In Vienna, my adopted city, there is a Soviet War Memorial. It occupies 3,000 square feet in central Vienna. It features a white marble colonnade and a 650-foot column capped by a 40-foot figure of a Red Army soldier. He is wearing a golden helmet and bears a Soviet flag and a golden Soviet coat of arms. A plaque at the base of the column reads: “Monument to honor the … [Read more...] about Montana Voices: A tale of two monuments and 5,000 miles
Events of the past week have brought back haunting memories of our country's – and our state's – past racism, hatred and prejudice. Each week, this column revisits newspaper stories of Montana life over the past century and a half, pointing out how much we've changed – how much progress we've made. But at times like these, it's natural to wonder if we will ever be … [Read more...] about Harmon’s Histories: Can Montana overcome its history of hatred, bigotry, racism?
As sabers rattle over the Korean Peninsula, remember that those who create wars seldom fight in them, that is left to the sons and daughters of less important people. In World War I, the decisions to enter the war were made by men who believed it would be close to Armageddon. “If war breaks out,” said British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, “it will be the worst … [Read more...] about Montana Voices: The (first) war to end all wars
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has, heretofore, never had a single journalistic presence devoted entirely to making sense of our vast region. Now it does. Mountain Journal was just launched this week as an online, not-for-profit entity devoted to the mission of public-interest journalism. “MoJo” was founded in response to the absence of a regular journalistic forum … [Read more...] about Mountain Journal: New online publication covers Greater Yellowstone
It’s high time someone took a stand in support of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. I volunteer. I have been critical of the good senator a few dozen times. But when the man’s right, he’s right. Kind of. Sort of. Evan Barrett of Butte and Andrew Person of Missoula recently took Daines to task for his opposition to the Senate filibuster, a venerable if not always … [Read more...] about Montana Voices: Daines right in opposing Senate filibuster rule