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Re: “Shots fired

Helen should verify her "facts" (excerpt):
"In other words, Kennesaw residents were required to own guns ... save for those Kennesaw residents who couldn't afford guns, couldn't use guns, couldn't legally own guns, or simply didn't want to have guns. Essentially, Kennesaw residents were never actually required to own guns, making most assertions about mandatory gun ownership and crime rates in that town highly problematic."

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Posted by Pronghorn on 08/21/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Shots fired

Well Helen, maybe Kennesaw Ga should be your choice spot for vacations.
Being missed on Missoula?
There will be hundreds of thousands every year to replace you.

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Posted by Joe Bear on 08/18/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Worth the wait

It's only a matter of time until marijuana becomes legal, but the retrograde thinkers in the legislature and the DEA continue to cling to outdated and untrue notions about the plant. It's shameful that people who probably have a few (or more) drinks now and then are so upset that marijuana has legitimate medicinal uses.

Posted by Pachistima on 08/15/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “It's not about you

Excellent letter - mountain bikes and (god forbid) mountain bike races have no legitimate place in the wilderness.

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Posted by Pachistima on 08/11/2016 at 2:45 PM

Re: “It's not about you

Excellent letter - mountain bikes, and (god forbid) mountain bike races have no legitimate place in the wilderness.

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Posted by Pachistima on 08/11/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Minimum toot

There is a certain sequence of horn and bell sounds train crews have to use for a particular movement they are making. These are mandated by the company and the FRA for safety. Having watched some of the idiots at Madison maybe it needs to be louder.

Posted by erlyirn on 08/02/2016 at 12:52 AM

Re: “One idea

Ms. Tompkins -- thank you.

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Posted by Brian O'Leary on 07/28/2016 at 7:44 AM

Re: “A worthy investment

Facade -- you can put all the makeup you wish on that pig (giant tourist warehouse w/kitchenettes), it'll still be a pig!

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Posted by Joe Bear on 07/17/2016 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Searching for answers

Steve I am honored that you served our country, I might be speaking some other language or dead if it weren't for people like you who answered the call, thank you very much from the deepest part of my heart as an American Born and raised. As far as your question on these Military rifles, I understand your point , I don't like these guns as a hunting weapon period, matter of fact I have reverted back to the old lever win 32 special while I can still see the open sights hahaha. There is a lot of folks out there , especially down south and back east that have a different view as they are on top of the racism, government , etc.. I personally can't tell them what to use as a gun or what they should buy, sort of sad we as Americans are so scared we want to be armed or have access to this style of weapon. I Knew a G. B. that came back with several guns but he was pretty privileged, I doubt most GI's could come home with a way of converting their guns to fully auto on a selector switch, thank God as I know some who were never the same person I knew before they left. Yes as an NRA member for years, an organization 200 years old or better who we all learned how to shot and handle a rifle, I can't answer you without going into depth with the Nation we once called a free country under God with our rights in stone. The old saying give them an inch they take a mile is what has divided us and caused this weapon to surface in my simple minded opinion, At one time the Democratic folks stood up for us working men and women, vets, etc. , now they want to take our guns away the same way Australia did, and I can't go along with that as an American, my Dad was a WW11 vet, they fought a terrible war as you did to, bless you and every single vet no matter what the war or political crap, Damn, you served, answered the call, I wish these younger folks would see just how proud and tough all of our fighting men and women have and still are peace be with you, give your kids a hug, and Grandkids ,thankyou for being who you are

Posted by Tom Kloote on 07/01/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Destroyed trust

Aside from the question of whether the logging (and the new roads and bridge necessitated by log hauling) will accomplish what the FS has in mind on this timber sale, the public process demonstrated by FS planners on the Westside project leaves no doubt about their low regard for meaningful involvement by the owners of the public forests.
While steamrolling toward their preconceived plan the Bitterroot National Forest undermined the process of the Bitterroot Restoration Committee, a "consensus-based", "collaborative" group meant to find common ground amongst "traditional adversaries" in the hopes of avoiding litigation on proposed projects. The BNF hijacked a much smaller BRC proposal in the area while it was being discussed by the BRC and before the smaller (about 1/3 the size) proposal could be finalized, let alone find consensus. The work of the BRC was made moot; "collaboration" was shown to be a ruse; and the purpose of "collaboration" was negated. The name of the timber sale is loaded with rhetorical disinformation. It is called, the Westside Collaborative Restoration project. It is "westside" but not "collaborative" or "restoration". Those words are added by the FS in order to access pots of taxpayer money and shortcut public process available for logging timber sales that qualify as such. This timber sale does not. The BRC has become simply a discussion group loaded in the timber industry and FS favor used to greenwash FS projects. The FS continues to bastardize the English language, making George Orwell look like he lacked imagination in double-speak.

Posted by Larry Campbell on 06/30/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Searching for answers

Well Steve, some shop owners during the Los Angeles riot precipitated by the police beating of Rodney King protected their businesses from being burned by rampant rioters with AR-type firearms - so that's one reason to have one. Also, the AR-16 has been called the militia weapon of our time - and we have the Second Amendment right to own and carry guns. During civil unrest, the AR-16 (or M-16) or a similar weapon may be required to defend oneself and his home. So don't fret too much over the issue.

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Posted by Pachistima on 06/24/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Hitting the Mark

So, Mark Sweeney "always did his homework when making informed decisions?"

Well, just this week the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices found that Mark Sweeney's 'robo-calls' featuring Amanda Curtis (who, by the way, was pro-KXL pipeline during her campaign for U.S. Senate) violated Montana's campaign rules.


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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 05/26/2016 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Drive how we vote

kind of funny reading all these new beeeesssss disusing bad drivers in Missoula or for that matter, state wide. Paul Harvey talked about how bad the drivers were in Missoula years ago and our famous "malfunction Junction" as us "locals" call it. We used to complain about anyone with a 7 on their plate in the 70's and 80's, then it was 13, life goes on and yes it is tough driving in Missoula no matter what the MT # you have anymore hahaha

Posted by Tom Kloote on 05/22/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Stand by calls

Mark, I hang up on all robo calls, indiscriminately! It is something that really pisses me off. I don't believe I got one from you, or anybody else this season for that matter.

I did read and held on to the card, you, or one of your supporters handed me at the Sanders rally and gave you a serious consideration. I also go to candidates websites to learn what I can there before I make a decision.

I didn't know that Gail supported the sale of Mountain Water to Carlyle, this is a contentious issue. But it may not be completely fair to hang Gail for Carlyle lying to us. Yes, the powers that be should have known better, but there wasn't a whole lot of other solutions either. In the game of Monopoly, if you don't have enough money, you lose.

I've already made my decision and the ballot has been taken to the courthouse.

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Posted by Joe Bear on 05/19/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Fund all students

Vote trump and you'll have a chance for better education implemented on a local level instead of doctrination on a global level

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Posted by Wake up on 05/10/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Legal access

Thank you for doing your research and having compassion.

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Posted by Aaron McKinnon on 05/09/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Time to change

This needs to be much more humane. Good grief.

Posted by Maria Miko Walls on 04/26/2016 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Extreme map

Nonsense - there's no correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperature. The climate cooled 1945 - 1977 at the same time CO2 was rising due to increased industrialization, leading to alarmist cries of a coming ice age. There's just too many dishonest people around who don't understand science. Furthermore, the powers-that-be have changed the data to reflect their alarmist views.

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Posted by Pachistima on 04/09/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Colstrip and shellfish

Humans were adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere 1945 - 1977, and yet the climate was cooling - why is that? The "experts" back then were forecasting a coming ice age. There's no correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures - the science shows that the heat-trapping capacity of CO2 is about maxed-out.

Posted by Pachisima on 04/09/2016 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Colstrip and shellfish

Humans were adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere 1945 - 1977, and yet the climate was cooling - why is that? The "experts" back then were forecasting a coming ice age. There's no correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures - the science shows that the heat-trapping capacity of CO2 is about maxed-out, so please quit with the propaganda.

Posted by Science Guy on 04/09/2016 at 3:32 PM

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