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Something must be done about local dams

By Dallas D. Erickson, SOS the Bitterroot, Stevensville   For years I have been involved in the area of disaster preparation (which includes mitigation) and response through various organizations. As I have reviewed the possible disaster scenarios it has been plain to me and others that one of the greatest disasters for the Bitterroot Valley…

Letters to the Editor

Obama to blame

I am not on the internet but very much wish to communicate my feelings to Mary Fahnestock-Thomas of Hamilton. When candidate Obama said he would fundamentally change our country, the alarm bells went off. I see my country as being the most charitable, generous nation this world has ever known. We have been a beacon…

Mail-in ballots for House race

What odd times we live in. In Helena, fewest pieces of Legislation in 16 years. But only recently do we read of new big budget cuts. Cuts for education, senior and long term care, also providing legal help to those in need. $120 million of total cuts in fiscal year 2018, combined with fiscal year…

Trying to understand

A friend told me yesterday that she would like to talk with someone who was terrified when Obama got elected in 2009 and find out what they were afraid of and if their fears came true — if they feel better after eight years and think the country survived pretty well, or if they feel…

Down on Daines

Twice in one day, Senator Steve Daines has disgraced Montana. “School choice” does not help the budget of public schools in our cities and towns, and it offers nothing whatsoever for education in our rural areas, where there will never be charter schools to offer “choice.” But Daines chose to back out-of-state campaign contributions over…

Senseless

The following letter was sent to the city council a month ago, and no response at all, so I’m placing it in the paper,  as others feel the same way with the same questions. Dear Hamilton City Council: Yes, a parking ticket. Let’s see, it was 5 above zero, four cars on the whole street,…

Handing trump card to Governor

In 2003, Montana Senate Bill 407 extended two extremely liberal generosities to the top 1% of Montana income tax payers. 1) A Credit for Capital Gains Tax. Only eight other states allow such an oddball credit to reduce state income tax liability. 2) Cutting the top individual income tax rate from 11 percent to 6.9…

Who would Jesus bomb?

I saw this on a bumper sticker the other day. It’s quite similar to the question so prevalent a number of years ago, “What would Jesus do?” which was the mantra for a huge number of people who were trying to speak truth to the decisions in their daily lives. Or it might have just…

Is Daines with us?

Most Montanans are not fiscally wealthy. We are wealthy in other ways, including accessibility to amazing outdoor recreation, friendly communities, a great public education system and a strong ranching tradition, to name a few. These are things that make us wealthy in Montana. We also have a history of millionaires trying to influence Montana. In…

Keep Electoral College, Trump

A recent letter stated concern that Trump is seen, “rising up for the ashes of Nazism.” Where are the brown shirted, jack-booted, goose stepping, business and car burning Trump followers? Do you really expect a black uniformed thug with a skull and crossbones on his collar to haul you out of bed in the middle…

No need for collaboration group

I am concerned that the collaboration group proposed by the Ravalli County Commissioners is misguided, and will result in many good people spending a great deal of time, to no good purpose. Further, I expect that the County itself will spend far too much time and resources on this effort, with little or no ultimate…