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Data supports opposite decision on Bitterroot Job Service

By State Representative Ed Greef, HD 88, Florence   Sad news for the citizens of Ravalli County as the decision to close the Bitterroot Job Service office would seem to be based on reasons other than the Department of Labor’s data. The data shows an office and county that are contributing substantial revenue to the…

Fires of 2017 a time for change

  Too many Montana citizens are suffering miserably from the numerous fires and toxic smoke created by a broken policy system that allows degradation to the human environment. This lingering smoke emanating from the 2017 epic fire season will have an everlasting negative impact on our lung capacity and will create other permanent harmful effects….

Standing with the facts about the Civil War

By Gary Milner, Corvallis   Dee Gibney’s comments about the Civil War need addressing. She states “… the Civil War was not about slavery, it was about the South gaining more power in Congress…” She also states “… I know my Civil War history better than most people.” That’s probably true and here are facts…

Manage forests for all, not just special interest groups

By Gary Taggart, Hamilton   I have been a resident for over 55 years, worked for the Sula Hot Shots as an international firefighter and was employed at several sawmills in the valley and at Stone Container Pulp Mill in Frenchtown over the years.   When we were logging, these types of fires came in…

Standing with the President

By Elaine Redman, Hamilton   A few weeks ago I saw in the Missoulian the guest column by Marty Essen, “The Cult of Republicanism.” I was so angered by what he had to say I thought about writing a response but was too busy trying to earn a living and I never got around to…

Face facts about state budget

By Montana Governor Steve Bullock   As governor of Montana it’s my job to responsibly manage the state through everything from a difficult fire season and the challenges posed by increasing drought conditions to making sure we take advantage of the opportunities presented by our growing outdoor recreation economy. This includes making tough decisions during…

Time to raise tobacco tax

By Lyndsay Stover, Hamilton   Whether or not you use tobacco, you are paying for it. Every year, each household in Montana spends $791 in taxes due to smoking. What’s more, Montanans spend a total of $440 million annually in health care costs directly caused by smoking.   Did you know that raising taxes on…

Stevensville FAS: a call for planning is the ‘real intent’

By Margaret Gorski, Stevensville   Representative Ed Greef (Letters, 7/26/17 Star) suggests that “the group” who spoke up in the numerous public meetings about the development of the Stevensville Fishing Access have some other motivation than what they have already publicly expressed. He is suggesting that since the Town Council listened to their citizens and…

Senators need to reject unjust bill and concentrate on improving ACA

All Americans, young, old or in between and poor, rich or middle income, deserve access to quality healthcare and to be protected from financial ruin when illness or injuries strike. Because the United States has the highest healthcare costs in the industrialized world ($9,400 per capita per year compared with the $3,800 per capita per…

Do we really need to throw fuel on the fire?

By Edward Sperry, Stevensville   I have hesitated to write concerning the Guest Comment of July 12 by Marty Essen entitled “The Cult of Republicanism.” I was revolted by Essen’s opinion piece as it was a perfect example of hate speech. It’s sole objective was to offend and belittle fellow citizens who happen to harbor…