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Selfish interest versus public interest

By Jim Rokosch, former Ravalli County Commissioner, Stevensville   The October 26th edition of the Bitterroot Star covered the commendable progress of the Town of Stevensville’s efforts to update the town’s growth policy in order to plan for the future of the community and balance the challenges growth presents with the existing values the community…

Both parties used to get things done, together

By Bob Brown, Whitefish, and Dorothy Bradley, Clyde Park   We began our service in the Montana legislature forty-six years ago when political differences were as real and sharp as they are today, but when the practice of politics wasn’t as political. Then there were old New Dealers who represented a viewpoint not unlike Bernie…

Corvallis district between rock and hard place

By Wilbur Nisly, Tonia Bloom, Dan Wolsky, Jennifer Channer, Kathi Harder-Brouwer, Ginny Hoffman and Adam Sangster, Trustees of the Corvallis School District   Several op-ed pieces and letters to the editor have appeared in local newspapers recently expressing support for Corvallis teachers and emphasizing the importance of the education of the community’s children. We couldn’t…

Stevensville should not rush into river property swap

By Darlene Grove, Stevensville   The Stevensville Town Council has before them a proposal from the Capp Family, owners of the Fort Owen Ranch, to trade land in the River Park for a Fishing Access Site. It is imperative that all interested citizens of the community become aware of the implications of this trade and…

Stevensville sets an example for Ravalli County

By Skip Kowalski, President, Bitterrooters for Planning   Credit goes to Stevensville for updating its growth policy. Who knows where it will go or how well it will be received, but the community is at least making an effort to look toward the future. Planning for growth should be viewed as something positive and not…

Corvallis board needs to recognize teachers’ value

By Michael Hoyt, Corvallis   Education is the foundation of our society. And unlike what occurs in many states where the state assumes the lead role in education, the ultimate responsibility for quality public education in Montana rests with the local school board. Our Montana Constitution places both the supervision and the control of public…

Stevensville firefighters ask for your support

By Bill Perrin (for) Stevensville Volunteer Firefighters Associations   Fire Prevention Week took place Oct. 9-15. These dates commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 stuctures and burned more than 2000 acres. The Stevensville Volunteer Firefighters encourage you to check your smoke…

There’s a better way than ‘staying away’

By Rep. Ed Greef, HD-88, Florence   There’s a better way than ‘staying away’. Voters from both parties are expressing their frustration with the national election by wondering if they will even have the heart to vote this time. All of us likely have pondered the thought, and now must soon turn the ache we…

Veterans service center worth the investment

By Tim Peterson, President, VVSC Board of Directors   Annually, for every dollar Ravalli County residents invest through the mill levy to support the Valley Veterans Service Center, the county’s economy sees about at $450 return on its investment. In 2014 veterans brought about $38 million into Ravalli County through VA benefits. That same year…

A vote for Trump is a vote against status quo

By Joyce McConaha, Stevensville   Bob Brown, former Montana Secretary of State, is upset, it seems, by Donald Trump’s ego. It seems to me that it would take a monumental ego to consider oneself capable of being President of the United States. What about the ego, political and financial machinations of Hillary, who considers herself…