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Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, after leading his native state’s largest paper, The Billings Gazette. He is an award-winning journalist, author, historian and teacher, whose career has taken him to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Wyoming. He has taught journalism at Winona State University and Montana State University-Billings, and has served on the student publications board of the University of Wyoming.

COMMENTARY

Making the simple impossible: We don’t want to admit the real worker shortage problem

By: - February 25, 2022

A week ago, I was talking to an educator whose job it is to run training programs for students and adults in higher education. She told me that around a dozen different companies and groups were sponsoring training courses for jobs like nursing assistants, medical workers, electricians and truck driving. All of the courses were […]

U.S. inspector general finds Zinke broke ethics rules, wasn’t honest about real estate dealings

By: - February 16, 2022

An investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior found that former Secretary Ryan Zinke, a native of Montana and current congressional candidate, committed multiple ethics violations and was not honest in disclosing real estate dealings while he served in the Cabinet of former President Donald J. Trump. The investigation, released Wednesday, centered […]

COMMENTARY

Experts warn against ‘sham audits’ movement

By: - July 13, 2021

We know: You’ve always been worried this day would come. And even though it was easier to pass notes or catch a few Zzzs during the lecture about separation of powers, the moment is here. That time when you wish you would have paid more attention in civics class. Experts for four different organizations came […]

Filibusted: Experts say the time has come to end U.S. Senate practice

By: - June 4, 2021

Even the stuffy, florid name of the procedure, “filibuster” sounds like something conceived around a table of wig-wearing Founding Fathers. While the name has its roots in the 18th Century (with pirates nonetheless), the concept and practice in the United States Senate is much younger, not being implemented in a modern form until 1917. Known […]