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 By Bob Rathman    Opinion    July 16, 2020 

Open Federal Lands rebuttal

In the July 2 Pathfinder there was a letter to the editor claiming that Federal lands are not open to the public. Just because there is a locked gate or other road closure does NOT mean the lands beyond are not open to the public, they are, you just...

 
 By Ellen Chaussee    Opinion    July 16, 2020 

Timber industry decimated by environmentalists

In response to opinion columns printed in the Missoulian by Adam Rissien titled “Our National Forest are more than Crops” dated June 28 and George Wuerthner’s column printed June 5 titled “Keep Carbon in the Forest.” Once again some of our...

 

Tourist organizations encourage mask use

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in the state of Montana, we, leaders at Montana’s chambers of commerce and destination marketing organizations, join our business friends and colleagues throughout the state in calling on the public to wear...

 
 By Sarah Coefield    Opinion    July 16, 2020 

Are you ready for wildfire season?

The predictive meteorologists with the Northern Rockies Coordination Center are expecting above-average fire activity for our region in August and September. Things are heating up out there, and July will be over sooner than any of us would...

 
 By Ryan Sokoloski    Opinion    July 16, 2020 

Day trips and stay-cations

Over the past dozen years, perhaps you have noticed an increase in the use of the term “stay-cation.” It seems every industry has been tapping into this idea; a high-end automobile manufacturer has a current commercial airing that mentions...

 

Called to freedom

Galatians 5:13: “You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: love your...

 

Daines continues opposition to Stewardship Act

It’s time for Senator Steve Daines to get with the program and be a real champion for Montana’s public lands. Daines likes to talk about how supportive he is of our outdoor way of life but we see right through it when he refuses to support...

 
 By Frank Dufresne    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Land-value method unfair assessment, borders illegal

SEELEY LAKE - Coming soon will be increased sewer tax assessments for ‘water-linked’ properties ranging from $1,200 to $2,000 to pay ADMINISTRATIVE sewer costs. Other properties in the district are assessed only $90 to $700 for exactly the same...

 
 By Jeff Wisehart    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Added protection against predators

After reading about the person that lost their dog to a mountain lion recently, I thought I would send a picture of my Schnauzer "Buddy" wearing his "Coyote Vest." It is made of Kevlar and has 2.5"...

 

De profundis

Imagine that you have never owned a home, but one day someone offers to sell you theirs (with ample property) for pennies on the dollar. There is only one catch...your country has just been invaded and that property lies within what is now enemy...

 
 By Claire Muller    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Demystifying the world of grants

As a small rural town, grant funding is an important source of dollars to help bring community ideas to life. Let’s explore this topic behind the scenes a bit. Grants help our local ski and snowmobile clubs keep trails maintained, provide programs...

 

Zinke disgrace to our country?

Fewer than three enduring years ago, Ryan Zinke, the former kleptomaniac Secretary of the Interior, slithered into the Oval Office of President Trump. Zinke's tedious graft and deceit completed, he delivered a barratry report recommending rescinding...

 

Disappointed by recent meeting with Governor Bullock

We recently met with Governor Bullock and the two minority leaders of the Montana legislature to discuss Montana’s failing economy and budget issues due to the Governor’s closures. While we appreciated the rare opportunity to discuss the...

 
 By Frank Dufresne    Opinion    July 2, 2020

An election is the solution, not lawsuits

SEELEY LAKE - If this sewer was a good idea, users in the district would be ALL for it and it would have been built already. As proposed, it’s dissolved into a decades-long lawyer and lawsuit can-of-worms and getting worse. After the recent board...

 
 By John Rice    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Open Federal lands or give management over to the state

That was a great article in the Thursday, June 18 issue of the Pathfinder by Dale Terrillion on “Public Lands”. It seems the government forgets who owns and pays taxes to support public lands. I don’t understand why disabled groups, senior citi...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Daines, be honest and tell us how you will bring back jobs

Steve Daines’ campaign ads that claim he will bring back the jobs from overseas suggest he is either stupid or naive.  Here’s why... The jobs, if they ever were in the U.S, went overseas because there is cheaper labor and less government...

 

Wishful thinking and denial

Wishful thinking has been called magical thinking, fantasy thinking, even idealistic thinking. It has never been called realistic thinking. In other words, it is a form of thought that expresses perso...

 
 By Linda Howard    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Senior Farmers' Market Coupon program available

Along with our gorgeous summer weather, we in the Seeley-Swan Valley have something to celebrate! Seniors who are 60 years of age and older, residents of Missoula County and meet federal income...

 
 By Molly Hackett    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Tomato troubles, plastic covering and tasty veggies

What does it mean when the bottom leaves of my tomatoes turn yellow? It means that the bottom leaves are not healthy. If they turn yellow late in the growing season, it means only that the leaves are...

 
 By Tom Browder    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Double Arrow Ranch - Change and stability in the 1980's

The decade of the 1980’s was the time when initial plans were modified, properties were bought and sold regularly and building began occurring across all phases of DARLOA. It is fascinating to look back at how the development matured in the...

 
 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Independence

We once more have arrived at the great celebration day of our nation’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Blood, sweat and tears were shed so that we can enjoy benefits such as free speech, life, liberty, independence, freedom of religion...

 

Pound wise

Over 70% of American adults and over 18% of kids are overweight or obese. Here are 6 important things to be aware of regarding extra weight: • Increased weight increases cancer risk: Research shows...

 
 By Lynn Carey    Opinion    June 25, 2020

Listen to your own advice and chill out

I noticed in last week’s Pathfinder in letters to the editor that several people felt that Mr. Ashmore was trying to infringe on Roxie’s first amendment rights. I think one of them even offered the advice, if you did not like her letter, don’t...

 

Hope for better days ahead

Many unforeseen changes have unfolded in our local communities since the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced the state's first cases of COVID-19 on March 13. Schools,...

 
 By Stephen Moon    Opinion    June 25, 2020

The journey continues

Everyone’s life journey fulfills prophecy (Scripture) in one place or another, in or out. The great concern should be in what location? John/Yohanan 17:21 “So that they all might be one, as You, Father, are in me, and I in You…” What an in:...

 

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