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GMO foods must be properly labeled

By James Minckler, Missoula We are being poisoned by the GMO “foods.” We have the right to know. This is an open letter to Senator Steve Daines in response to his vote on Senate Bill S.2609 to not properly label GMO foods. There are some facts about Genetically Modified “foods” everyone should know before consuming…

Support for current form of Hamilton government

By Al Mitchell, Hamilton   Making a change, simply for the sake of change, rarely works out. As a former Hamilton city councilman, I am perplexed by the Hamilton Study Commission’s recommendation to change our form of government from mayor-council to a charter-based system with a council and City Manager. Throughout the study process, there…

Re: New Bitterroot Forest Travel Plan

By Michael Hoyt, Corvallis   Every day it is becoming more apparent that our planet’s wild lands must be preserved if the human species is to survive. Those lands filter the water we drink, help supply the oxygen we breathe, and buffer changes to the climate. Wilderness areas contribute to the lifeblood of our planet….

Mother, daughter concerned over judicial candidate

By Madison Alexander, Escondido, CA A couple of years ago, at age 19, I worked as a nanny for Rob Myers and his wife. Reading the article where Mr. Myers states that he believes in honesty and integrity in his actions prompted me to share some things about the Rob Myers I knew. I stayed…

Does MT special ed funding pass constitutional test?

By Rep. Kathy Kelker, Billings   John (not his real name), a 5-year old in a Billings public school kindergarten class, was born with disabilities that affect his physical dexterity and his ability to speak clearly. He has been eligible for special services since birth and receives special instruction as well as speech, occupational and…

Praise for defeat of anti-clean water amendment

By Dave Chadwick, Executive Director, Montana Wildlife Federation   Last week the US Senate narrowly defeated an amendment to block efforts by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the Clean Water Act. The amendment, by Senator John Hoeven (North Dakota), would prevent the EPA from implementing the…

No sidelines in fight against climate change

By Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network   On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. What was intended to be a college campus teach-in soon spread to every community and city…

Domestic and wild sheep both important to state

By Brian Solan, President, MT Wild Sheep Foundation & Dave McEwen, President, MT Wool Growers Association   We, the Montana Wool Growers Association (MWGA) and the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation (MTWSF), are representatives of Montana’s sheep industries, both domestic and bighorn.  On March 24, 2016 we met in Choteau to discuss our mutual interests in…

Meeting scheduled for Eastside Hwy planning

By Carlotta Grandstaff, Bitterrooters for Planning   The Eastside Highway is due for significant repairs in the north valley. That provides an opportunity for citizens to weigh in on two crucial transportation components that may get overlooked in the planning process: non-motorized travel and collisions with wildlife. The Montana Department of Transportation proposes to widen…

Looking to Montana governor for leadership

By Rep. Ron Ehli, House District 86, Hamilton   It is always amazing to me how, in the political arena, the good intentions and programs of some, can be misconstrued in such a way that will actually cause harm to the very people the programs were designed to protect. The clientele at MDC, the good…