Frank Miele: Editor's 2 Cents

EDITOR’S 2 CENTS: Trump’s victory was on shoulders of American people

January 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

It was approximately 18 months ago when I wrote my first column about Donald Trump. Like many of the columns I have written before and after it, the focus was illegal immigration.It is my opinion that Washington, D.C., invited the election ...

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EDITOR’S 2 CENTS: In Montana, love your neighbor is not just talk

January 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

“I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up.” —Martin Luther King Jr. There are many forms of evil, but from what I can tell, most evil can best be described as the inability to internalize the oth...

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EDITOR’S 2 CENTS: Fake news, or: ‘The Art of the Fail’

January 07, 2017 at 3:00 am

In the old days, philosophers used to meditate about how many angels could fit on the head of a pin. These days, deep thinkers want to know how much fake news CNN can squeeze into an hour.The answer, of course, is plenty. I won’t try to act...

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COLUMN: A triumph nothing short of miraculous

December 31, 2016 at 7:03 pm

By FRANK MIELESome 120 years ago, an editor of a newspaper made history when he penned an editorial that included the famous line, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”As I pondered what I would write for my New Year’s Day column, I kept...

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COLUMN: A Christmas message

December 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Every year about this time, liberals like to taunt conservatives such as myself by asking, “So how’s that war on Christmas going?” The implication from the disdain in their voices is that there is no such thing as a war on Christmas, and th...

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Can’t we all just get along? Not on the internet apparently

December 18, 2016 at 3:00 am

Perhaps etiquette will catch up with the internet some day, but I am doubtful.If Amy Vanderbilt had to dedicate 700-plus pages of her “Complete Book of Etiquette” to the rather buttoned-down manners and mores of the 1950s, just how daunting...

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COLUMN: Like her politics or not, Rankin’s place in history is undisputed

December 11, 2016 at 3:00 am

Two important anniversaries converged in the past month that provide a significant vantage point on Montana’s penchant for independence and darned cussedness — as personified by one lone congresswoman.I am talking, of course, about Jeannett...

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COLUMN: Anti-Semite charge bounces off Trump and sticks to Democrats

December 04, 2016 at 3:00 am

For months, Democrats have been taking shots at Donald Trump and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, formerly the CEO of, as notorious anti-Semites, people who hate Jews.This is so bizarre that it needs to be confronted public...

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COLUMN: Don’t assault Constitution over partisan complaints

November 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Many books will be written about the presidential election of 2016, which was unique in the annals of history, but in some respects it confirms the predictive genius of the Founding Fathers, who planned for every eventuality, even those whi...

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Tolerance is easier to preach than practice

November 20, 2016 at 6:12 am

Time heals all wounds — except for the ones it exacerbates.That is the lesson of the dozen days since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.You don’t need to study the mainstream media either to figure out just how raw the...

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