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Stevensville town council’s great leap backward

I was devastated to find the recycling center at Burnt Fork Market closed down by the Stevensville Town Council. How much more garbage is going to the landfill? How many more trees have to be harvested to make cardboard, newspaper and other paper products when those items can be recycled? Did the council consider a…

Don’t reduce Medicaid

I am a resident of Mountain View Manor Nursing Home (48 bed) in Eureka, Montana. Montana House Bill 2 would reduce the amount of Medicaid that the state gives to nursing homes. It would harm my quality of care. According to our Administrator, it could potentially reduce our reimbursement as much as $80,000 to $100,000…

Support for mail election

In a recent letter to the editor, Rep. Forrest Mandeville (R-Columbus) made a mighty effort to discredit mail voting – mighty outrageous, that is. The chair of the House State Administration Committee believes that a mail ballot in the May 25 special election for Montana’s lone congressional seat will result in “voter suppression.” He used…

Slashing higher ed wrong way to address shortfalls

As the President of the ASUM, it is my privilege and responsibility to represent over 11,000 students of the University of Montana. Unfortunately, the fight for affordable, accessible higher education for Montana’s families is becoming more challenging. The Legislature has proposed an $11.8 million cut to the Montana University System that our students and our…

Tester proposal protects critical wildlands

Recently Senator Tester introduced a bill to insure the agreements reached by the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project (BCSP) will be achieved. This includes developing a 10-year schedule of forest restoration projects. The really important component is the Monture Creek and Grizzly Basin additions to the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and the North Fork Blackfoot additions to…

No thank you, Fred

Whoa! Did I read Senator Fred Thomas’ editorial right? Does he really have the nerve to advance giving my national public lands to the states so the land and its resources can be sold to corporations for pennies on the dollar? This is the same state senator, who 20 years ago, at the behest of…

Putin must be tickled pink

Breitbart has tipped the balance scale. Listing seven reasons TrumpCare is no good. Now people know TrumpCare would stick the average Montanan with $3,600 more annual ACA premium. And transfer some $274 billion to the elite 1%-ers. TrumpCare does not fare well with the majority of votes in the US House. Good deal, now Congress…

The velocity of money

It’s hard to ignore the economic circumstances of those who work for minimum wage in a community like the Bitterroot Valley. Vacant mini-malls and empty downtown storefronts prove many local companies go out of business because we, the working poor, have no purchasing power. We shop at thrift stores and garage sales. We cannot afford…

Increase gas tax – who wins, who loses?

As many of you know this 65th legislative session has a very tight budget. State overspending and declining natural resource prices have hurt our state’s financial health. When money gets tight, whether you are a business, family, or the state government, there are two options: raise income/prices/taxes or cut spending. Last week Rep. Frank Garner,…

Montana Congressional Seat

Well, the special election to replace Ryan Zinke in the U.S. House of Representatives is finally set and it sure didn’t take long for the winning candidates to go after one another. Blazing Saddle Republican Greg Gianforte shot from the hip first by accusing Democrat Rob Quist of being nothing more than a “Musician” who…