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 By Edward Martin    Views    August 17, 2023

New Routes

Weather and time permitting, I let my dog, The Mighty Shmooie, choose the route we walk every morning. We have five basic routes and, with the exception of going into people’s yards, he gets to choo...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    August 10, 2023

Cloud of Unknowing

Sometimes we assume we have all the answers and folks from the distant past have nothing to teach us. That’s especially true when we have to distill the meaning from unfamiliar language and...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    August 3, 2023

Mosquitoes

I have read ways in which mosquitoes are beneficial to the environment but I don’t know anyone who actually likes them. The one good thing is, they are fragile. Suppose they were like beetles and...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    July 27, 2023

Creativity

The speed with which the world is changing means we cannot possibly hope to teach our young folks how to deal with it all. The speed of climate change, the advent of Artificial Intelligence, the...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    July 20, 2023

Time

A child comes in, “Can I have a popsicle?” Adult who is fixing dinner, “No, dinner is in fifteen minutes.” Two minutes later, “Is dinner ready?” “No, I said fifteen minutes.” Two minut...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    July 13, 2023

Neutrinos

Scientists, philosophers, theologians, and regular folks like you and me all search for truth, for absolutes. However, science is not simply a matter of collecting facts. Science is a method of...

 
 By Chloe Fordlowa    Views    July 6, 2023

Montana Parents Are Bussin'

- National survey of parents reveals parental proficiency in 2023 slang. - Parents in Montana scored above the national average. - Interactive quiz for readers to test their own 2023 slang skills. Sometimes, just talking to anyone under 25 can feel...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    July 6, 2023

Refugees

Since the advent of 24 hour per day, 365 days per year news cycle we’ve become accustomed to being inundated with so much news that we easily ignore news of great importance to someone else but...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    June 22, 2023

Social Contracts

Human interactions can, generally speaking, be reduced to either force or mutuality of respect. Arguments can be made as to where we draw that line but we behave in certain ways either because we...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    June 15, 2023

Libraries

Sometimes it seems as if humanity lurches from disaster to disaster with brief periods of enlightenment in between. As we look back through history we learn about the so-called great conquerors. We...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    June 1, 2023

Multiverses?

A friend is taking music lessons from a talented teacher. She’s in Japan, he’s in New York. That, by itself, is utterly astonishing to many of us older folks. She assigned him a piece of music...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    Views    June 1, 2023

Governor Gianforte signs MEPA bill into law

Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a bill that makes significant changes to the Montana Environmental Policy Act, a law that's used in legal challenges to mines, timber sales and power plants. On May 19,...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    May 25, 2023

1913

My mother was born on May 19th, 1913. When she was born 110 years ago, World War I hadn’t happened, the Civil War was a recent memory for many. There were ex-slaves who still worked in the family...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    May 18, 2023

Prayer

When Rabbi Harold S. Kushner died last month my mind went back some 40 years to the publication of his book, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”. It remains, to me, one of the very best books...

 

Friends of the Black and Gold Award Scholarships

The Friends of the Black & Gold is proud to award $500 scholarships to Alaina Barger and Sydney Gutierrez, Badger Cubs Youth Basketball Program The scholarships were awarded to Cascade High...

 
 By Steve Fitzpatrick    Views    May 4, 2023

Week Nineteen Update

This week is the nineteenth week of the 2023 Montana Legislature. This week will be the last week of the session. Last week, the Senate passed a series of key bills which are the final pieces of legislation necessary to bring the 2023 Legislative...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    May 4, 2023

Certainties

I saw a clip from the old show All in the Family. Meathead is putting on his socks and shoes. He puts on one sock then puts on that shoe. Archie, who is watching, goes ballistic because he believes...

 

Week Eighteen Legislative Update

This week is the eighteenth week of the 2023 Montana Legislature. As of last Friday, we have completed seventy-nine out of a possible ninety days. Depending on how things proceed, this could be the last week of the 2023 Legislative Session. As we...

 
 By Ed Martin    Views    April 27, 2023

Possibles Bag

Many years ago, I attended an event that was a failure. A sizeable number of people were involved but success or failure rested on the leadership of one individual. What followed was an utter abdication of responsibility. It was obvious no...

 

Rosendale Statement on Riots at the Montana Capitol

HELENA – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) issued the following statement in response to the April 24 events at the Montana State Capitol: “I’ve participated in many spirited debates during my time in Montana’s state legislature — lively...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    April 20, 2023

Grief and Relief

A friend put in a request for a column addressing a sensitive subject. Over the years numerous folks have expressed similar emotions and there’s always guilt in their voices when they’ve told me...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    Views    April 20, 2023

Where to allocate weed tax revenues?

Two proposals with competing visions for the tens of millions in taxes that Montana collects annually on the sale of recreational marijuana are still making their way through the Legislature as lawmakers work to set a two-year state budget. One measu...

 
 By Edward Martin    Views    April 13, 2023

Along the way...

A reader, who clearly didn't care for columns devoted to science, said, "You know, science gets things wrong." She was, of course, correct. Science does get things wrong sometimes. The difference...

 

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