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Category Archives: Letters

Future of energy in Montana

The State of Montana is blessed with an abundance of energy resources. We have areas of high quality wind and solar opportunities, and we have one of the nation’s largest reserves of high quality coal, plus new reserves of natural gas. The recent announcement of the complete shutdown of Colstrip units 1 & 2 was…

Thanks from Student Council

I would like to thank, on the behalf of Hamilton High School Student Council, Albertson’s generous donation of 30 gallons of milk, Hamilton Market Place’s donation of 10 gallons, and Safeway’s donation of 2 gallons to the coffee cart fundraiser conducted during the fair. Every gallon helped and we are very grateful. Nastasha Garrison HHS…

Support for Juras

Kristen Juras is running for the Montana Supreme Court, and I support her wholeheartedly. I have known her since 1989, and worked closely with her as a practicing lawyer and as a law professor. If elected to the Court, Kristen will be the only justice with an extensive background in business, property rights, and agricultural…

Governor ignores special ed kids

School has started in Montana as we say goodbye to summer. Sadly, Governor Bullock didn’t request any funding increases for this year’s special education students in his budget proposal in 2015. There was, however, a nonpartisan bill to allow a Special Needs Education Savings Account for families to use for new educational opportunities for their…

Best to worst presidents in last 50 years

Although diehard Republicans despise Barack Obama, many of us are savoring the last five months of his presidency. It didn’t quite hit me what a good president he’s been, until I stumped three people critical of his policies with this simple question: “Name one president better than Obama during the last 50 years.” That led…

Support for I-177

If you have ever had to release an animal or bird from a trap you know how much pain they are in. Thousands of animals suffer year after year to appease the desire of less than one percent of the Montana citizens who trap. Trappers sell their take. When someone hunts or fishes it is…

Sperry wrong

Ed Sperry’s LTE dated August 31st contains inaccuracies. He claims Friends of the Bitterroot “… filed a suit in federal district court to stop the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project …” The truth is that Friends of the Bitterroot did not file any suit, and did not litigate the project. It should also be pointed…

Let’s really talk!

I ran across an interesting quote that you all may find worth pondering if even for a moment. “For the Greeks, dia-logos, flow of meaning, was seen as a cornerstone of civic practice, inseparable from self-governing. The polis or gathering place for governing, the root of our modern politics, was nothing but a physical space…

3rd party candidate deserves seat at debates

This year’s election is fast approaching, and one thing I keep hearing is how awful our choices are. Hillary or Trump. Democrat or Republican. That is usually followed by “I am voting for (insert candidate’s name) so (insert opposing candidate’s name) doesn’t win!” Or, “I am going to pick the lesser of two evils!” With…

Opportunity to comment critical

I’ve lived in the Bitterroot Valley since 1965. In all of that time I have subscribed to the Ravalli Republic. The paper has always had Opinion Pages where the people of the valley could express their views on any matter that was important to them. I expressed my views on a variety of subjects many…