https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=J92J2F8LA8554
Bitterroot Star Ads
Kearns and Sons

Category Archives: Guest comment

Political extremism harming our county

Star Editorial It’s time to take a look at our county government and point out what’s becoming more clear every day: political extremism is harming our county. With the latest appointment of a County Treasurer who is proving to be incapable of performing her job, we’re just about at ‘ground zero’ in the relentless and…

Some progress, but white ribbons still necessary

By Stacey Umhey, Executive Director, SAFE (Supporters of Abuse Free Environments)   This week, Ravalli County conducts its annual White Ribbon Campaign, encouraging all members of the community to wear a white ribbon as a way of showing your commitment to not condone, commit or support violence against women. The campaign, sponsored by the Ravalli…

Do what’s best, and right, for Stevensville

By Dale A. Burk, Stevensville The receipt of my mail-in ballot for the 2013 Stevensville town election this past week spurred me, as I’m sure it has many of my fellow citizens, to more carefully examine what has been and is going on in regard to politics in our community. In doing so, I was…

Now is not the time to turn back

Star Editorial   It seems a shame that the impressive record of accomplishments of the current Stevensville Town Council under the leadership of Mayor Gene Mim Mack is being called into question by a few disgruntled folks with loud voices. The history of the town government’s problems prior to this council have been well-documented in…

Better check the facts before voting

Star Editorial The Bitterroot Star and KLYQ Radio recently sponsored a candidate forum at which candidates for municipal office in Stevensville were invited to engage in an old fashioned debate. The candidates got a chance to ask questions of each other and answer questions from the audience. The forum was meant to be an educational…

Inflexible commissioners a liability for citizenry

By Doris Adam, Hamilton Perfection: Fine to strive for, but not to be chained to. Our Ravalli County Commissioners know what they want in their singularly unique, perfect world. And if it’s a hair less than 100% of their vision – if there’s a single “string attached” – then by golly, they’ll torpedo any vital…

Local elections affect us all

By Linda McCulloch, Montana Secretary of State I remember the first time I voted an official ballot. It was 1973, just two years after 18-year-olds were granted the right to vote. I remember walking into the voting booth and closing the curtain behind me. As I started to mark my ballot, I realized how important…

Lack of understanding leads to glaring omission

  People often casually use the term “conflict of interest” without truly understanding what that means. Case in point, Stevensville Town Councilmember Robin Holcomb who recently voted against approval of the town budget, citing as one reason the mayor’s “conflict of interest” in allocating funds for future work that could potentially be performed by the…

Actions to divide Farm Bill harm middle class and rural America

By Ron de Yong, Director, Montana Department of Agriculture   Recently the U.S. House of Representatives passed Farm Bill legislation that removed the nutrition component that provides food for children, seniors, the disabled, and others in need. If your intention were to eliminate or drastically reduce food going to those in need due to economic…

Social Security is a vital economic engine

By Pat Williams, Missoula Imagine if tomorrow morning’s headline was this: “Four hundred thousand to get one half billion dollar boost in income.” The underlying news story announces that hundreds of thousands of people here in three states of the Northern Rockies whose good earning jobs are behind them will share $500 million each year…