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Montana's Small Businesses cannot afford Medicare for All or the Public Option

As we debate how to improve our country’s healthcare system, we must consider how any proposal would affect small businesses and the millions of Americans they employ. As a small business owner, I know that a new government-controlled health...

 

Stop wasting taxpayer dollars - Vote Bennett for honesty and integrity

A recent Billings Gazette editorial, “Stapleton Shows Why He Is Unfit for Any Office” is right on target. What it doesn’t say is: his second in command is just as incompetent. Christi Jacobsen has been Corey Stapleton’s Deputy Secretary of...

 

Can't afford another Democrat in the Senate

The crime and rioting in the Democratic controlled cities is wide spread.  In many cases the publicly elected officials are supporting this destruction.  Many business owners are seeing their life’s work destroyed in one night.  The mayors in...

 

Consolidation an answer to high cost government

It is time to fully examine the idea of combining Missoula with the county to streamline our governments. Communities such as Butte - Silverbow have done this successfully and dramatically reduced government costs by increasing efficiency. There is o...

 

Addressing homeless issue in Missoula would benefit taxpayers

Having kept a close eye on the homeless issue in Missoula County, especially the illegal encampment West of the Reserve Street bridge, I am astounded at the recent halt to the removal of the individuals destroying this area. Most astonishing is the...

 

Apology for trivialization

Concerning the Letter to the Editor from Leslie Lee admonishing me for trivializing trichotillomania (hair pulling compulsion). I am terribly sorry for referring to this disorder so flippantly in my Funky Phrase article. It was extremely insensitive...

 

Further spreading misinformation

In the Letter to the Editor entitled “More empathy required in reporting” by Leslie Lee Aug. 27 she states, “The article “Pulling Your Hair Out” published Aug. 13, 2020 about trichotillomania contains inaccuracies that should be clarified....

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

Dear friends, neighbors and members of the Missoula County Medical Community, When our lives changed dramatically on Nov. 16, 2019 due to Diann’s stroke, dozens upon dozens of individuals rushed to aid our family. First responders arrived and in...

 

Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is a common sense bill

Nowadays, politics in Washington creates a lot more problems than it solves—we’ve been led to believe that every issue, big or small, is an all-out battle for the soul of our country. But, quite frankly, when you take a step back from the dysfunc...

 

The leadership needed for Montana's Public Service Commission

For Montana’s Public Service Commission, the past year has been one of harmful infighting, disruption and absenteeism among its five commissioners. The dysfunction has been damaging to us all because major PSC responsibilities were consequently...

 
 By Sue Orr    Opinion    September 3, 2020

Tranel has was it takes to represent District 4

I had the unique opportunity this summer to accompany District 4 Public Service Commission candidate Monica Tranel as she biked 550 miles through the seven counties she hopes to represent. I drove the “sag wagon,” from the Canadian/Montana...

 
 By Leslie Lee    Opinion    August 27, 2020

More empathy required in reporting

The article “Pulling Your Hair Out” published Aug. 13, 2020 about trichotillomania contains inaccuracies that should be clarified. This is a debilitating disorder, and to refer to it as something people do because their plans fell apart furthers...

 
 By Alan Ault    Opinion    August 27, 2020

Another property for Missoula's insatiable appetite hurts County residents' pocketbooks

Well, I see the city council has approved the purchase of 19 acres on Scott Street using $10.7 million dollars of TIF money, including bond issues. Let me put that into plain English. Of that $10.7 million dollar property tax money you paid into,...

 

Tom Browder? Really? YES!

Yes, of course! Tom lives in Montana House District 92. He is the secretary of the Seeley Lake Community Council, president of the Double Arrow Land Owners Association, and a board member and volunteer for the Seeley Lake Historical Society. Tom...

 

We support Melissa Romano

We are a group of educators that collectively worked for more than 160 years at the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) for five state superintendents of both political parties. We are proud of the role that OPI has had in supporting local public...

 

Cooney works for Montana

Mike Cooney for Montana Governor is our candidate to vote for Nov. 3, 2020. Cooney has released his, "Keep Montana Working Plan" for Montana's future. www.cooneyformontana.com/jobs Cooney supports Public Education, unlike his opponent that is for...

 

Bennett protecting the things Montanas care about

The Montana Secretary of State has several critical duties and functions in service to the people of Montana. Chief among those duties is interpreting state election laws, overseeing elections and serving on the Montana Board of Land Commissioners....

 

Support Mike Cooney - He has a plan for Montana's young worker

It was heartening to read Democratic governor candidate Mike Cooney’s Keep Montana Working plan, which will create and expand career opportunities for Montanans. As a professional who works in Montana rural schools, I see many young people...

 
 By Lori Micken    Opinion    August 13, 2020

Say it like it is, the lions were killed

Andi Bourne’s headline on the front page of the July 30 Pathfinder should have read “Four young mountain lions killed at Seeley Lake” or maybe “shot” or “slaughtered?” The euphemism “dispatched” was used once in the article. I do...

 

A Republican vote is a vote for jobs

Montana governor candidate Greg Gianforte has brought high paying private sector jobs into Montana. Greg’s opponent Mike Cooney and his mentor Steve Bullock are lifelong politicians. Neither knows how to create private sector jobs. They never...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 6, 2020

Let's get back to the drawing board for the sewer

Missoula County Health Department Specialist Jim Erven doesn’t seem to get it. The residents in the Seeley Lake Sewer District fully understand the Health Department is a bully, it does its work poorly and the $40-million sewer project it is pushin...

 

Restart with one plan to cover area

Reading about the proposed sewer makes me want to tell the residents of the Sewer District the truth. Even thought I no longer have any financial interest in the district, I have friends being affected. The proposed sewer will not have any affect on...

 

Romano best candidate for Superintendent of Montana's Office of Public Instruction

I was a public school teacher for 35 years in Minnesota. Retired, my husband and I have lived in Montana for six months a year for the last 11years. I am supporting Melissa Romano for Superintendent of Montana’s Office of Public Instruction...

 

Who is really racist?

Racism: the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. 2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race. Democrats have always used race to obtain power. At first they...

 
 By Cindy Morris    Opinion    July 30, 2020

The disabled still want to enjoy public lands

I am writing about the letter from Mr. Bob Rathman in the July 16 Pathfinder paper. Mr. Rathman says in his letter that the National Forest Service roads aren’t really closed because you can just walk around the gates. I can’t really believe...

 

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