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Size matters: bigger is better for wilderness

By Howie Wolke, Livingston When it comes to wilderness, bigger is better. From a human perspective, it is difficult to experience wilderness values such as awe, oneness with nature, solitude and challenge in isolated natural areas hemmed in by roads or noisy machines. The authors of the Wilderness Act rightly understood that if folks accepted…

Letters to the Editor

Vote against Hamilton bond

The Mayor and the City Council are endangering public safety by moving fire protection money from the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department to build a “Justice Center” on the Armory property. The Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) has a Capital Improvement (CIP) fund set up to purchase fire trucks and safety equipment when they come due…

Deplorably twisted

What is the absolute best way to tell a lie? Take a truth and twist it until it bleeds. Repeat as necessary, until other people start repeating the twist, as the truth. When the twist is accepted as common knowledge, you win. Even if the truth just gets to be in doubt, you still win….

Too much out-of-state money

Here we go again. We just finished another election cycle in November with all the negative attack ads appearing on our local TV channels. Just like a bad penny, they are back again. First we have behind door number one – the Judicial Crisis Network. A multi-million dollar out of state PAC that chooses to…

News from the Legislature – Week 10

I was in the Air Force a long time ago, in the weather section. I chuckle at some of the similarities to a weather forecast and a legislative update…. for example…. ‘As the warm front approaches the winds will be gusty and variable in direction, sky a mix of high and low clouds, and the…

Against HB501

A pro-Israel bill moving through the Montana Legislature (House Bill 501) would ban Montanans from doing business with companies supporting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, which is working to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. House Bill 501’s sponsor, Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen, incorrectly labels the BDS movment as anti-Semitic –…

What about the dams?

I was moved by the letter written by Dallas Erickson (2-22-17) regarding the two dams south of the valley. I would like to see a response in the very near future by the County Commissioners, the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation. The County Commissioners have heard these encouragements to have an…

Save our park!

Springtime is near and soon children and families will be headed to Claudia Driscoll Park to play at Canyon Hideaway, climb on that tank in front of the National Guard Armory Building or listen to a concert at the Band Shell. Everybody loves a great park and we have one right in our town. There…

Fear

The word fear is being used a lot lately in all forms of media and I guess it is time for me to make a contribution. But first I need to set the stage. I am 75 years old, the oldest of three, and was born into a family business of a dance hall and…

It’s good to shake things up

I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but I have to applaud the general shake-up resulting from his election. People, families, cities, states, countries, and even the world needs a good shake-up now and again to help us reassess our values and goals. Generally, I think that rules, regulations, and organizations grow out of perceived…

Make government work again

I think I speak for most in Montana when I say I am sick and tired of politics. 2016 was an incredibly difficult campaign season to endure, and in 2017 people seem more divided than ever. With the prospect of a special election looming on the Montana horizon we are not out of the woods…