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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

Support for West

Our home is in Ravalli County and I would like to comment on the signs that litter the valley prior to an election. Those who are running for office should consider what their signs reflect. The quality of a sign reflects the quality of the person the sign represents. As I travel around the county…

Eastside Hwy should reflect sense of place

Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) proposes rebuilding 5.8 miles of MT 203 Eastside Highway from Hidden Valley Road south to Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge at an estimated $7.1 million without a developed bike/walking path. With no current traffic count, comments are due 10/24/14. Concerns to keep in mind: 1) A Bitterrooter worried because the…

Support for Ray

  When long time Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Nancy Sabo resigned to handle some out-of-state personal issues, the late Jerry Williams and I were asked by the County Commissioners to review the applicants and provide them with three names to fill the position. The criteria that we determined would bring a seamless transition…

Support for Pearson

    Since the primary which took place in June of this year, I have had the opportunity to get to know Mr. Pearson. He is a candidate for the position I am retiring from as Justice of the Peace, Dept. 1. In conversing with him, it is clear that he wishes to give back…

Support for Curtis

  Amanda Curtis is running for the US Senate against Steve Daines. She came to the campaign late, replacing John Walsh (boring, boring, boring!), but I think that may have been the luckiest thing that could have happened for the citizens of Montana. Now we have a real choice about who represents us. Amanda is…

Vote for good policy makers

  I won’t be around in 2050. But my grandchildren and great grandchildren will be, God willing. Hopefully by then they’ll have grandchildren of their own. But what kind of planet will they inherit? This August was yet another all-time hottest in recorded history for the planet. These aren’t the kind of records that make…

Support for Schneider

  Recently I have been reviewing Ron Ehli’s (HD86) voting record, and I’d like to bring a few items to the attention of my neighbors who apparently voted him into office. Ron’s efforts appear to be geared toward something other than supporting my friends and neighbors in their various financial issues. For example, Ron voted…

Support for Ray

  I have written this letter to support the candidacy of Jennifer Bedey Ray, who is seeking to become the next Department 1 Justice of the Peace in Ravalli County. I have known Jennifer for over 20 years and can attest to her capacity for hard work and to her dedication to serving our community….

Down on Daines

  Some time ago Representative Daines wrote a column to explain why we must repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care. The ACA requires all Americans to have health insurance that meets certain minimum requirements. It also prevents insurance companies from refusing to cover pre-existing conditions, and from dropping coverage when someone…

Rebuttal to Baty

    I do agree with Don Baty that the fire department, park, school and irrigation district are a vital part of our small community. I disagree about the interlocking group of people that Mr. Baty says run these entities. Yes, some of us are on the same boards, but they are not conflicting, as…