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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

So why not have a Walmart?

By Cobey Williamson, Corvallis Allowing a Wal-Mart to be built in Hamilton is as good as giving up on the future of the Valley. It is admitting, wholesale, that we do not care to determine our own economic vision for Ravalli County and prefer rather to eschew the very independence people here claim to value…

Letters to the Editor

Support Relay for Life

  Like you, I know too many people whose lives have been touched by cancer. That’s why I’ve joined the American Cancer Society to help finish the fight by participating in my community Relay For Life event. This will be my eighth year relaying. I am walking in memory of my grandfather, Richard Poirier, who…

Thanks from Water Forum

  As the school year draws to a close, Bitter Root Water Forum would like to thank our partners and supporters for a successful spring of youth education. Water is such a precious resource in our Valley and BRWF sees it as a vital task to educate youth to be future stewards of our natural…

Truth about Left

  I had been dwelling upon this subject for several days prior to the primary elections, so the outcome of said vote is not relevant to this, but indeed is a reflection of the sickness that dwells among us. It came to my attention a couple of weeks ago that my personal concerns were indeed…

After the primaries

  Now that the primaries are over, it is a good time to take the temperature of the political climate in Montana. And wherever politicians in this state might stand on the issues of water and weather, they would all probably agree that, when it comes to politics, our state is going to get a…

Disrespectful behavior

  Recently I was a volunteer for the Bitterroot College’s presentation of The Medicine Tree: A Catalyst for Cultural Dialogue. The community forum aspect of the program on May 22 was a fantastic community event to help the public gain insight on the Medicine Tree, as well as the culture of the Salish People as…

Star does it again

  Michael Howell and the Bitterroot Star have done it again. Last week’s editorial expose about the backroom deal where ‘our’ present County Commissioners gave away $675,000 taxpayer money to their developer buddies reads like an organized crime novel. Would that it was an historic novel set in Chicago, but it’s a true story about…

Stevi bonuses, city judge, tax levy

  Did you know at the December 12, 2013 meeting, Stevensville’s Town Council voted on Resolution #326 (which is: Administrative/Executive Supplemental Compensation)? Council person Towle read the Resolution #326 into the minutes and council person Bill Perrin clarified that this was brought forward by the council and not the mayor. There was public opposition and…

Questions on mayor’s ‘agenda’

  Before some would jump to poor loser, please indulge a minute or two to read this letter. I was troubled by the order of the last Town Council meeting (05/22/14). It was clear to me that Mayor Mim Mack had ordered the agenda to push for a Permissive Levy to pay for eligible Town…

Kids with guns

  Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common to hear of fatal incidents involving small children and guns. The purpose of this letter is to remind all gun owners in the Bitterroot Valley, especially those with young children, that with the right to gun ownership comes serious responsibilities and obligations. This past Saturday afternoon my husband…

Beyond sad

  Beyond sad and nauseating that a typical response by governmental staff is to kill an animal such as the beaver that Kimi Smith sadly witnessed in the conibear trap. And, not surprising the trapper slower even still, to check the trap, before Ms. Smith came upon and witnessed this beaver’s tragic death. Mr. Reed…