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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

Negative impact of state library budget cuts

By Montana Library Association Board of Directors : President – Lisa M. Jackson, Vice President – Elizabeth Jonkel, Past President – Dawn Kingstad, Secretary/Treasurer – Mary Guthmiller, ASLD Chair – Aaron LaFromboise, PLD Chair – Kit Stephenson, SLD Co-Chairs – Dianne Mattila, Angela Achuleta, ALA Representative – Matt Beckstrom, MPLA Representative – Rachel Rawn, PNLA…

Letters to the Editor

New insurance rating saves us money

Thanks to the Stevensville Fire Department, the price of our homeowners insurance has dropped 28%. We even received a substantial rebate on the remainder of our current annual policy. Stevensville Fire has made significant improvements in fire suppression that are proven and reliable predictors of future fire losses. As a result our “Public Protection Classification”…

Living in community of compassion

The other day St Paul Episcopal Church and the Montana Human Rights Network shared in sponsoring a presentation featuring Soft Landing Montana, a group which works with refugees living in Missoula. The purpose was not to bring refugees to the Bitterroot, as has been erroneously reported, but to show how passionate people can organize grass-root…

Should close their doors

I just attended a meeting with a woefully ignorant organization called Soft Landing. Ms. Poole, the speaker who helped start this, couldn’t answer simple questions and most of her responses were I don’t know about that. She knew nothing about the Quran, Sharia Law or culture of the people she wants to bring to Missoula….

Senate health care bill

Many Republican and all Democratic senators are being kept in the dark while a cabal of old white men develop a top secret “health care plan.” But Senator Daines brags that he’s being consulted. This is not a compliment. If he is privy to what the cabal is up to it’s because they know he…

Support for Gianforte

Media coverage of the Gianforte/reporter incident appears slanted far left, but supported by many wimps from the right. The public would believe Gianforte initiated a Hulk Hogan type move by lifting an annoying little creep high over his head and body slamming him to the ground.   This was not the case, even though some…

Dams need Early Warning Systems

In the second week of June 1964, the worst natural disaster in Montana’s recorded history occurred in the state. It took the form of heavy rains that in a few hours turned beautiful creeks into raging, mile wide rivers. Dams, roads and railroads washed out. Many homes and ranches were washed away and 30 people…

Congress backsliding on banking

Congress voted this week to undo virtually all the protections put in place since the Great Recession to guard against future economic crashes and bailouts and hand the reins of our economy back over to big banks and shady payday lenders. The legislation in question, the so-called CHOICE Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives…

FS is doing better than you’d think on timber sales

If you listen to most western politicians – regardless of political party – talk about the U.S. Forest Service’s timber sale program you’ve likely heard them describe it as a failure. Many of these same politicians give the general public the impression that next to zero logging is taking place on America’s national forests because…

Mountain bikers seek to gut Wilderness Act

Imagine hiking with your family on a trail in the Rattlesnake Wilderness just outside Missoula, or on a wilderness trail in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Suddenly your peace and quiet and the natural pace of a hike in the woods are shattered by a mountain bike screaming down the trail, narrowing missing you, shattering your…

Maybe a million dollars a month

Who elected the candidate to represent Montana for the next 18 months?   The Montana GOP obliged MT Counties to in total spend maybe three quarters of a million dollars for Judged Polling Places where Republicans have more “propensity” to vote than do Democrats. Out of State Republican money sponsored TV and mail propaganda fear…