montana’s longest serving statewide elected official is Ed Smith.  Never heard of him?  Well, we have elected him Clerk of our Supreme Court five times.  Ed served as Chief Clerk of the Montana House of Representatives three legislative s…

Early Saturday morning we awoke to a house full of smoke and call 911.  Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department was at our door within 15 minutes, even traveling 8 miles out of town!  We are so thankful to FVD for the quick response and putting out the fire.  We are very thankful for the Choteau…

I was informed by the gentleman that first encouraged me to run for the legislature that, except during the actual biennial session, my legislative responsibilities would not take much time from my businesses.    It seems that he was either uninformed or, perhaps motivated to not be entirely…

Governor Bullock has taken on a tough task: developing a Greater Sage Grouse habitat policy that won’t harm Montana’s economy. His plan must be in place before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides in 2015 if the bird should be listed as Threatened or Endangered under the U.S. Endangere…

Lately there has been a lot of push by the “enviros” to designate more of our forests “wilderness,” and I have no doubt that they think this is a good idea, but what they don’t think about is the real result of their actions.

    With Thanksgiving season gone and Christmas straight ahead I have been thinking about some of the things that I am thankful for.  I am so thankful to live in a community that values hard work and dedication on and off the sporting fields.  I am thankful that my three boys have such deser…

    In November 2009, a computer hacker revealed the case for human-caused global warming is a deliberate fraud perpetuated by unethical scientists employed by the United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The emails show clearly that this group of unscrupulous but po…

    “The minority is always right,” or so wrote the author Henrik Ibsen in his 1882 play An Enemy of the People.  Ibsen better be correct because the U.S. Congress is steadily moving toward just that—rule by the minority.

    Do not be lulled to sleepy inaction by the statements that government health care reform will not take effect until 2013. If the Obama Administration gets their way and succeeds in passing government controlled healthcare reform, the machinery will be put in place for it before the 2010 …

    On October 31,2009, the once largest aluminum plant in the world was shut down. With it goes another American industry and more American jobs. The Columbia Falls Aluminum Company in Montana will shut down its aluminum production because it cannot purchase the necessary electrical power t…

    BUTTE-SILVER BOW - While public funds paid the primary costs for a feasibility study and business plan for a proposed high-profile wind turbine facility, much of the information in the document is not available for review by government officials or the public.

    After about seventeen years and some 500 articles I’ve decided to take a break from writing Montana Viewpoint. I first started to write the column in 1992 because I saw a need for some free filler in the weekly papers that also might give folks food for thought.  While I certainly had op…