Archive for April 4th, 2011

by jhwygirl

John Cochran, of St. Regis had some pretty harsh words for Sen. Jim Shockley.

Both Cochran and Shockley served as Marines…and both are acquainted with each other through the American Legion.

Cochran went and did something that he’s never done before – and it was to honor another fellow Marine, Bob Baxter, the man who died while waiting for a court to clear the way for the death with dignity he so very much desired.

Cochran drove from St. Regis to Helena to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee on SB116, the bill from Rep. Greg Hinkle that would have prohibited physician-assisted suicide.

This bill was tabled in committee, and later died with a blast on the Senate floor.

Sen. Shockley is an attorney. Aren’t attorneys supposed to tell the truth? I guess that doesn’t apply when wearing a legislative hat. Must be written as some sort of exception to the Montana State Bar ethics code there. Same with the Marine “semper fidelis”/legislature thing.

Legislature trumps everything. That’s easier than Rock Paper Scissors.

Read John Cochran’s words for Sen. Shockley here.

by jhwygirl

The Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy in Bozeman has announced its spring conference, “The Cost of Water: Who Benefits? Who Pays” for May 9th.

The Wheeler Center puts on some great conferences – Montana-focused and guaranteed always to provide thoughtful solution-oriented open discussion and information.

Water, as many of you may know, has been a pretty near and dear subject around here. Here’s the conference:

Water has always been more or less abundant and free. Agriculture has flourished, our streams have sustained extraordinary fisheries, and communities have had adequate water supplies. But for how long will this be the case? What impacts and stressors does this resource face? Who will and who should benefit from important decisions made about water in the near and long term? And importantly, who will and should pay for this increasingly valuable resource? 

Join us in Glasgow, in the shadow of the great Fort Peck Dam, for a discussion of these issues. Speakers include internationally known Maude Barlow, on the “right to water;” John Thorsen, who chairs the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee, and Larry Janis, Water Supply Business Line Manager in the Omaha office of the Corps of Engineers. The discussion will be wide ranging, involving water issues around the state. As always, we’ll be asking our speakers to define their roles and responsibility in connection with Montana’s water.

This non-partisan, statewide conference is just $30.00, which includes a hearty breakfast and lunch.

Many thanks to our 2011 sponsors, Exergy Development, the Tom and Teresa Quinn DAF of the Whitefish Community Foundation, for helping fund this event.

As for having the thing in Glasgow? Weather should be fabulous….and they’re also chartering a bus that’s set to leave from Bozeman and Livingston. That might be a nice cushy way to handle that long ride.

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