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A call for renewed civic commitment

By Dale A. Burk, Stevensville As we move further and further into the New Year, those of us who have been a part of this community’s flow into the future for a long time now have become painfully aware that we are at a critical time of change in how we get things done in…

Letters to the Editor

Turkey troubles

I was so disappointed in the pathetic little blurb printed January 23rd on the turkeys. I had contacted the Star via phone 10 days prior with information from our local biologists Rebecca Maurey, none of which was printed. I was amazed that the person whom I spoke with had no idea of the situation since…

CPS audit findings require action

The Department of Health & Human Services, the largest state agency, has a budget of almost $4 billion. DPHHS is in charge of everything from welfare programs to Child Protective Services. Last fall’s audit of CPS did not paint a rosy picture and pointed out several standards which needed implementing if we are going to…

Thanks from woman’s club

The GFWC Bitterroot Woman’s Club wishes to thank all those involved in the recent fall scholarship fundraiser at the Higher Ground Brewery. Auction and raffle items were donated by merchants, services and businesses from Missoula to Darby as well as by the Brewery itself. Special thanks go to those customers who patronized the event by…

Support for I-177

For me trapping is a nightmare. That is why I volunteer to collect signatures to get Initiative 177 on the ballot for Montanans to decide if trapping should continue on public lands. Trapping was once a means of livelihood. Today there are so many more lucrative job opportunities. It’s no longer necessary to make a…

Essen’s the one whining

Ordinarily I do not participate in the ‘Letter to the Editor’ arena as I find some of the persons occupying the fringe seats irrational and unable to accept other points of view without exercising intolerance and ignorance. I submit for your consideration the opinion letter printed in the January 13th, 2016 edition of the Bitterroot…

Why the Oregon uprising?

When a couple ranchers face the death penalty for accidentally burning 140 acres of public land, but federal bureaucrats burn thousands of acres of public — and even private land — without consequence, something is terribly wrong. A few weeks ago, several hundred citizens marched in protest to the rancher’s conviction in the rural town…

Locals don’t support takeover

By now the whole world knows about the armed takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Malheur is a beautiful and very popular recreational area near the rural town of Burns, in Harney County, Oregon. The takeover by out-of-state terrorists started January 2 and continues to this day. The armed terrorists, who have threatened Harney County…

Sad state of affairs

America needs and deserves Presidential honesty, integrity, maturity, competence, transformative leadership, and efficient and effective management! In short, governance that serves the common good, not the left or the right, but everyone. As a moderate Republican, I am appalled about the sad state of the Republican Presidential Primary Race. The front runners have a collective…

Work together for effective public land management

Over the last few weeks, we have watched a gang of self-styled revolutionaries take over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. In addition to trespassing on public lands, these criminals have destroyed government property, ransacked government files, driven government vehicles and caused local schools to be closed. The Malheur occupiers have attempted to justify…

Get back to Golden Rule

I have to say that week after week, it’s getting a bit tiresome to read the diatribe of a certain contributor to your editorial section slamming liberals. Personally, I could care less if one is liberal, right wing, middle wing, no wing, blah, blah, blah. How about we stop the labeling, finger pointing, blaming, and…