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Face facts about state budget

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock   As governor of Montana it’s my job to responsibly manage the state through everything from a difficult fire season and the challenges posed by increasing drought conditions to making sure we take advantage of the opportunities presented by our growing outdoor recreation economy. This includes making tough decisions during…

Letters to the Editor

Fighting for Montana during fire season

During wildfire season, brave men and women put their lives at risk to protect our communities. Please join me in keeping these courageous firefighters in your thoughts and prayers.   Whether it is firefighters beating back the Lolo Peak Fire, folks donating to the local Red Cross, or strangers opening their homes to displaced neighbors,…

Bad policy

I do not like to be an armchair quarterback, however, I feel the need to speak up.   Just for credentials I spent 30+ years in Fire Management with the BLM. I was the Fire Management Officer on three BLM districts, BLM Montana State FMO, Fire Staff in Washington DC and Chief of Fire Management…

Where is Daines?

Well, if nothing else, Senator Daines is predictable. Every vote he cast on the Senate’s various “health care” bills was in lock step with his party. Never mind that every bill left thousands more Montanans without health care, hurt veterans and, if passed, would have led to the demise of some of our small rural…

Libs are to blame

Here we are once again in the middle of a fire season, costing us millions of tax dollars, millions of prime forest acres burned, homes destroyed and human lives lost because liberals keep filing lawsuits to stop logging.   They say they want to save the forest, well, your forest is now burned up because…

Horribly similar

Today, I saw four more contingents of fire fighters arriving in the Bitterroot. God bless them and keep them safe.   Two of the Hot Shot transports were from communities I did not even recognize. One group had stopped at a Missoula store. They were physically fit, calm, brave, focused, team players; as were all…

Jesus v. Trump

How would GOP Evangelicals vote if Jesus ran against Donald Trump in the next primary? Imagine the debate!   JC: I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.   DT: You know what I hate? We’re not allowed to punch back anymore. If somebody hits me, I have to hit…

Montana fly fishing industry needs action on climate change

Even though some politicians in Washington want to keep disagreeing with the science, the effects of climate change in Montana can be seen far and wide. Whether it is the spread of mountain pine beetle infestations, increased frequency of wildfires, or extreme drought, climate change threatens to affect the way of life for many Montanans….

Good grief, Mr. Greef!

The July 26 edition of this newspaper carried a letter from Representative Ed Greef that favored trading the town park for a smaller acreage by the bridge. His letter also denigrates the mayor and town council and all those that followed the democratic process and spoke against the land trade at regularly scheduled council meetings….

Alternative to sales tax

My wife and I recently heard from a friend of ours that was traveling around Pennsylvania and New Jersey and spent over $100 a day going through highway toll booths. We had same experience a while back traveling near Chicago.   It came to me that, instead of imposing a sales tax on the residents…

In Memoriam: Liu Xiaobo

On July 13, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, a political prisoner in China and a champion of democracy, died of liver cancer in a Chinese hospital. The world mourned, but in China his death was barely noted. The Chinese government is responsible for Liu Xiaobo’s death. It imprisoned him unjustly, then withheld proper medical…