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Category Archives: Letters

The ultimate discrimination

There is a lot of discussion and reference to bigotry, racism and discrimination during the hectic political process, in which, the country is currently engaged. No one, however, has seen fit to address this subject in regard to Roe v. Wade and the current abortion law that exists in this country. Reviewing the statistics for…

Sorry, Gov, but it ain’t so

For the most part I like and support our Governor Steve Bullock and I’ve heard in his reelection rhetoric him talking about new business starts and the ease of doing business in Montana. I can’t speak about the business starts but I can speak about the ease of doing business here, and sorry, Gov, but…

Not all change bad

I recently saw a high school classmate from California advocating to vote against I-177 at the trapper’s booth during the Ravalli County Fair. He stated that “any change is bad.” I have lived in Montana for eight years and he for 25 years. He considers himself to be a true Montanan, but not me. Even…

Trapping is sadistic

Recently, trappers have been trying to tie their activity in with hunting and fishing, that voting to prohibit trapping on public lands will lead to similar restrictions against hunters and fishermen. That’s nonsense. There’s no comparison between trapping and other outdoor sports. There also isn’t any history of that in states that have instituted trapping…

Support for I-177

Change is always with us, necessitating modifying our behaviors if we wish to maintain the best quality of life for ourselves and future generations. As a fifth generation Montanan, my great, great grandfather, DB, homesteaded in Montana in 1864 and times were much different then. While out haying one day, his dogs started barking at…

We should follow county’s lead

Recent remarks by Margaret Gorski (Star letter, 9/7) miss the mark in assessing Ravalli County. The current civic leaders and legislators of Ravalli County have a track record of leadership and accomplishments that Ms. Gorski seems to have overlooked. Replacing the old “drawbridge” attitude with a new “welcome mat” has been underway for a long…

Re: floodplain

After reading a letter titled “Support for ‘Big Dave’ Smith” published in the Bitterroot Star on September 7, 2016, I feel compelled to respond to some inaccuracies regarding the floodplain. The writer takes exception to a septic system that has been installed “on an island of the Bitterroot River”, and proceeds to blame a County…

Response to Kubista

This is in response to Keith Kubista’s LTE on Sept 6, 2016. I realize the intent but his anti I-177 rant belongs in the entertainment section under ‘Fiction’. First, Kubista claims that I-177 is supported by groups “whose real agenda is to ban hunting, trapping and animal use altogether.” Huh? The authors of this initiative…

Gianforte wrong about I-177

Candidate Greg Gianforte publicly stated that the Montana Trap-Free Public Lands Initiative, I-177, is “an attempt by [environmental extremists] to take away not only our trapping rights, but also our hunting rights.” (MTPR, 9/13/16).  This statement is false. A broad range of Montanans supports I-177. More than 40,000 Montanans signed the bi-partisan, citizens’ initiative. The…

Thanks from Victor Fire District

The Victor Volunteer Fire District would like to thank both Farmers State Bank and the Rapp Family Foundation, Inc., for their generous contribution that has allowed for the purchase of a Thermal Imaging Camera and two Gas Detectors. The purchase of these items assists in life safety protection of our firefighters. The Gas Detectors assists…