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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:

Livingston Enterprise, December 4, 2017

Montana Standard, December 6, 2017

Havre Daily News, December 11, 2017

Helena Independent Record, December 13, 2017

The Missoulian, December 13, 2017


Evan Barrett, who lives in historic Uptown Butte, recently retired after 47 years at the top level of Montana economic development, government, politics and education. He is an award-winning producer of Montana history films who continues to write columns and record commentaries, and occasionally teach Montana history and contribute to community and economic development projects.