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Does MT special ed funding pass constitutional test?

By Rep. Kathy Kelker, Billings   John (not his real name), a 5-year old in a Billings public school kindergarten class, was born with disabilities that affect his physical dexterity and his ability to speak clearly. He has been eligible for special services since birth and receives special instruction as well as speech, occupational and…

Letters to the Editor

Obama’s failures

While Democratic presidential candidates argue which is better, to be a corrupt criminal who allowed United States secrets to be sent over an unsecured email server and to engage in being a traitor to the country or to be a socialist who has no idea of the costs involved in trying to give away free…

Reviewing the Bill of Rights

Recently we have heard from some of the citizens of our country and even from some of the people who are supposed to administer our government certain things that go against exactly what the founders of our country and our system of government laid out. I would like to remind people of the Bill of…

Turned away from talk

I came to hear the speaker on Wednesday night at the Darby Library and arrived early to do so. I arrived prior to 5:30 p.m. and was turned away with the explanation that there were no more seats available. While standing there, several people came and were let in. I asked why and was told…

Praise for commissioners’ action

We the people have legitimate security concerns with refugee resettlement. These concerns are not derived from fear, xenophobia, or prejudice, they are based on good old common sense and actuality. Our future is contingent on sensible measures and preventative actions such as the Ravalli and Flathead County Commissioners have embraced. I applaud their realism, courage…

Coal in trouble

The good people of Colstrip, Montana are frightened. They, like everyone, can see that the coal industry is in serious trouble worldwide. That the product this industry sells is harmful, obsolete and soon to be replaced altogether. So the last thing they need is craven politicians, from both sides of the aisle, pointing to scapegoats…

Re: ‘Outta here!’

I am writing to commend you on the publication of “Outta here!” among the letters to the editor published in the March 9 issue of the Bitterroot Star. I also commend you because you may allow this rather long comment to be published even though its contents may not sit too well with some of…

All kinds of free speech

This is in response to “Bitterrooters mostly good” (Star Letters 3/9). Since when is free speech limited to your guidelines! Free speech is just that, free speech, whether it’s hateful or not. It seems to me you only want others to agree with you and then only do you and your kind consider it free…

Wild ride ahead

My wife and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley from Jacksonville, FL, in the fall of 2010 and have learned to love this area and its people. It is so much better than NE Florida, or anywhere else in Florida, for that matter. We lived in Jacksonville for almost ten years and experienced both the…

Obama successes

While Republican presidential candidates adolescently argue who has the biggest male anatomy, Democrats and President Obama are busy debating serious issues and successfully addressing two enormous challenges that Americans really care about: jobs and health insurance.  Our President summed it up on March 4: “Our businesses have created jobs every single month since I signed…

We welcome all

Recently the Ravalli County Commissioners held a meeting taking community comment on a proposal to voice Ravalli County’s opposition to the relocation of Syrian refugees to the Bitterroot Valley. We feel that the results of that meeting expose the continuance of a long and hateful history of America’s distrust and fear of minorities. Nearly every…