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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

The case for Wilderness Study Areas

By Marilyn Wolff, Stevensville   The January 10, 2018 issue of the Bitterroot Star brought out the special interest opinion pieces, claiming the release of five WSAs is good for Montanans to “enjoy these lands.” Who are these special interests? They were the Montana Mining Association (let’s have more taxpayer funded mining reclamations when the…

Letters to the Editor

To clarify

  Thank you, Barbara Goral, for responding to my letter “No One Is Deplorable” from two weeks ago. Having consulted the dictionary once again, I don’t want to quibble about words. What I was trying to say is that I cannot condemn anyone for the cards they have been dealt in this life, but I…

Outlawing guns won’t stop assaults

Joseph G. Gallagher Jr. in Stevensville, your letter (Star, 11-8-17) is not only ignorant, it’s an outright lie. You state “The Second Amendment was conceived during the time when the only personal weapons that American citizens had were single shot muskets and pistols.” Wrong. The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. Prior to…

Governor has to go solo on this one

  Governor Bullock called a special session for next week in Helena. He is interested in some cuts and transfers in state government to shore up the shaky budget. Also included, however, will be ‘temporary revenue increases’ i.e. more taxes for working Montanans. Referring to the tax increases in a recent news article he stated,…

One view of forest management

  I had never seen anything like that. An image of radial rings of a Ponderosa Pine up to and after 1950. An image showing much thicker growth rings after 1950. That image projected from a slide onto a wall screen at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday night, 11/9/17. Where I heard…

About our forests

  Here is to liberal environmentalists who think the forest should clean our air and provide clean water for all, give home and rest to wildlife, recreation and yes, logging. Wilderness when our souls can no longer stand the noise, protection for wildlife from civilization (multiple use). For some of us the wild is where…

Response to Goral

  Isn’t it amazing that a person spewing hatred can accuse President Trump of spewing hatred? Instead of a diversity immigration policy that allows the immigrant to bring in untold numbers of family members, why not a carefully regulated immigration or even obeying the immigrations laws already on the books? The man that mowed down…

Now is the time

  A letter to Senators Daines, Tester and Representative Gianforte, Gentlemen, it is about time that we place a ban on assault type weapons like the AR-15, AK-47, etc. The Second Amendment was conceived during the time when the only personal weapons that American citzens had were single shot muskets and pistols. While legislation to…

Compelled to respond

  Though I am loathe to wade into an ongoing and bitter war of letters conducted in these pages, I wish to correct a recent contributor, who stated that “insurance is NOT the job of the government, it is not in the Constitution,” [emphasis her own]. I would point out that in its very first…

Commissioners did the right thing

  The public spoke and the county commissioners listened. Recently, south valley legislative representative Theresa Manzella scheduled a meeting with the commissioners to ask them to meet with Karen Budd-Falen. Westerners are certainly familiar with Budd-Falen, or if they’re not, they should be. She is a Wyoming attorney who never met a national forest or…

Which laws?

  I want to comment about a letter in Nov. 1 paper that Stephanie Mapelli wrote “candidate should know the laws.” I want to say that I called and asked for a sign to support Mark Adams. The sign did not just “pop” up on my lawn–he called and asked permission to place it there….