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Category Archives: Letters

Opposed to HB-212

The fundamental issue represented by HB-212, currently before the House Fish Wildlife and Parks Committee is not trapping. While nominally about “Reaffirming that trapping is a form of hunting protected under the constitution” the real issue is an extra legal attempt to amend the meaning of Article IX, Section 7 of the constitution by changing…

Whose estimate to use?

Being a committee chair is still a work in progress. On the one hand I hadn’t anticipated the impact of the increased workload, and on the other, I am liking the effect of the ‘gavel.’ Wow, the gavel bangs and people are paying attention and things start to happen. I haven’t gotten brave enough to…

Stay out of theater issue

With regard to the Stevensville Hardware Store and Stevensville Playhouse building controversy playing itself out, I find that the endless finger pointing and negative accusations going around town on this issue are as redundant as trying to eat mercury with a fork. The very last thing that both of these proprietors need is to have…

Governor wrong on Medicaid expansion

We are disappointed in Governor Bullock’s attempt to further expand Obamacare in Montana. No matter how Governor Bullock tries to spin it, the Healthy Montana Plan is merely Obamacare expansion by another name. We need positive reforms that bring better access and affordability to our healthcare system, but expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is not the…

A good deal for Montanans

Providing health insurance to the estimated 70,000 hardworking Montanans earning less than $16,000 a year will promote prosperity and save lives. In the majority of states, Republicans and Democrats put aside partisan politics and expanded Medicaid to their low-income neighbors. It’s time Montana lawmakers do the same. Everyone benefits from reducing the number of uninsured…

It’s about more than water

People on the reservation are well aware of the mind-set and objectives of certain tribal council members, water compact commissioners and key group of supporters. This same attitude, if extended beyond reservation boundaries, constitutes a real threat emanating basically from a small group of perpetrators seeking power and control. The bulk of our population is…

Support for ‘Build Montana’ program

As many as 2,000 temporary high paying blue collar jobs will be created in Montana if the U S government approves the much publicized Keystone XL pipeline. More than twice as many similar private sector construction jobs, however, will result from state government approval of the “Build Montana” program proposed by Democratic Governor Steve Bullock…

CSKT Compact creates water market

Absolute control of surface and ground water for irrigation both on and off the Confederated Salish Kootenai Reservation in western Montana appears to be the goal of the CSKT Compact which affects 350,000 people in 11 counties. Although not specifically written into Indian treaties, judges have ruled that water is needed to make land productive…

Message for the new year

The winter holiday season and approaching new year, for me, has always been a time for both looking back and looking forward – a time to reflect on both the challenges of the past year and the blessings for which I’m thankful – and a time to recharge my optimism as I peer into the…

How about equitable floodplain regulations!

From Hamilton to past the Florence Bridge, excepting choke points of bridges, and emergency 310 riverbank protections, the Bitterroot River flood season involves cut banks of sandy aggregate, eroding away, to fast moving bedloads often to make very large deposits upon old gravel bars. Want to see for yourself how cutbank erosion works? Go to…