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BRID wants what’s best for water users

By Elaine Culletto, Office Manager, Bitter Root Irrigation District The Bitter Root Irrigation District services 16,665 irrigated acres along a 72-mile stretch from Lake Como to the Eagle Watch area. The district’s Board of Commissioners are elected officials who take an oath of office to follow Montana State Code Law. Montana water law is recorded…

Letters to the Editor

Vote for your children’s future

People of Montana, the candidates you vote for this election will affect whether your children and grandchildren will have a future. A recent report shows that total wildlife numbers on the planet have declined by half in the last 40 years. Even before the other animals are all gone, humans will go extinct. We absolutely…

Support for fairgrounds levy

I am writing to encourage everyone to vote YES on the Fairgrounds Levy that will be on the ballot in November. We have a wonderful County Fair here and I feel that so many more children and their families will be able to attend and get to see the animals, poultry, rabbits and exhibits at…

Support for Ray

I’m writing this letter in support of Jennifer Bedey Ray’s effort to serve the citizens of Ravalli County as Justice of the Peace, Department #1. I think the voters of Ravalli County would do well by supporting her for the following: 1) She comes from a well-respected, established family. 2) Clerk of Court: Jim Bailey…

Democrats support women

Women voters and fathers, brothers, husbands, and partners who have a woman in their life who they care about and love: Democrats up and down the ballot, local to national, will work to: · Protect a woman’s right to healthcare access, choices, and reproductive freedom. This includes access to basic contraceptives. · Guarantee, under law,…

Support for Burson

Ravalli County voters have important ballots to cast by 8 pm on November 4th and I am worried. Two years ago many people in this county voted according to what large red signs up and down the valley implored – “Vote Republican.” I was surprised. Signs such as these implied a non-thinking, non-reading approach to…

Truth about Obama

Republicans want to make the November elections about Obama, Obamacare, and the economy. I wholeheartedly agree. Take Obamacare. Ten million more Americans have insurance because of Obamacare—a blessing for many families. Tens of millions more have improved benefits with insurance companies held more accountable. Seniors have expanded benefits, especially lower out-of-pocket drug expenses. Growth rates…

Support for Ray, Jim Bailey

After attending the candidate forum in Hamilton on Oct. 8 any reasonable person would conclude that Jennifer Bedey Ray is the only responsible candidate for the Justice of the Peace position she seeks Jennifer brings to the position of Justice of the Peace something very few candidates have to offer: a wealth of relevant experience….

Support for Lewis

Most of us would like to see the federal deficit brought under control so this country could be on sound footing again. Warren Buffet stated that he could end the deficit in five minutes; “Just pass a law that states that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members…

County budgeting and taxes

In June of 20l4 the Ravalli County Commissioners, following due consideration, decided to pass a levy to pay for the settlement of a lawsuit with Big Sky Development, LLC for $675,000. Quoting Commissioner Chilcott, “We are paying the piper now for things not done according to the law.” Chilcott also said there was an incredible…

Best choices

On Wednesday, October 8, I attended the candidates’ forum conducted by Glenda Wiles in Hamilton. I welcomed the opportunity to hear the candidates for the open seats on the County Commission and for the Justice of the Peace openings. The questions asked of all candidates were very thoughtful and relevant. In my over 60 years…