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“That few in public affairs act from a mere view of the good of their country, whatever they may pretend; and though their actings (sic) bring real good to their country, yet men primarily considered that their own and their country’s interests were united and so did not act from a principle…

Our institutions aren’t what they once were. Opinion polls show overwhelmingly that trust in the government, in Congress, and in business has fallen in previous years and remains low. One exception is the military, which is consistently among our most respected institutions. This reputation …

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Montanans are fiercely independent and cherish our constitutional rights and freedoms. We are proud to report that this legislative session Republicans passed a series of bills that safeguard individual rights, and thankfully we have a governor who has signed them into law.

Editor’s note: This column by the late Rep. Kelly Flynn appeared in the Belgrade News on May 1, 2015, to mark the end of that year’s Legislative session. Though the issues he discussed are different than those handled by the recently ended 2021 Legislature, his other themes remain timeless.