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Rewarding the rich while punishing the poor

By Brian Schweitzer, Former Governor of Montana, Georgetown Lake, Anaconda Recently, AFP (Americans For Prosperity) conducted a sham public meeting in Dillon to condemn extending healthcare coverage to people in Montana who make less than $16,000. AFP is bankrolled by the Koch Brothers. The money spent to provide this healthcare would come 100% from the…

CSKT Water Compact will throw many ‘under the bus’

By Senate President Debby Barrett, Dillon As a rancher with deep roots on a family place in southwest Montana, I know something about the importance of history—and water rights. I also understand negotiation and compromise. That’s why I have served on the state’s Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission since 2011 and voted for some compacts….

New protected lands are good for wildlife and all Montanans

By Skip Kowalski – President, Montana Wildlife Federation Montanans are fortunate people. The Crown of the Continent is one of the most magnificent natural areas in the world. In many places, the land still looks a lot like it did when Lewis and Clark portaged the Great Falls and ascended the Rockies. The lands in…

Relaxing of flood plain regulations suspect

By Sarah Roubik, Corvallis In 2013, FEMA revised the maps of the floodplain of the Bitterroot River and told our county that we needed to update (not change) our current flood plain regulations by January 2015. They used the aerial photographs from 1995. Since that date, the river has crossed into the flood fringe 34…

Board should welcome open, public comment

By Gene Mim Mack, Stevensville As was reported in last week’s Bitterroot Star, I tried to object to the rehiring of the girls volleyball coach at Stevensville High School during the Board’s vote on the subject. I say “tried” because even before I could say anything I was gaveled down by the school board chair…

Montanans being robbed of insurance coverage

By Duane Krowen, Victor Sarah Palin was right, she said that Obamacare would lead to death panels that would have the power to withhold healthcare, and lead to deaths of some people. And it has. But the death panels aren’t in Washington, they are in the state governments that refuse to expand medicaid, including Montana….

CMC board decision does disservice to community

By Dale Woolhiser, Missoula As an alumnus of the University of Montana who, through charitable giving and volunteerism, supports much within the Missoula community and across Montana, I am offended by the recent decision of the Community Medical Center’s Board. The Board has reached, after what I believe was an extensive amount of research and…

Relaxing floodplain restrictions doesn’t make sense

By Jim Rokosch, President, Bitterrooters for Planning Have you ever seen the Los Angeles River? I’ve only seen photos, but they were enough for me to move “visiting the Los Angeles River” from my bucket list to my chuck it list. If you haven’t, don’t bother putting it on your own bucket list because it’s…

Outrageous county settlement raises questions

By Tom Boland, Florence Being new to the valley and being generally interested in what’s going on around me, I decided to spend a morning reading “the Court File” to learn what all the hubbub is about with the Big Sky Development v. Ravalli Co. Commissioners case. Yes, sadly, that’s my idea of a good…

Protecting our future by preserving our past

By Tim Fox, Steve Bullock, Patty Mazurek, Marc Racicot, and Mike Greely Last year, 11 million visitors came to Montana. While the reasons they chose Big Sky Country as their vacation destination are as varied as our landscape, it’s safe to say some of them were drawn by the gold rush history of Bannack and…