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A newspaper column by Evan Barrett.

Published newspaper columns written by Evan Barrett on this topic, which vary somewhat in content from this commentary, appeared in the following publications:

Havre Daily News, February 15, 2017

Montana Standard, February 15, 2017

Helena Independent Record, February 16, 2017

Missoulian, February 17, 2017

Daily Inter Lake, March 5, 2017


Evan Barrett of Butte, will soon be retiring after 47 years at the top level of Montana economic development, government, politics and education. He currently writes columns and commentaries, is an award-winning producer of Montana history films at Montana Tech/Highlands College and occasionally teaches. These are his personal views.