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Ho, ho, holy cow … we produce a lot of waste at Christmastime! Have you ever thought about it? Sure, you might only fill an extra bin or two, but times that by 332 million of us who live in this country … and that’s a lot of waste! Plus, somebody has to make all of those gifts, which takes an environmental toll. For instance, a new pair of jeans takes 1800 gallons of water to make. Apple estimates that an iPhone 14 will create 61 kg of carbon emissions throughout its lifetime and 79% of that occurs during production. Also, many of our products are shipped from overseas, which significantly adds to emissions.

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Once upon a time, there were three bears living in the north country - Poppa Bear, Momma Bear and little Boo Bear. They loved living in Bearland even though they barely made it on Poppa Bear' poor hunting excusions, especially after the big lawsuit with Goldilocks. She sued for a million dol…

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In travels along the highways and journeys of life, we all have to stop once in a while to take a break.

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As cryptocurrency exchange FTX falls into bankruptcy and its principals seem likely to face various criminal charges over the activities leading to that bankruptcy, it's time for another round of crowing from opponents (and would-be regulators) of cryptocurrency. Which means it's time for an…

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Christmas once started for me when the JC Penny and Sears catalogs came in the mail. They came early in the Fall and I wore them out looking at the toy section. By December the catalogs where in shambles.

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On November 16, the Respect for Marriage Act achieved 62 votes for "cloture" in the US Senate, meaning that it will proceed to floor debate and likely -- after reconciliation with the House version, which passed in July -- become law.

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At this juncture in American history, when the citizenry seems to require frequent reminders of the landmark decisions and actions that poured and preserved the foundation of our constitutional democracy, we would do well to recall the transformative importance of Near v. Minnesota (1931), i…

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As a fifth-generation Montanan, I didn’t choose Montana — Montana chose me. Over 100 years ago, my great-great-grandmother homesteaded 23 miles east of Conrad, and that’s how my family made it to the Last Best Place. And I’ll be forever thankful for that.

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As Thanksgiving fast approaches individuals prepare themselves for debate on all political matters. However, this year I ask each of us that we set aside our political differences and look at each other not as opponents, but as family and friends.

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Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It's a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. It's important to be grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day. Rather than lamenting what you feel is lacking in your life, be…

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On a recent trade and investment mission to Japan, we had just arrived at a Tokyo office to meet with the country’s Minister of the Environment when news broke that North Korea had fired a ballistic missile toward the island nation.

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In an article written in Harpers Weekly in 1913, Justice Louis Brandeis made the statement, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” And nothing shines a brighter light on government than newspapers.

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It’s been a rough few days, or maybe a week - give or take. You know how those things go.

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Nov. 1, was the date that paved the way for “the spirit of the season.” Many of you might be thinking, “Please, no! November first is much too early to begin talking about Christmas.” Don’t worry. I am saving the Christmas column for next month. This month I want to talk about a different season. One we typically don’t consider a season, but rather a holiday. A one-day celebration that occurs on the fourth Thursday of November. Just days away. I am talking about Thanksgiving.

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Did you get your deer? On Monday of this week, it was the question of the day as determined deer hunters returned to work with or without their trophy. We didn’t hunt this year. Our deer stand is buried in downed trees from last Memorial Day’s storms. Yes, we could have sawed our way through the debris, the stand is still in the tree and although the cushion is dead, the stand itself survived the storm unscathed. However, the downed trees changed the patterns of the deer trails, and now the stand is in the wrong place. Our freezer was full anyway and we had nowhere to put the meat, so we offered to provide hunting support.

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The 11th hour has become synonymous with Veterans Day, originally called Armistice day, in recognition of the document signed at the 11th hour, or the 11th day, of the 11th month. In reality, the Armistice ending the war to end all wars was signed around 5 am on November 11th. Over the course of the next 6 hours, nearly 3,000 men would lose their lives in the final hours of a war that had already claimed the lives of 20 million military personnel. The final death of WW1 came at 10:59 am one minute before the guns of war would fall silent.

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To the veterans and their families that have served and are serving our country – thank you! We are thankful all year long for your contributions and look forward to honoring you on November 11th. During National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct 31 – Nov 4, we look forward to celebrating the veterans, service members, and military spouses that are starting and growing businesses. These veteran-owned businesses serve to stimulate our local economies and make our communities great places to live and work.

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The controversial use by college admission committees of an applicant’s race was the subject of a five-hour hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court this week in cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The lengthy oral argument brought to a fever pitch the long …

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Yes, It's true. I have been a male chauvinist most of my adult life. I grew up in a family where the Dad was a poster guy for chauvinism, no questions asked and no answers given. He never touched us but he had an air of authority that we never questioned.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s long, tortured road to recognizing women’s constitutional rights in the late 20th Century was preceded by victories based, not on the principle of their equality, but on the perception of their inferiority.

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“It’s passed,” US president Joe Biden said of his student loan forgiveness plan at a recent forum. “I got it passed by a vote or two.” But he didn’t “get it passed,” nor were there any votes. He issued an executive order.