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Attention, Lee Newspapers in Montana: This is What Real Reporting on the Meth Project Would Look Like


Just imagine what the current debate about funding for the Montana Meth Project would look like if a Montana newspaper had ever bothered to write a single story like this one, in the Idaho Statesman. It (imagine the concept!) covers both sides, presenting an even-handed look at the program. This is just good journalism, a story that actually informs its readers and lets them make a decision about the merits of the program.

Fascinating to see that the Idaho Meth Project people have adopted the same strategy to smear critics, though:

Ronk said she was familiar with the findings of Erceg-Hurn’s study.

"From my perspective, I think there were some things they missed," she said, but did not provide any details.

Lori Otter said Erceg-Hurn took a "very narrow view of a very broad subject without looking at the complete picture."

"Do I think it’s valid?" she said. "No."

If that isn’t scientific proof, I don’t know what is.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a 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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