Frank Miele: Editor's 2 Cents

When smoke gets in your eyes, er, I mean lungs

September 09, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Pardon me while I cough!I’m one of the many thousands of walking wounded this week as we breathe in smoke that has settled on the Flathead Valley from a ring of fire surrounding us in Northwest Montana.Of course, it’s hard to take too serio...

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Filibuster is Senate invention to aid and abet senators

September 02, 2017 at 7:49 pm

First of all, let’s get it straight. There is no such thing as filibuster in the United States Constitution.The notion that this was an invention of the Founding Fathers is just wishful thinking by senators who want to give their shameless ...

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Rewriting history: It’s nothing new

August 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s column originally ran in a longer form on June 23, 2013, but concerns two subjects that are in the news this week — institutional racism and oppression of minorities in the United States — and how these are often...

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The human cost of hate, and the high price of love

August 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm

If life were as simple as the mainstream media makes it out to be, then we would have the luxury of never having to think about anything. We could all march in lockstep from birth to death, never disagreeing, never finding nuance, never hav...

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Politically correct and intellectually intolerable

August 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

There is no issue more clearly delineating right and left (or perhaps I should say right and wrong) than political correctness.Anyone with traditional values and, perhaps more to the point, traditional common sense can only shake his (or he...

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Inter Lake’s grizzly story ‘repurposed’ by the Post

August 05, 2017 at 7:00 pm

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.Well, I suppose so, but it is also a bit infuriating, as we found out at the Daily Inter Lake last week when the Washington Post came very close to flattering us to death.Our reporte...

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Monster swamp vs. swamp monster: A D.C. allegory

July 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Politically speaking, I’m caught between a rock and a hard place, or more appropriately between a monster swamp and a swamp monster.The swamp is the bipartisan disaster known more formally as the federal government. The monster is President...

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Civility matters, no matter what

July 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking back 10 years provides a great perspective on where we are today. If many now are clamoring for civility in our public discourse, and lamenting the coarsening of politics since the advent of the Age of Trump, they wo...

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Don’t be a dinosaur; get yourself digitized

July 16, 2017 at 3:00 am

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column originally ran on July 15, 2007. Ten years later, it is still an accurate assessment of the place of newspapers in our society. They continue long traditions, and try new tricks every day. Our print edit...

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On the fault line of news: Shaking it up with the internet

July 08, 2017 at 3:00 am

“Honey, are we having an earthquake?”When I spoke those words to my wife early Thursday morning, I was half asleep. I wasn’t quite convinced that the 15 seconds of rumbling I had just felt was anything other than an 18-wheeler rolling throu...

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