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Category Archives: Guest comment

Sage Grouse situation problematic for Montana

By Pat Connell, State Representative HD87, Member, Sage Grouse Council Driven by a federal court ordered effort forced by Jon Marble’s Western Watershed Project (WWP) lawsuit, Montana is currently attempting to push back against a pending ESA listing of the Sage Grouse. This entire mess is effectively a poisoned dagger pointed at Montanans and the…

Open Letter to Commissioners re: public lands and reserved water rights

By Darlene Grove, Stevensville As you begin a new year in your position as RC Commissioners, I hope you have taken time to consider the issues you chose to advance in 2013, and evaluate whether the benefits to the general populace of Ravalli County were worth the time, effort and funding expended. As a citizen…

Insight into Treasurer’s Office problems

By Rick Borden, Hamilton Lost amidst the justified uproar surrounding the Ravalli County Commissioner’s Title X decision and the Medicine Tree controversy is the injustice of the appointment of the new county treasurer. The Ravalli County Commission is getting exactly what they deserve. The taxpayers of Ravalli County are not. Remember the November 2010 election?…

Better insurance with Obamacare

By Marty Essen, Victor After much frustration, my wife and I finally got signed up for Obamacare. My mistake was trying to sign up in October, a few days after the Health Insurance Marketplace opened. All hell broke loose at the time, and essentially our application got frozen. Last week, I deleted our application and…

Medicine Tree rumor put to rest

By Mary H. Williams, Tribal Relations Coordinator, Bitterroot National Forest A December 4 letter to the Bitterroot Star contained an unfortunate and all-too-widespread piece of misinformation regarding the death of the Medicine Tree. It stated that “some low-life salted the tree and killed it.”  While this characterization of the would-be perpetrator as a “low-life” may…

‘Culture clash’ or cultural ignorance?

By Marina Weatherly, Art and Indian Education Specialist in Montana schools, Stevensville The Ravalli County Commissioners invited CSK tribal representatives to discuss transfer of the Medicine Tree site to Federal Trust. They came in good faith – not to seek permission, defend the validity of their culture, history and rights, or to be insulted by…

Racist comments don’t represent majority

By Archie L. Thomas & Merry E. Schrumpf, Corvallis We are saddened and offended by the public death of our community values, respect and common courtesy as revealed in recent discussions with Native Americans at the hands of our county commissioners and planning board chairman. Many within this community worship a carpenter under the symbol…

Real change is difficult but worth the effort

Guest Comment By Gary Milner & Jennifer Knell, Corvallis Perhaps you too received a rebate from your health insurance company. It was required (I don’t think they did it out of the kindness of their heart) under The Affordable Care Act. Under the act, 80% of premiums must be spent “… on health care services,…

Water Supply Plan must take fire impact into account

By Pat Connell, State Representative, HD 87 The DNRC is currently responding to a Legislative directive to produce an updated Water Supply Plan for Montana. I want to highlight a simple, but extremely important fact that seemed at least to be downplayed and possibly overlooked from what I heard at the recent Montana Watershed Coordination…

In response to Commissioner Burrows’ concerns

 Star Editorial Commissioner Jeff Burrows has asked the Bitterroot Star for some clarification concerning last week’s editorial dealing with the politicization of the county workforce and the blatant cronyism involved. He believes he was unjustly smeared by the broad brush approach that lumped him with Commissioners Foss and Stoltz under the banner of “new breed”…