The stage of the future is being set!
I'm talking about news programs, movies, and situations that you might call circumstantial evidence. The last couple of years it's been a scenario upon which movie companies have taken great note: so many programs tearing apart our court and judicial system and the fabric of our country. The subjects vary from marriages and families to money and taxes. There has been a horrendous amount of subjects that, over a period of time, are going to go a long ways towards tearing down the strength of the United States infrastructure.
I don't know how you feel about it, but every time I turn the television on in the evening, there's a condemnation of our freedoms. It seems there are very few people, not enough in my opinion, who believe in freedoms and the opportunities they represent to success.
I watch with envy good family programs, but they just aren't appearing very much, are they? Once in a while, an old one will appear on the scene, and it seems as though people talk for days about how much they enjoyed it. But in the new ones that they are making, the emphasis they are putting into television news programs, entertainment, and history programs, is structuring the thought pattern of this great country and its people. We have got to have more thought-provoking programs about thought-provoking people in the House and Senate in Washington as well as in state houses across America. Common sense must again prevail. We cannot keep living on a dream. We cannot continue to spend more than we take in. We have the possibility of being the strongest oil and gas producing nation in the world, but our President will not sign the Keystone Pipeline papers to get it enacted and in business. It's beyond me. Yes, the things that must be changed must be changed.
Robert Holleyman confirmed as Deputy USTR...
The U.S. Senate last week confirmed Robert Holleyman's nomination to become the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. Holleyman is a former software industry executive and will oversee intellectual property and services trade with China and South and Central Asia. Holleyman is filling the vacancy left when former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis stepped down in 2013 to enter the private sector.
Congress passes resolution to fund government...
Congress has passed a $1 trillion continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government at current levels through December 11. Both chambers have now recessed for the remainder of the time leading up to the November mid-term elections. The funding measure will delay a potential government shutdown when FY14 funding expires at the end of the month. The CR received bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Congress will have to revisit the funding issue later this year, since the current measure expires in mid-December. When Congress returns for its lame duck session, members will have to decide whether to extend the CR or pass an omnibus spending bill, which would roll all 12 unfinished spending measures into one massive package, which, sources say, House and Senate appropriators are currently working to write.
Reflections on the proposed CSKT Water Compact...
By Elaine D. Willman, MPA
At the risk of sounding a bit presumptuous, which I clearly do not wish to do, I bring a 30-year professional career in administrative and economic development management positions with numerous small-to-mid-size municipalities in three states (California, Washington, and Wisconsin); two years of full-time law school academics; a Masters in Public Administration; and near completion (96 credits) of doctoral studies in Federal Indian Policy. I am most certainly not an attorney and do not presume to speak as one. I do, however, deeply believe in the rule of law and am a now lifetime student of law and federal policy. I have been in your state on a two-week vacation at the invitation of numerous residents who have contacted me in recent years. I am paid by no one and represent no specific organizations, local or national. I would like to go on record with a few specific observations and concerns about the proposed Federal, CSKT, and State Water Compact. They are as follows:
When did the political winds shift?
by Elaine D. Willman, MPA
RE: Montana v. U.S. 450 U.S. 544
This was a six-year costly legal battle (that took place in the 1980s and) that illustrated how seriously the State of Montana was willing to defend its State authorities over its lands and people. The State prevailed in the lower federal district court, but lost at the appellate (9th Circuit) court. The State then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and won the case for not only the State of Montana, but also many very grateful states across the country that host Indian tribes and reservations.
Not another "freak" accident!
By Kena Lackman
Nobody goes to work thinking that today could be his last day or that she might be injured on the job, but for too many Montanans, this is a reality.
I am from Hysham, Montana. I recently completed my first year of medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and my rural clinical experience with Dr. Sue Gallo at Billings Clinic of Miles City. While in Miles City, I was responsible for identifying a community need and addressing that need. My background in farming sparked the idea of promoting adult farm and ranch safety in southeastern Montana. I have done a considerable amount of research on the topic and spoke with several ag industry safety experts. I hope to increase local awareness about the most common ag injuries and yield a few prevention strategies.