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Roughly one in four American workers has filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 pandemic began. To stem the historic tide of unemployment, policymakers quickly put together a series of legislative packages to help companies keep their workers on payroll.

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Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) eliminated protections against predatory payday lenders. In short, they’re gutting their 2017 Payday Rule. Fortunately, Montana already has the most effective protection in place, a 36% interest rate cap for payday loans. Which saves Mon…

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I got a call from my old friend Whitey, a few weeks ago, something that doesn’t happen very often. But when our gang gathered to say goodbye to our friend Gare Bare in October, somebody said that we ought not wait for the next funeral to get together. Now, that’s a conversation we wouldn’t h…

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“The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones. “ –William Shakespeare

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Keeping Montanan small businesses afloat during the coronavirus shutdown was one of the most important actions taken by our federal government. The relief package kept many people working and may prevent, in the long term, the closure of thousands of businesses.

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We recently met with Gov. Steve Bullock and the two minority leaders of the Montana legislature to discuss Montana’s failing economy and budget issues due to the Governor’s closures.

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Ever hear of Rudy Stanko, well-known in Montana twenty-plus years ago? Rudy “Stinko” you say? Well, maybe. Here’s the story. Rudy liked to speed, and it was easy for him to do so because from 1955-1974 and again from 1995-1999, the speed limit in our state was “reasonable and prudent” in the…

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Recently there have been proposals to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth, the 19th of June, when General George Granger announced in Galveston, 1865, that all the slaves in Texas were free.

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America’s energy sector has seen better days. The recent price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia rocked oil and gas markets — and the coronavirus outbreak has reduced demand and forced some companies in the renewable sector to stall projects and furlough workers.

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Years ago in grad school apropos of something I can’t recall, I said something that cast a pall of gloom over the class.

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Thales. Thales Latimer Secrest. “Tom” Secrest was my friend for 30 years, yet somehow I never knew his given name. Good thing, too, because I would’ve called him Latimer. He’d have hated it, but he would have grinned because he appreciated cruel humor — even at his expense. Such was the natu…

As the country celebrates its birth as a nation, one of the most patriotic things Montanans can do is stand up and be counted — in the 2020 Census.

“What cannot be said above all must not be silenced, but written.” These words deeply resonate with me.

America’s energy sector has seen better days. The recent price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia rocked oil and gas markets — and the coronavirus outbreak has reduced demand and forced some companies in the renewable sector to stall projects and furlough workers.

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I am not ready to hit the panic button just yet but if we do not get some moisture soon I fear for what the rest of the growing season will be like for a majority of Richland County. Of course, since I write this early in the week by the time this article is published we could have already r…

It was 1960, and a friend of mine and I were playing pool and drinking beer in a bar in South Florida. We were both 17, and should not have been in the bar, nor were we wanted in the bar; but we were not asked to leave.