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Stevensville progress undeniable, no fooling

By Tim Hunter, Councilperson, Ward 1, Stevensville I am writing in response to the letter “Fool me once” in your March 21, 2015 issue, submitted by Bob Michalson. I would like to respond to a few of the points in the letter. • Regarding the sewer project referred to as being “over budget”, the remarks…

Letters to the Editor

Re: Eagles vs. mountain goats

I am writing regarding the concerns the FWP has with “Why mountain goats are not doing as well as they once did in the Bitterroot Mountains.” I totally agree that the numbers have fallen drastically, as have the permits. I remember a time it wasn’t too hard to draw a permit and was even easier…

Lack of candidates means lack of representation

Twenty-four taxing districts in the Bitterroot Valley, not counting the school districts, had board positions up for re-election this spring but just two elections are to be held. Those two are the Florence and Three Mile Rural Fire Districts, with the Florence Fire District election by mail along with the Florence-Carlton School District. The Three…

Helena Update – Week 12

After a long and emotional week of hearings, both in committee, and on the House floor, I’m not sure which end of me is more uncomfortable. My ears have heard tens of thousands of words and my sheepskin draped floor chair has hardly cooled off. I am experiencing, along with several in my party, what…

Fool me once!

Everyone has heard the old phrase, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice”… Well, shame on who? It’s getting clearer and less fuzzy on who’s fooling who after leaving the Town Council meetings for the past one and a half years. The smoke is clearing! Supposedly our current mayor is doing a lot…

Republicans stick to fiscally sound budget

Last week, the House of Representatives spent 14 hours over two days debating amendments on House Bill 2, the state’s major budget bill. The bill that was brought to the House Floor was the result of six weeks of work by the members of the Appropriations subcommittees and full Appropriations committee. Members of Appropriations are…

Helena Update – Week 11

Is there going to be an acceptable reform to the Medicaid expansion issue this session? Hmmm… maybe. The governor’s approach this time was to not participate during the interim on a bi-partisan reform that the conservative side was wanting. Instead he brought the same offer as last session… proposing the full acceptance of the federal…

Daines’ action was treasonous

It was interesting to read Senator Steve Daines’ explanation for signing the open letter to the Iranian leaders. He claimed it was simply to insure that the “American people’s voice is heard in any final agreement with Iran.” Since I am one of the “American people” he makes reference to, I must tell him that…

Outrageous lies

Senator Jon Tester has been awarded the lowest grade, four Pinocchios, by the Washington Post fact checker for Tester’s big lies saying “every logging sale” in the state was “under litigation.” Truth is only 14% are under litigation and only 4% are stalled due to litigation. Local and state politicians, timber industry officials as well…

Follow process for best results

In the papers I’ve been openly critical of the Ravalli County Off-Road Users Association (RCORUA). Today I commend them for following the environmental review process relative to their ATV play area proposal in the old Darby Lumber Lands (DLL) area–now Bitterroot National Forest (BNF) lands owned by all of us.
 RCORUA spent many hours doing…

Support for Medicaid bill 249

Having followed the Medicaid expansion debate since 2012, I am more convinced than ever that Montana would benefit greatly by passing HB 249. This bill will establish the appropriate administrative structure to implement health care coverage for approximately 70,000 Montanans including 2,846 people right here in Ravalli County. I have read the bill and found…