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Wild ride ahead

My wife and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley from Jacksonville, FL, in the fall of 2010 and have learned to love this area and its people. It is so much better than NE Florida, or anywhere else in Florida, for that matter. We lived in Jacksonville for almost ten years and experienced both the…

Obama successes

While Republican presidential candidates adolescently argue who has the biggest male anatomy, Democrats and President Obama are busy debating serious issues and successfully addressing two enormous challenges that Americans really care about: jobs and health insurance.  Our President summed it up on March 4: “Our businesses have created jobs every single month since I signed…

We welcome all

Recently the Ravalli County Commissioners held a meeting taking community comment on a proposal to voice Ravalli County’s opposition to the relocation of Syrian refugees to the Bitterroot Valley. We feel that the results of that meeting expose the continuance of a long and hateful history of America’s distrust and fear of minorities. Nearly every…

Bitterrooters mostly good

So Mr. Cornelius is leaving the Bitterroot, angry and disgruntled. I am sorry that he could not get a good job here as so many cannot, or are underemployed. And I am sorry that he never encountered the majority of Bitterrooters who are good, supportive of programs to help the disadvantaged, and who support his…

Unfair treatment

I heard something interesting today… Once again a citizen gets punished as if they were a “bad” child. I remember a time when I wanted to improve my property while the neighbor chose to neglect his property. I was served notice that I must pay the government $800 for permission. I was punished and told…

Severson thanked

I just want to take this opportunity, as Dan Severson relinquishes ownership of Valley Drug, to say thank you for all you have done for the town of Stevensville. Many of your accomplishments and civic generosity have been well documented this past month, but I would like to add some additional thoughts from the viewpoint…

Praise for ‘Working’ play

Be sure to treat yourself and go see the current production, “Working,” at the Stevensville Playhouse which will be presented only three more times. It is a funny, poignant, true-to-life portrayal of the average, and never fully appreciated, working people who contribute so much to our daily lives, but who are barely noticed. Of course,…

Outta here!

To those who wrote letters appearing in last week’s edition of the Star denouncing the Ravalli County Commission’s stance against the state’s inclusion of Syrian refugees while blatantly attempting to guilt-trip naysayers using miscontextualized Bible verses: Your hypocrisy’s showing, luv. You live in the poorest county in the state, either support or sit idly by…

Some history

Recently, I researched the University of Montana Mansfield Library’s archival 1889 Carrington Consolidated Map of Indian and Settlers Land in Bitter Root Valley, Montana and 1909 Northern Pacific’s “Uncle Sam Will Give You a Home in the Flathead Indian Reservation, Western Montana.” Carrington depicted lands as “taken from the Indians” before October 1891 when U.S….

Joining the fray

I was happy to stay out of the fray until I read “Local churches extend welcoming hand.” Now, I will not stand silent when the teachings of my Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, are so grossly distorted. I will address a few of the lies: “Its (the Bible’s) movement is toward the unity of peoples…