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Senate candidates should weigh in on football player protests

With the pro football season beginning, one important issue is about some players kneeling and some standing with a raised fist during the … Read more

Asbestos bother Trump supporters?

Good news. The Republicans and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have legalized the use of asbestos again. Maybe we can open the Lib… Read more

Tester voted against costly tax bill

Republicans passed a tax bill claiming it would give a break to America's backbone, the back-breaking working families — those who do the j… Read more

Appreciation for Medicaid's flexibility

An effective health care program considers the range of needs among recipients. Basic prescriptions and checkups must be covered alongside … Read more

Concrete wall blocks view of traffic

OK, I understand the big concrete privacy wall on the east side of the exit to provide some separation between the homes and the freeway. C… Read more

Excellent pedestrian trail maintenance

Missoula County Parks and Trails is providing excellent maintenance of the “Piltzville Pedestrian Trail!” Read more

Commentary: Outliers are made, not born

How do people go haywire and shoot up a school, a concert, a random crowd? Humans are hardwired to be connected, and when those connections cannot be found, the result is emotional pain. Isolation and loneliness are painful experiences. There are 85 billion to 100 billion neurons in your brain working in concert to direct everything from your heartbeat to your thoughts about politics. You ... Read more

Commentary: Iran oil sanctions will hurt more than you think

The first U.S. sanctions have been reimposed on Iran with little sign of either side softening its position. Curbs on oil exports will follow in early November and the effect will be bigger and swifter than last time around. Oil forecasters don't seem to have grasped that yet. There's no doubt that President Donald Trump will be tougher on Iran than Barack Obama was, with no gradual ... Read more

10 insights on today's news that will make you smarter tomorrow

Stay in the know! Browse through opinions and analysis on today's hottest topics. Read more

Editorial: Tribune dumping Sinclair is a win for TV news viewers

Ding dong, the wicked deal is dead. Tribune Media Co. has pulled out of its $3.9 billion merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group and instead plans to sue the media company for breach of contract. The breakup is a win for television news consumers who rely on free and independent reporting - especially here in St. Louis because of the huge impact this deal would have had on local viewership. ... Read more

Commentary: More and wider roads cause more congestion, not less, report says

CHICAGO - Conventional wisdom holds that if you build a road, or widen one, traffic will improve. But what if that's wrong? A new report by an advocacy group for biking, walking and transit says that adding new roads and highway lanes encourages more people to drive instead of taking the train or other means of getting around, thus creating more congestion. The study issued Monday by the ... Read more

Commentary: Cameras can't capture the Manafort trial

On Thursday, Arthur Lien - who uses the handle @courtartist - tweeted, "Melinda James was an impressive witness today." Lien was spot-on. James, a mortgage assistant at Citizens Bank, had just given testimony in the bank and tax fraud trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager. While being questioned by Assistant U.S. Atty. Uzo Asonye, she told jurors that Manafort had ... Read more

Farm Bill should strengthen SNAP

As the manager of a farm in the Flathead, I spend a lot of time with my eye on the sky, worrying about what kind of weather we'll be dealin… Read more

Foreign money deserving of investigation

The Montana Wildlife Federation is in an uproar. Not because of anything happening to wildlife, mind you, but because the Federation’s ties… Read more

'I had to get out of there': Fire rages around Glacier Park's Lake McDonald

PATRICK REILLY patrick.reilly@missoulian.com TOMMY MARTINO tommy.martino@missoulian.com

APGAR VILLAGE — Dana Wright’s family has deep roots in Glacier National Park. Read more

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Ripening huckleberries to the Montana legislators who are working on creating a sexual harassment policy for the Legislature despite a lack… Read more

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Asbestos bother Trump supporters?

Good news. The Republicans and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have legalized the use of asbestos again. Maybe we can open the Lib… Read more

Tester voted against costly tax bill

Republicans passed a tax bill claiming it would give a break to America's backbone, the back-breaking working families — those who do the j… Read more

Appreciation for Medicaid's flexibility

An effective health care program considers the range of needs among recipients. Basic prescriptions and checkups must be covered alongside … Read more

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Foreign money deserving of investigation

The Montana Wildlife Federation is in an uproar. Not because of anything happening to wildlife, mind you, but because the Federation’s ties… Read more

Commentary: Popular, not excellent: The academy's new scheme is condescending

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially declared that all popular films suck. It didn't quite intend to say that out loud, obviously. The academy is desperately trying to bolster ratings for its annual awards telecast. So, on Wednesday, it announced that the show would be cut from four hours to around three. (The assumption there is that shorter things are more exciting, ... Read more

The absolute futility of 'global dominance' in the 21st century

It seems certain that the foolish chest-pounders now in charge of our nation have found a time machine to transport them back to 19th centu… Read more