A collection of some of the best reads from, about, and near Montana.
Act Locally — Now More than Ever–The phrase “Think globally, act locally” is generally assumed to be an environmental slogan, but it predates the modern eco-movement by at least half a century, The importance of local action was driven home to me today when I attended a meeting sponsored by the Montana Human Rights Network. The discussion was about lessons learned from Oregon communities in dealing with the militia movement and how those lessons can be applied to white-supremacist “alt-right” groups. mtcowgirl.com
Ma Joad Would Be Proud–It was truly a beautiful sight to behold; women of all ages, children dressed for a day in the cold and snow, men in proud support, tribal members in full regalia, LGBT, all races, veterans, Labs, German Sheperds and mutts. A sea of pink hats, signs, mittens snow pants and rosy cheeks. What was missing? Counter protestors, subversive instigators and agitators. A true peaceful event in the spirt of the first amendment of United States Constitution. Be proud Montana, this is who you are and who you have always been. ghosttomjoad.com
Montana Board of Oil and Gas reconsiders rulemaking on fracking chemical disclosure–Chemical disclosure is just one example of an area in which Montana fracking rules lag behind other oil and gas producing states. Wyoming, for example, requires companies to submit to the a full list of chemicals they plan to use in fracking operations on a well-by-well basis. Companies also have to report the concentration of each chemical used once the job is done. In addition,any trade secret claim in Wyoming is reviewed to determine whether it is legitimate Not surprisingly, the Commission instituted the last rule in response to a lawsuit by environmental groups. preservethebeartoothfront.com
Why We Must Rally for Public Lands–Sen. Fielder has so far requested, but not yet introduced, two resolutions, one to study transfer and one to request transfer (or “conveyance,” as ALC is now calling it) of federal lands to the state. Resolutions do not need the governor’s signature, so they could pass with a simple legislative majority and create the appearance that Montana is a “willing state” that wants to take over national public lands within its borders. wildmontana.org
Zinke delay, women’s marches, HB-268, and pipelines–President Trump issues executive order resurrecting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. This should not come as a surprise. Although exhumed, the Keystone XL proposal is a long way from getting a green light for construction in the United States. But construction of the Dakota Access pipeline is almost finished. Trump’s order could result in fairly swift approval of the proposed deep tunnel crossing of the Missouri River near Cannonball, ND. There’ll be a blizzard of lawsuits, but I don’t think the opponents of the pipeline have a strong legal case. Look for a settlement that adds safeguards to the pipeline and perhaps establishes a prepaid cleanup and mitigation fund for spills. www.flatheadmemo.com
Top ten ways to increase your political clout on Facebook (according to me)–The best outcomes occur when we help others meet their goals and they help us reach ours. To reap the rewards of a strong social media network you have to help others. I realize you can't do it every time but we could all do it more. You donate to your friends’ causes, even if it is just $5, because it lets them know that you are paying attention to them. You show up to events, even it if is just 5 minutes, because you want people to show up to yours. You comment on and share posts because you want people to comment on and share yours. east of billings
Water’s Edge Election: It is Time to Eliminate this Corporate Tax Break | Montana Budget and Policy Center–A cleaner way to address the inequities and level the playing field for Montana small businesses would be to eliminate the water’s edge election entirely. The Governor has called for the elimination of the water’s edge election in his budget, and the Senate Taxation Committee will hear Senate Bill 105 to do just that. The bill will eliminate the ability of multinational corporations to shift profits overseas without paying state corporate taxes reflecting actual operations in the state. We need out-of-state corporations to pay their fair share for the schools, roads, and bridges they rely upon for the success of their business www.montanabudget.org
Zinke’s Rough Ride–Throughout his career in Congress, Zinke has talked a good game about supporting our public lands and ensuring access for hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. He even resigned as a delegate to the Republican National Convention over an anti-public lands platform and has supported re-authorizing the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund.
However, actions speak louder than words. medium.com
Schooled by a Schoolgirl–But Isabelle did just fine. She spoke in a clear eyed, articulate and moving way about her cousin, Lauryn Goldhawn, who died earlier this year when the car she was riding in, unrestrained, crashed outside of Fairfield. She pleaded with the committee to pass the bill in the hope that other kids like Lauryn wouldn't lose their lives. She did a great job.But when it came time for questions from the committee, Sen. Nels Swandal, a former district court judge, had a question for Isabelle. To start with, he didn't remember her name, so he asked for the "young lady in pink" to come to the microphone. And then he asked her, tendentiously, why she thought government should require citizens to do something that's in their own best interests. He didn't insist or expect her to answer the question, in essence instructing her to run along and think about it some more. It was a gratuitous performance and a violation of the unwritten rules of decorum legislators are supposed to follow in dealing with the public. barrettforsd47.blogspot.com