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Daily Archives: 5:22 pm

Free speech or blasphemy?

A growing threat to our freedom of speech is the attempt to stifle religious discussion in the name of preventing “defamation of” or “insults” to religion, especially Islam. A revival of blasphemy laws maybe? It started in 1989 when Ayatollah Khomeini ordered Muslims to murder Salman Rushdie for writing “The Satanic Verses” because they were…

Meaningless labels

The editorial put out by the Ravalli Republic newspaper states, “Several candidates have filed to run in the upcoming election to represent their precinct or state legislative districts as Democrats. The problem is, these candidates are not Democrats. In fact, they’re very conservative.” This article goes on to state that these candidates will be expected…

Re: Agenda 21

Thank you for reporting about the Ravalli County Planning Board’s recent meeting during which Shannon Plocher ignored the concerns of the County Attorney and county residents, and offered a prayer. I was relieved to see the featured letter in Opinions by Elliott B.Oppenheim of Lolo, citing the case law that enjoins government business to be…

Open letter to Lone Rock Community Park Board

We, as taxpayers and residents of the Lone Rock Community Park District, are angered and appalled that our Lone Rock Community Park identity has been stripped and that our park is now named W.G. Leese Community Park. We now know how violated people feel when their identity is taken from them. The hope was when…

Schools should protect LGBTs; gender identity linked to environment

By Judy Hoy, Stevensville   Regarding Hamilton School Board’s consideration of providing special protection from bullying for LGBT students: No student, teacher or anyone else should be discriminated against or bullied because of the way they are born or for the way they look or any other reason over which they have no control. It…

  Wednesday, April 18   BPL preschool story time Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, April 18 to enjoy “All the Pretty Horses!” with storyteller Diane Ackermann. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times…