Ted’s essays

Bull*** vetoes

It was a few of the incumbent governor vetoes that inspired me to run for governor. How could anyone be that antagonistic to the people of Montana and still get elected? Here are some that your governor should have supported, endorsed, aided and signed. But the elitist in that Helena chair prevented them from becoming law. (By the way, campaign strategists teach that we should never mention our competition’s name; that we should not contribute to their name recognition. You will notice that other than in quotations I followed that advice in this article.) Campus concealed carry bill HB 240, introduced by Rep. Cary Smith (R-Billings), would have allowed licensed concealed-carry permit holders — who must pass a background check […]

cannabis in Montana

Imagine trying to run a grocery store, auto shop or dentist office where legislation limited you to serving THREE customers. That is what the legislature and governor did to medical cannabis in Montana. Mind you, this is a substance used by humans for over a thousand years with zero deaths, quite unlike legal pharmaceuticals with very short histories and thousands of deaths every year. In Montana, possession of even a single joint for non-medical purposes can land a person in jail for six months, while possession of 60 grams or more (a little over two ounces) can result in a sentence of up to five years. These stiff marijuana penalties cause related negative consequences. In 2012, there were 1,502 arrests […]


Ted Dunlap learned The H-P Way of business management from Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in formal H-P training classes, and on the job for 12+ years. He simultaneously majored in business management at Sonoma State University while they were evolving their programs to include The H-P Way. The centerpiece of The H-P Way is “Management By Objectives”, wherein skilled managers inspire their subordinates to use their knowledge, experience and expertise to accomplish clearly-defined objectives. Contrast that with top-down management-by-directive wherein decision-making power is limited to what “the expert” in-charge knows, sees and thinks. It was their innovative management style that enabled the company founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to outstrip the growth and success of all businesses […]

personal priorities

An online friend posed a couple of questions that got me thinking. Their intent was to inspire finding and focusing personal passion in a income-generating, or work-related setting. I am in the fortunate position of being able to take one step further back from that view. While I am not sharing my personal excursion through this exercise, I am publishing the process. You can apply it to me from your view if you wish, but I am offering it to you for your own purposes that you may be inspired to do the exercise for yourself or others near and dear to you. Find a quiet space and ask yourself: What do I love doing? Just write them in […]

elite control of society has fractured

The Daily Bell published an article excerpted below that is at once both hopeful to those of us watching the show from the skeptics’ bleachers, and freaky to those seeing a picture bigger than they previously saw. The article itself has a lot of truth and insight within. It is very much worth the read. Far more significant, however, are the comments that follow. There, too, in deference to their explicit sharing license, I will excerpt some of the comments but not all. They really want you to go read the whole thing at their website. In my opinion, that is not too much to ask. This article’s contention that they are losing it echoes the opinions of many I […]

candidate questionnaire / response

1. What will be your top three priorities as governor? 2. The Legislative Fiscal Division is warning that revenues are coming in below projections, causing concern for Fiscal Year 2017. The state budget office is much more optimistic. Who do you believe and why? 3. Is it time for Montana to consider steady streams of revenue such as a sales tax? Why or why not? 4. Is infrastructure still a top priority in the next legislative session? What are your plans for the issue? 5. Do you support Medicaid expansion? If you do is it worth the cost? If you don’t, what is your message to the Montanans who have signed up? 6. Do you support efforts being made […]

What in the World are they spraying?

Give this documentary 20 minutes. Highly credible people do an excellent job of sticking to provable, solid facts. What in the World Are They Spraying? We watched it yesterday evening. We agreed to watch only the first bit, then decide to continue or quit. “Keep watching” was our unanimous decision. Very informative, well done, and extremely important to us all. From the page at Top Documentary Films: What in the World Are They Spraying? By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze. Our innate intelligence tells us these are not mere vapor trails from jet engines, but no one yet […]

winning trombone bid

I “won” an eBay auction on a horn I just had to hold. It is probably around a 1950 build from Elkhart, Indiana – a time and place some famously good playing horns came from. For $68 + $38 shipping, I HAD TO take the chance I would score another nice playing horn … I’ve been pretty lucky at buying and restoring lately. It is an American Triumph made by Harry Pedler … the production line and artisans that became Conn, that produced my Conn 6H, among other vintage desirables. My initial straightening of quite badly bent inner slides along with a serious session for upper and lower parts in the bathtub was happily rewarded, but that merely took it […]

chronic bronchial congestion cured

I cannot think of any morning in recent memory where I did not wake up with lung and bronchial congestion. I find that taking two Lung, Bronchial & Sinus Health tablets a day keeps my congestion under control. I forget or run out of those supplements once in a while and notice degradation. It is chronic in me. I accept that … mostly. I get up and am upright for an hour or two and it clears out until the next morning. Of late, it occasionally makes me get up around 3:00 AM for a couple hours to clear my chest enabling me to go back to sleep for a while longer. Yesterday I was concerned that it was […]