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Category Archives: Guest comment

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”…

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…