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Category Archives: Letters

Comment on Wolf Stamp proposal

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park’s proposed Wolf Stamp hearing on 8/14 was well attended. No matter the stamp name, all wildlife will benefit from education, habitat acquisition, increased game wardens and nonlethal measures to address conflicts with livestock and wildlife. As FWP addresses financial shortages, the cost of administering Montana’s trapping program exceeds the revenue…

Everything begins at home

I was talking with a young friend and mother about bullying the other day and learned that her young son has had some trouble with it in pre-school or day-care, I’m not sure which. What really surprised me, though, was that when she talked with the person in charge, the wife of an eminent educator…

Don’t let corporations skate on taxes

The Great Recession “officially” ended almost five years ago, but looking at many communities across the country, you wouldn’t believe it. Ten million people are still searching for work, and more than 15 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure. Classrooms are more crowded, roads need repair, and states and cities struggle to meet…

Support for Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act

For over 60 years, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA) has served as an important voice for the outfitting industry and as a key partner in decisions that effect the management of public land and wildlife resources. We are proud to represent over 200 member businesses across the state that offer a variety of…

Demand equal pay for all

Would you be OK making $400,000 less over your career simply because you’re a woman? I’m not and neither are my girlfriends! Yet that’s exactly what’s happening to women across the country. The gender wage gap has been all over the news. An oft-cited statistic: Women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes,…

A solution in search of a problem

I see that some Montana Legislators are going to be pushing the “Sheriffs First” legislation again this coming January. It must be close to the umpteenth time this anti-federal government idea has been brought to the legislature, but it still hasn’t passed, and with good reason; it’s a bad idea and has little to no…

Climate change a scientific reality

  We’re Montanans who also happen to be scientists. As scientists, we understand the scientific principles demonstrating that human activity is rapidly changing our climate. That is why we joined over 100 other scientists across Montana in sending a letter to our top elected officials calling on them to support policies that reduce carbon pollution….

Further response required

  Bob Lake, Public Service Commissioner, believes climate change (CC) is real. We who believe in science and are sufficiently clear-eyed in observing that CC is already greatly impacting the Bitterroot, want to thank this rare Republican for recognizing the undeniable. Notwithstanding Lake’s admirable admission, he does a public disservice by stating mistruths about CC…

Fire fighting used to be effective

The degradation of our Forest Service into the US Forest Fire Service is so blatant to those of us that have been here awhile that I cannot resist again writing a letter about what I have seen over the years compared to today. A series of fires decades ago when the Forest Service lit fire…

See for yourself

  I would like to invite the public to stop by Stevensville Hardware and look at the “wall” that has caused us to sue the Stevensville Playhouse and form your own opinion on its condition. Phil Henderson Stevensville