Document Type

News Editorial

Publication Date

Spring 5-28-2019


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:

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, May 29, 2019

Helena Independent Record, May 30, 2019

The Billings Gazette, May 30, 2019

The Montana Standard, May 31, 2019

The Daily Interlake, June 2, 2019

The Ravalli Republic, June 2, 2019

The Montana Post, June 2, 2019

The Missoula Current, June 3, 2019

The Missoulian, June 7, 2019

The Flathead Beacon, June 5, 2019


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.