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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

Real freedom at work comes from forming a union

    By Al Ekblad   Today, all workers have the right to choose to stick together and collectively bargain with their employer for a better life. Even employees’ who have never exercised that right still have it. The key element to true rights is that those rights are there when you need them.  …

Letters to the Editor

See for yourself

  I would like to invite the public to stop by Stevensville Hardware and look at the “wall” that has caused us to sue the Stevensville Playhouse and form your own opinion on its condition. Phil Henderson Stevensville

Car insurance nightmare

  Maybe you all could help me… I got a notice in the mail a few months ago saying my car insurance went from $120 a month to $390 a MONTH. Unbelievable! I did not have any tickets or claims. After some investigation in an attempt for some remedy, I discovered that two and a…

Paid in America

  Walgreens, America’s largest drug store chain, says they are leaving the United States because our tax rate is too high. It must really be killing them, but it’s hard to know because last year they upped their CEO compensation by 13%, had increased 2014 third quarter earnings of 15% compared to a year ago,…

Tribute to Lloyd Eickert

  All of us at Pantry Partners would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Lloyd Eickert. Lloyd co-founded Pantry Partners in 1989. He served as treasurer for many years. He continued to contribute as a board member until his retirement and since visited us frequently to see how…

County dodging dust duties

As last week’s article about the cancellation of Ravalli County’s Dust Abatement Program stated, I believe that road dust is a serious health hazard, and not just for people living beside dirt roads. Road dust gets stirred into our valley’s air and spread around for all to share. The Ravalli County Best Management Practices for…

Forest fires/valley smoke

  Most of Ravalli County is forest land.  The US Forest Service provides fire protection for over half the county, and there are about 12 fire stations protecting the remaining parts of the county. Single engine air tankers (SEAT planes) are the quickest and best means of attacking small fires in inaccessible forest terrain before…

Quack, quack

  When I was going to school in Butte, there were still “working girls” plying their trade in the red light district down on Mercury Street. The running joke was, “A student approaches and propositions (the offer) one of them. Her response — What kind of a girl do you think I am? Not to…

Talking trash

  Last week I had to take some trash to the dump station near Victor, Montana. I had the back of my 1/2 ton truck loaded. The dump attendant told me the charge would be $45. When I got home I had a letter from Bitter Root Disposal saying that my trash hauling fee, from…

Airport issue not understood

  The letter from Mr. Steven Rossiter last week mentioned he is in his seventh decade on this planet. Good for him. I’m starting my ninth decade so hooray for me! I also attended USC in the mid 40′s during my Naval Officer Training program. I hope Mr. Rossiter read my letter in another paper…

Buck Lane-No/Buck Street-Yes

  I read an article in the Ravalli Republic that contained comments about Charles Amos Buck. Being the fourth generation of these Bucks from Ohio, I wanted to share some of the history that I know. Buck Street (not Buck Lane) in Stevensville was named for Amos Buck (my great grandfather) and his brothers, Henry,…