Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, a Newsline sister outlet.


Snake oil salesmen have nothing on Congress as it tries to sell gun control to America

By: - June 20, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Daily Montanan. Whatever the National Rifle Association is paying for the votes in the U.S. Senate, it’s not enough. They’re getting one heck of a deal. And no organization should be more excited to support the measures that the Senate is contemplating than the NRA. It’s a bill that […]


I didn’t see any concerned lawmakers at women’s sports events

By: - March 22, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Daily Montanan. The game had just ended and it was brutal. I sat in the stands, and before the players had even cleared the field, head coach Pam McCreesh had already started in on me, yelling from the field, “Nope, no. No. I am not going to talk about […]


We don’t want to admit the real worker shortage problem

By: - February 28, 2022

A version of this commentary originally appeared in the Daily Montanan. Recently, 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 things like nursing assistants, medical workers, […]

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

By: - February 17, 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, […]

The death of American democracy (explained)

By: - July 19, 2021

“The death of American democracy (explained)” was originally published by the Daily Montanan. If you want to know at what point America’s democracy started to die, experts say 2016 seems like a logical point: With nearly a year to go until his term expired, President Barack Obama’s attempt at appointing a Supreme Court justice failed […]

How a teen cancer patient in Colorado nourished his spirit on a hospital helipad

By: - June 2, 2021

A version of this story originally appeared in the Daily Montanan. Luke Heupel of Kalispell may be the only person in Montana who wishes he had COVID-19. Originally, he thought he contracted the pandemic virus right after his high school graduation. Even during the odd summer of 2020, he was busy preparing to make his […]