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A newspaper column by Evan Barrett & Andrew Person.

Published newspaper columns written by Evan Barrett & Andrew Person on this topic, which vary somewhat in content from this commentary, appeared in the following publications:

Missoulian, July 28, 2017

Helena Independent Record, July 28, 2017

Havre Daily News, July 28, 2017

Montana Standard, August 1, 2017

Daily Interlake, July 30, 2017

Billings Gazette, August 12, 2017


Evan Barrett of Butte recently retired after 47 years at the top level of Montana economic development, government, politics, and education. Andrew Person of Missoula is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, former Montana state representative, and former legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.