People need to speak out about their feelings to those of us who are in denial.

There is a tendency for far too many to minimize the suffering of the neediest people because it is placed against a backdrop of black people out of control. Really, the major point is a breakdown and utter failure of federal, state and local governments to address the crisis. It makes no difference if a person is black or white, sympathy should be across the board.

By the way, I just had some dust in my eye.

Hate and hate crimes are damaging. They hurt people. I'm compassionate of anyone who has been a victim of a hate crime.

We are thrilled to have someone from the Southern Poverty Law Center here to do this nationally recognized program.

The Swan Valley and surrounding lands are an important part of the Northern Rockies landscape, and this agreement will contribute to maintaining these lands as working forests, and for the public to enjoy.