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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:

Missoulian, March 10, 2018

Helena Independent Record, March 9, 2018

Havre Daily News, March 7, 2018

Montana Standard, March 7, 2018

Last Best News, March 9, 2018

The Montana Post, March 18, 2018

Great Falls Tribune, March 15, 2018


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.