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 By Violet Hopkins    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Join Me in Voting for Lee Bridges

I live in East Missoula and was very intrigued when I read one of Lee Bridges’ (HD92) intro cards. So I called her and she actually came over to my house and we talked for over an hour. I find her incredibly thoughtful, understanding and...

 
 By Patti Bartlett    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Duane "Cecil" Schlabach for HD92

With proud enthusiasm, I support Cecil Schlabach for HD92 in the upcoming primary election on June 5. I have known Cecil for the past seven years as both a teaching associate and a friend. We both teach junior high at SLE. Cecil works tirelessly to...

 
 By Dodie Anderson    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Help Get I-184 on the November Ballot

Tired of asking our state representatives to allow for more renewable energy development? Ready for a just transition to renewable energy? Do you think it’s time voters had a say in expansion of renewable energy options in Montana? THEN I-184 IS...

 

Hopkins Will Fight for You

We have come to expect that the Federal Government does not do its job. When it comes to State Government, we expect the opposite. We expect our State Legislature to get things done, to work together to tackle serious problems affecting us as...

 
 By Jock Conyngham    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Slotnick - New Energy, Practical Insights

MISSOULA - I’ve known Josh Slotnick, candidate for Missoula County Commissioner, for nearly 20 years. We have worked together in various capacities and we occasionally hunt elk and deer together. You don’t need to spend a lot of time with Josh,...

 

Curtiss Steady Hand Still Needed

MISSOULA - I met Jean Curtiss over two decades ago while I was a school board trustee. The board was grappling with the agonizing prospect of neighborhood school closure. Representing the Missoula PTA, Jean brought a calm and rational voice to the ra...

 
 By Lisa Davey    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Lee Bridges Is Best Choice for HD92

Friends and neighbors, primary season is here and our House District (92) has a clear choice to represent us in the Montana State Legislature. Lee Bridges is an incredible candidate and citizen willing to work around the clock for us. She has more...

 

Lead Poisoning and Montana's Loons

Lead is cheap with a long tradition of use in fishing tackle. Many western societies have eliminated it in paints, gasoline, solders and in shot for waterfowl hunting. Despite this, lead products...

 

Too Much Me

And no, I’m not talking about the extra pounds I put on over the Easter holiday...rather I was reflecting on the verse from Chapter 4 verse 10 of Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, “We always carry around in our body the death of...

 
 By Kelly Rusoff    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Senator Tester Will Get My Vote

In 2008, my father, a World War II veteran, was receiving medical care at the Billings Veteran’s clinic. I had medical POA for my father and had questions about his health and left several messages for his doctor, but my phone calls weren't...

 
 By Tyler Robinson    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Sheriff Candidate Endorsement

MISSOULA - Please join me in support of reelecting T.J. McDermott for Missoula County Sheriff. As the current Sheriff of Missoula County, Sheriff McDermott has a proven track record of running a jail, making improvements with the diversion program...

 

My Primary Choices for the Democratic Primary

For those of you who vote by mail you should have received your ballot by now. The actual primary at the polls is on June 5. For whatever it’s worth, here is for whom I am going to vote. Grant Kier for US House. Despite two worthy opponents,...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Floodwaters Raise Sewer Questions

Floodwaters in three of the four sub-districts of the Seeley Lake Sewer District should give present and future Board members pause. Those areas should probably never be built on because they are wetlands and the homes already in those areas should...

 
 By Lee Bridges    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Don't Miss "The Era of Megafires"

I know our minds are all on the high floodwaters, the obstructed roadways, and flooded homes, but looking at the long game, I see a very vibrant Spring season for foliage and fire fuels. If we get a dry period this summer, that will be prime dry...

 
 By Derek DJ Smith    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Experience Matters

As the saying goes, “experience matters.” I could not agree more. What kind of experience do we want?  Being raised by a single mom who had to work for everything in life has taught me that nothing good is just handed to you, you need to work...

 

Bridges Clear Choice for HD92

Lee Bridges is the people’s pick for House District 92. I have known Lee for over a quarter century and she is a conscientious, determined individual that I would trust with my life. As a retired sergeant major of US Army Special Forces, I can tel...

 
 By Terry Rice    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Forest Service Accountability

Regarding Congressman Gianforte’s May 2, 2018 Missoulian article titled “Congress working on jobs.” Why is it that Mr. Gianforte and Congress do not understand that properly managed forest equates to permanent jobs, property protection, healthy...

 

Is Imagination Real?

People often consider imagination to simply be thoughts related to past and present daily experiences. If this were the case, imagination wouldn't be different from memories or reciting a poem....

 

Keeping Montana Safe

Missoula County’s law enforcement officers work hard every day to keep our families and communities safe. But protecting Montanans and cracking down on crime is a round-the-clock challenge that requires our constant support. That’s why as...

 

Updates from the Challenge: A Quarter Century of Conservation Innovation

A Note from Charles Having known of the Blackfoot Challenge for more than a decade, and interacted with the group a bit in my time working in the Crown of the Continent, I was excited to be offered...

 

How Happy Is a Clam or a Camper?

SEELEY LAKE – A mother looking fondly at her toddler playing in the sandbox might remark, "He's been fussy all morning, but now look at him – he's happy as a clam." Reportedly, Robert E. Lee...

 
 By Erik Iverson    Opinion    May 17, 2018

His All

“And (Jesus) went out from thence and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him....And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid his hands upon a few sick folk and healed them.” The first question that usually gets asked...

 
 By Olivia Reinitz    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Ban Cell Phones from MCPS

Dear Superintendent of Missoula Public Schools, I am a junior at Seeley-Swan High School and I am proposing to you a very unpopular idea among my generation and my peers. Cell phones should be banned...

 
 By Heather Layman    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Ridin'

Yesterday, as I was sitting in the alleyway of the barn watching Twist munch on his oats, listening to music, drinking a beer and taking in the first signs of spring, I thought about my Grandpa. It...

 
 By Keith Virga    Opinion    May 10, 2018

What Ever Happened to Integrity?

This letter is in response to Larry Dunham’s editorial last week. I know both Mike Hopkins and Larry Dunham and have had several interactions and conversations with them. Over the years Mike has been a strong conservative and a stand up guy....

 

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