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Category Archives: Letters

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…

Thanks from trail committee

On behalf of the Darby Trail of Discovery Committee, I want to send out a heartfelt “Thank You” to all those who took time this past Saturday morning to join in on the Darby Trail Weed Clean Up Party. It was held on our regular annual trail clean up day and was sponsored by the…

Thanks to Skate Park Kids

I would like to thank the Skate Park Kids and mentors for such a fabulous job doing yard work for me. They arrived on time and ready to go. They all worked hard, moving gravel and compost as well as weeding, without any fussing or fighting. I would highly recommend their services. It will all…

Commissioners object that they cannot object!

What happened? Ravalli County Commissioners object, that they no longer have standing, in the USFS Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS) leading up to new, two-season maps showing where motorized travel is, and is not, allowed. What’s going on? Five years to comment on USFS plans for different means of travel in and near Wilderness. County…

Crazy drivers

To the gracious, conscientious commuters of the Bitterroot Valley with whom I’m forced to share Highway 93: Your driver’s manual clearly states that you are to yield to oncoming traffic. It also clearly states that you are to obey all stop-signs. These rules (and I’m only bringing up two of them for the purpose of…

Thanks to mail carrier

I would like to publicly thank our mail carrier. He doesn’t just bring my mail, he has done much more. Josh has raked my leaves, split wood and stacked it in a neat pile. Saying thank you isn’t enough. He is a heck of a guy. He has a wonderful family, Debbie and Hunter. I…