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Category Archives: Guest comment

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”…

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…