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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:

Montana Standard, May 4, 2018

Helena Independent Record, May 7, 2018

Livingston Enterprise, May 4, 2018

Last Best News, May 11, 2018

Missoulian, May 12, 2018

Montana Post, May 13, 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.