Monday, February 24, 2020


By Evelyn Pyburn

There has been lots of ideas floated about how Montana can attract and retain young people to sustain a work force that falls far short of being able to meet the demand for skilled educated workers by business in the state. While most of the ideas have merit and will to some degree help, there is one idea that’s never been mentioned, perhaps because it is not readily seen as having impact on the labor force. That idea is for the state to back off

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Attend almost any gathering of business people and the topic is sure to come up: finding good workers. After more than a decade of economic growth that has featured strong hiring and steadily falling unemployment rates, labor markets across the country and certainly across Montana are tight. For some businesses the trickle of suitable workers for their openings has shrunk to the point where they are questioning how they can continue to fill orders, let alone capitalize on new

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A conversation recently reminded me of how really, wonderfully, American people are in tune with representative government and how deep-rooted is their respect for the grassroots process – at least in Montana.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

– Martin Luther King, Washington D.C., 1964

The right to petition for redress of grievances was the most important principle included in the 1215 Magna Carta, and the 1689 English Bill of Rights. During our Revolutionary War, Virginia passed a Declaration of Rights that affirmed, “Freedom of the press is the

Friday, January 10, 2020

Montana’s economic freedom demonstrated the very slightest of improvements over the past year, according to the 2019 Economic Freedom of North America report.

Historically, economic freedom has been declining in North America, according to a new report published by the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute in partnership with Canada’s Fraser Institute.