Don't like the state of affairs in Washington, D.C.? Go vote.
That's one directive from UM Professor Ramona Grey, who talked with me about teaching political science. I've had three people tell me they want to return to college to take her class.
"We bear responsibility for those who represent us and those who lead us — and for ourselves," Grey said in the story.
If you're reading this on Tuesday and you haven't voted yet, stop reading. Get to the polls. You can still register at the elections headquarters at the fairgrounds in Missoula. Instructions from Missoula County here.
Montanans will decide on whether to keep funding the 6-Mill Levy for higher education, a ballot issue here every 10 years. In a roundup of higher education issues across the country, the Chronicle of Higher Education notes "free college" has become a campaign issue for some gubernatorial candidates.
Also this from the Chronicle:
"In Seattle, voters will be asked if property-tax revenue should be allocated to a free-college program for graduates of the city’s public schools."
Interesting. Be good to learn more about that one.
I'm going to keep this newsletter short on Election Day, but I did want to be sure to point you to reporter Cory Walsh's story today and reporter Eve Byron's story from Sunday. Cory writes about UM alum Sterling HolyWhite Mountain, a Blackfeet writer who just got an awesome award. I won't give it away here in case you haven't read it.
Eve looks at the increase in taxes in Missoula County and the City of Missoula over the last decade. She counts a 45 percent jump in the budgets for city police and fire. Good story.
OK, time to call some elections staff. In the meantime, here's the latest from UM:
A UM researcher recently co-authored a new paper that combines changes in ancient Asian farming practices with state-of-the-art computer modeling to offer insights into the ways people adapt to climate change.
Documentary director and producer Robin Berghaus will visit Missoula Nov. 13-15 to participate in a number of events hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana.
It’s time to get down for the annual Town and Gown Dance, hosted by the UM and Missoula folklore societies, on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the University Center Ballroom.
All for now, except in case you're wondering, I'm wearing my "I Voted" sticker proudly. Get yours.
— Keila Szpaller
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