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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:

Bozeman Daily Chronicle, September 9, 2015

Montana Standard, September 10, 2015

Helena Independent Record, September 10, 2015

Missoulian, September 11, 2015

Great Falls Tribune, September 27, 2015

Montana Public Radio, September 28, 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.