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Comprehensive planning is best option

By Jim Rokosch, President, Bitterrooters for Planning; Carlotta Grandstaff, Communications Director; Board of Directors: Kelsey Milner, Doug Soehren, Sarah Roubik, Kathie Roubik, Marilyn Saunders, Bill Nelson, Russ Lawrence, Skip Kowalski, Bill LaCroix, Stewart Brandborg, Larry Campbell Bitterrooters for Planning is a 501-c-3 qualified, Montana non-profit, dedicated to advocating for comprehensive land-use policies, a county-wide Growth…

Letters to the Editor

Commissioners violated Montana Constitution

Thanks to the Bitterroot Star for standing up for the Montana constitution! Judge Langton found that our commissioners violated our constitution, statutory law and their contracted obligations by not complying with “the spirit of the law or the intention of the law” to allow public participation at a public meeting. At this meeting, the commissioners…

Actions speak loudest

Our Congressman, Brian Zinke, is supposed to be taking care of and looking out for OUR best interests. He is NOT. He recently voted in favor of HR Bill 1599 making GMO labeling OPTIONAL {“The FDA must allow, but not require, GMO food to be labeled as GMO”} (see fourth para of this link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1599)….

Government 101

Since you don’t see the difference between a Democracy and a Republic let me explain. In a democracy it is ruled by a majority that can impose its will over the individual or group of individuals and they have no protection against the unlimited power of the majority. This majority’s power is absolute and unlimited,…

Still talking?

It is difficult to communicate everything in written form unless you write volumes. Understanding another person can be challenging even in person. Both people have to be willing to listen and try to understand. Too often, I write what I think I am trying to say, but someone else reads it and thinks I am…

Cardboard collection curtailed

Ravalli County Recycling is suspending cardboard service in Stevensville. According to Mayor Gene Mim Mack, the embrace of our new recycling efforts has been “enormous, way beyond what any of us expected. We’ve clearly proven people want to recycle.” But costs to the town for RCR’s processing of this cardboard bonanza – in labor and…

Thanks for caring about river

The Bitter Root Water Forum (BRWF) was pleased to read Chuck Stranahan’s “Reflections on the River” in last week’s Bitterroot Star. As a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring clean water for this and future generations, BRWF is well aware of how important the Bitterroot River is to our livelihoods and to the economy in the Bitterroot…

Thanks for supporting Land and Water Conservation Fund

Thank you to Senator Daines for being a strong champion for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Senator Daines has pressed Appropriations Committees in both the House, when he was Montana’s Representative, and also in the Senate, for the most robust funding solution possible. Recently he offered an amendment, adopted in the Senate Appropriations Committee,…

Thanks for talking

Thank you to the three people who have recently responded to my Letters to the Editor! I don’t always completely understand their responses, but perhaps they don’t completely understand what I am trying to say either. That is why civil conversation is so important. Personal responses are not really appropriate here, so I will mention…

Far right history

I’ll have to admit that I learned a lot about history that I never knew existed from reading the harangue presented by Dee Gibney in the 07/15/15 edition of the Bitterroot Star. That the confederate battle flag has nothing to do with racism was certainly a revelation… I guess the fact that the Ku Klux…

Thanks from Garden Club

Thanks to the collaboration between the Club and St. Mary’s Mission/Museum staff, the Stevensville Garden Club’s “Standard Flower Show”, celebrating 75 years in the Bitterroot Valley, was quite a success. There were three educational displays: herbs, woodpeckers and bison, with another table displaying many Stevensville Garden Club albums and memorabilia from 1939 until present. The…