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My Hanukah in the Bitterroot

By Elliott Oppenheim, MD, JD, LLM Health Law, Florence    Recently, as I prepared to perform on my trumpet, I watched a music teacher in Ravalli County rehearse kindergartners’ Christmas carols. I observed that most people in the county are unfamiliar with Jews and with Hanukah. I wanted to add my family’s Jewish story to…

Letters to the Editor

What about the deficit?

  Recently I received two replies from letters I sent to Senator Daines. Both of his emails are detailed form letters praising the Senate tax bill. One word is missing from both letters: “deficit.” The alternative to “tax-and-spend Democrat” seems to be “borrow-and-spend Republican.” Whatever happened to fiscal conservatism? Paul Stanton Hamilton

Down on Daines

  Seldom seen Senator Daines is running in Montana and hiding in D.C. From his Beltway desk, like drone warfare, he remotely lobs Acts of destruction into Montana. Daines recently introduced the “Protect Public Use of Public Lands” Bill, which proposes to abolish most Montana Wilderness Study Areas protected by the late Senator Lee Metcalf’s…

Public should know

  Just wondering why everyone has been quiet about a high-ranking school official and his son allegedly shooting two trophy elk on private land and having them confiscated by FWP for poaching. It should be public knowledge. Every year people poach elk on the Bitterroot farmlands elk district Unit 262. What a sham. The public…

Chronic Wasting Disease

  I have read with keen interest the articles that have appeared in both the Ravalli Republic and the Missoulian and would like to inform the public on how they can educate themselves on this subject. (BSE) Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is an unusually slow virus-like agent that is a protein called a “prion” (pronounced pree-on)….

Suspicious of Jones’ tax plan

  I am grateful to Republicans who successfully held the line against raising taxes during the special session. My gratitude notwithstanding, property tax increases are a strong possibility as costs are deferred to bloated local government such as school districts. Furthermore, I am alarmed after researching Republican Senator Llew Jones, the “key architect of the…

Daines should support Wilderness Study Areas

Recently Senator Daines stated he was looking at legislation to eliminate most of the areas in Senator Metcalf’s 1977 Montana Wilderness Study Act. This Act has provided great protection for over 500,000 acres of incredible National Forest wildland in western Montana, including the Blue Joint and Sapphires in the Bitterroot Valley. I have had the…

Betrayal

  We’re being betrayed. The main purpose of the tax bill is to slash corporate taxes from 35% to 20%. Bottom line is that for every $60,000 in profits, corporations get to hide an extra $9000 in off shore accounts. Meanwhile, a hard working Montana family making $60,000 keeps a paltry $1,182 more. Why should…

Thanks to law enforcement 

  As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I believe we should all pause to thank those who keep our communities safe, even when it involves the risk of their own lives and safety. So, I thank the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Department, the Montana Highway Patrol, all the County’s Police and Fire Departments, EMS staff, and the snow…

Big questions

  Two letters, two opinions: 1) the right of our citizens to be safe and secure in their lives and 2) the right to own a weapon of war like the AR-15, AK-47 and even a M16A1, the latter three weapons capable of rates of fire in excess of 300 rounds/min. Thus, the questions to…

More water for elephants

  Recent reports indicate that President Trump and his Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have decided to put a hold on reversing the ban of importing elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. This decision is pending further review because of numerous protests from worldwide animal rights groups and even some conservative politicians in the United…