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ICAARE, big jets and dark money

By Chuck DeWitt, Informing Citizens About Airport Runway Expansion (ICAARE) For 19 years the mission of the bipartisan members and supporters of Informing Citizens about Airport Runway Expansion (ICAARE) has been to support a safe airport while limiting its capacity for larger jets. Given (1) the appalling lack of transparency of the recently published, federally…

Letters to the Editor

City now in business of selling water

  Editor’s Note: The following letter is published exactly as it was submitted.   Did you fine citizens of Stevensville know that the town is now (or has been) in the business of selling water? At a Town Council Meeting in July, a question was brought up before the Town Council as why the water-sewer…

How to create more prosperity

  I think we should make the corporations pay their fair share. CEOs should only get paid what McDonald’s managers get paid, and the corporations should pay the same tax that a young vibrant working male pays. This would help repair the roads that are in disrepair like the RR tracks crossing by Ace Hardware…

Change in library book display

The Board of Trustees for the North Valley Public Library has decided not to have the book shelves in the Community Room any longer, so those of you who have come in for years between Book Sales to find books and leave the donation at the desk will no longer be able to do so….

Comment on Wolf Stamp proposal

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park’s proposed Wolf Stamp hearing on 8/14 was well attended. No matter the stamp name, all wildlife will benefit from education, habitat acquisition, increased game wardens and nonlethal measures to address conflicts with livestock and wildlife. As FWP addresses financial shortages, the cost of administering Montana’s trapping program exceeds the revenue…

Everything begins at home

I was talking with a young friend and mother about bullying the other day and learned that her young son has had some trouble with it in pre-school or day-care, I’m not sure which. What really surprised me, though, was that when she talked with the person in charge, the wife of an eminent educator…

Don’t let corporations skate on taxes

The Great Recession “officially” ended almost five years ago, but looking at many communities across the country, you wouldn’t believe it. Ten million people are still searching for work, and more than 15 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure. Classrooms are more crowded, roads need repair, and states and cities struggle to meet…

Support for Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act

For over 60 years, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA) has served as an important voice for the outfitting industry and as a key partner in decisions that effect the management of public land and wildlife resources. We are proud to represent over 200 member businesses across the state that offer a variety of…

Demand equal pay for all

Would you be OK making $400,000 less over your career simply because you’re a woman? I’m not and neither are my girlfriends! Yet that’s exactly what’s happening to women across the country. The gender wage gap has been all over the news. An oft-cited statistic: Women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes,…

A solution in search of a problem

I see that some Montana Legislators are going to be pushing the “Sheriffs First” legislation again this coming January. It must be close to the umpteenth time this anti-federal government idea has been brought to the legislature, but it still hasn’t passed, and with good reason; it’s a bad idea and has little to no…

Climate change a scientific reality

  We’re Montanans who also happen to be scientists. As scientists, we understand the scientific principles demonstrating that human activity is rapidly changing our climate. That is why we joined over 100 other scientists across Montana in sending a letter to our top elected officials calling on them to support policies that reduce carbon pollution….