Bozeman, Montana , United States
|| February 24, 1947
Oct 26, 2016 01:01am
|Info||For the last 30 years, complicated policy issues have taken front and center in my life. The obsession began when I started serving in the Montana House of Representatives in 1971, eager to find answers to problems posed by eastern Montana coal development � strip mining, water use, thermal generation, air pollution, ground water, high power transmission lines, reclamation. I barely came up for air. But when I did, a thoughtful friend suggested that I might be a more effective legislator if I looked at issues beyond just the environment. I took a gulp, and submerged myself in education, taxation, economic development, welfare, corrections, science and technology, energy, and health care. I have felt for these 30 years, that one of life�s greatest gifts is to be involved with the issues of the day. As one deals with these issues, facts are sometimes hard to come by; but -- and importantly -- if enough facts are on the table, the way to resolve them usually, gradually, comes into focus. |
That is why I believe in the mission of the Wheeler Center. Two subjects are selected each year � subjects that are central to Montana, in need of information and discussion. We are committed to real facts, and all perspectives. The diversity on our Board guarantees the latter. Sometimes these forums lead to action, sometimes they are repetitive because the powers-that-be have stalemated, sometimes they simply educate us all, and sometimes they put an issue to bed. Having stuck to our guns on depth and breadth, I think we have won the respect of policy makers, and the Wheeler Center has found a very fine niche in Montana.