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The Helena IR: A Week Late and A Few Thoughts Short


Five days after the Hamilton debate between Senator Conrad “First Class” Burns and Jon Tester, the Helena IR felt the need to weigh in on the ‘controversy’ about heckling at the debate, relying on second hand news accounts and a pious invocation of the marketplace of ideas.

Certainly, the marketplace is enriched for all of us when the newspaper, in its hard-hitting thumbs up, thumbs down feature, spends more time discussing a non-event rather than, you know, writing about the content of the debate.

Thumbs down to forest fires, though. I never would have figured that out on my own.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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