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Maclay Bridge is a Seeley-Swan problem

MISSOULA - Perhaps many of you in the Seeley-Swan Valley area are aware there is an old bridge down in Missoula on the west side of town. It has been the subject of debate and controversy for over 25 years. Undoubtedly, most of you believe you have...

 

Failing Windfall

SWAN VALLEY – She was born on a cold winter day, wrapped and warm, high above the headwaters, in the same landscape where she later gave birth to celebrated triplets. Her neighbors loved her and many people experienced firsthand the wonder of those...

 

Montanans Deserve Better Than One-Size-Fits-All Federal Healthcare

Rural Montana is facing some pressing challenges. We must provide quality medical care for an aging population, so our seniors can enjoy healthy, vibrant lives in the communities they’ve always called home. And we need to create more jobs for the...

 

BCSA the best of Montana

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (S. 1765) represents the best of Montana politics: collaborative, consensus-based policy intended to benefit everyone who lives and recreates in the Blackfoot River watershed. Diverse stakeholder groups have...

 

Everyone should have a say in sewer debate

SEELEY LAKE - The sewer debate is about justice and fairness. Here are a couple of parameters. We all perform the same daily bodily functions, whether we’re registered to vote, own property or not. Fairness suggests we ALL have a say in this sewer...

 

Vote Bryce Bennett

It seems that everyone in Montana except Cory Stapleton knows that he is unqualified to fill any elected position. Stapleton seems either incompetent, corrupt or possibly both. Cory has done damage during the short time he has been in this office....

 

Reject influence of fossil fuel money - plan for slimate-safe, renewable energy future

Climate change and global warming are important issues for Montanans. Coming changes will broadly impact our economic sectors and put inevitable strain on state resources. Challenges need to be addressed, especially in agricultural, business and...

 
 By Ross Miller    Opinion    August 29, 2019

Sewer Board moving in the right direction

Dear Mr. Goodover and Board Members - The Missoula City-County Health Board supports the resolution to require connection of all properties within the Seeley Lake Sewer District to the public sewer system as it becomes available. The Health Board is...

 

Choose priorities and vote for the best candidate in the primaries

Primary election season is upon us. It’s our responsibility to thoughtfully select candidates for our respective parties. Republican candidates for the governor’s seat present unique qualifications, temperaments and records. All have served in...

 

Sewer Board not interested in serving community

SEELEY LAKE - The sewer board’s attorney comes across as being overly aggressive and occasionally patronizing and seems to take an awful lot of liberties and “willful interpretations.”  Such behavior distorts the law and results in...

 

Daines and Gianforte hiding from constituents

Senator Steve Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte, according to press reports, are in Montana for the August congressional recess (or “state work period”). They are holding invite only roundtables and discussions (like Daines’ guest...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Sewer proposal unpopular, unworkable and unaffordable

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board continues to abuse the citizens it was elected to represent. At its meeting last week it quickly disregarded a petition signed by 182 residents opposing mandatory hook-ups and voted 3-1 to mandate them.  It...

 

Daines and Gianforte missing an important truth

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” This quote is from the movie “V for Vendetta” and it is a perfect example of for what is happening in our state. Steve Daines and Greg Gianforte...

 

Thank you for kindness to Seeley Lake Elementary students in need

SEELEY LAKE - I wanted to personally write and thank the community for your kindness in donating much needed school supplies for our students at Seeley Lake Elementary. Your act of kindness will undoubtedly benefit our students and their education....

 

CONSERVATION CON JOB - Why Won't Steve Daines fully fund the LWCF?

they say or how they vote during the re-election cycle. Focus on the voting record from earlier in their term. That’s an important thing for Montanans to remember about Senator Steve Daines in relation to public lands, wildlife habitat and public...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 8, 2019

County misrepresents dangers of nitrates in Seeley Lake

County Health employee Jim Erven misrepresented and exaggerated (yet again) the dangers of nitrates in a recent letter to the Sewer Board. He says high nitrate levels in the groundwater can cause blue baby syndrome and fish kills, neither of which...

 
 By TJ Smith    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Meat industry under attack by Gov. Bullock's Executive Order

Meatless Mondays for your school lunch program? Meat grown in a petri dish from a foreign lab? These are questions we need to ask Governor Bullock. By his executive order, Montana is now obligated to advance the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement....

 
 By Katie Sutton    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Ask Senators to support H.R. 3375 and reign in robocalls

Montanans received 9.4 million robocalls in June 2019. The majority coming from Target, Citibank, Capital One and debt collectors. A recent bill reigning in robocalls (HR 3375) passed US House and now heads to US Senate. The bill builds on...

 

Fourth of July parade – No place for politics

SEELEY LAKE - I love the parade and the excitement it creates in our town. I want to thank all those who helped organize it. I only ask one thing, that politics not be allowed in the parade. We have politics shoved down our throats daily and do not...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Sewer cost rising, board missing cost savings

SEELEY LAKE - The Sewer Board circus continues. Last week it approved a resolution for public review which would require EVERY property in the sewer district to hook up. Remember, if you have two lots under your home you will pay two debt service...

 
 By Genoa Carver    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Say NO to CFPB's new debt collection rules

They told us if we got educated then we would see success in our lifetime. Yet, more than 44 million Americans have student debts that combine to total $1.5 TRILLION. Having to borrow money for school is stressful enough; abusive debt collection...

 
 By TJ Smith    Opinion    July 18, 2019

Act now against Bullock's US Climate Alliance Executive Order

What is the US Climate Alliance? It is a domestic group formed specifically to undermine President Trump’s excellent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Now, by executive order, part-time Governor Steve Bullock has undermined all o...

 
 By John Meyer    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Thank our medical providers instead of criticizing them

I take offense at last weeks letter to the editor titled “Clinic essential service.” If I am reading this correctly, this individual does not believe that clinic staff should be able to take a lunch break and he was personally inconvenienced by t...

 

Clinic essential service

SEELEY LAKE - We tried calling the Seeley Swan Medical Center during noon hour and got their answering machine instead. We were grateful that my wife’s condition was not an emergency although dealing with chronic pain is difficult. The Seeley Swan...

 

Board needs to explore alternatives

SEELEY LAKE - After the June 20 Sewer Board meeting, it was clear that there are innumerable loose ends and many unanswered questions to be addressed before any user agreement reaches the property owners in Phase 1. At one point, I made the comment...

 

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