Gov. Steve Bullock, left, announces new Cabinet members Friday, including Loraine Wodnik, the interim head of the Corrections Department; John Lewis, director of the Department of Administration; and Sheila Hogan, head of Public Health and Human Services. (Helena IR)
A daily digest of Montana news
Dec. 10, 2016
MISSOULA writer Stephanie Land didn't get a lot of love in the comments section of the Washington Post for her column about how Donald Trump's election stole her desire to find a partner.
In the article, Land, a single mom with two children, details how she's been on plenty of dates, including ones in August with two men who seemed particularly promising. She dated one for a few weeks before he decided he wasn't ready for anything serious.
Then, when Land began to get serious with the other man, Trump was elected and she "felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to gather my children in bed with me and cling to them like we would if thunder and lightning were raging outside, with winds high enough that they (sic) power might go out."
Land decided to part ways with her new beau because, in this uncertain new age of Trump, she just couldn't spare the energy needed for a new relationship. "There is no room for dating in this place of grief," Land said. "Dating means hope. I’ve lost that hope in seeing the words “President-elect Trump.”
In the comments section, Post readers seemed to have little sympathy for Land's plight. "Is this for real, or did the Onion somehow hack the Post's news pages?" one reader asked. "Is this an example of this 'fake news' we've all been hearing about ???" said another.
GOOGLE paid tribute recently to one of Montana's favorite sons and best-known writers, the late James Welch.
On Nov. 18, the day that would have been Welch's 76th birthday, Google's search page "doodle" was a piece of art by Sophie Diao that celebrated his life and work as a writer of such novels as "Fools Crow" and "Winter in the Blood." Born in Browning in 1940, he was the son of a Blackfeet father and a Blackfeet/Gros Ventre mother, and his Native American heritage and time spent growing up on Montana's Hi-Line deeply influenced his work.
“Through his novels, documentary film, and poems, Welch gave voice to the struggles and humanity of the Native American experience in the United States,” Google said.
“As a whole, Welch’s works emphasized the humanity of native peoples and their deep attachment to their homelands. He was considered an early part of what was later dubbed the Native American Renaissance, during which native writers celebrated tribal culture and revealed its complex problems in works readily accessible to the larger American public.”
Welch died, too soon, in 2003 of a heart after a bout with lung cancer. He was 62.
AS YOU can see below, Montana's daily papers continued a long-standing practice and endorsed considerably more Democrats than Republicans this election cycle. Not that it much helped the Democrats, who took a beating at the polls.
The papers' editorial pages endorsed 12 Democrats and 7 Republicans. If you want to count the "nonpartisan" Supreme Court contest between Dirk Sandefur and Kristen Juras -- where the Democratic Party got behind Sandefur while Republicans helped Juras -- than the count was 15 in the Democratic column, as Sandefur got three endorsements while Juras got none.
WE'RE RUNNING out of room in our Opinion category for all the newspaper endorsements, so we'll consolidate them here, where you can find them at a quick glance.
We'll group them by newspaper, and update the list as new ones come in.
BILLINGS GAZETTE: Clinton for president, Bullock for governor, Zinke for Congress, Fox for AG, Romano for OPI, Laslovich for auditor, Stapleton for secretary of state, Sandefur for Supreme Court, yes on I-177. no on I-181, no on CI-116, yes on I-182.
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