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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

Montanans being robbed of insurance coverage

By Duane Krowen, Victor Sarah Palin was right, she said that Obamacare would lead to death panels that would have the power to withhold healthcare, and lead to deaths of some people. And it has. But the death panels aren’t in Washington, they are in the state governments that refuse to expand medicaid, including Montana….

Letters to the Editor

Governor wrong on Medicaid expansion

We are disappointed in Governor Bullock’s attempt to further expand Obamacare in Montana. No matter how Governor Bullock tries to spin it, the Healthy Montana Plan is merely Obamacare expansion by another name. We need positive reforms that bring better access and affordability to our healthcare system, but expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is not the…

A good deal for Montanans

Providing health insurance to the estimated 70,000 hardworking Montanans earning less than $16,000 a year will promote prosperity and save lives. In the majority of states, Republicans and Democrats put aside partisan politics and expanded Medicaid to their low-income neighbors. It’s time Montana lawmakers do the same. Everyone benefits from reducing the number of uninsured…

It’s about more than water

People on the reservation are well aware of the mind-set and objectives of certain tribal council members, water compact commissioners and key group of supporters. This same attitude, if extended beyond reservation boundaries, constitutes a real threat emanating basically from a small group of perpetrators seeking power and control. The bulk of our population is…

Support for ‘Build Montana’ program

As many as 2,000 temporary high paying blue collar jobs will be created in Montana if the U S government approves the much publicized Keystone XL pipeline. More than twice as many similar private sector construction jobs, however, will result from state government approval of the “Build Montana” program proposed by Democratic Governor Steve Bullock…

CSKT Compact creates water market

Absolute control of surface and ground water for irrigation both on and off the Confederated Salish Kootenai Reservation in western Montana appears to be the goal of the CSKT Compact which affects 350,000 people in 11 counties. Although not specifically written into Indian treaties, judges have ruled that water is needed to make land productive…

Message for the new year

The winter holiday season and approaching new year, for me, has always been a time for both looking back and looking forward – a time to reflect on both the challenges of the past year and the blessings for which I’m thankful – and a time to recharge my optimism as I peer into the…

How about equitable floodplain regulations!

From Hamilton to past the Florence Bridge, excepting choke points of bridges, and emergency 310 riverbank protections, the Bitterroot River flood season involves cut banks of sandy aggregate, eroding away, to fast moving bedloads often to make very large deposits upon old gravel bars. Want to see for yourself how cutbank erosion works? Go to…

Kudos to Hamilton School Bands

On December 16th my wife and I had an opportunity to attend the concert by the Hamilton School Bands conducted by Shawn Thacker. We were so impressed by the ability of all the groups to perform not only the difficulty of the pieces presented but the professional way they presented themselves. Teacher Thacker needs to…

Strong flood plain regs make sense

I hope the good people of this valley are paying attention to what our planning department and our commissioners are about to do to our Bitterroot River. Under the guise of having to be compatible with the new, higher resolution, FEMA maps (which is required for landowners wanting FEMA flood insurance), they have discarded the…

Ninety-six percent carbon-free power

This article is in response to a recent guest comment calling for more out of state mandates to our local cooperative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting additional carbon emission reduction rules. The guest comment came from several non-local, under informed individuals who have been circulating this article across the state to drum up…