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Category Archives: Letters

Support for Manzella

A vote for Theresa Manzella is a vote for integrity and honor. I am writing this because in our Ravalli County community we are blessed with some of the finest statesmen and women ever elected to office. Individuals who stand for high Constitutional standards. People who would never betray us no matter what the incentive…

Support for Forest Travel Plan

Recently, the Bitterroot National Forest completed a new forest-wide travel plan. The forest managers carefully balanced laws, court decisions, resource protections, existing uses and various user requests to reach the best possible plan. There are some people who are not happy with it, and probably few who like every part of it. However, as our…

Ugly power lines

I just got back in town and noticed that the beautiful trees that lined the walking path were gone. Then I read in the paper that they had been taken out for power lines. I never heard of any public discussion on this. The trees didn’t look sick, in fact they were more beautiful every…

Why the sniveling?

Hello Fellow Stupid Bowl Irrigators: Replying to the 27-January-2016 letter by T.C. Richardson. Well, I would like to personally thank BRID Manager Mr. John Crowley for a fine job of supplying the water to keep our pastures and hay fields green. Next I would like to thank the ditch riders who work 24/7 during the…

Support for Chilcott

I am asking you to please join me in supporting Greg Chilcott in his bid for re-election as County Commissioner from District 2. Greg understands Ravalli County and has a long family history here in the Bitterroot Valley. He has served on the Board of Ravalli County Commissioners since 2003 and the current board continually…

Support for Gutsche

I have worked with Gail Gutsche in one capacity or another for more than 20 years. Most of that time was spent promoting policy and programs that protected women and their families from the ravages of environmental degradation. I don’t know anyone who is as committed to a cleaner environment, and more specifically to a…

No new taxes!

When is enough, enough? The push is on to get Ravalli County voters to approve a ballot initiative to assess a tax levy on property owners in order to fund the Ravalli County Museum. This would, hypothetically, allow the museum to continue operations at the current pace and make some needed improvements, while only costing…

Your first, last and only chance

The upcoming Primary Election will be your only chanct to vote on the recommendations made by the Local Government Study Group (LGSG). For whatever reasons, they decided to put this on the Primary ballot in June rather than the General Election ballot in November. No matter what you think of this group, their work or…

Re: Three Mile irrigation system

I would like to respond to Dave Tripp (Star Letters, Wednesday, April 6, 2016). The real issues here are: How can Three Mile Irrigators continue to conduct our business of irrigating in the most efficient manner after the satisfaction of the thirty-year bond? BRID is not part of this struggle. They are the victims of…

Travel Plan benefits elk and trout

Elk and trout don’t get to participate in land management decisions such as travel planning. The new travel plan for the Bitterroot National Forest is important to the future of both elk and trout, as well as those who care about them. Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has spoken on behalf of elk and trout…