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Real Grizzly Bear Recovery

By Brian Peck, Columbia Falls   In the December 14th Bitterroot Star, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Director Jeff Hagener made the claim that grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) were recovered and it was time to delist them from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections and return…

Letters to the Editor

Stop gravel pit

Several years ago, when a (rather quiet) announcement was made that a revised site for a proposed electric substation would be considered during a Stevensville Town Council meeting, I attended that meeting. I listened to two puppets from Northwestern Energy spill words about the safety of the proposed station. When I asked for details about…

Sapphire wildlands worth protecting

The Bitterroot is blessed to be surrounded by wildlands, making this a uniquely rich place to live. The blessings that flow from wildlands are hard to fully appreciate and easily taken for granted. Wildlands support our quality of life even if we never go there. Clean dependable water, wildlife diversity and immeasurable peace and inspiration…

Not going to watch inauguration

Are you going to watch — participate in — Mr. Trump’s inauguration? I’m not. I don’t have a TV and wouldn’t watch it if I did, but what to do to remind myself that I’m not an angry or vindictive person and do believe that things work themselves out in the long run, and I…

The high price Republicans paid for Trump

Flash back to the year 2000. George W. Bush became president of the United States with the help of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and a politically motivated, right-leaning Supreme Court. Later George W. Bush would do the worst thing any U.S. president could ever do: he’d lie to start a war. President Obama followed President…

River Park land swap a bad idea

The Capp Family proposal to swap 3.6 acres (plus 1.2 acres along the Eastside highway) is a very bad idea and certainly not in the best interests of the community of Stevensville. If the exchange is made, Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will provide a paved parking area, a vault toilet and road improvements. The…

Reprehensible

I am appalled at two signatories of the letter “My Fellow Americans” from Montana’s leaders (printed in Missoulian Dec. 27). Daines and Zinke and nearly every Republican never disavowed Trump’s and his surrogates’ and supporters’ attacks on Muslims, Blacks, Jews, women, immigrants, and Trump’s slashing publicly of even child critics of him. You, Daines and…

Abolish death penalty in MT

Now is the time for a significant act of righteousness – the time to put the admonition “thou shalt not kill” into action. We must act soon to permanently abolish the death penalty in Montana. Relevant bills to do so will be introduced when the Montana Legislature convenes in January 2017. Our great state would…

Value of teachers

Think back to the teachers who helped you become who you are today and then ask yourself, “Would they have been able to help me as much if they had to work a second job or found it necessary to rely on a food bank to put food on their family’s table?”  Such things are…

You’re in for a surprise

Citizens access our National Forests for a wide variety of reasons. My attitude is that it’s all good, no matter what your recreational interests are. The important thing is that you get out in the woods and enjoy the sights, sounds, fresh air, sunshine, wildlife and take a little time to relax. For many of…

Who speaks for the voiceless?

Motorized users combined with a mountain bike group have filed a lawsuit over the Bitterroot National Forest Travel Plan. They’re unhappy that some areas are off limits to their machinery. It’s interesting that mountain bikers now aligned themselves with motorized users. I went to many Travel Plan meetings. Periods were extended and record numbers of…