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Guest Comment/Star Editorial

Rural electric co-ops should embrace new carbon reduction rules

By Roy O’Connor, Missoula Electric Co-op & Fergus Electric Co-op, Dan Vermillion, Park Electric Co-op, Tim Crawford, Fergus Electric Co-op, Mark Fix, Tongue River Electric Co-op, Robin Tawney Nichols, Missoula Electric Co-op, Richard Espenscheid, Beartooth Electric Co-op, Steve Thompson, Flathead Electric Co-op, Jan Metzmaker, Flathead Electric Co-op We are members of Montana’s rural electric co-ops….

Letters to the Editor

Parental plea for compassion

For the last several months our family has been living a nightmare that has taken a toll on all of us. We appreciate all the phone calls and letters of support. My father in law, who wrote part of the present sexual abuse of children law in Montana, in his statewide fight against pornography and…

Re: Eastside Hwy improvements

We are in essential agreement with the letter written by Cheryl Holden Rice of Stevensville published in the Bitterroot Star on October 15, which deals with the impending construction of Eastside Highway from Hidden Valley Road to the Lee Metcalf refuge. Our property is on this stretch of road which is scheduled to be re-engineered….

Re: Eastside Hwy

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) proposes to rebuild 5.8 miles of MT 203 Eastside Highway, roughly from Hidden Valley Road to the southern reaches of Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. The following is an open letter to Shane Stack, Preconstruction Engineer on the project: Dear Mr. Stack et al., Thank you for the opportunity…

Do you call yourself a newspaper?

As a trained journalist, I must say your recent issue’s coverage of the “big box store” controversy was downright shameful. Your front-page story covering Hamilton resident Clover Quinn’s petition was one-sided and blatantly revealed the publication’s bias on the issue — even though the “evidence” presented in favor of Quinn’s position was based on empty…

Stop muddying the water

In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that have left more than half of America’s streams and millions of wetland acres unprotected from pollution. Since then, organizations and individuals who don’t seem that concerned about clean water have…

Socialism being taught in our schools

Editor’s Note: The following letter is published exactly as submitted. I just had a friend tell me his granddaughter brought home a text book from school that said we have a democracy form of government. He told his granddaughter that was not true we have a Republic form of government. The girl returned to school…

Thanks to GSK volunteers

Many non-profit organizations are always needing volunteer help with getting projects done and that includes Safe Haven Llama & Alpaca Sanctuary. GSK Orange Days were held on October 1st and 2nd. After submitting an application, Safe Haven was chosen as one of the non-profits where they would volunteer some time to help out. On October…

Support for Burson

The contrast between candidates for 4th District Ravalli County Commissioner — Clint Burson and Jeff Burrows — could not be greater. In contrast to Jeff Burrows, who’s family business apparently is survival shelters and fear of government collapse, Clint Burson is a skilled editor, a teacher of communications at the Bitterroot College, a former magazine…

Support for Curtis

I recently had the opportunity to hear Amanda Curtis speak and came away impressed by her strength, intellect, and grasp of the issues facing our state and country. Contrary to the misinformation being presented in print and on the airwaves by her opponent, Steve Daines, her policy positions are moderate and balanced. She comes from…

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…