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Face facts about state budget

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock   As governor of Montana it’s my job to responsibly manage the state through everything from a difficult fire season and the challenges posed by increasing drought conditions to making sure we take advantage of the opportunities presented by our growing outdoor recreation economy. This includes making tough decisions during…

Time to raise tobacco tax

By Lyndsay Stover, Hamilton   Whether or not you use tobacco, you are paying for it. Every year, each household in Montana spends $791 in taxes due to smoking. What’s more, Montanans spend a total of $440 million annually in health care costs directly caused by smoking.   Did you know that raising taxes on…

Stevensville FAS: a call for planning is the ‘real intent’

By Margaret Gorski, Stevensville   Representative Ed Greef (Letters, 7/26/17 Star) suggests that “the group” who spoke up in the numerous public meetings about the development of the Stevensville Fishing Access have some other motivation than what they have already publicly expressed. He is suggesting that since the Town Council listened to their citizens and…

Senators need to reject unjust bill and concentrate on improving ACA

All Americans, young, old or in between and poor, rich or middle income, deserve access to quality healthcare and to be protected from financial ruin when illness or injuries strike. Because the United States has the highest healthcare costs in the industrialized world ($9,400 per capita per year compared with the $3,800 per capita per…

Do we really need to throw fuel on the fire?

By Edward Sperry, Stevensville   I have hesitated to write concerning the Guest Comment of July 12 by Marty Essen entitled “The Cult of Republicanism.” I was revolted by Essen’s opinion piece as it was a perfect example of hate speech. It’s sole objective was to offend and belittle fellow citizens who happen to harbor…

The Cult of Republicanism

By Marty Essen, Victor   A cult is a group of people that shuts out conflicting information and rejects facts in favor of an alternative reality.   It’s time to call today’s Republican Party what it is: a cult. The Republican Party hasn’t always been a cult, but you can trace its conversion to one…

Something wrong with this picture

By Bradford Larkin, Hamilton   I am confused about one simple truth here in the Bitterroot Valley. Would anyone please help me understand why we in Hamilton pay 20-30% MORE for every retail product than any Missoula store offers, yet these same Hamilton business owners pay 20-30% LESS in wages than what every employer offers…

Negative impact of state library budget cuts

By Montana Library Association Board of Directors : President – Lisa M. Jackson, Vice President – Elizabeth Jonkel, Past President – Dawn Kingstad, Secretary/Treasurer – Mary Guthmiller, ASLD Chair – Aaron LaFromboise, PLD Chair – Kit Stephenson, SLD Co-Chairs – Dianne Mattila, Angela Achuleta, ALA Representative – Matt Beckstrom, MPLA Representative – Rachel Rawn, PNLA…

Stevi fishing access site: A call for planning

By Margaret J. Gorski, Stevensville   Warren Buffett is known to have said, “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”  Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Those are two of my favorite quotes about the value of planning for the…

Episode could be indicator of new period

By Bob Brown, Helena   Greg Gianforte eventually apologized to the reporter he manhandled on election night. For some the apology was late and inadequate. For others Gianforte shouldn’t have apologized to the “liberal” reporter at all. Such is the divided nature of these times.   If Gianforte owed an apology, though, it was to…