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 By Don Larson    Opinion    May 16, 2019 

Residents have a right to know cost

SEELEY LAKE - After a winter of wrangling and struggling, the Seeley Lake Sewer Board seems no closer to an equitable funding formula for its sewer proposal than ever. The costs, in fact, seem to be going up and Missoula County officials have reneged...

 
 By Carol Brodie    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Thank you emergency responders

SEELEY LAKE – Those of us living in Seeley Lake are very fortunate to have the services of the men and women who provide help in emergencies. Numerous times over the past several months I have had to call on them to assist with my husband’s...

 
 By Genoa Carver    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Stop Pay Day Predators

It can feel like a cosmic event when the government actually does something right. So I was excited to hear that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was rolling out a new rule to protect consumers from payday loans. Then, when I heard that...

 

Opioids – Paying the price for the minority who abuse

Several years ago I was involved in a severe single-car auto accident when a left front tire blew out on a country road. I was intentionally placed in a coma for a few months as my body worked to recover from multiple spinal fractures and other...

 
 By Lea Bossler    Opinion    April 18, 2019

Actively take care of firefighters - Not just passively

Representatives and Senators, HELENA - Senate Bill 260 was signed into law on April 3, 2019, establishing the Trenton Johnson Memorial Highway, for the sake of honoring the risks wildland firefighters accept in order to save the lives and property...

 

Public Service Commission needed to protect Montana

An Open Letter to Montana State Legislators and Governor Bullock: As former and current Montana Public Service Commissioners, we represented Montanans across this great state in balancing the needs of utilities with the needs of consumers. We took...

 
 By Tim Summers    Opinion    April 11, 2019

House Bill 710 Helps Stop Pharmaceutical Greed

Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world. Congress, the Administration, and importantly, our own Montana State legislators must take action now to lower prescription drug prices, the root cause of this problem. That’s why AARP...

 

Special thanks to Montana's Legislators

This week, our republican and democratic state legislators notched a victory for Montanans. Working together with the Governor's office, they agreed on legislation that would permanently reauthorize Medicaid Expansion. This is good news for Montana...

 

Income inequality

In Robin Hood’s time the rich (government) were rich at the expense of someone else. Everything was limited. A coat might take 100s of hours to produce. The rich had food, others had to starve. Gold, silver and land belonged to the king...

 

Medicaid Expansion is Socialism

Traditional Medicaid was created to lend a hand to our most vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, the governor, Democrat legislators and more than a few Republican legislators are trying to prop up an entitlement program for the able-bodied, Medicai...

 

Make Montana communities safer with Senate Bill 52

Sexual assault knows no boundaries of age, race or social class. It is a plague on our society, endangering people from all walks of life. For more than two decades, my professional career focused on helping survivors of sexual assault in various...

 

Support House Bill 697 today and fix tax inequality

The current Republican majority in the state legislature has been proud in following its idea of no new or increased taxes. And they have expressed initial satisfaction in “cutting fat” from various department budgets while “retaining...

 

To hook to the sewer or not

SEELEY LAKE - If you have been unable to attend a sewer meeting since November 2018, you will never know what has gone on if you read the notes taken at the meetings.  They do not give you any detailed information.  I know the past president made...

 
 By Dusty Weber    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Medicaid expansion lacks real compassion

Why should someone who works and cannot afford insurance pay for the insurance of someone else who does not work at all? Continuing to fund Medicaid Expansion with tax revenue from Montana's struggling workers lacks real compassion. Try not to...

 

Daines supports improving rural broadband

Editor, Without access to broadband internet, students are unable to keep up in the classroom, patients are denied the promise of telemedicine tools and rural businesses are locked out of the global economy. Thankfully, Senator Daines stood up for...

 
 By Adam Shaw    Opinion    March 14, 2019

It's high time for us to protect the Blackfoot for future generations

There are rivers and streams every angler holds dear. We wince when their names are mentioned in public, fearing that the word will get out on our secret honey hole and that our next fishing trip will feature fewer trout and more people prodding its...

 

Ensure Medicaid Expansion continues

It’s helpful to be at the same line of work long enough to be able to be proven wrong. I’ve been working with NAMI Montana to improve Montana’s mental illness treatment system for the past ten years. We’ve been really active on the local,...

 

Stop the stupidity and build the wall

Warning signs are all around us and our wishy washy and spineless ways, are blinding us to the truth. We already have Isis members in America and they keep coming over our borders. Hoda Muthana, other Isis brides and other Americans who turned their...

 

Neither snow nor rain nor heat but your address must be complete

SEELEY LAKE - First, I want to express appreciation to the staff of the Seeley Lake Post Office. They have undergone a complete transformation in the last several months with a new postmaster and 100 percent new staff. Now they are learning our area...

 

How we can protect the Blackfoot River

Tucked in the valleys and mountains that surround Ovando and Seeley Lake are the many creeks that feed into the Blackfoot River. Among them are North Fork of the Blackfoot, Monture Creek, Morrell Creek and West Fork of the Clearwater. These...

 

New Green Deal

As a conservative, I am used to Liberal Democrats accusing me, or the people I vote for as: sexist, bigoted, misogynist, racist, xenophobe, homophobe, climate denier, hater and dumb. I admit, I don’t know what some of those big words mean, but I...

 

New policy is a problem at Seeley Lake Post Office

SEELEY LAKE - The problem with the local US Post Office in Seeley Lake is that the current postmaster has installed a policy of returning any letters or packages that do not have a post office box number in the address. This is against the Montana...

 

Help prevent the spread of mussels

If zebra mussels are allowed to gain a foothold in Montana waters, it could cost Montanans hundreds of millions of dollars per year. It might seem dramatic, but it’s true—certain invasive species of mussels could do a massive amount of damage to...

 

Stepping forward as District Manager

SEELEY LAKE - At the Sept. 24 work session of the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board, Great West Engineering gave a presentation and asked for a few decisions regarding the route of the main sewer line, etc. After the presentation, the three board memb...

 

More history on the Seeley Lake Biathlon

SEELEY LAKE - I thought that I would expand just a bit on your article from last week as to the history of the Seeley Lake Biathlon. Having a biathlon was the brain child of Lynn Carey. He spoke of the fun of participating in such a race out of...

 

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