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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:

Missoulian, March 18, 2016

Montana Standard, March 22, 2016

Helena Independent Record, March 27, 2016

Ravalli Republic, March 27, 2016

Billings Gazette, April 2, 2016

Montana Public Radio, April 5, 2016


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.