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Ryan Zinke: Less Leadership, More Cowardice

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It’s certainly interesting to see a candidate like Ryan Zinke, whose only discernible qualification for Congress seems to be his military service, lacking the courage to debate the issues for Montana voters to decide candidate best represents them. (more…) Continue Reading →

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100 Books Down and A Few Recommendations

Last January, feeling nostalgic for the kind of in-depth reading I did as a kid before the Internet intervened to make me a scanner of text, I decided to set of a goal of reading 100 books in 2012. I just finished—and thought I would mention the books that I either enjoyed the most or got the most satisfaction from this year. Other than The Winter of Our Discontent, I deliberately left out books that I re-read this, because Discontent was a very different read now than when was 19. Fiction

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Honorable Mentions: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides and Demian by Herman Hesse. Continue Reading →

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A Library is Good for Everyone

A library is an equalizer for the whole community, it’s a place, where anyone, regardless of anything, can get information and educate themselves.  A foundation to a strong democracy is a strong library.  In Montana, we have strong library systems, most of which are funded at the local level, with a smaller amount coming from the state, and is controlled by appointed library trustees, whom have sole budgetary authority — in order to keep the politics out. Just today, in Helena, the Lewis & Clark Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new bookmobile.  What a blast from the past, right? Continue Reading →

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It’s Not That Difficult: Blame the Rapist, Not the Survivor

At this point, I should really know better than to expect something different from a bunch of anonymous online message board posters postulating on rape. Especially with the ongoing problems with the media and public’s handling of the UM rape scandal. But the people writing on eGriz.com’s thread “No Way JJ Can Be Convicted” have managed to surprise me. I’m going to skip over the predictable Monica Lewinsky and victim blaming rabble and focus on a comment that made this writer want to vomit up her Wheaties. montanaguy posted on August 10th:
All I can say is: Dads – teach your daughters well…. Continue Reading →

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