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Initiative Quandary

I’m really struggling to make a decision on how to vote on Initiatives 185 and 186. I’ve seen the mailers on I-185 that claim it is unconstitutional. If so, why are groups spending so much money to defeat it? Also, considering we think of our...

 

Why I voted for Lee Bridges

As a child immigrant from an archipelago ruled by an oligarchic despot, I’m acutely aware of how precious my vote is. As a U.S. citizen and Independent, I vote. No matter how disgusted or jaded I’ve become with decisions from both parties, I vote...

 

Open letter to Mike Hopkins

Dear Mike: In your last letter to the editor you accused me and my staff of sending out attack ads against you. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, none of my campaign literature or ads have ever even mentioned you. As you said, like...

 

My plans if re-elected

In my previous letter, I talked about what we did in the last legislative session. For the next two letters, I wanted to talk about what I plan to do if re-elected to continue serving you in the Legislature. First and foremost, we need to repair the...

 

Marshall response - Hopkins keep up the good work

I just read Mike Marshall’s editorial from Oct. 18. I was appalled at his armchair political attack on Mike Hopkins. Hey, Mr. Marshall, how about I send 40 people to where your mother volunteers to bust in, climb up on the roof, put up posters,...

 

Thank you HD92

Thank you, residents of House District 92! You have graciously welcomed me at your homes and at all the many events I have attended this past year. I am a hardworking, blue collar worker and public servant. I live in House District 92 and have for...

 

Hopkins please focus on real issues

I was very disappointed to read the comments of Mike Hopkins in our local newspaper. My previous impression of Mike was that he held himself to higher standards. His comments were disingenuous at best. This is misdirection at its worst and highly...

 

The choice is yours - A Democratic or Republician legislature

The upcoming mid term elections are not about Trump; that is two years hence. In Montana, they are not about who is a Montanan or a newcomer or “the real thing.” They are simply about whether Schumer will dictate the activities of the Senate and...

 

Re-elect Sheriff T.J. McDermott

For nearly four years Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott has worked tirelessly to provide our community with a Sheriff’s Office that we can be proud of and trust. McDermott has led his staff to accomplish a lot in his first term. All of the...

 

Why I'm voting for Bridges for HD92

I’ve known Lee Bridges for over 30 years, since back in the days when she rebuilt and restored antique motorcycles with her late husband, Partsfather. She’s always worked in the blue collar trades; from wrenching bikes, to building her own shop,...

 

My record speaks for its self

Absentee ballots are out! Its been a long campaign year and while my opponents’ staffers have now decided to send out attack ads lying about my record, I am still proud that our race for HD92 has for the most part been a really civil race....

 
 By CC Ibsen    Opinion    October 18, 2018

Wafstet is the best choice for Sheriff

Candidates who run for Sheriff should be independent candidates, with no allegiance to any political party. Their allegiance should be to the law and their constituents. Only an independent Sheriff can be free from that allegiance. Travis Wafstet is...

 

Hopkins dead wrong

I was surprised and shocked to read Mike Hopkins’ letter to the editor in the last issue. I know Mike as friendly with a sense of humor, not shrill and hysterical. I can only assume that somebody else wrote the letter and Mike signed it without...

 
 By Ben Dawson    Opinion    October 18, 2018

Vote for the working class - Vote Bridges

For us it’s simple. Lee embodies the American spirit and what hard work and determination can accomplish over a life well lived. A woman of the trades, Lee is a proud retiree of SMART Local 103 and has had a long and proud career as a sheet metal...

 

The 6-Mill levy is slam dunk

If you want to support our Montana students, here is an important decision and vote which only comes around every 10 years! When voting in November, you will have a choice to support the renewal of the 6-mill levy for Montana’s higher education...

 

Bridges will fight for veterans

As a retired veteran with 42 years of service, I can appreciate the commitment of those legislators who genuinely recognize the sacrifice and dedication of the men and women that faithfully served our country during times of war...and peace. Service...

 

I want to continue to work for you

Montana is the greatest state in the greatest nation in the world. It’s why three generations of my family have called Montana their home and it’s why I still farm the same dirt that my grandparents homesteaded more than 100 years ago. Farming...

 

I-185 beginning of the sin tax

I-185 is being touted as a health measure. Raising the price of a pack of cigarettes by $2 will encourage more people to quit smoking and pay for Medicaid expansion they say. Hospitals are promoting I-185 for more than a health reason. It is guarante...

 
 By Erin Tate    Opinion    October 18, 2018

US Bank's Simple Loans aren't so simple

US Bank sells “Simple Loans” with 70-88 percent interest in Montana. People take these loans to buy snow tires, cover a mortgage payment or pay medical bills. Montana law caps predatory payday loans at 36 percent interest. But federally-insured b...

 

Mike Hopkins is the best choice for HD92

I served with Mike Hopkins in the Montana Legislature in 2017 on the Appropriations Committee and on the Legislative Finance Committee through the present date. Mike’s budget experience, his excellent work ethic and his service to his constituents...

 

A simple summary of the sewer situation

SEELEY LAKE - I investigated our Sewer situation. Here’s a simple summary: The county is not issuing septic permits where nitrate levels are elevated, so businesses and residents have turned on each other instead of building consensus. The Sewer...

 

Bring your vote home - Vote for Bridges

I am writing to urge my friends and neighbors to vote for Lee Bridges for House District 92. Lee actually lives in our District and has for 35 years. She actively supports her communities, serving on both the East Missoula Community Council and...

 

McDermott sets high standard for rural law enforcement

“Zone 5” is the designation the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office uses to describe the Seeley-Swan-Blackfoot area of the county. Since 2015, this zone has benefited greatly due to the emphasis placed on rural law enforcement by the current Misso...

 

Democrats must come back to real issues

In the last couple of weeks, we have all seen the videos of Liberal protesters screaming and throwing bottles at cars outside of the Supreme Court chambers and the Capitol. Senators home addresses and phone numbers being released and followed up with...

 

This is what my ballot will look like

For whatever it’s worth, this is how I will vote when the mail ballots arrive in a couple of days: Jon Tester for the U.S. Senate. Jon is a dirt farmer and a real Montanan. His opponent is a real estate developer from back east, who moved here rece...

 

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