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New protected lands are good for wildlife and all Montanans

By Skip Kowalski – President, Montana Wildlife Federation Montanans are fortunate people. The Crown of the Continent is one of the most magnificent natural areas in the world. In many places, the land still looks a lot like it did when Lewis and Clark portaged the Great Falls and ascended the Rockies. The lands in…

Letters to the Editor

Thanks from Rainbow’s End

As the manager of Rainbow’s End Natural Foods, I would like to thank all of our valued customers who have come to offer their condolences and sorrow for the passing of our dear friend and boss Dave Waldo. Your words and heartfelt offerings have meant so very much to us in this time of grieving,…

Chilcott’s property rights are anti-social

The glue that holds the country together is the civil respect that the citizens observe for each other, not so much for what each individual owns but for the good of the whole society. The Constitution is simply a guide for those who operate outside societal good and a tool to rein them in when…

Thanks, Stevensville!

We did it! Skatepark approved for Stevensville! Donors are being sought to bring this project to fruition. I would really like to thank the Mayor Gene Mim Mack and council persons Bill Perrin, Jim Crews, Robin Holcomb and Tim Hunter for their unanimous approval of the Skatepark at Lewis & Clark Park for the youth…

Support for CSKT Water Compact

The looming deadline for the state to ratify the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact should have farmers and rancher squirming. This legislative session is the last chance for the compact to be approved. Sixteen tribal compacts have been signed in our state – and the CSKT Water Compact needs to be one…

Transparency would have worked!

How easy it would’ve been, if last summer, Ravalli County announced new Floodplain maps coming to be adapted, and adopted by 1/16/15. Announced openly considering improving and updating old Floodplain Regulations by using new FEMA mapping to grant standing to people seeking Building Permits in the floodplain FEMA identifies as Flood Fringe, colored in light…

Opposed to HB-212

The fundamental issue represented by HB-212, currently before the House Fish Wildlife and Parks Committee is not trapping. While nominally about “Reaffirming that trapping is a form of hunting protected under the constitution” the real issue is an extra legal attempt to amend the meaning of Article IX, Section 7 of the constitution by changing…

Whose estimate to use?

Being a committee chair is still a work in progress. On the one hand I hadn’t anticipated the impact of the increased workload, and on the other, I am liking the effect of the ‘gavel.’ Wow, the gavel bangs and people are paying attention and things start to happen. I haven’t gotten brave enough to…

Stay out of theater issue

With regard to the Stevensville Hardware Store and Stevensville Playhouse building controversy playing itself out, I find that the endless finger pointing and negative accusations going around town on this issue are as redundant as trying to eat mercury with a fork. The very last thing that both of these proprietors need is to have…

Governor wrong on Medicaid expansion

We are disappointed in Governor Bullock’s attempt to further expand Obamacare in Montana. No matter how Governor Bullock tries to spin it, the Healthy Montana Plan is merely Obamacare expansion by another name. We need positive reforms that bring better access and affordability to our healthcare system, but expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is not the…

A good deal for Montanans

Providing health insurance to the estimated 70,000 hardworking Montanans earning less than $16,000 a year will promote prosperity and save lives. In the majority of states, Republicans and Democrats put aside partisan politics and expanded Medicaid to their low-income neighbors. It’s time Montana lawmakers do the same. Everyone benefits from reducing the number of uninsured…