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Star Editorial – Time to take another look at local

We continue to hear stories about the decline of the newspaper industry, due to the pressures of the internet, rising cost of newsprint, etc. But there is something to keep in mind when you read about this decline. They’re not talking about us. Local papers, like the Bitterroot Star, are not in the same category…

Support for Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

By Niall G. Clancy, Hamilton   In 1937, recognizing the importance of state wildlife management agencies, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Pittman-Robertson Act. This act supplies up to 75% of state wildlife agencies’ total budget, using funds generated by taxes on hunting equipment. A similar act was passed in 1950 that provides funds for fisheries…

Next Legislature must stand up for Montana

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock   Montanans are now seeing the real-life consequences of budget decisions made by the Republican legislators who make up the majority of our state legislature. Over the next year, 28 property assessment offices will be closing their doors in addition to the 19 public assistance offices that have already turned…

Continuing the fight for Montana

By U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Montana   At the start of the New Year many Montanans make New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it’s to spend time with family, put more money into savings, or enjoy our world-class public lands a little more. As your Senator, my resolution is to continue to bring your input back from…

Concerns over athletic field plan

In a recent newspaper article, Hamilton school district superintendent, Mr. Tom Korst, said: “We’ll put the athletic complex out to bid right after our presentation, late February-ish, and begin construction as soon as the ground thaws.” This is not quite true. The school board has already, as of January 2nd, sent out calls requesting information…

Concerns over Hamilton athletic field plan

By Frank Laurence, Hamilton   In a recent newspaper article, Hamilton school district superintendent, Mr. Tom Korst, said: “We’ll put the athletic complex out to bid right after our presentation, late February-ish, and begin construction as soon as the ground thaws.” This is not quite true. The school board has already, as of January 2nd,…

The case for Wilderness Study Areas

By Marilyn Wolff, Stevensville   The January 10, 2018 issue of the Bitterroot Star brought out the special interest opinion pieces, claiming the release of five WSAs is good for Montanans to “enjoy these lands.” Who are these special interests? They were the Montana Mining Association (let’s have more taxpayer funded mining reclamations when the…

Time for Wilderness Study Areas to be released from limbo

By Hans McPherson, Stevensville, President, Montana Farm Bureau Federation   Senator Daines recently introduced S. 2206, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act. This bill would release five “Wilderness Study Areas” in Montana that for 40 years have been called “study” areas. According to the law, these and other “study areas” were to be…

Tax cuts and the national debt

By Bob Brown, Whitefish   As a young high school American government teacher, I compared our system to an automobile that was useful if it could start, speed up, slow down and stop. When the people thought government needed to be more active, they elected liberal Democrats to press down on the accelerator. When people…

Tax cuts and the national debt

By Bob Brown, Whitefish   As a young high school American government teacher, I compared our system to an automobile that was useful if it could start, speed up, slow down and stop. When the people thought government needed to be more active, they elected liberal Democrats to press down on the accelerator. When people…