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Category Archives: Letters

A solution in search of a problem

I see that some Montana Legislators are going to be pushing the “Sheriffs First” legislation again this coming January. It must be close to the umpteenth time this anti-federal government idea has been brought to the legislature, but it still hasn’t passed, and with good reason; it’s a bad idea and has little to no…

Climate change a scientific reality

  We’re Montanans who also happen to be scientists. As scientists, we understand the scientific principles demonstrating that human activity is rapidly changing our climate. That is why we joined over 100 other scientists across Montana in sending a letter to our top elected officials calling on them to support policies that reduce carbon pollution….

Further response required

  Bob Lake, Public Service Commissioner, believes climate change (CC) is real. We who believe in science and are sufficiently clear-eyed in observing that CC is already greatly impacting the Bitterroot, want to thank this rare Republican for recognizing the undeniable. Notwithstanding Lake’s admirable admission, he does a public disservice by stating mistruths about CC…

Fire fighting used to be effective

The degradation of our Forest Service into the US Forest Fire Service is so blatant to those of us that have been here awhile that I cannot resist again writing a letter about what I have seen over the years compared to today. A series of fires decades ago when the Forest Service lit fire…

See for yourself

  I would like to invite the public to stop by Stevensville Hardware and look at the “wall” that has caused us to sue the Stevensville Playhouse and form your own opinion on its condition. Phil Henderson Stevensville

Car insurance nightmare

  Maybe you all could help me… I got a notice in the mail a few months ago saying my car insurance went from $120 a month to $390 a MONTH. Unbelievable! I did not have any tickets or claims. After some investigation in an attempt for some remedy, I discovered that two and a…

Paid in America

  Walgreens, America’s largest drug store chain, says they are leaving the United States because our tax rate is too high. It must really be killing them, but it’s hard to know because last year they upped their CEO compensation by 13%, had increased 2014 third quarter earnings of 15% compared to a year ago,…

Tribute to Lloyd Eickert

  All of us at Pantry Partners would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Lloyd Eickert. Lloyd co-founded Pantry Partners in 1989. He served as treasurer for many years. He continued to contribute as a board member until his retirement and since visited us frequently to see how…

County dodging dust duties

As last week’s article about the cancellation of Ravalli County’s Dust Abatement Program stated, I believe that road dust is a serious health hazard, and not just for people living beside dirt roads. Road dust gets stirred into our valley’s air and spread around for all to share. The Ravalli County Best Management Practices for…

Forest fires/valley smoke

  Most of Ravalli County is forest land.  The US Forest Service provides fire protection for over half the county, and there are about 12 fire stations protecting the remaining parts of the county. Single engine air tankers (SEAT planes) are the quickest and best means of attacking small fires in inaccessible forest terrain before…