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Category Archives: Letters

Montana Whatever Association?

Montana Wilderness Association has been playing amateur politician for many years. MWA uses their ephemeral and subjective assessment of ‘political reality’ to rationalize repeatedly sacrificing ancient, enduring wildlands rather than doggedly pursuing their former mission to protect Montana wildlands. They have made deals with the devil and are now apparently surprised at the results. An…

Flood plain folly

Here are a few thoughts regarding the recent decision by the Ravalli County Commission to revoke restrictions on building within the flood plain. The definition of flood plain is “those areas that are prone to flooding.” That makes sense. The flood fringe, where the commission will now allow building, is part of and entirely within…

Re: EA on the Darby Lands Project

Interested people who are concerned about our wildlife and the condition of our forest lands: It is now time to get your comments in to the Forest Service. This present FS project is not about logging. It is about road closures and creating ORV trails. These road closures are just old spur (logging) roads for…

Comment needed to protect forest

Do you hunt or fish? Care about clean running water? Wildlife? Healthy watersheds? If you do, then it’s important you comment on the Bitterroot National Forest (BNF) Darby Lumber Lands (DLL) project. The BNF just released its DLL Environmental Assessment (EA). The 28,758 acre proposed watershed restoration and motorized recreation project will do lots of…

Town wants to annex properties

In attending the 02/04/2015 Stevensville Planning Board meeting, there were four items placed on the agenda by Mayor Mim Mack. It was stated to a large attendance that these items were in the very early discussion phase. In my opinion and many years of experience, there is a desire to annex one to three areas…

Expand Medicaid now

Expanding Medicaid in Ravalli County and all of Montana is something that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Montana legislators should pass it and have Governor Bullock sign it as quickly as possible. Forget that it’s part of Obamacare. It’s the right thing to do for some 70,000 Montanans, and it’ll be a boon to…

Gantt did right thing

Thank you, Corrine Gantt, for your brave vote and compassionate words in support of transgender high school student athletes. I imagine that your life isn’t very pleasant right now as you deflect the barbs and arrows being flung your way. There’s no comfort in being the first person to publicly stand up for minority rights,…

Ag folks are good land stewards

Dear Editor, That was a nice article you wrote about the MPG Ranch in last week’s paper. It is comforting to know that a beautiful piece of Bitterroot property will be preserved, and used in a worthwhile manner. It will be a boon to education and research on a lot of different fronts—all provided by…

Double-talking Daines

Montanans may remember the nationally televised debate for United States Senate between Republican Congressman Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis. During that debate, Daines belittled Curtis for not knowing about a law that would prevent Keystone XL Pipeline oil from being exported. Fast forward to January 20, and newly elected Senator Daines voted with the…

Thanks from Rainbow’s End

As the manager of Rainbow’s End Natural Foods, I would like to thank all of our valued customers who have come to offer their condolences and sorrow for the passing of our dear friend and boss Dave Waldo. Your words and heartfelt offerings have meant so very much to us in this time of grieving,…