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Category Archives: Letters

Response to Fahnestock-Thomas

In response to Mary Fahnestock-Thomas’ letter in last week’s issue: While I applaud her denouncement of the racially-motivated massacre in South Carolina, as well as her concluding sentiments for universal tolerance and respect for others, I believe her idealism is nonetheless naive, even misinformed, in respect to the actual catalyst. For example, she claims that,…

State audit reveals problems

The financial audit for the State of Montana revealed some disturbing problems today in front of the Legislative Audit Committee in Helena. The audit detailed that the Department of Administration does not have adequate internal controls to ensure accuracy of our finances, nor are they properly reviewed or issued in a timely fashion. Some of…

Unborn have rights

I agree with Maggie Moran (Star 6/24/15) that it is a illegal to destroy property, and I am sorry that the doctor is afraid for her life, that should not be, but… I believe deeply that destroying human life is infinitely more terrible that destroying property or scaring someone about what might have happened. Both…

New group fighting CSKT Compact

July 4th celebrations are a time for recalling the birth and exceptionalism of our great nation. The United States of America has remained a unique global experiment in government: political, social, economic, scientific, philosophical and legal. We have enjoyed, promoted and defended our human rights, freedoms, individualism and, especially, our private property. This 4th of…

Let’s talk

I know that there are people who disagree with these decisions, and I hope we will all make an effort to talk openly and civilly about our different thoughts and opinions. Perhaps the group most likely to dig in their heels is middle-aged and older straight white men, who naturally value the status quo and…

Possible solution to societal problems

Aren’t we fortunate not to have a race problem in the Bitterroot? How many of us have had that thought since Dylann Roof joined a small group of black adults at a prayer meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, last week and then shot nine of them to death in the name of patriotism and racial…

Water wars?

I woke up early last Tuesday thinking how crazy it is that the Bitter Root Irrigation District (BRID) up in Corvallis and the Three Mile Gravity System (TMGS) users over in the Lone Rock area have both hired lawyers because they DON’T want to own a pipeline! Shoot, it’s a pretty good underground pipeline installed…

Anti-abortion violence and ripple effect

This week an anti-choice vandal was sentenced to jail time and ordered to pay restitution after destroying the only clinic in the Flathead Valley to provide abortion services. The judge’s sentence sends a strong message that anti-choice violence will not be tolerated in our state…but we cannot end the conversation here. Violence against abortion providers…

Political party central committees important

Of 168 county party central committees possible under Montana Law, only nine have sufficient elected members to form a quorum of 50% in order to conduct business, such as selecting delegates to send to their respective party’s state officer’s convention. Six counties, Beaverhead, Fergus, Granite, Ravalli, Sanders and Sweetgrass, elected enough precinct committee persons to…

Marcus will be missed

William Marcus is the quiet giant of Montana media, and it is ironic that he will begin his long planned retirement this month, within two weeks of the surprising and greatly unfortunate departures of two other Montana luminaries in the profession of journalism, veteran state capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison. When the career…