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Category Archives: Letters

Big Sky Health is Montana answer for healthcare

We recently introduced our Big Sky Health package, which was developed over two years to address our state’s most serious healthcare concerns. Montanans have spoken loud and clear, for years, that they don’t want to accept overreaching federal healthcare programs like Obamacare. Instead, Montanans want a solution that works for our state’s unique population. Our…

Re: Montana Health Care

Boy, was I excited when I read the headline in our local newspaper “Big Sky Health Plan is a Montana Answer.” Reading further, I found out that it’s a Republican proposal that will carefully utilize limited federal funds that have been previously wasted. This in contrast to those important disbursements needed to assist military budgets,…

Punches start landing

Last week I said the atmosphere felt like two boxers circling each other… this week the blows started landing. Committee hearings, sometimes contentious, hallways filled with passionate folks ready to plead their views. Legislators looking somewhat ‘stunned’ and committee chairs trying to give everyone a few moments to testify. At 9:45pm the House Education committee…

Mayor wants more authority

For the last few months a number of items have been placed on the Town Council Agenda. The common thread to most of the items is an increase in the Mayor’s authority and a reduction in the authority of the Town Council. Since the Mayor rarely states why any of the proposed changes are a…

Commissioners headed where?

I had an epiphany – As the season of Easter approaches, those within the Christian realm will hear sermons and or at least think about life after death – what happens when physical existence ceases and where does the “soul” go – Heaven, Hell or ??? The seasons keep passing for us Bitterrooters and our…

No apology necessary

Republicans generally believe in and support the First Amendment. Selective rights appear in the view of a few small minded members of the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee, who strenuously objected when two members of that organization spoke with local press. When did that become a crime in this country? At a recent Central Committee…

Policy, not politics, should fuel public land debate

As avid sportsmen, we recognize the value of our public land in Montana. But we also recognize our responsibility as citizens to see that our public lands are properly managed. It’s simply not enough to just “keep it public”. Unfortunately, many on the political left have decided they aren’t interested in improving the management of…

Calm waters getting rougher

It’s been fun getting to know the new legislators. Hard working, friendly and happy are most, only a very few make you wonder why they even bothered running. Like last session, the first few weeks are spent learning, for the freshmen, and getting through our committee’s the policy and non spending type bills. We are…

Support for CSKT Water Compact

Do you have thousands of dollars sitting in your bank account? More importantly, do you have thousands of dollars, sitting in your bank account, that you have no better use for than paying an attorney to go to Water Court? Hopefully the answer to the former is yes, and the latter is no, because Montana’s…

Opposed to CSKT Water Compact

Again I find myself questioning my State and Federal Government’s thought process regarding the controversial 2015 CSKT Water Compact. Fellow Ranchers and State Legislators have somehow decided that my family’s ranch is somehow less important than that of my neighbors, purely because of acreage or the need to work two jobs to cover the expenses…