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 By Don Larson    Opinion    October 12, 2017

Support Outside District Lines?

SEELEY LAKE - The Pathfinder has published 41 letters to the editor about the proposed sewer in the past four months...June through September.  Twenty-one have been for the project and 20 have been against it. All the 20 against the project were by...

 

Stop the Dog and Pony Show and Cut Costs

SEELEY LAKE - I recently received a response from Congressman Gianforte that indicated he was doing his best to reduce federal expenditures but that it looked like with the hurricane and flood expenses of Florida and Texas, along with the fire...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    October 5, 2017

Question Costs - Interlocal Agreement and Total Sewer Costs

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board has been assessing district residents $47,000 for the past 13 years for “study” of the sewer situation. That’s a total of more than $600,000 of taxpayer money. Now add the cost of the services the...

 
 By Bruce Hall    Opinion    October 5, 2017

Let's Rename the Lake – and the Town

SEELEY LAKE - The trio opposed to the sewer should change their name to Citizens Against Sensible Wastewater Solutions, for that is what they’ve turned out to be. “Citizens for” just doesn’t fit their profile, though it’s typical these...

 

Enough Already, Coach!

MISSOULA - When will the coaching staff be shaken up at the University of Montana football? Enough is enough already, with losses, loss of players and the latest, our very good rookie quarterback who was nothing more than fed to the wolves. I wrote...

 

I Told You So

I wrote this letter nearly 30 years ago and it was published in the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake newspaper – please read it. “I just finished reading in the Daily Inter Lake where farmers who lost 40 percent of their crops are eligible for federal...

 

Thank You Greg Poncin's Team and Firefighters

SEELEY LAKE - I want to thank the Northern Rockies Incident Management team for dropping by my house and sharing maps and information about the Rice Ridge Fire. I live on Woodworth Road and the fire was burning right behind my house. They would stop...

 

Patriotism

The politicians have been milking the patriotism cow for some time, at the same time they want to ignore veterans’ needs. As soon as some citizen on the street or representative in Congress or the white house starts espousing patriotism, a big red...

 

Thank You Seeley Lake!

My name is Mona Bennett, aka MontanaNana (Addy Trevino’s Grandma). As I approached the carnival fundraiser for my granddaughter my heart was truly touched. From several blocks away I watched people all going to one place with one goal; to support...

 

Lolo National Forest Fire Season 2017

Well it looks like we may finally exiting the fire season of 2017. Many questions are on the minds of the people that reside in this area of the nation. The first and easiest question is how did it start? The answer to that is simply a lightning...

 

Support a Smart Future, Support the Sewer

SEELEY LAKE - I have watched the lively debate about the proposed Seeley Lake sewer system for some time now, with many thoughtfully constructed arguments on each side, as well as some wild rantings and conspiracy theories. Here’s some of the...

 

Thank You for Best of the Valleys Recognition

SEELEY LAKE - I want to say a big THANK YOU to the community of Seeley Lake for voting Good Times the best place to buy a gift.  I am honored, thankful and humbled for the recognition.   Sue had a dream when she opened Good Times in 1982, and I am...

 

Unite as a Community and Make Our Voices Heard

SEELEY LAKE - It is probably general agreement that the summer of 2017 in Seeley Lake will be remembered as the summer of the fire, as opposed to the summer of sunny skies, fresh mountain air and experiencing a variety of recreational opportunities....

 

Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

SEELEY LAKE - A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is just that: a possible event which offers enormous gain but will never be re-offered and if not seized will leave decades of regret in its wake. The federal government, whose purse strings are rapidly...

 

Sewer - More Troubling Issues Arise

SEELEY LAKE - This is the third time of my writing on the Seeley Lake sewer issue. Each time visiting the subject, more troubling issues arise. First off, who are these people who are able to go against the wishes of citizens who have voted down...

 

Sewer: A Newcomer's Perspective

SEELEY LAKE - As relative newcomers to the Seeley Lake community, please allow us to provide our perspective on the municipal sewer issue. Three years ago we purchased a seasonal (summer) cabin on Boy Scout Road. Our time here during the summers and...

 

If the Sewer Benefits Everyone Then Have Everyone Chip In

SEELEY LAKE - The underlying issue of the sewer proposal is Seeley Lake’s ability to sustain itself as a community. We have seen most private land around Seeley revert to government ownership, so the growth potential of the community is capped....

 

Response to Ken Silvestro's Letter

SEELEY LAKE - First, a solid majority voted in a certified, legal election against the sewer initiative last December. That speaks volumes about peoples’ no-growth wishes for Seeley Lake and for their inability to shoulder the heavy financial...

 

Rely on Facts When Deciding on Seeley Lake Sewer

SEELEY LAKE - I’m thankful to live in a community and nation that respects opinions. I respect the opinions of those arguing against a sewer system for Seeley Lake and know they have the best intentions for our community. We must, however, deal...

 

Residences Will Pay Commercial Debt Service Rate Under Proposed Sewer Plan

SEELEY LAKE - In the Aug. 30 Pathfinder, the article written about the public sewer meeting brought up a plan by [District Manager] Greg Robertson which should make anyone involved with the sewer outraged. Here is some of what the Pathfinder article...

 

Time for Good Men to Step Forward and Protect Ourselves and Our Environment

I believe everyone knows the earth is warming up. So there is no need to throw yourself on the floor kicking and screaming that nobody is listening. There does seem to be some controversy over whether man caused the warming or it is just a regularly...

 

Let's Protect Our Natural Resource – Water- Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake is the water supply to much of the town, community and others draw water from the lake or the surrounding community aquifer. So, let’s “cowboy up” to our responsibility of protecting it now and for future generations....

 

ALERT: SD #1 and SD #2

SEELEY LAKE - In an earlier letter-to-the-editor, I pointed out that Sewer District 4 has some 40 properties which are, in fact, residences or the occasional vacant lot. Seeley Lake Sewer District Manager Greg Robinson would have them charged as...

 

Common Ground – Our Love for the Landscape

Fire: It’s hot, it’s smoky, it’s uncomfortable, it’s dangerous, it’s scary. All of us in the Seeley/Swan and Blackfoot Valleys are feeling anxious, stressed, fearful of losing our homes and fearful of our beloved landscape changing....

 

Increase Our Quality of Life - Accept Sewer Initiative

SEELEY LAKE - Most of us living in Seeley Lake share some common values: independence, some desire to be isolated, appreciation of nature and security for our families and homes. These are important values that are not easy to compromise. We also...

 

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