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Category Archives: Letters

Disrespectful behavior

  Recently I was a volunteer for the Bitterroot College’s presentation of The Medicine Tree: A Catalyst for Cultural Dialogue. The community forum aspect of the program on May 22 was a fantastic community event to help the public gain insight on the Medicine Tree, as well as the culture of the Salish People as…

Star does it again

  Michael Howell and the Bitterroot Star have done it again. Last week’s editorial expose about the backroom deal where ‘our’ present County Commissioners gave away $675,000 taxpayer money to their developer buddies reads like an organized crime novel. Would that it was an historic novel set in Chicago, but it’s a true story about…

Stevi bonuses, city judge, tax levy

  Did you know at the December 12, 2013 meeting, Stevensville’s Town Council voted on Resolution #326 (which is: Administrative/Executive Supplemental Compensation)? Council person Towle read the Resolution #326 into the minutes and council person Bill Perrin clarified that this was brought forward by the council and not the mayor. There was public opposition and…

Questions on mayor’s ‘agenda’

  Before some would jump to poor loser, please indulge a minute or two to read this letter. I was troubled by the order of the last Town Council meeting (05/22/14). It was clear to me that Mayor Mim Mack had ordered the agenda to push for a Permissive Levy to pay for eligible Town…

Kids with guns

  Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common to hear of fatal incidents involving small children and guns. The purpose of this letter is to remind all gun owners in the Bitterroot Valley, especially those with young children, that with the right to gun ownership comes serious responsibilities and obligations. This past Saturday afternoon my husband…

Beyond sad

  Beyond sad and nauseating that a typical response by governmental staff is to kill an animal such as the beaver that Kimi Smith sadly witnessed in the conibear trap. And, not surprising the trapper slower even still, to check the trap, before Ms. Smith came upon and witnessed this beaver’s tragic death. Mr. Reed…

Support for Hawk

  Ray has been around quite awhile, and has established a history of success in all he has done. First in banking, then into auctioneering along with antique sales and appraisals. Ray was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002, serving eight years, where he again was very successful, establishing himself as a…

Support for government review

  Vote Yes for the referendum on reviewing the government of Ravalli County. Why? For the cost of less than a cup of coffee—$1 or less (based on a property valued at $200,000 or less, with an assessed valuation of $2,000—this assessed figure can be found in the upper right hand corner of your tax…

Time to fire Foss and Stoltz

  I don’t know how any clear thinking citizen of Ravalli County could consider returning Suzy Foss and Ron Stoltz to office for another four years of lousy judgment and fiscal irresponsibility. Look at what their mismanagement has cost the county taxpayers so far: 1) Stoltz and Foss, as the two most unapologetic vocal supporters…

Support for Schallenberger

  I am writing in support of Doug Schallenberger for District 5 county commissioner. I have known Doug for over 35 years and find him to be a fair and honest individual. I know that he believes all voices should be heard and considered in making decisions that are best for Ravalli County. He can…