Essay by George Ochenski
Politics – May 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine
NO ONE KNOWS just when the West decided it had had enough of being run from Washington, D.C.
The indications that Montanans have had it with federal mandates became evident in the state Legislature this March. Although the capital routinely ignores the opinions of a state like Montana, which boasts fewer than a million people scattered across the fourth-largest landmass in the union, it better think twice when it comes to charging Montanans to use the national lands and waters that surround us.