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Safety is important when crossing railroads

With the 2014-15 school year now upon us, it is time to remind students and parents about the dangers involved when crossing railroad tracks.

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Beware of groups behind voter registration limits

When I moved to Billings from South Dakota two years ago, I was pleased to learn how simple and efficient it was to register to vote. I could …

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Use solar energy to build community

Today, rooftop solar systems are good for everyone. In Montana, the installed cost of solar panels has fallen to a price almost equal to the p…

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America must use its power wisely

Despite all the bad news from abroad and the guttery politics here, there is some good news that we all should take note of. India has recentl…

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Bigotry and discrimination are necessary and good

Bigotry and discrimination. Ahhh, yes, where would we be without them. There would be no need for laws in society because any and all ideologi…

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Build up addiction treatment, not jails

A million-dollar expansion to the current 500-plus beds of Yellowstone County jail! Like the current total isn't enough for a city of 100,000.…

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Reopening routes would ease rail traffic congestion

The Gazette opinion of Aug. 21 concerns rail traffic through Billings. One partial remedy would be for the Legislature to pass a law requiring…

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Vote Driscoll for Yellowstone County treasurer

When you vote this November, please consider Patty Driscoll to be the next Yellowstone County treasurer. Driscoll grew up in Billings and has …

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Put aside stigma of alcoholism, mental illness

My daughter, Tammi, struggled with depression and alcoholism most of her life. She wasn't famous, and didn't get national recognition when she…

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Letters to the editor show need for NDO

A recent letter to the editor equated signing the NDO to, and I quote," opening the door to child molesters." This very statement is the reaso…

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Hanel made right decision on NDO

It's astonishing that people are evaluating Billings based on a singular agenda-fueled issued such as NDO. Billings is so much more that any o…

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Daines' dousing is hypocrisy

A recent news article described the phenomenon of the "ice bucket challenge" that's raising money for ALS research.

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Read Supreme Court opinion before deciding Beach is innocent

Although I have no personal involvement with the Barry Beach case, I was surprised by the opposite conclusions about his innocence, so I read …

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Curtis is right choice for Senate

I am very excited to have Amanda Curtis running for the U.S. Senate. I have seen her in action in the state Legislature and she is no slouch. …

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No to the NDO; yes to golden rule

The mayor of Billings, Tom Hanel, was looking into the future when he cast his deciding vote on the NDO. He was wise enough to know that gover…

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Curtis in Montana mainstream on gun rights

As a life member of the NRA and a hunter for 64 years, I'd suggest that gun rights advocates not salivate over Republican ads savaging Amanda …

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Daines doesn't represent average Montanans

Steve Daines may have millions to spend on "Montana values" political ads, but look at what/who he really represents. It is not your average Montanan.

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Vote for Sandy Wong for Legislature

I believe I speak on behalf of most Montanans when I say that partisanship is getting out of hand in Helena. Legislators have failed to come t…

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Thank goodness for law and order

The other day I was driving between jobs and passed a scene similar to what I have observed before, one that always warms my heart and makes m…

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Get involved with update of state water plan

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is working with citizens to update the Montana State Water Plan. The outcome is incredibl…

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