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Legislative Notes Legislative Notes

The Credit Card Competition Act has emerged as a controversial bill that Congress is expected to take up early this year.  Under the guise of increasing competition in the credit card market, this legislation presents some serious threats to small businesses and credit card users.  As is so often the case in Washington DC, a harmless-sounding title to a bill can be used to cover for hazardous details. Competition is a good thing, at least when it emerges spontaneously in a free market.  “Competition” imposed by government mandate and enforced by unelected bureaucrats is a different thing altogether.  The former provides choices for consumers signaled by pr...

Legislative Notes Legislative Notes

“Equal justice under law” is such a foundational principle in our constitutional republic that the phrase is carved in stone above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.  Unfortunately, here in Montana, it appears that justice is not applied equally. ...

Peace Voice

Excuse me as I ponder eternity — briefly. Like it or not, this is the essence of … uh, aging. As I wrote a year ago: “ …once you actually hit it — that three letter word, “old” — watch out: “An aged man (as William Butler Yeats pointed out, as he sai...

Legislative Notes

It seems like every day I open the newspaper and read a new decision issued by a Montana court. I’m not a lawyer, but it’s becoming apparent to me that our courts are increasingly out of control.  There have been many questionable decisions issued by our courts in recent years. One decisi...

Slices of Life

My family and I are amusement park geeks. Always have been.  Non-amusement park aficionados see the long lines as a deterrent. Why spend so much time in line just waiting for the 90 seconds of roller coaster wonderment?  Seems like a waste. Admittedly, there is a lot of waiting time while ...

Valley Views

Montanans have always been serious about governing themselves in the way they see fit.  While we have a representative government—i.e. one in which we elect officials to represent, lead and act on our behalf in governing—Montanans have never ceded complete control over our lives, liberty and...

Put America first

Editor, Currently our democracy is lost unless we stand up against the tyranny of the Biden administration and the progressive Left. The dictatorial Left under the Biden administration has removed many of our freedoms and are attacking others. We hear day to day from the Left, how if President Trump wins ...

Is Trump too young?

Editor, Is Biden too old? Try asking this: “Is Trump too young?” Daily, Trump demonstrates that he has not developed the maturity to have impulse control, empathy, concern for the welfare of others, an ability to analyze evidence … and more. He misbehaves much like a selfish five-year-o...

Legislative Notes Legislative Notes

It takes a lot to surprise me anymore when it comes to politics or government. But suing to block funding for special needs kids to get an education that works for them? That’s a new low.  In case you missed the news in January, a lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn the 2023 Legislature&...

Slices of Life

We are in the ‘amore’ season of the year.  Love. Kisses. Hearts. Roses. Romantic cards. Candles. Champagne. A box of chocolates.  On February 14 we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Or, better put, some of us do. For many years, the day had personal significance to me because I ...

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