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Help older Missoulians stay independent and healthy - Vote FOR the MAS Levy

Everyone wants to stay healthy and independent as they age. We want that for our friends and families. And we want it for ourselves. That’s why it’s so important that Missoula County residents vote FOR the Missoula Aging Services (MAS) Levy on th...

 

A local's perspective on the BCSA

As someone who has grown up in Montana, the wilderness has always been something that I have found profoundly beautiful. I have witnessed first hand the majesty of landscapes such as the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountain Wilderness. As...

 
 By Joel Roesner    Opinion    April 7, 2022

The oxymoron of proposed smoke management

In last week’s Pathfinder, Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality Specialist Ben Schmidt said the reason for the proposed zone is to address wood smoke, something research has proven to be a negative impact on people’s health. Does...

 
 By David Kenmir    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Evaluation of the vaccination debate sides with Dr. Farrar

Following the discussion on COVID-19 vaccination for the last month is rather disappointing. I like to think that when an expert speaks, it’s worth listening. I am not an expert on the subject and it sounds like neither is Mike Marshall. That is ok...

 
 By David Rowell    Opinion    March 31, 2022

Appreciative for prayer in school

I very much appreciate Seeley Lake Elementary Superintendent/Principal Josh Gibbs allowing people who wanted to pray for the school and the children of Seeley Lake to enter the building. It’s just incredible to me that we have devolved into not...

 

Farrar's response to Marshall on vaccine conspiracy theories

Mike Marshall’s opinion letter last week was directed at me regarding “vaccine conspiracies.” He started by referencing “flat-earth theories,” “Israeli space lasers,” “windmills causing cancer,” “microchips in vaccines,” etc....

 

MAS Levy will help meet growing needs for seniors

Older Missoula County residents and their families owe a big “thank you” to our County Commissioners. On March 10th, the Commission voted unanimously to place a levy on the June 7th Primary Election ballot. The levy will boost support to vital...

 

Response to Farrar - "Pshaw," vaccine conspiracy theories waste our time

In the last several years, so many folks (and some of them are well intentioned) have floated so many unfounded ideas. We have been subjected to flat-earth theories, Israeli space lasers causing wild fires in our western state forests, windmills...

 

Protect our headwaters with the BCSA

The Bob Marshall Wilderness is a roadless tract of land that spreads over 1,009,352 acres north of Ovando. South of its designated boundary, Monture Creek, an important tributary of the Blackfoot River, flows through a remarkably roadless area. An...

 

Response to Mike Marshall's fearmongers, VAERS and vaccinatnion rates

Vaccine Fearmongers: Is the pot calling the kettle black? Recall, in the early days of the pandemic, it was government spokespeople who drove the whole population into a state of panic and fear. The “authorities” understood early that COVID was d...

 

Be smart, ignore the fearmongers

So many (perhaps well-intentioned folks) have been spreading fear about the Covid-19 vaccinations via social media and news sources. Many of these are politicians and talking news heads. Alas, a very few have even been medical personnel or retired me...

 
 By David Kenmir    Opinion    March 10, 2022

Alert regarding At-Home Test Kits

This is just a heads up “ FYI “ in reference to the free home COVID-19 test kits being handed out by the Seeley Lake Fire Department. Per an alert on national news, the test kits have a toxic chemical in the ingredients called Sodium Azide. It...

 

Can experimental COVID gene vaccine alter the human genome?

For 200 years every vaccine that has ever been given to humans has contained the virus, bacteria or protein (THE ANTIGEN) against which the immune system responds by the production of antibodies. It is time-tested technology. The COVID vaccines (Mode...

 
 By Bill Campbell    Opinion    March 3, 2022

Faith over form

Just a note to let you know how much I appreciated Dale Terrillion’s Passages column in the Pathfinder’s Feb. 17 issue. I agree with both him and John Wesley regarding Christian denominations. It continues to be my belief that what Satan has...

 

Correction to last week's letter

While the injection of over 10 billion doses of a virus gene into hundreds of millions of people using a technology first used in humans in a small-scale clinical trial less than 10 years ago and without any long-term safety data is undoubtedly the...

 
 By Erin Heaton    Opinion    March 3, 2022

Prioritize Montana first, pass the BCSA

Montana’s beautiful, expansive public lands are what make this state the “last best place.” Senator Jon Tester’s Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) is a groundbreaking piece of legislation that vows to protect some of the most...

 

Gratitude for emergency response

SEELEY LAKE – I took a tumble around 5-6K into the OSCR ski marathon at the end of January. I broke my hip and am very grateful to Tim Hoag and his Search and Rescue crew that day (Joe Miller, Dan Johnson and John Baker) for pulling me out of...

 

Farrar responds to Marshall's letter

In my guest column printed in the Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 issues of the Pathfinder, I only addressed the issue about whether the vaccine can prevent transmission – it cannot. My letter said nothing about the efficacy (reducing symptoms) and safety (as y...

 

Clarification to COVID-18 statistics

I would like to add a clarification to Mike Marshall’s letter regarding COVID-19 statistics from the Feb. 17 issue. Regardless of where Mike got his information, it was lacking and misleading. This so called vaccine is not your annual flu vaccine y...

 

Thankful for all the support

SEELEY LAKE - Michael and I have lived here in Seeley for several years now. Like everyone we have had good years and not so good years but none as challenging as 2021. The events of this last year have caused us to be even more thankful to be...

 

Make an impact - Support the BCSA

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is a piece of legislation that needs immediate attention. This legislation would help secure the peace of the Blackfoot River by permanently protecting its most crucial tributaries. This bill will not only...

 

Grow the outdoor recreation economy, pass the BCSA

Outdoor recreation comprises $7.1 billion of Montana’s economy and generates $286 million in tax revenue. Additionally, the outdoor recreation economy provides 71,000 jobs to Montanans. By expanding the Bob Marshall, these numbers will only...

 

Vaccinate if you can - Be smart

This letter is in response to Dr. John Farrar’s column of Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 in the Seeley Swan Pathfinder about COVID-19 vaccinations. Dr. Farrar, in highly science-y terms, shared some very credible information on how our immune systems works....

 

Grooming efforts appreciated

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lakes ROCKS Board would like to add their voice to the praises currently being sung (and the great January coverage in the Pathfinder) for the 2022 cross country ski grooming at the Seeley Creek Nordic Trails. The volunteers...

 

BCSA upholds Montanans' values

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is important because it seeks to protect our precious Montana lands. The BCSA would preserve 80,000 acres of land for conservation, recreation and restoration. The act plans to restore fish and wildlife habita...

 

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