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Candidate forces voter to cross over for first time

By Bob Brown, Whitefish, former Montana Secretary of State and State Senate President   I am saddened to write this opinion piece, but after much thought, I must. In my long life I have never voted for a Democrat for president. That will change this year. The country can survive Hillary’s chronic deceptiveness. It might…

Letters to the Editor

Response to Kubista

This is in response to Keith Kubista’s LTE on Sept 6, 2016. I realize the intent but his anti I-177 rant belongs in the entertainment section under ‘Fiction’. First, Kubista claims that I-177 is supported by groups “whose real agenda is to ban hunting, trapping and animal use altogether.” Huh? The authors of this initiative…

Gianforte wrong about I-177

Candidate Greg Gianforte publicly stated that the Montana Trap-Free Public Lands Initiative, I-177, is “an attempt by [environmental extremists] to take away not only our trapping rights, but also our hunting rights.” (MTPR, 9/13/16).  This statement is false. A broad range of Montanans supports I-177. More than 40,000 Montanans signed the bi-partisan, citizens’ initiative. The…

Thanks from Victor Fire District

The Victor Volunteer Fire District would like to thank both Farmers State Bank and the Rapp Family Foundation, Inc., for their generous contribution that has allowed for the purchase of a Thermal Imaging Camera and two Gas Detectors. The purchase of these items assists in life safety protection of our firefighters. The Gas Detectors assists…

Future of energy in Montana

The State of Montana is blessed with an abundance of energy resources. We have areas of high quality wind and solar opportunities, and we have one of the nation’s largest reserves of high quality coal, plus new reserves of natural gas. The recent announcement of the complete shutdown of Colstrip units 1 & 2 was…

Thanks from Student Council

I would like to thank, on the behalf of Hamilton High School Student Council, Albertson’s generous donation of 30 gallons of milk, Hamilton Market Place’s donation of 10 gallons, and Safeway’s donation of 2 gallons to the coffee cart fundraiser conducted during the fair. Every gallon helped and we are very grateful. Nastasha Garrison HHS…

Support for Juras

Kristen Juras is running for the Montana Supreme Court, and I support her wholeheartedly. I have known her since 1989, and worked closely with her as a practicing lawyer and as a law professor. If elected to the Court, Kristen will be the only justice with an extensive background in business, property rights, and agricultural…

Governor ignores special ed kids

School has started in Montana as we say goodbye to summer. Sadly, Governor Bullock didn’t request any funding increases for this year’s special education students in his budget proposal in 2015. There was, however, a nonpartisan bill to allow a Special Needs Education Savings Account for families to use for new educational opportunities for their…

Best to worst presidents in last 50 years

Although diehard Republicans despise Barack Obama, many of us are savoring the last five months of his presidency. It didn’t quite hit me what a good president he’s been, until I stumped three people critical of his policies with this simple question: “Name one president better than Obama during the last 50 years.” That led…

Support for I-177

If you have ever had to release an animal or bird from a trap you know how much pain they are in. Thousands of animals suffer year after year to appease the desire of less than one percent of the Montana citizens who trap. Trappers sell their take. When someone hunts or fishes it is…

Sperry wrong

Ed Sperry’s LTE dated August 31st contains inaccuracies. He claims Friends of the Bitterroot “… filed a suit in federal district court to stop the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project …” The truth is that Friends of the Bitterroot did not file any suit, and did not litigate the project. It should also be pointed…