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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:

Missoulian, June 1, 2016

Montana Standard, June 12, 2016

Helena Independent Record, June 12, 2016

Last Best News, June 26, 2016

Ravalli Republic, July 29, 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.