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A Montana Public Radio Commentary 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:

Hungry Horse News, March 31, 2015

Montana Standard, April 3, 2015

Ravalli Republic, April 2, 2015

Missoulian, April 4, 2015

Helena Independent Record, April 12, 2015


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.