Laughing Water

1) I don't imagine that the Civil War would have happened were it not for slavery.

2) I'm sympathetic to soldiers who have been victimized in wars they did not create or direct, but to whom should we raise public monuments? Confederate soldiers rose up against the United States, did th…

Given that Montana is the suicide capital of the United States, I think we could use a few more "feel-good" projects that remind us we can be better than our racist past and can embrace and celebrate our differences in a world where people care about each other.

I'll disagree…

"Which side is trying to police and control the other here?"

Others clearly disagree with me, and I'm happy to leave it up to the newspaper whether to delete your comment. I report comments that I think are out of bounds, usually because they involve name-calling or insults o…

Dean, to me the point of the fountain is that we are better than our racist past. I'm reporting your comment because I think it's uncivil, contributes nothing to an intelligent discussion and represents you in a negative way.

Thank you, Michael Munck. Both sides could agree at any time to take up border security separately and pass a spending bill. The barrier to immigration reform (and with it, border security) is that it's become symbolic and weaponized. Much like climate change as an issue, we have a history o…

National border security is within the federal domain, not the state's. As for the needy, as social creatures people naturally and normally care about the suffering of others; it can be our own at any time. It's also in our interest as a society to see that those most in need are helped in …

There are so many layers of absurdity to this that it’s a work of art. Trump became president promising a solution that won’t work to a crisis that doesn’t exist. He promised Mexico would pay for it, but now he’s proudly shut down the government to force us to pay for it. So Montana’s fiscal…

Aren't we celebrating April Fools Day a little early this year?

Laughing Water commented on Courts are not sanctuaries for criminals

I don't see that there's a "turning a blind eye" involved in this. Selective enforcement is a fact of life. We can't and shouldn't deport all 11 million people who are in this country illegally. We don't have the IRS at every courthouse to audit witnesses or have the city governmen…

Laughing Water commented on Courts are not sanctuaries for criminals

Mr. Smeaton misses the point. The idea is that if we want to prosecute dangerous criminals we should make it safe for witnesses to appear in court without fear of being nailed by ICE. The accused criminals are presumably already under arrest or on bail. The most likely victims of undocumente…