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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

Do we really need to throw fuel on the fire?

By Edward Sperry, Stevensville   I have hesitated to write concerning the Guest Comment of July 12 by Marty Essen entitled “The Cult of Republicanism.” I was revolted by Essen’s opinion piece as it was a perfect example of hate speech. It’s sole objective was to offend and belittle fellow citizens who happen to harbor…

Letters to the Editor

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…

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Well, maybe not too much of a surprise. Considering the not well announced city council meeting dealing with the unsightly tower in the “Riverview Cemetery”, and the more of an opposition turnout than wanted; the follow-up committee meeting scheduled for May 22 ,2017, just a week after the regular meeting, has now been delayed for…

Comment sought on mail-in ballot initiative

A small Helena group has floated an Initiative idea for a vote in 2018 about mail-ballot elections. The group follows the play-book of the People’s Power League (PPL) established in 1912, which bypassed a recalcitrant legislature and returned control of elections back to Montana voters. “I’d like to turn things upside-down,” said Carole Mackin of…