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Comment Archives: stories: News: Opinion

Re: “Running up the score

hey strandberg--thug is a racist term---come mon man knok it off.

Posted by clay on 09/23/2016 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Running up the score

January 2013 comment by Pat Williams:

UM "recruited thugs for its football team.”

Here's an idea to improve Griz football and the community while driving down costs at the same time:

Stop recruiting thugs
Stop recruiting from CA

Of course, when someone like Williams comes along and tells it like it is we get all up in arms and threaten to take his job away, as was done.

No wonder nothing changes - why would you want to discuss the problems when you get that kind of backlash?

So we'll just see the same problems again. Happens all the time when you sweep things under the rug.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/22/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Sneaky rider

Let's not forget, our own Senator Tester was the first to use a must pass rider to delist an endangered species, the wolf. His precedent is going viral of course. Who needs democratic process when you need to get re-elected. Tester is blind to ecology or conservation, yet he boldly jumps in the deep end introducing radical policy changes that have terrible implications. His lack of appreciation for wild nature is rivalled only by his disdain of democratic process.

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Posted by Larry Campbell on 09/17/2016 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Race to the bottom

Any state employee is an appropriate passenger on the state-owned vehicle called the "Governors Plane." Even I have flown on this plane as an employee of DEQ. What might have been more of a problem was if Mrs. Bullock had been on the plane. State vehicles are for the use of state employees. So the Republicans have their complaint backwards -- as usual.

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Posted by Carole Mackin on 09/16/2016 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Sneaky rider


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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 09/15/2016 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Race to the bottom

We've got the same problem in Montana that we do nationally - people aren't that excited about voting for either candidate.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/15/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Home spree

Maybe Matt Gibson should set an example and raise his employees a minimum of $72,000 per year so that they can all afford a house in Missoula.

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Posted by Reader on 09/13/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Home spree

I believe raising the minimum wage in communities like Missoula and tying them to the LIVING WAGE would be a good start. It would allow people to make enough to rent or possibly in time buy a home, and it would allow property owners to pay their taxes, mortgages, and repair costs whether they are owner occupied homes or rentals. With low wages, and a popular location to live, there is no solution. And government subsidies for "low-income" housing will never solve the problem.

Posted by Doug HD on 09/13/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Home spree

Gee wiz Seems Missoula is allergic to the housing crisis facing the Congolese refugees. LOL

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Posted by niam on 09/09/2016 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Home spree

Capitalism in a trendy Boomtown!
Ain't America great!
A few trendy magazines need to sell their product; so they declare us to be in the top ten places to live for this, that, and the other thing; and somehow, even made up a few more categories to rate us with. Now we have an exploding population growth, exploding housing costs, and an abused and diminished quality of life.

It seems that Anywhere USA is the place to be so long as it is trendy and expensive. It was true that Missoula was a really unique and special place, but that was before those magazine articles. Most of my favorite places in this region aren't worth going back to anymore; the trendy have consumed everything like swarms of hungry locust.

A problem has been recognized. Now how do we stop the gentrification and the greed so the locals can remain in their homes. So those who grew up here could have a future here without having to wait to inherit their parents property, if they are one of the lucky 48% to own property in Missoula -- where is the "American Dream" in Missoula, MONTANA!?

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Posted by Joe Bear on 09/09/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Home spree

Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was

Posted by John McKee on 09/08/2016 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Home spree

Good column, Dan. Spot on!

You have just described all the problems we have in Santa Cruz, CA. Only multiply your Missoula numbers by 4 or 5.

Someone asked "what's the solution?" There is none, alas. Not until people stop using houses as investments, wanting to sell the house for more than they bought it and getting every last penny they can get.

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Posted by Jean on 09/08/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Home spree

And now add to the students mix the refugees. The R&P Abstract should have dealt with refugee housing in conjunction with student housing, low income, high rents etc.

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Posted by niam on 09/08/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Seeds of change

To my knowledge, leopards never change their spots, nor tigers their stripes. That said, having known Ed Levert (aka Fast Eddy or Eddy Rabbit) when he was a Forest Service employee, he'll push hard - very hard - for "active" management : i.e. log the crap out of it; slick off every stick they can even get a tapered 2x4 out of !

Posted by alf on 09/08/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Home spree

The laws of supply and demand : High rents and crappy paying jobs are ubiquitous problems in all smallish- medium-sized cities with largish colleges or universities. It was the case when I was attending the University of Oregon in Eugene in the 1960s, and no doubt was long before I went there, and I'm sure it still is. Students are especially vulnerable and therefore are especially exploited.

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Posted by alf on 09/08/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Home spree

And where does that leave the all the refugee Congolese families coming this month ? Where is the first relocated family staying? Missoula refugees face housing issues | Local |…

Where are the affordable rentals for non income families of 6+? Even working low income Missoulians with govt subsidies are on a waiting list.

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Posted by niam on 09/08/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Home spree

"Sell out and move to Butte" - Butte is one of my favorite cities in Montana. The architecture is amazing and the history rich. If you haven't been there,check it out. Dan, now that you are living in beautiful Montana you might find it surprising that my all time favorite place to live is Des Moines,Iowa. I grew up in Montana, have it in my DNA, come back to visit every year, BUT I love Des Moines. It's changed quite a bit since you've been here, but the people still remain some of the nicest and friendliest people on earth. And as you know, it's a great place to raise a family......and yes, the humidity in the summer makes you want to visit Montana.

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Posted by JanieBigSky on 09/08/2016 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Home spree

Good job identifying the problem.

Now, what's the solution?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/08/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Business 101

"It's a popular approach—in part because it creates demand for administrators, and administrators are the ones who decide policy."

Absolutely. Let's not buy into the overpriced academic paralysis that grips Engstrom and HIS university. He's not interested in "customer service". If he was, why would he eliminate 187 faculty and staff positions?

Engstrom is like trump: the bottom line is that he's interested in holding the presidency for purely selfish reasons.

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Posted by Dan Patterson on 09/02/2016 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Left behind

The "outlaws" are "safely tucked in jail". Gee.. and now I feel soooooo safe. Tell me why the BLM, Black Lives Matter (could also refer to the Bureau of Land Management) criminals who took over cities, instigated riots and killing the "pigs", destroyed public property are NOT safely tucked in jail? Apparently it's the govt who "tucks" away or neutralizes anyone who may be a threat to it and the people be damned.

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Posted by niam on 09/01/2016 at 2:14 PM

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