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 By Bill Burt    Opinion    August 11, 2022 

Vote to fight rising crime rates this November

Right now, as I am writing this piece, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is engaged in a standoff just north of the Wye with at least two people that were discovered committing a residential burglary. These two men are well...

 

Thank you for the support

Thank you to some community members, Kind hearts are the gardeners Kind thoughts are the roots Kind words are the blossoms Kind deeds are the fruits Kirpal Singh A belated Thank You to all who gave me support through your words and unexpected gift...

 
 By Jim Ybarrondo    Opinion    July 14, 2022

Defining the Constitution, not politics

I must respond to the letter from Don Larson re: two recent Supreme Court decisions printed in the July 7 issue of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder. Both decisions were exactly the same, they merely defined what was in the Constitution, therefore in the...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Reproductive rights and gun control at the local level?

The primarily male U.S. Supreme Court has recently determined American women cannot decide for themselves what to do with their bodies. It trashed their reproductive rights while fiercely defending (primarily male) rights to carry an AR 15. Let’s...

 
 By Jesse Chadwick    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Celebrate freedom without fireworks - support a veteran

Dear Seeley Lake,  I know you all like to celebrate the freedom you have with fireworks. Have you gone around your neighborhood and asked if anyone is a combat veteran and checked to see if fireworks negatively affect them?  If you truly do value...

 
 By Brett Feese    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Theological debate? A response to Mountain Lakes Leadership

I am writing in response to the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church Leaderships’ letter to the editor from the June 23 issue of the Pathfinder which purports to be a theological response to Pastor Jim Johnson’s “Biblical perspective.” The...

 

Common sense tax revisions for Montana's forest lands

A number of people -- private citizens, elected legislators and state staff -- achieved a quiet accomplishment recently. During the 2021 Legislative Session, two bills (SB 262 and SB 263) were passed to revise the duties of the Forest Lands Taxation...

 
 By Dave Rowell    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Live within God's will as outlined in the Scriptures

When discussing the topic of the sins of others we need to take a very humble stance. None of us are without sin and we all require the mercy of the sacrifice for sin that Jesus became.  Fortunately, God inspired many scriptures to describe what...

 
 By Diana Taylor    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Recognize and respect God's truth

If we expect respect then we should respect others, especially God, who is due our utmost praise and thanksgiving for His amazing commands that are not burdensome but awesome, since they are good for our souls.       First commandment, we are to...

 
 By Steve Ellis    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Let God be the final judge

In response to the letter to the editor by Jim Johnson that appeared in the June 16 Pathfinder, I believe the very fact he chose to write that article reveals his church doesn’t welcome LGBTQ individuals. We are all created by God. God will be our...

 

Response to Johnson's "Biblical perspective"

I am writing in response to “A Biblical perspective” printed in the June 16th Pathfinder’s Letter to the Editor by Jim Johnson.  First, the “letter to the editor” column may not be the most appropriate place to have a theological...

 
 By Jim Johnson    Opinion    June 16, 2022

A Biblical perspective on Pride month

An image of the Pride Flag started an article on June 9th that needs to have Biblical truth shined on it. True love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth,” (1 Corinthians 13:6). The Pride culture revels in...

 
 By Frank Maradeo    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Thank you Seeley Lake!

The day after my wife Kathy died, which would have been her 66th birthday, as morning rose the Sky wasn’t as Big. With the utmost respect for all of you, for me Kathy was Montana. I just didn’t realize it until she was gone. It’s the things...

 
 By Larry Dillree    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Keep God in homes and schools

This message is for the ears of all the atheists living in America, as more and more of you teach your children that there is no God. And they, in turn, teach their children there is no God. The world is becoming a more violent place. Just look back...

 
 By Alyssa McLean    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Question the Fire District leadership

I understand that I am the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District Board problem scapegoat now and unfortunately whatever I say is going to be seen as some kind of attack. I would like to point out that some of the things Scott Kennedy is claiming I said...

 

Thank you Seeley Lake

My husband Larry Weatherman left this world for a far better one in late April. I do not remember ever coming into Seeley without being asked about him and also about me. You were so kind, so genuine. You kept after me to take care of myself, you...

 
 By Mike Mueller    Opinion    May 19, 2022

A different look at American history

It is disturbing today to see in the media what we all now take for granted that this is the new normal. We are getting used to saying what used to be wrong is now right and what was right is wrong. We see divisiveness over moral issues polarizing us...

 
 By Mike Marshall    Opinion    May 19, 2022

A Poem: Love You From Afar

This is a parody of “A Drinking Song” by William Butler Yeats Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh....

 

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...

 

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