From the Editor

From the Editor
Sat, Nov 25, 2023
By Evelyn Pyburn It’s been my observation that there is no tax that doesn’t eventually filter down to the individual citizen, and if they are a consumer, they are a taxpayer. This isn’t a good thing or a bad thing, it just is. Businesses do not pay any kind of tax. While they may seem to pay them, in the end they have to pass them on in the price of their product to the consumer. If they don’t, they vanish as a business – they go broke, quit business, and cease to be a part of the pict...
By Evelyn Pyburn With all the wrangling we encounter about words—what’s appropriate, what’s n...
— “they only block the sun.” by Evelyn Pyburn Just because it’s not likely to get nearly t...
By Evelyn Pyburn I just read a reference to “the power of the boycott” – suggesting that peop...
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Tuesday, November 07, 2023 Press Room
By Jack Miller In 2020, many American corporations and academic institutions adopted new policies to promote “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI). Among these, Boston University decided to build an “anti-racist” research center around acti...
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 Press Room
By Olivia Johnston, Mountain States Policy Center Is the U.S. Supreme Court posed to slam the door shut on efforts by some to impose wealth taxes across the country? We may soon find out. Multiple states, Idaho and Montana included, alon...
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 Press Room
By Trish Schreiber School choice is essential for improving educational outcomes for students, and open enrollment is a significant part of that choice spectrum. While Montana has made strides in this area, it lags behind neighbors like Colora...
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 Press Room
By Ronda Wiggers, Montana State Director for National Federation of Independent Business Montana Main Street businesses, farmers and entrepreneurs have endured a lot the last three years. More than 90% of Montana’s businesses are considered ‘s...
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 Press Room
By Lawrence Reed One hundred years ago—on August 2, 1923—President Warren G. Harding died suddenly while on a trip to America’s West (which included a stop in Butte, by the way). A few hours later, while vacationing at his family’s farm in Ply...
Thursday, August 10, 2023 Press Room
By Victor Skinner,  The Center Square Rising interest rates and construction costs, along with demand for more affordable options, pushed new home builders to shift focus in 2022, according to recent analysis. Microdata from the Survey...
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 Press Room
By Lawrence Reed, Director of Frontier Institute “On this important question, the verdict is in and it is definitive: The one ingredient that makes the most difference in educational outcomes is parental involvement.” Of all the i...
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 Press Room
By Jim Atchison As the Executive Director of Southeastern Montana Development (SEMDC), I wanted to state that in my opinion, Colstrip is Changing – – – Not Closing! At least if Common Sense had a vote. As an economic developm...
Monday, May 22, 2023 Press Room
By John Hines, NorthWestern Energy Vice President, Supply/Montana Government Affairs The facts don’t lie. Rhetoric disputing those facts doesn’t add up. That fact is NorthWestern Energy doesn’t have enough 24/7, on-demand generation to serv...
Monday, May 22, 2023 Press Room
By Lawrence Reed  “His name was John Bozeman. His short life is a tale of frontier entrepreneurship.” One of the most interesting exports from the state of Georgia to Montana was the namesake for the Treasure State’s fourth largest cit...