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Category Archives: Letters

Essen is wrong

Continued rabid anti-Republican drivel and whining from Marty Essen who moved to Victor from a liberal state.   How is it the fault of Republicans when most of this murder happens in anti-gun large cities (traditionally Democratic) such as Chicago (which sees more gun deaths than our soldiers in overseas combat, by the way) and…

Legislators shirk responsibility for DPHHS budget

To my amazement, two of the leading legislators responsible for drastically cutting the 2018-19 Biennium budget for the senior, long term care, mental health, and addictive disorders services of the DPHHS are now trying to hide their part in failing the people of Montana.   They have the audacity to say that the State Budget…

Republicans: what will it take?

Gun deaths, police violence, and global warming are epidemics, solvable with commitment, ingenuity, and cooperation. Unfortunately, as long as Republicans stand in the way, solutions to those problems will remain out of America’s grasp. With that in mind, I’d like to ask Republicans, “What will it take?”   From 2000 to 2015, the equivalent to…

Forest facts

Fall has arrived and so has the blame game for wildfires. Never mind that for thousands of years, fire has created healthy forests and diverse habitats. It, like snow, is an integral part of the Northern Rockies.   Montana politicians Zinke, Gianforte, and Daines converged on the Lolo Peak fire. Their message was clear: we’re…

Public deserves answers on DPHHS priorities

Montanans need only to look at the front page of any statewide paper or turn on the local evening news to know that our state is experiencing a budget deficit made much worse by a severe and long fire season.   But members of the Legislature have been warning Governor Bullock since long before the…

Consumers deserve forum

The monthly magazine of the MT Electric Cooperatives’ Association has a space for Viewpoint by the CEO. There is no place for members to express their views and I have found this very frustrating over the years. This month the title is “Communication is Key.” We have one-sided communication with Ravalli Electric Cooperative. The annual…

Thanks from Red Cross

When times are tough, Montanans rise to the challenge. That’s what we do.   And that’s been the case during a difficult wildfire season that has touched all corners of our state. Neighbors have helped neighbors, donating hay, offering up a safe place to stay and a warm meal.   They’ve also opened their pocketbooks,…

What’s your story?

Stories… I read the paper, look at facebook posts and hear people talk. Almost everything is a story, a perspective from someone’s head, a possible myth we tell ourselves about the world we live in based on an experience, an observation, or a belief. Stories about the fire, about who or what is at fault,…

A better way

I have followed with interest the letters and editorials generated by the current fire season. The wild card which current forest policy hasn’t addressed is “smoke.” I’m hearing that people have had enough. As a forester I hate to see a political solution because there is a better way.   I totally understand the role…

The American Family

Being part of a family means accepting certain changes to how we conduct our affairs in life. Parents, siblings, in-laws, etc must be dealt with in a fashion that not only keeps the family strong but insures the continued life of the individual.   America is a family without a pedigree, herein lays our strength,…