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Re: “Welcome to America

There is another citizenship Oath that the United States has. This one much more powerful and liberating. It is the Oath one takes at a citizenship renunciation ceremony: "I hereby absolutely and entirely renounce my United States nationality together with all rights and privileges and all duties and allegiance and fidelity thereunto pertaining. I make this renunciation intentionally, voluntarily, and of my own free will, free of any duress or undue influence."

Posted by Glen Lee Roberts on 06/01/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Out with the news

Excellent editorial regarding a sad situation. The beginning of the end . . .

Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 05/31/2015 at 1:05 AM

Re: “Out with the news

An excellent editorial about a sad situation. The beginning of the end . . .

Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 05/31/2015 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Welcome to America

The diatribe left a bad taste in my mouth - we've already got too many immigrants - legal and illegal - the author seems to presume to speak for the German immigrant. Perhaps the immigrant should speak for herself.

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Posted by Pachistima on 05/30/2015 at 5:58 PM

Re: “What we need now

A jury is entitled to find one witness credible and an opposing witness not credible. A jury is entitled to accept eye-witness testimony as dispositive that a crime was committed.

Only, juries almost never accept the word of the victim in an acquaintance rape case.

The victim's word can be buttressed with trauma, with semen, with bruises, with the admission by the defendant that sexual contact occurred, but still jurors just don't feel comfortable taking the word of this particular kind of victim.


Because we "all know" women are hysterics. We all know that the vast majority of women are going to lie and claim rape for sex that they just regret. We all know that women get off on attention and love playing the victim.

Only all this stuff we "all know" about women is just horse dung. Women don't in fact lie any more often than men. Women don't falsely report crimes any more often than men. And the role of a rape victim is not something any woman wants.

About 85% of all rapes are acquaintance rapes, which are ruining the lives of several hundred thousand women every year. It has got to stop. We have got to stop it.

Posted by Kelly on 05/30/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Buzz kill

A prime source of nectar is knap weed. Spraying knapweed kills bees. The problem is most persons do not care. I told my neighbor vinegar spray kills knapweed, and he used chemicals, now all my bees are dead. Being informed does not help.

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Posted by Gloria Schroeder on 05/29/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Welcome to America

I took that oath 43 years ago, and it was one of the most moving moments of my life. Yes, the oath is antiquated, but that also gives it a sense of history and awe, knowing that many millions have started a new and hopeful life with those words.

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Posted by Klaus von Stutterheim on 05/29/2015 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Out with the news

People are not buying printed paper news like they used to. The dynamics have changed for future writers to interpret events and relate to the new audiences. Times, they are changin.

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Posted by Lokey Cokey on 05/29/2015 at 12:58 AM

Re: “Out with the news

Closing the news bureau in the state's capitol makes absolutely zero sense. So are they going to rely on AP reporters now?

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Posted by Robertjm on 05/28/2015 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Out with the news

Reading this anywhere else would have made sense. Didn't the Indy do exactly the same thing to George Ochenski for daring to expose Baucus's many crimes and misdemeanors, and the Dem Party's total surrender to corporate fascism?

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Posted by Paul Stephens on 05/28/2015 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Out with the news

The Missoulian was a pretty decent paper once, but some 30 years ago it started a long downhill slide. I first noticed it when they canned Richard Manning, I understand under pressure from Plum Creek, because he wrote a major feature piece exposing that company's destructive, irresponsible logging practices.

But isn't that killing the messenger ? And if it was so offensive (embarrassing) to a local economic heavyweight, surely the editorial staph [sic] of the fish wrapper should have realized it and killed the article BEFORE they published it. Scapegoating. As I said, "Kill the messenger", or put another way, as they say in the military,"S--t flows downhill."

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Posted by alf on 05/28/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Getting schooled

If the public schools are doing their job why would they fear school choice? Education is important, so let's get those kids an education by which ever means those kids and their parents think best.

Posted by David on 05/28/2015 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Buzz kill

I believe the root cause is pesticides (neonics). That's really the contributing factor that should be at the top of the list. It makes the bees weak and in turn the bees can not fight mites and diseases nor adapt to climate change if that's possible. I am no expert. Just my observation in our Bee yard.

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Posted by beelady on 05/28/2015 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Out with the news

Lee Enterprises has always followed a business model of hiring inexperienced (read: cheap) people for professional positions. Those were frequently newly-minted journalism grads or young reporters from small, local weeklies looking to advance. For decades that worked well, because Lee was able to absorb easily the process of training and maturation that involved, and to provide at least some prospects for advancement.

Unfortunately, Lee under Mary Junck has corrupted that business model to a slash-and-burn ecology that no longer provides any effort, or even a pretense, of training and developing competent people. This devolution was triggered initially by panic at the large debt incurred by purchasing Pulitzer just before the bottom fell out of the economy; but it has swallowed the entire corporate hierarchy and become the foundation of the whole culture in Davenport headquarters.

It has regressed now to the point of cannibalization. There is no longer the slightest consideration given to assuring profitability by gaining subscribers or readership through improving the product. The only focus left is to reduce every cost to the absolute minimum, and every round of cuts lops off another slice of journalistic meat, leaving just bone and gristle. Yet, anyone in the corporate structure who even cares about that doesn't dare speak up, for fear of jeopardizing Ms Junck's next bonus.

It's a death spiral that can only fulfill Mr Brooks' gloomy predictions.

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Posted by claudius on 05/28/2015 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Welcome to America

Gaaby says "Naturalization is still a process that assumes the United States provides something better than any other country, and that is no longer true."

Well, if you don't believe the US provides something better than any other country, what country or countries do provide a better opportunity than the USA??? Maybe you could list those countries.

Also name one country that has more people wanting into that country than any other in the world. There is one and only one country that holds that spot by probably a 20 to 1 margin, and that is the USA. I thank God I was born in this GREAT country.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 05/28/2015 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Out with the news

Well said.

Dallas Hyland
Opinion Editor, Southern Utah Independent

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Posted by Dallas Hyland on 05/28/2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Welcome to America

Agreed that we can do better. We absolutely must, less it kill us! However, IF it is no longer true that America does not provide the best opportunities for revolutionary change (progress) beyond that of any other country, which country does? In any case, Congratulations to Sylke!, who fell in love with the Last Best Place, and it's inhabitants. :)

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Posted by The Greater Good on 05/28/2015 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Selling Missoula

Tess; Excellent article! We moved to Missoula seven years ago, and the worship of "The Griz" has been overwhelming. The good ol' boys club here is, in my opinion, the real problem this town faces. Time for the paradigm to shift...

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Posted by Bwinslow on 05/25/2015 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Interchange changes

Roundabouts are by far safer whether in a car or on a bike. Plus they give those arriving in Missoula a sense of the community. I was stuck at this area recently and this is a welcome change.

Posted by Ben Darrow on 05/22/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Attention shoppers

South Gate Mall has all this money to buy property and by all accounts the mall is doing quite well. So why do the progressives on the City Council want to give the Mall welfare money, paid for by our taxes? That's all these taxing districts are, just a way to increase taxes so our neighbors can make improvements to their property. South Gate Mall doesn't need our welfare. End it.

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Posted by David on 05/22/2015 at 2:03 AM

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