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Support for current form of Hamilton government

By Al Mitchell, Hamilton   Making a change, simply for the sake of change, rarely works out. As a former Hamilton city councilman, I am perplexed by the Hamilton Study Commission’s recommendation to change our form of government from mayor-council to a charter-based system with a council and City Manager. Throughout the study process, there…

Letters to the Editor

Response to Citizens for Fair Water

This is a response to the March 22 opinion letter from “Citizens for Fair Water” (Bob Cress, Shane Brooks, Ron Wandler, Jim Rokosch) about the Bitter Root Irrigation District. First, the specifics: yes, they were correct about this: The Bitter Root Irrigation District has never so much as hinted that they would EVER stop water…

A good cause

Once in a while a good cause comes along. It is the upcoming mill levy being proposed for funding for the Ravalli County Museum. By its name one might assume that it is already county funded; but, that is not the case. There is limited county support. But it isn’t enough. The proposed one mill…

Apathy tolerates intolerance

Remember the Monday forum: What Missoula Needs to Know, about re-settling 100 refugees in Missoula County. Maybe 100 in the first year! Here’s what Missoula needs to know about what maybe half of Ravalli County voters might be thinking. Here is my considered guess at what’s best, lifted up and hopefully transcendent. Written in the…

Russ is wrong

In reading Gregory Russ’ letter this week what stood out to me was that, while he went into great depth reminding “We the People” of the First Amendment and our Constitutional obligations, he said nothing about the Muslim refugees willingness to accept and abide by it. All legal immigrants into this country are required to…

Living in terror

The truth about Islam and Muslim appeasement! So once again, Muslims kill. This time Belgium. Wow, there’s a surprise, NOT! Our Muslim president aka Barack “Hussein” Obama, visiting communist Cuba, can’t spend more than a minute or two talking about terrorism but of course not saying Islamic terrorist so he won’t upset his Muslim family….

Habitat Montana benefits agriculture and hunters

Montana’s incredibly popular Habitat Montana program is a favorite target of state lawmakers because it allows the state to purchase land for wildlife through a fund that hunters pay into. What’s often left out of the conversation is the contribution that Habitat Montana makes to traditional farm and ranch operations. Habitat Montana primarily funds conservation…

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…