I believe what's relevant here is the old axiom,the grass isn't any greener on either side of the road,but it is greener where you cultivate, nurture,and water it...we create our own reality,be it heaven or hell.personally,I live in my own private idaho...and I reside on the central coast of california.
I think John is cut from the same fabric as our early inventors that made America a great land of innovation. The design sounds promising, I wish him and his team good fortune. I have no doubt the full scale unit will take to the sky. I hope the stats turn out in practice as good as he calculates. If so it truly may change the face of civilian aviation and I think that his name will be remembered for the next century.
The man brought a piece of property in the United States. Last I checked, landowners still have rights.
He's had a successful music career and has made a few coins. What's wrong with that? His income and fame seem to be the real issue here. Why is that? I'll bet he's no more of a "rich snob" than many of those that are critical of him are "poor sports" because they're just jealous of him. It's always easier to tear someone down to their level than it is for them to bring themselves up to his level.
I'm not really a fan of Lewis' music, but I am a fan of his right to exist in a place that I myself would like to live. And he should be able to do as he sees fit with his property without the nonsense from those that want to control his property by using the government as the tool. Somehow, I bet that if the shoe were on the other foot these folks would feel much differently.
Enjoy your life by living well, Huey. Maybe some day I'll be where you are.
Okay, it's Sunday night, June 9th, 2013, and I've just come across this site during a web search on Huey Lewis, after finding out he was living on a large ranch in Montana. (Yep, I'm a fan.) Wow...
Here's my Montana "pedigree": My maternal grandparents were married in Drummond, and are now buried there. My Mom was born and raised in Missoula (my Uncle, too), and graduated from UofM. I was raised in both Missoula and (mostly) Polson, graduating there and spending two years at MSU. My family moved to Reno, NV for more employment opportunities years ago, but I've ALWAYS considered Montana "Home". My Uncle and Aunt (who passed this last Dec.) and my two closest cousins lived on a farm in Florence while I grew up, and now my Uncle is in Seeley Lake. My sister lives in Missoula.
Anyway, the reason I typed "Wow..." above is because I don't stay on top of the Montana news much since I've moved, but reading about this issue and Huey Lewis' involvement in it... Well, Mom raised my sister & me to give serious topics serious thought, and to stand up for what we believe in. Although I've been away from Home for far too many years - and this article was written almost four years ago! - it's still damn good to know that investigative journalism still exists, that some people are willing to speak up for themselves rather than lie down like a doormat when spoken ill of, that citizens concerned about current issues are openly speaking their minds, and that WE ALL LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE WE CAN LIVE UNAFRAID TO EXPRESS OUR OPINIONS!
I do hope to move back to Flathead - I absolutely love Western Montana. (My favorite vista is of the Missions from the rest stop at the top of Ravalli Hill - and that large waterfall you can see in the mountains across the valley in late Spring, you know?) I've always considered myself to be truly blessed to have lived in and experienced Montana like I have, and proudly mention it whenever the opportunity presents itself. I have even more reason to be proud, after reading this article and the discourse to which it has led. Montanans...strong, independent, and appreciative of the lands and resources of our amazing State. It doesn't get much better than that.
By the way, for anyone who decides they don't want to live in Montana, only because of some of the comments made on this website, that's just fine. Apparently they can't appreciate and respect some diversity in strong opinions...or the ability of many who disagree on a topic to either walk away from an argument before they lose their temper with regrettable actions, or who can shake hands, agreeing to disagree about an issue for a while, and then go off to chill a six-pack in a stream while they're fishing and enjoying the rest of the day. That's the Montana I know.
Didn't realize this article was so old... Talk about journalistic integrity. But if anyone was curious, Kalispell is still doing fine.
Honest and a bit embarrassed,
I believe this is a very sensationalist article. And you guys are capable of such well rounded, meaningful investigative journalism! 50 extremists will not take over Kalispell's local government, nor will they gain any foothold in the Flathead Valley's future. They are a brittle ecosystem of narrow minded individuals, and like all brittle ecosystems, they will fail given any direct pressure.
I believe in the journalistic integrity of The Missoula Independent and as such I believe a retraction of this article is in the best interest of the paper and its readership. Kalispell and the Flathead Valley are directly apart of the Missoula region. As such, I believe there is a lot of room for more honest journalism in this article. This kind of blatantly slanted writing belongs on MSNBC and Fox News, not the news paper my parents raised me on. I know you can do better, I have seen it myself.
Please be more forward thinking in your journalism! The world is full of reactionary people on all sides of any issue. When you write about: "Are "patriots" and white supremacists forming an anti-government alliance in Kalispell?" You are speaking to the same demographic that responds to, "I am formally making you an invitation to ‘come home’ to the Pacific Northwest." Life is much more complex than one sided opinions, regardless of rhetoric.
Brittle communities of like minded people fail just as fast as brittle, narrow minded independent papers. Don't loose the trust of the intelligent readers that you certainly have.
Great article, Alex! For the record the other boats did pretty well fishing that day, too, including a 12" cutthroat right at the Clark Fork-Blackfoot confluence and several bigger trout brought in on streamers. Wonderful day all around.
As a longtime reader of The Independent who also remembers the Borrowed Times era, I really enjoyed this stroll through Indy history. The story was worthy of that history.
I also teach freshman comp at the university here. I'm having my students read this as a way to start conversations about living in Missoula, writing, and general the meaning (or occasional feelings of meaningless) of life. Expect an outpouring of new comments tomorrow...
Noah's body was found in the Burnt Creek area of Lewis and Clark County, Montana in 2012. The cause of geath is unknown but exposure is presumed. RIP Noah
There's no right or reason to sympathize for this man, for the outcome of his choices. He accepted responsibility, he knew he deserved to be punished, and indeed he did, those girls are gone. Rallying for sympathy for him is disgusting, let him shoulder his due.
Congratulations and thank you to Alex Saccariassen for his very informative article on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and what it is doing in Montana's legislature. While the rest of the country's media have been wasting time reporting on CPAC ALEC continues it covert operations.
Interesting to look at ALEC's Corporate Sponsors. State Farm Insurance for one, I for one will vote with my dollars and choose not to support ALEC.
Not at all surprised to see that Krayton Kerns is an ALEC pawn. I was wondering what was up with his extreme views. Also not surprised to learn the NRA is a part of ALEC. Nice detective work, Indy.
Thank you for the beautiful write up...I am a weekly "Gold Bug" soaker. Recently, My fiance' and I were soaking and a young couple hopped in with us, but unfortunately, they included their dog. While some people find this perfectly ok, they didn't bother to ask those who were already in the pool. Although we pointed out that there was several other pools (downstream), they insisted on allowing the dog in the pool. Please help bring awareness to the risks of those actions.
If you weren't aware of any risks, Please visit the link and decide for yourself. I highly recommend all health-minded fellow hot springs lovers speak out about this disgusting, disrespectful and potentiallydangerous behavior.
P.S. I am a dog lover and owner of 3.
Richard Kimball could be paid a thousand times more than 400grand. That 400large would not begin to repay in value of the work Kimball has accomplished in gathering the people and the information that makes Project Vote Smart what it is today. Kimball is doing what run-of-the-mill politicians (like John McCain) lack the courage and conviction to do. Richard Kimball rockz!
I'm glad there is someone around to tell Native Americans and white folk how a REAL "red man" behaves. Seems like a small box to fit into.
Hey Blackhawk and Two Arrows - how about getting over yourselves? If you don't like it, don't watch it.
I agree with Black Hawk. I'm Native American and I see nothing funny in this. The "people" in the picture aren't true red men and they sure aren't walking the red road. If this is what the white man calls funny, someone needs to find out what real Native Americans are Two Arrows
Wow, Rau. You obviously do not understand satire. But let me fill you in: Satire is, historically, a very effective way of to bring about positive social change. I would even say it is far more effective than false dichotomies, and angry diatribes.
The 1491's are Native Americans (not "Whiteys") using satire to bring focus to ridiculous stereotypes in society through humor. I'm sorry you just don't get it.
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