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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

Open primaries are the Montana way

By Jim Shockley, Victor A few Republican Central Committees have sued the state asking that the Republican primary be closed to all but registered Republicans. The suit is based on the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; i.e., the right to freely associate. How freer can association be than when anyone can participate in our…

Letters to the Editor

Burrows must go

Remember, he was appointed, not elected (no matter what his signs say). From his actions, it’s painfully apparent that in exchange for his appointment by his buddies Foss and Stoltz, he was to march lock step with them in implementing their agenda and mismanagement of the county. The three of them made up an unbeatable…

Support for Burson

I have known Clint Burson and his wife for nearly four years, a length of time that has brought them into my home, and brought me and my fiancé into theirs, on countless occasions. He is, above all, a devoted husband and friend. Clint is a common-sense centrist. He listens, not just to pacify, but…

Remembering Jeanette Rankin

Our own Jeanette Rankin was first elected to Congress (as a Republican from Montana) in 1916, putting a crack in the traditional mold of male legislators and money politics. She stood for real people and peace, despite personal danger in a time of war. I hope that Amanda Curtis is in danger only because she…

Meet Derrell Poole

I am one of the candidates for “City of Hamilton Local Government Review Commissioner.” Who is Derrell Poole? Why is Derrell interested in this position and what he may offer should he be elected? I came to Hamilton from Denver, CO in 2010. I am a Civil Drafter by trade and worked for engineers from…

Lying Democrats

This election is a shameful example of who not to vote for. Just for fun. Ryan Zinke received an A- rating from the NRA, not a b- like John Lewis lies about. On the other side, Democrat John Lewis is a liar. John Lewis claims he received an A rating from the NRA, that’s a…

Support clean energy regs

Montana Electric Cooperatives Association (MECA), of which Ravalli Electric Coop (REC) is a member, opposes carbon pollution limits and the clean energy that would occur as a result. Our national representatives (Tester, Walsh, Daines) need to know that there are many members of Electric Cooperatives that support renewable energy. MECA sends out their newsletter to…

Thanks from Stevensville Playhouse

The Stevensville Playhouse Board would like to thank the Stevensville community and our many volunteers and members for a successful opening of our 2014-2015 season. “Oliver” received an amazing response from our community. Members and volunteers are invited to a celebration at the Playhouse on Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Tasty treats and lovely…

Fair levy bad idea

Times have been tough and most people have scaled back on expenses. Not so with government agencies. Solution? Just “tax” more. In my business I am seeing senior citizens forced to sell the home they have worked and paid for for a lifetime. In Hamilton, for example, it is said that approximately 40% of the…

Support for fairgrounds improvements

I am glad to hear that the “Ravalli County Fairgrounds” has plans to invest in infrastructure and improvements of the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds is in need of major repairs and remodeling, not to mention bringing the facility to code to meet the ADA requirements. The funding to make such repairs and improvements would be extremely…

Study Commission candidate

There are 19 people who would like to sit on the very important Government Study Commission. Only five will be elected. I submit that I, Ron Stoker, am qualified to be one of those elected. As a former legislator who chaired in ’07 the Health and Human Services Committee and in ’09 chaired the Judiciary…