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Category Archives: Letters

Support clean energy regs

Montana Electric Cooperatives Association (MECA), of which Ravalli Electric Coop (REC) is a member, opposes carbon pollution limits and the clean energy that would occur as a result. Our national representatives (Tester, Walsh, Daines) need to know that there are many members of Electric Cooperatives that support renewable energy. MECA sends out their newsletter to…

Thanks from Stevensville Playhouse

The Stevensville Playhouse Board would like to thank the Stevensville community and our many volunteers and members for a successful opening of our 2014-2015 season. “Oliver” received an amazing response from our community. Members and volunteers are invited to a celebration at the Playhouse on Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Tasty treats and lovely…

Fair levy bad idea

Times have been tough and most people have scaled back on expenses. Not so with government agencies. Solution? Just “tax” more. In my business I am seeing senior citizens forced to sell the home they have worked and paid for for a lifetime. In Hamilton, for example, it is said that approximately 40% of the…

Support for fairgrounds improvements

I am glad to hear that the “Ravalli County Fairgrounds” has plans to invest in infrastructure and improvements of the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds is in need of major repairs and remodeling, not to mention bringing the facility to code to meet the ADA requirements. The funding to make such repairs and improvements would be extremely…

Study Commission candidate

There are 19 people who would like to sit on the very important Government Study Commission. Only five will be elected. I submit that I, Ron Stoker, am qualified to be one of those elected. As a former legislator who chaired in ’07 the Health and Human Services Committee and in ’09 chaired the Judiciary…

Support for Burrows

The season of politics is upon us and it is time to consider some of the issues, situations, and qualifications of the candidates running for office this November. In the primary election this spring the voters expressed their collective displeasure with the current management of Ravalli County and in the next few weeks they will…

Support for Pearson

What matters when you vote for a Justice of the Peace? Justice is such a tricky word – depending on which side you speak to. We create laws to define a somewhat universal fairness within our society. Still, I have seen judges ignore the law, ignore common sense and make a “judgment” based on personal…

Support for Ray

Jennifer Bedey Ray has worked for Ravalli County Justice Court as my Court Administrator for over 12 years. She is running for Justice of the Peace, Department #1, the position being vacated by Judge Clute. Jennifer is a dedicated public employee, she is very intelligent and over the past 12 years she has learned what…

Support for Jim Bailey

I’m writing in support of justice for Ravalli County, for which Jim Bailey stands. Jim Bailey did an outstanding job for the citizens of Ravalli County as a Detective on the Sheriff force during my years in office. His knowledge of the law, both civil and criminal, is a definite asset to the voters of…

Vote Democrat

The choice is clear for the November elections. Whether it’s local, state, or national races, you should consider voting Democrat. Republicans have moved too far right, even for conservative folks. Witness the local Republican debacles: the Stamey/Treasurer fiasco, lawsuits galore, and managerial incompetence. Montana-wide, Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid to help the working poor. Nationally,…