As I wrap up my eight years on the Public Service Commission, I think back on all that I have learned.   Having previously run an employment agency for 37 years, it’s second nature for me to ask, “What are the most important qualifications for being a good commissioner?”  As a life-long Repu…

It is hard for me to understand why many politicians are able to abandon principal in order to get re-elected. I know that they want to be re-elected above all else—I understand that. As a legislator I wanted to win re-election, but I like to think I didn’t have to sell my soul to do it. The…

In a year where uncertainty is the only certainty, there’s one bellwether industry leading a flock of others to prosperity. We’re talking about the housing market, of course. Several factors – a lack of inventory, low, low interest rates, and an exodus to the suburbs – are driving a persiste…

This September is National Preparedness Month. Held annually since 2004, National Preparedness Month offers an opportunity to remind ourselves, our neighbors, and family members what it means to be prepared before disaster strikes. In the wake of devastating fires across the state, this mess…

It was a stirring sight to see the beautifully illuminated White House from the South lawn, all awash with American flags and the President of the United States standing before it at the podium. If the occasion had been, say, a memorial for American victims of the Covid pandemic or a recogni…

Montana’s kids are remarkable. These past few months, we have learned they are resilient, adaptable, and enthusiastic about overcoming challenges for the activities they love. I know these first days of school are much different than they were last year, but together we will get our students…

Back-to-school preparations have a little different feel to them this year. Families planning to learn remotely in the fall are likely expecting laptops, tablets, and other online technology to see a significant uptick in usage within their households. Unfortunately for parents, the risks as…

I love the Post Office as much as I love the Flag that flies over it. In every city or small town in Montana the American flag flies proudly over the buildings that house the oldest public service in America. It was founded in 1775 and Benjamin Franklin was its first postmaster. I do not und…