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Why can't the community know the truth?

SEELEY LAKE - What is really going on at SLE? Why won’t the board answer the question we all want to know? What has our superintendent done that is so terrible? Why can’t the board tell us the truth, what happened to bring us to this meeting?...

 
 By Lynn Carey    Opinion    February 27, 2020 

When will the work start?

I thought I would comment on the news coming out of Washington, D.C. I see that our corruption-fighting president has pardoned seven white-collar criminals. He also commuted the sentences of four more white-collar criminals. I assume this must be...

 

Ol' men of the trail

Many moons ago while cutt'n logs for Tom Hulett I ran into his brother John. He was one of those "men of the trail" I like to call'em. Get a load of this. John and an older cowboy once trailed 30...

 

Close calls and near misses in Montana State Parks

Over this past Christmas holiday season, I was reminiscing with a group of four friends. The conversation took a normal course; inquiring about each other's families and the various home projects we...

 

Lent: Time of reflection repentance and renewal

Have you been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? I have not but I am, like most of us, certainly aware of the annual event. Mardi Gras Day is Feb. 25. This day is also called Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is t...

 

Thank you - You make us proud

SEELEY LAKE - Doug Pewitt passed away on Feb.10 after his vehicle fell through the ice on Salmon Lake. This tragedy was softened and made easier to handle due to the response and support of individuals and agencies involved. Thanks go out to Seeley...

 

New candidates bring possibility of change

SEELEY LAKE - Missoula County officials have spent more than a half-million taxpayer dollars in the past decade trying to sell a community sewer here in Seeley Lake. Unfortunately, the proposal the sewer board settled on stinks. It does not clean up...

 
 By John Rice    Opinion    February 20, 2020

More handymen would be win-win for Montana

The task force the governor has created to protect Montana’s workers, businesses and taxpayers sounds good on paper but sometimes good intentions end up hurting our poor and less fortunate at the expense of protecting the more affluent. Other than...

 

Soul by any other name

Over the years, the idea of soul became the property of many disciplines: religion, philosophy, medicine, technology and psychology. For example, the word that I so often use – psyche -- refers to...

 

Taking on a new decade and new ideas

There's something about a new year that makes us reflect on where we are and what we want to do in the future. We make resolutions, plans, try to break old habits and begin new traditions. Coupled...

 

Aligning with the upper Light

There is the story of a shipwreck on a dark and tempestuous night, when not even a star was visible. A ship was approaching the harbor of Cleveland, with a pilot on board. The captain, noticing only one light as they drew near - that from the...

 

The truth about the rich

Democrats claim taxing the “rich” is the way to help the middle class and poor. That the rich get rich by taking wealth from others. Norm would have said “idiots!” Bill Gates and Paul Allen, worth billions, created an operating system for...

 

A note of sincere gratitude and appreciation

Jade Green and Lowell Grosvold passed away on Jan. 1, 2020. The families of the late Lowell Grosvold and Jade Green, wish to extend our sincere thanks for your many kindnesses, and for the condolences and support that we have received. We also send...

 

Trusting the collective voice of our SLE teachers

SEELEY LAKE - In July of 2017, a group of dedicated, experienced teachers at Seeley Lake Elementary rightfully brought the alarming deficiencies of the previous superintendent to the attention of the School Board. They received little support from...

 
 By Jim Quinn    Opinion    February 13, 2020

Swan Valley is a critical linkage for wolverine

SWAN VALLEY - I would like to call attention to an article from the August 2019 issue of National Geographic Magazine “As wolverines battle to survive, warming poses a threat.” The article discusses the wolverine that survive in the lower 48...

 

Historical preservation grants available

During the 2019 Legislature, Gov. Steve Bullock, legislators and Montanans across the Treasure State worked tirelessly to keep history alive in a variety of ways. Senate Bill 338, also known as the Montana Museums Act, is best known for providing a...

 

Are we obsessed with firearms?

Americans are accused by many as having an obsession with firearms. If this is true, why is it? Let's assume for a moment it is true. Maybe it is because we are much more closely tied to our frontier...

 

County Attorney's Office 2019 snapshot

2019 was a busy year for both the civil and criminal divisions of the Missoula County Attorney's Office. On Jan. 1, I began my second four-year term as the chief elected prosecutor. Throughout the...

 

Fix your eyes

Especially after the loss of a loved one, our thoughts are often directed to the brevity of life here on earth. As I advance in age, time seems to rush by faster & faster each year. Surely, we all need to be very aware that are days are numbered...

 
 By Mark Muir    Opinion    February 13, 2020

Public Safety in jeopardy with Large tax cuts.

For communities and businesses to prosper, they must be safe. From the 9-1-1 call through to the arrest, conviction and incarceration of felony offenders, Montana citizens rely on state funded public safety and justice programs to support that goal....

 

Fight socialism with ideas, not bullets

At the recent Montana Republican Kickoff, something very strange happened. A GOP legislator from Billings suggested that he ought to be shot. Representative Rodney Garcia dropped a stink bomb in the middle of the gathering by insisting that it is...

 

Candidates needed for elections

There is a lot riding on upcoming local elections with many opinions being shared on different sides of issues. However there is a lack of candidates. With nearly 30 positions up for election there is currently only eight candidates signed up. If the...

 

Voice your support for rehiring Daniel Schrock

SEELEY LAKE - On Jan. 21 the Seeley Lake Elementary School Board voted 3 - 2 not to renew Superintendent Daniel Schrock’s contract. *See the Jan 30 edition of the Pathfinder for details* He is invited to re-apply. The hiring process has already...

 

Working for the best at SLE

We have a great school and staff at SLE. It makes me sad to see veteran teachers being smeared on social media and in the newspaper. I told myself I would take the high road, stay professional and not respond. But I can’t abide people who have no p...

 

Consider wellbeing of students and SLE

SEELEY LAKE - Members of SLE Board and To Whom It May Concern, As parents of a fourth grade student at Seeley Lake Elementary we would like to express our opposition on the motion to NOT renew Mr. Schrock’s contract. Understand that we have asked m...

 

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