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Trump, Saudi Arabia and yet another arms deal

(THE CONVERSATION) The first stop on Donald Trump’s first trip as U.S. president was to Saudi Arabia. That was no accident. His decision was surely based on the fact that the alliance between Saudi Arabia and the United States is one of the foundations of American foreign policy in the Middle East. The Saudi’s extravagant Read More…

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Why Ramadan is called Ramadan: 6 questions answered

(THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, starts Friday, May 27, 2017. Mohammad Hassan Khalil, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University, answers six questions about the significance of this religious observance. Why is Ramadan called Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of Read More…

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GOP must act with independence

In Boston recently, I found it moving to walk in the footsteps of our country’s founding fathers. It is humbling to sit in the very seats where ideas of freedom were debated. The first signature on the Declaration of Independence is that of John Hancock, the richest man of that day in the 13 colonies. Read More…

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Do no harm with your U.S. House vote

The Gazette editorial board decided, after enumerating the many flaws of both candidates, to endorse Greg Gianforte for Congress because he can “hit the ground running,” rather than Rob Quist, who might be just a “placeholder.” In other words, you chose the man who will do something, even if it’s all wrong for Montana. I Read More…

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Wyoming's snowpack increases over last week

RIVERTON, Wyo. — The late spring snowstorm that hit Wyoming last week has boosted the state’s snowpack. The Natural Resources Conservation Service on Monday reported that the statewide snowpack increased from 115 percent of median last week to 176 percent. The agency says most of the gain can be attributed to the cool weather slowing Read More…

Yellowstone seeks comment on lookout project

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park is looking for more public comment on potential effects of a project involving the historic Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout. The National Park Service proposes to erect a three-sided mounting structure around the lookout. This proposal is part of a larger project to improve the park’s wireless infrastructure. Read More…

Sponsor: Grant program could lead to tuition-free 2-year colleges in Montana

MISSOULA — A new grant program created by the 2017 Legislature would allow people to contribute to the cost of tuition and living expenses for Montana residents going through two-year community or tribal college programs. The grant program, run through the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, would provide funds for Montana low-income students. Read More…

Grant program could lead to tuition-free 2-year colleges in Montana, bill sponsor says

MISSOULA — A new grant program created by the 2017 Legislature would allow people to contribute to the cost of tuition and living expenses for Montana residents going through two-year community or tribal college programs. The grant program, run through the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, would provide funds for Montana low-income students. Read More…

Gazette opinion: Experience counts on Montana’s $14B board

The Montana Board of Investment is responsible for managing state and local government investments and public employee pensions that totaled $14.7 billion at the end of 2016. The board needs astute members who understand investment markets, options and strategies — people who ask important questions and hold the board’s professional staff accountable to the highest performance Read More…

Gazette opinion: Schooling Billings candidates

White House and Congressional races get the most attention, but local elections can affect voters’ daily lives more than federal elections. In November, Billings voters will elect a new mayor and five City Council ward representatives. Laurel and Broadview also have city elections scheduled, as do many towns across Montana. These candidates run on a Read More…

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Gianforte by far the best candidate

We currently have some men running for the House of Representatives who have not been in office before, so we can’t judge them on their past voting record. All we can do is judge them on their character. Who is really the one who has true good Montana values? Who is really honest, truthful, genuine, Read More…

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Breaking down their own stereotypes to give veterans more career opportunities

Research I conducted with K.D. Joshi from Washington State University found that many veterans are well-qualified for work in the information technology sector – a wide and diverse range of computer- and communications-related jobs. But large numbers of veterans hold stereotypes that discourage them from seeking IT employment, depriving companies of skilled employees and veterans Read More…

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How data is transforming the music industry

(THE CONVERSATION) Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music. Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which Read More…

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What is moral injury in veterans?

(THE CONVERSATION) On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who died while in service to the country. In the past five years, a large proportion of these deaths have been suicides. Popular media often link military suicide with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which does indeed have a documented association with thoughts about suicide. However, clinicians who Read More…

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Mueller's threats to resign reveal his character

(THE CONVERSATION) On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to investigate ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mueller served longer as FBI director (2001-2013) than any other except J. Edgar Hoover (1924-1972). Since the appointment, Mueller has been described as tough, a former athlete and a decorated Marine Read More…