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 By John Rice    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

Agencies Working for Job Protection

What does the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers all have in common? They are all involved in job protection regardless of the cost to the U.S. taxpayer. We all know about the Forest Service and...

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    July 19, 2018 

Patriotism 201

Patriotism, flag burning, anthem kneeling – emotional topics throughout history. Ironically, our country was founded by patriots who burned flags. And they endeavored to establish a new kind of country that protected cherished values like freedom...

 

I Stand For and Honor the Flag, the Anthem and the U.S.A.

I have been given written permission and even encouraged by Mr. Marshall to stand up for my rights and freedom of speech, so I will again. I am thankful that honoring the flag and anthem have been American traditions handed down for generations. I...

 
 By Gary Ikerd    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Questioning Lack of Action at Big Larch Campground

SEELEY LAKE - I’m writing about the Big Larch Campground. I was called out to the boat ramp two years ago and the Forest Service people asked my advice on how to fix the boat ramp at the dock. I said it would probably cost about $2,000 to fix it...

 

Acceptable and Unacceptable Ways to Protest

I want to respond to Mike Marshall’s letter in last week’s Pathfinder. Mike disagreed with some people’s dissatisfaction with other people’s method of protesting. I think Mike is very wrong. There are acceptable ways of protesting and there...

 

Building Bridges to Common Ground

I want to reciprocate the feelings of gratitude to Lee Bridges for running a primary campaign that focused on the issues rather than personal animosities. Playing to divisive rhetoric for short-term political points hurts all of us in the long-term....

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Patriotism 102

I am always disappointed to see someone who thinks expressing our freedom of speech is un-American. I’ll have to disagree. You may not like what someone has to express or the way they express it, but just like you, they have every right to express...

 

Response to Marshall's Letter - Find a Flag and Country to Honor and Move There

I am writing in response to Mr. Mike Marshall’s letter to the editor in the Pathfinder Thursday, June 21, 2018. We who are citizens of the United States of America do have wonderful freedoms, thanks to our founding fathers, and the men and women...

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Flag Burning 101 - Americans' Right to Protest

Senator Steve Daines of Montana, I am sad to say, just announced that he introduced a constitutional amendment in the U.S. Senate to outlaw burning the flag. Here is my message to Senator Daines regarding this misguided effort: “You don’t truly...

 

Thank You Montanans

Dear people of the great state of Montana – The past February, my third-grade students wrote letters to small town newspapers around our country. The letters asked people in each state to send...

 

Speak Out for Change in Immigration Policy

Children are the most precious gift; to the parents, to the future of a nation and the future of humankind. Without children there is no future. Yes, parents are responsible for their children and in bringing them up for the future of the nation and...

 
 By Tom Welsch    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Rosendale Not Who He Claims to Be - Not Right for Montana

GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale is not the person he claims to be and is not particularly well informed or interested in protecting Montanans. He is not right for Montana. He has never been a rancher, despite using the title. In 2002 he bought a...

 
 By Mark Hull    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Rosendale - Not a Man of His Word

In a state like Montana where hard work is valued and our word is our bond, you would think that Matt Rosendale would make an effort to follow through on his commitment to attend the first debate of the election. Instead, Rosendale decided to take a...

 
 By Lee Bridges    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Thank You House District 92

Hi, friends and neighbors! I’d like to thank everyone in Seeley Lake and surrounding areas for your support and votes in the Democratic Primary, June 5th! I look forward to continuing what I’ve been doing, which is attending meetings, events,...

 

Grateful for Support in HD 92 Race

The gratitude and admiration I have for this community’s support in the recent primary election is difficult to convey in language. Despite the fact that I was not the nominee for the general election, I’m overwhelmed by your turnout at the...

 
 By Diann Ericson    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Thanks for Driving Slow on Dirt Roads

To our dirt road friends and neighbors of the Glacier Creek, Styler and Remicks area, Your considerate driving makes the air around the area cleaner. If particulate in the air were compared with other parts of the valley, ours would be cleaner. Not...

 

Cast Your Vote for Duane "Cecil" Schlabach

I am writing this letter to give my strong support for Duane “Cecil” Schlabach as our representative for HD 92. I’ve known Duane for 18 years, and in the process watched him travel his “Montana road” - first as a wilderness packer/guide,...

 

Lee Bridges - Best Representative You Could Ever Have

I don’t remember when I’ve been so excited about an election -- maybe 2008? A major reason is that I have had the amazing opportunity to work on my friend’s campaign. Lee Bridges is running for House District 92 -- it’s a unique district...

 
 By Joseph Spencer    Opinion    May 31, 2018

Bridges is Getting My Vote

As a lifelong resident of East Missoula (HD92), I believe we need a strong and independent voice for the working class dogs, the tough blue collar folks who make up the majority of District 92. Lee Bridges is that voice and she’s getting my vote....

 

SLE Brings Relevant Learning to Students

Dear Seeley Lake Residents: I just had the most amazing visit to your elementary school. As I walked in, I felt like I was in the most amazing learning environment. There was a bench by the opening door made from snowboards and the wood trim on all...

 
 By Larry Dunham    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Integrity Lives

I find it interesting and intriguing that Mr. Keith Virga found the need to write a letter to the Editor in the May 10th Pathfinder. His support of Freshman Representative Hopkins is his right, as is mine to support and promote Mr. Derek (DJ) Smith,...

 
 By Angelo Pecora    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Don't Let a Quiet Demeanor Fool Ya

SEELEY LAKE - Shout out to the Seeley-Swan Community. I’m thinking Saturday night’s art auction, talent show and scholarship fundraiser was a success. The talent in this community is astonishing. Regulars such as Trace and Mark wowed the folks as...

 
 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...

 

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