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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, June 17, 2016

Billings Gazette, June 18, 2016

Missoulian, June 21, 2016

Flathead Beacon, June 22, 2016

Ravalli Republic, June 25, 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.