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Attempting to make sense of Pope’s remarks

By Bob Williams, Stevensville I got mighty frustrated trying to understand words Pope Francis was voicing, in front of the US Congress. Since he was reading from a carefully composed manuscript, how come no text line across the screen telling us what the dickens he was saying? After awhile I went and read what he…

Review hospice donation solicitations carefully

By Jane Hron, RN BSN, Marcus Daly Home Health & Hospice Department Head Marcus Daly Hospice encourages you to review solicitation pleas carefully. Hospice is a movement that developed about fifty years ago in England and thankfully has moved into this country very effectively. Hospice services are provided when patients and families are at end-of-…

Public deserves answers on county settlements

By Patti Eldredge, Victor Open Letter to J. R. Iman, Greg Chilcott, and Jeff Burrows, Ravalli County Commissioners and to their legal advisers Howard Recht and Alan McCormick, concerning the Big Sky and Morado Mountain Settlements: The recent editorial in the Bitterroot Star (August 26, 2015) excellently sums up a disturbing and mysterious series of…

Let’s preserve the good thing we have

By Ronald Wandler, Stevensville A lot of input has been circulated about the Three Mile sub district petition action taken by BRID. A whole lot of input about who owns what, being private, being owned by BRID, cost of operation etc… But many of you have forgotten or are not aware how the Three Mile…

Time for new paradigm for forest management

By Michael Hoyt and Mel Holloway, Hamilton It is fire season in the west, and the proponents of commercial logging are at it again. Claims that logging can prevent wildfires are filling the air. Assertions that “when we used to log in National Forests, there were hardly any wildfires” appear almost daily in newspaper editorials,…

Figuring out BRID proposal for Three Mile system

By SL Coulter, Corvallis In recent weeks, drama, anger and contention regarding the Three Mile Gravity Flow System has come into my realm of awareness so I began doing some research. After getting to know several of the people at BRID, poring over all of the opinion letters written in local newspapers by both sides…

Time to free Barry Beach

By Bob Brown and Jim Elliott “It [is] more a duty [of an Attorney General] to save an innocent than to convict a guilty man.” We know we do not live in a perfect world where only the guilty are convicted and the wrongly accused go free, but prosecutors can sometimes seem more interested in…

Comprehensive planning is best option

By Jim Rokosch, President, Bitterrooters for Planning; Carlotta Grandstaff, Communications Director; Board of Directors: Kelsey Milner, Doug Soehren, Sarah Roubik, Kathie Roubik, Marilyn Saunders, Bill Nelson, Russ Lawrence, Skip Kowalski, Bill LaCroix, Stewart Brandborg, Larry Campbell Bitterrooters for Planning is a 501-c-3 qualified, Montana non-profit, dedicated to advocating for comprehensive land-use policies, a county-wide Growth…

Hospital committed to serving community

By Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Board of Directors: Don Lodmell, PhD, Board Chairman; Bill Bean, Board Vice Chairman; Tom Anderson, Barbara Ackerman, Susannah Benjamin, Frederick Ilgenfritz. MD, Allen W. Jones, MD, Brian Kelleher, MD, John Ormiston, James Owings, CPA This year marks 84 years of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital caring for our community. For the…

Parking plan for new Bitterroot College site

By Victoria Clark, Director, Bitterroot College, University of Montana The Bitterroot College University of Montana would like to thank N.J. Gilmore for the concerns she expressed in her “Where’s the parking?” letter to the editor (July 15, 2015) regarding parking once the College moves to its new location at the Hamilton School District’s Westview building….