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Regarding Stamey: county doing way too little, way too late

Star Editorial Now, about a year after having filed suit in civil court against former County Treasurer Valerie Stamey to collect $29,000 in fines that were levied against her for failure to perform her duties, the County Commissioners are suddenly anxious to track her down and hold her responsible for her disastrous term in office….

The mounting cost of ‘public’ information

Star Editorial In celebration of National Sunshine Week, President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt wrote about how “It’s getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable. Authorities are undermining the laws that are supposed to guarantee a citizen’s right to information, turning the right to know…

On the public’s right to speak

Star Editorial Stevensville School Board Chair Cathi Cook’s recent action to stop Gene Mim Mack, a parent, from commenting on the hiring of a coach after he had merely stated he had an objection is the most blatant attempt we have yet witnessed to silence public comment on an issue of public concern by preventing…

Star Editorial – Hamilton Council to be commended

Last week, the Hamilton City Council unanimously approved the following proclamation. This statement was made in response to the possibility of a ‘big box’ store, purported to be a Walmart, locating just south of Hamilton. Whereas, the Trade Area is defined in the existing conditions report of the City of Hamilton Downtown Master Plan; and…

The rest of the story still leaves concerns

Star Editorial Two people contacted the Bitterroot Star about the story we ran disclosing the information contained in the Human Rights Complaint filed by former Road Department employee Danielle Senn against the Ravalli County Commissioners for wrongful termination. They pointed out that the story failed to disclose that the complaint had been dismissed by the…

Become a Friend of the Bitterroot Star

Star Editorial It has been six years since we made the risky but attractive decision to distribute 7,200 of our newspapers to nearly 3000 individual households and more than 100 newsstands across the county for free. What was attractive about it? Basically, the idea that anyone in the entire community could pick up a paper…

Star Editorial Some county commissioners are saying that they “saved” the county millions of dollars with their zero based budgeting and their tough fiscal policies over the past few years. The claim is primarily based on figures reflecting the amount of salaries, wages and benefits that are no longer being paid out. This is called…

No excuse for appointment of Stamey

Star Editorial The Bitterroot Star has received a lot of praise in the last week after breaking the story about the default judgment against Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey in a South Carolina court. While it’s a good feeling to get a pat on the back for work well done, the Star shouldn’t be the…

Political extremism harming our county

Star Editorial It’s time to take a look at our county government and point out what’s becoming more clear every day: political extremism is harming our county. With the latest appointment of a County Treasurer who is proving to be incapable of performing her job, we’re just about at ‘ground zero’ in the relentless and…

Now is not the time to turn back

Star Editorial It seems a shame that the impressive record of accomplishments of the current Stevensville Town Council under the leadership of Mayor Gene Mim Mack is being called into question by a few disgruntled folks with loud voices. The history of the town government’s problems prior to this council have been well-documented in the…