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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

Lame duck airport follies

By Chuck DeWitt, Hamilton There are a lot of good reasons to oppose the current plan to lengthen our airport (RCA) runway, but probably the best is that it is supported by the three Commissioners who just took a shellacking by their own party (OK, one just got spanked as the lesser evil). So much…

Letters to the Editor

Sheep station closure makes sense

  Closing government facilities never comes easy, but budget reductions could prove good news for wildlife along the Montana-Idaho border. A recent decision by the Obama administration to close the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in the Centennial Mountains helps reduce federal expenditures and should benefit taxpayers, wildlife and hunters. However, opposition is building and it…

Walmart won’t help the valley

  Mr. Williamson’s comments on Walmart are so very accurate. The people who have called the Bitterroot home since their birth or have moved here from other places enjoy the value of living in a place where there is a great quality of life away from the bigger cities. All Walmart will do is cause…

Support for county airport expansion

  First, I must admit I’m puzzled as to why comments are being solicited, again. It has been determined that, and I thought settled, there is a more than adequate need to improve the Ravalli County Airport to bring it up to modern day safety standards. Why an extremely small minority of noisy people have…

Un-deniable

  Here are the Five Republican Stages of Un-Denial: • 1981 – 2013: Man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people! • 2014: I’m not qualified to debate the science of climate change. • 2015: Human-caused climate change is happening, but its effects will be minor. • 2016: As I’ve…

Wild places must be protected

  In 1972, nearly 240,000 acres of federal public land lying between Montana’s iconic Rocky Mountain Front and storied Blackfoot River Valley became the first acres in the nation to enter the wilderness system at the behest of ordinary citizens. The story of the Scapegoat Wilderness has influenced every effort to protect wild country during…

More on Mill Creek canyon climbers

After reading the Mill Creek sport climbers’ response to my letter regarding resource and wildlife concerns, plus law violations related to their unsustainable climbing scheme in Mill’s extraordinary canyon, it’s clear the relevant climbers need to own up to facts, and take some responsibility for their actions. Readers and public land enthusiasts, including all climbers,…

Airport meeting/Mayor Mim Mack

  Regardless of what your opinion is of the Airport issue, you have to give Mayor Mim Mack credit for being well versed on the subject material. Someone from the FAA, that should have been there, could not have presented it more appropriately. I was ‘remiss’ in allowing community members, as well as neighbors, to…

Pertaining to Treasurer Stamey

  It was touching to see the piece in the news about Suzy’s great compassion for Valerie Stamey, what a wonderful move to take the blame off of herself and her erroneous decisions. “I’m ashamed of the way we treated her.” You should be ashamed that you put yourself and her ahead of the Citizens…

Daines, the brains

  Well, 85% of you folks put Mr. Daines into the House of Representatives under the same old tune that most politicians use: “More jobs, better, smaller government.” Let’s start with jobs. Let’s say we live near a factory that builds things for the military (hot dog). This plant, let’s say, will put 1,000 or…

Airport comment period extended

  I want to thank all who took time to write letters of opposition to the Ravalli County Airport runway extension. After some pressure from ICAARE and Senator Testor’s office, the FAA has extended the comment period until July 25. If you did not have time to respond earlier, you do now. Write: Daniel M….