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Category Archives: Letters

Setting record straight on county payouts

It’s long past time to set the record straight on the county commissioners’ $1 million payment to two land developers, arguably one of the most unexplainable – and as yet unexplained – decisions ever made by any local government. But we are talking about Ravalli County Commissioners here, who in the last five years have…

Climate change just an excuse

I was distressed to read the letter “Climate change must be faced” only to find yet another pointless claim of anthropogenic “Republican” environmental damage to our planet. One question comes to mind, why would someone burn their own house down? Profit, one might say, but that argument does not hold water when standing in your…

Calendar info clarified

The Historic St Mary’s Mission staff and volunteers developed a commemorative calendar for the 175th Anniversary Celebration in 2016. It has been brought to our attention that the caption for the Lone Rock School is not totally accurate. Our research was taken from the “Montana Genesis” 1971, pages 219-227. Since this book was published, the…

Support for Darby library levy

Will we maintain our position in the world by our children’s ability to shoot a 25’ jump shot or by their ability to logically solve a mathematical theorem? We need doctors, scientists and engineers to tackle the world’s problems. Walking down main street Darby at 3:15 on a weekday afternoon, you will encounter students descending…

Thanks for expanding Medicaid coverage

For nearly three years, individuals and organizations across Montana have been working hard to expand Medicaid and increase access to affordable health care for the lowest-income Montanans. Even though we lost a legislative battle in 2013, we kept fighting because we knew we could not give up. There are too many people in our state…

Zinke is not serving us

I sent Republican congressman Ryan Zinke an email, asking him to support President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. He responded by writing, “I have vehemently opposed the President’s negotiations since day one. Now that the plan has been sent to Congress, I will do everything possible to stop it.” He then went on to say,…

Re: animal rights

Open letter to the Missoula City Council, Please consider your actions on this issue very carefully. People who support the animal rights movement do so because they love animals. They likely have pets. They believe they are supporting a good thing. Unfortunately they are being misled as the animal rights movement is extreme and shameful…

Thanks from Hamilton Downtown Association

The Hamilton Downtown Association wishes to thank all of the people who participated in our 2015 Daly Days celebration. It’s gratifying to see thousands of people enjoying a good time in our beautiful downtown! In particular, we’d like to recognize the hard work of our HDA Daly Days Committee, led by Susan Wetzsteon. They coordinated…

River needs more protection

As a relative newcomer to the valley, I found Chuck Stranahan’s July 29 fishing column of great interest. I am one of those that retired here in large part because of the Bitterroot River and other nearby waters and thus was intrigued by Stranahan’s figures on the impact of fishing on the economy. The introduction…

Thanks for Garden Tour

Hats off to all those who made the Bitterroot Secret Garden Tour such a success August 8th! To Becky Homan, Karol Klakken May, Deborah Bedey, Katrina Mendrey, Sue McCormack, and Kielian DeWitt, who planned the tour and fundraiser benefitting the Bitter Root Humane Association, I offer my sincerest thanks for a “charming tour.” To Nansu…