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Re: “Explosive situation

Good heavens get a grip on yourselves. I made 61 years doing all kinds of crazy fun stuff like this. Life is for living you ignorant twit! You probably wear a helmet when you ride your bicycle. You idiots coddle your children and turn them into brainless idiots and sissies. No wonder there are not many real men left maybe it is your fault that we have queers everywhere.

Hell get out there and blow something up, run with the scissors, take up skydiving, jump off a high bridge into the shallow water below, dance naked on your porch, pee in your front yard, live for once in your life and stop letting someone else tell you how to run it. What a waste of life when you can't mind your own business you anal fool.

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/16/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Explosive situation

Madness, sheer madness ! The NRA and the other testosterone-dripping kooks, with their infantile pee-pees, go farther and farther off the edge almost daily.

Eventually, those of us who are still reasonably sane and rational will demand an end to this irresponsible nonsense.

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Posted by alf on 10/16/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Bench politics

6 years, that's how long VanDyke will work to send your tax dollars to his out of state friends if he's elected.

People that worked with him said he was lazy and didn't want to work. He was invited up here by AG Tim Fox, and didn't want to work when he got here. This is all documented in letters from his colleagues to the state newspapers.

Mike Wheat's not afraid of work, he's been doing it here in Montana for decades, and with good results. He also headed off to Vietnam after finishing high school in Montana. He's the right choice this November.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/16/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Bench politics

The Montana Trial Lawyers Assoc. backs Wheat with all their political power and $ donations on his behalf. What does it tell you when Trial Lawyers back a judge candidate?? Tells me to NOT vote for him. Most judges of The Supreme Court of Montana are lap dogs for the MT Trial Lawyers because they helped them get elected. And the MT Supreme Court is one of the most overturned courts in the USA (large % of cases overturned)

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 10/16/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Bench politics

I attended the Montana Supreme Court Justice candidates' forum at the UM School of Law recently because I felt I knew very little about the candidates--certainly not enough to make an informed selection on my ballot. After hearing all the candidates presentations, I came away convinced that Lawrence Van Dyke is simply wrong for the Montana Supreme Court.

Mike Wheat's background does include public service in the Montana Legislature as a Democrat and he served as a local prosecuting attorney as a Democrat. Although partisanship is not a desired quality in justices who are to rule with impartiality, it is not uncommon for someone with a partisan background to end up on the high court (indeed, William Howard Taft, a Republican president, became the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court).

We all have some political background, great or small. The voters need to decide whether the record earned while serving in a political role helps or hinders a candidate in a judicial role. In Justice Mike Wheat's case, it has, and he deserves your vote returning him to another term on Montana's Supreme Court.

I don't know Justice Mike Wheat nor am I a political activist--I am a citizen who was born and raised in Montana. This letter was prompted by the mailing from the Republican State Leadership Committee--Judicial Fairness Initiative Montana PAC. I found this mailing offensive, misleading and I simply could not receive it in the mail without attempting in some way to counteract its nefarious intent.

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Posted by geoffb on 10/16/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Democracy foul

I have to agree somewhat about this article. I do believe you have to have a dog in the fight to become involved in the voting process. The entire system is a mess with dead people voting, chronic welfare people trying to get their "Obama Phone", vote to see what they can get from the working mans tax dollar. Corporations, many of which are offshore, have bought and paid for senators, congressmen, and presidents on both sides of the isles.

This is wrong at best! Pass what ever law you want! We are living in a lawless society and things will never change. Most Americans and illegal's that vote are not fit nor informed enough to make proper decisions about leadership. Therefore we get the kind of leadership we deserve. Someone has got to try to straighten this mess out. So Dan I elect you to write your voter reform act for all of us to see. And please include all 57 states that Obama claims we have. Dan, do you have any idea where these other 7 states are? Well I hope they are not voting also!

About your weapons ban, please keep in mind that times change and whatever the weapon of the day that may be used against the American people we should be able to possess these as well. If the weapon of choice is fully automatic for the world military and police then we should have them as well. Dan, gun ownership as written by law is for the common man to protect himself, his property, his family, friends, neighbors from enemies both foreign and domestic!

It has nothing to do with hunting and everything to do with keeping all governments at check. We don't shoot ball and cap or muzzle loaders for home protection from oppressors with automatic weapons and full body armor.

Times change technology changes but evil men never change. Tyranny from all factions of government is the order of the day. America is lost and not coming back. The right to protect yourself is almost gone.

You will all open your eyes when you see that all government is evil when left unchecked. When you let non productive, illegal, and non land owners vote you get just what we have now, a government out of control.

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/11/2014 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Democracy foul

This is adolescent satire at best. And it’s working the same false arguments the political machine keeps parroting. You know LR 126 will in NO way disenfranchise anyone. It will not suppress any legitimate voter. Registration can be done by mail, any time up till three days before the election. It’s easier than going to the grocery store. When people are aware they need to pre-register, they will.

The main benefits will be to facilitate counting and verifying the identity of voters. The integrity of the electoral process is crucial to the legitimacy of government. The only reasons to oppose LR126 are to facilitate fraud - like voting in multiple precincts - or a political machine engaging in de-facto vote buying.

VOTE FOR LR126 to support free and honest elections.

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Posted by Jack Quick on 10/10/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Democracy foul

as I started reading this I started with an open mind, but the more I read the more pissed I was getting. then I got to this "As we all remember from our home schooling," I came to a conclusion that this was written more as a joke on how the people that came up with this Legislation Reform bill are so far out of touch with modern reality.

At least that is what I am hoping

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Posted by Maikeru Sōyā on 10/10/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Democracy foul

Dan, I really got a kick out of this article, laughed my a** off. Then I thought, "wait, Aprils Fools Day was 7 months ago!"

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Posted by Lynn Michele Wilbur on 10/09/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Democracy foul

There is no sane, rational reason to even consider restricting voter access through making it more difficult (or even impossible) to register.

The usual blatantly obvious excuse is "We have to prevent vote fraud!!"

In the last twelve years, SIX entire election cycles, there has been exactly ONE actual case of attempted vote fraud in Montana. A man forged his ex-wife's name on an absentee school board election ballot.

So, one instance of attempted fraud out of several million votes cast over that twelve years is sufficient justification to block the constitutionally guaranteed right to vote for several thousand Montana citizens?

We all know the real reason for this initiative: the intention to block voting by some people who might not vote "the right way."

All the asinine blather about "preventing vote fraud" and demanding "responsible citizenship" are just pathetically obvious excuses for that intention. GOP leaders have even bragged about their "successes" at restricting access to voting.

I don't think they'll get to brag about such a "success" in Montana.

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Posted by claudius on 10/09/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Watch out

I have encountered cyclists who initially ride in the middle of the street to slow down motor vehicle traffic to show their power in this city. So I have no sympathy for cyclists who may encounter a Subaru driver (they are the worst drivers) who makes you angry,

Posted by dorado on 10/09/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Democracy foul

Just say NO

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Posted by Steve Lange on 10/09/2014 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Watch out

Tom, you are in the vehicle behind. You should give yourself ample space to stop should the vehicle in front of you slams on the brakes for any reason. Yeah cars stopping at unconventional spots is annoying, but it happens, and you need to be prepared. And on a motorcycle, I was always more concerned with the tailgating truck than the vehicle ahead of me. My brakes were much better than a standard cars and no cell phone to distract me.

Posted by J on 10/08/2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Watch out

Missoula is one of the most pedestrial/cyclist courteous cities in the country.

Subaru Outbacks slam on their brakes at even the faintest glimmer that someone might cross on a bike or on foot, regardless if they are at a crosswalk. This over-courteous attitude from the Outbacks and Priuses has lead to emboldened cyclists who run red lights and make many other bold and illegal maneuvers. That emboldening then frustrates motorists, especially tourists, who take an adversarial attitude to cyclists and thus treat them as this piece describes. Then everyone's confused and doesn't know whether to keep up the courtesy or be the adversary.

I think the best approach is rule of law. I ride a motorcycle to work Downtown every day and nearly each time, there is an Outback unreasonably slamming their brakes to be over-courteous to an over-bold cyclist. This has lead to close calls. Stopping short on a motorcycle is risky and its not worth having a motorcycle slam into your brand new Outback just to get the satisfaction of being the good guy.

Follow the law! If a cyclist runs a red light or jumps from sidewalk to street, he is breaking the law and should not be given courtesy. That doesn't mean we should run him over, but don't yield! Likewise, don't slam on your Outbacks breaks for jaywalkers. Show people they need to use crosswalks and be clear about driver's intentions. If a driver is being adversarial, let him know! Politely ask him to be more aware of pedestrians.

The other morning while commuting on my motorcycle a pregnant woman jaywalked while looking down at her iphone completely oblivious to drivers. I gave her a toot to show her that wasn't cool. Of course, I was the bad guy at the time. But, in the long run, the pregnant woman will probably look both ways! I encourage all drivers and ped-commuters to communicate in this way. Make it clear when someone is not doing their civil duty to communiting.

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Posted by Tom on 10/07/2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Watch out

the laws of physics work. a 2000lb car will win out over a 200lb bike and rider every time. i hate driving in Missoula in my car, because of all the bad drivers....but i have seen more than enough bad bike riders to know it isn't just a one sided argument. the best way to avoid a confrontation between motorists and yourself while on a bike is to NOT ride where there is a lot of traffic. stay off the main roads, use the bike paths, alleys and side streets to get across town....and PAY ATTENTION...defensive riding is going to save your skin far more often than righteous indignation ever will.

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Posted by rtabish on 10/06/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Watch out

"Now its adults and some little kids that think its their right to use the whole road just like a car."

Sec. 61-8-602 of Montana code explicitly gives bicycles "all of the rights ...applicable to the driver of any other vehicle." Cyclists think it's their right to use the whole road because it is.

I got hit twice last summer, both times in the bicycle lane. You might be "sick of hearing how people should watch out for cyclists," but many drivers are, like you, ignorant of the law in a way that endangers my life. If there has ever been an instance when a cyclist accidentally killed a driver, I haven't heard of it.

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Posted by Dan Brooks on 10/04/2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Watch out

It all starts with ending the stereotypes and generalizations. There is more variation within "car drivers" and "cyclists" than there is between them. I'm an avid cyclist, but also have clients named GM and Ford. I'm not trying to save the world, I just like smiling, and I cycling gives me a big smile. Yesterday while legally cycling to a race, my wife and I were subject to a car passengers screaming at from inches away, suddenly, almost causing us to crash. We're over 50, they were early 20's. Twenty minutes later a car full of twenty-somethings flew by us giving us the fingers, filled with hate. Why? I have no idea. We were legally cycling, wearing bright clothing, obeying all laws, using the best lights money can buy. I don't understand the hate. Yet, they don't represent all drivers. No more than the student cycling the wrong way at night with no lights represents all cyclists.

Thank you for this letter. Yes, we are cyclists, but also moms, dads, grandparents. We're liberals and conservative, blue collar and white collar, bottom ten per centers and top ten per centers. Artists or business owners. For many of us, it's a small moment of the day where we finally get to smile, bring back that joy we felt when we were kids, as a respite from the daily stresses. We're just like you. You're just like us. Let's just start with that premise.

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Posted by ECS on 10/02/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Watch out

"And yes, I know, cyclists sometimes do stupid things. They—okay, we—might roll through stop signs...and sometimes we swerve into traffic to avoid gravel or glass or potholes, or we turn without signaling first."

Drivers routinely do those things, too. From my observations, many cars in Msla County aren't even equipped with turn signals. I've been a driver AND a cyclist--an avid cyclist (5000+ miles per year)--and I'm now a driver exclusively. The bottom line is, BOTH parties are responsible. Period.

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Posted by Pronghorn on 10/02/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Watch out

There was a great letter to the Independent or the Missoulian a few weeks back, one urging cyclists to stay off sidewalks, and also drivers to not stop for cyclists when they're on the road.

Sometimes they want to be treated like cars, sometimes they don't. I know you're as confused as to when as I am, but like all things, a few will give the many a bad name.

Please, Missoula, if a bike is stopped at a stop sign, don't just stop for them and cause drivers around you to wonder what you're doing. You wouldn't do that for a car, right? Why is a bike so special?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/02/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Watch out

Whine, whine, whine...I am so sick of hearing about how people driving should watch out for cyclists! They are inconsiderate and sometimes downright nasty! This goes for kids and adults! They do not act like they give a dam whether you cannot get around them or not (legally) and will not even try to be courteous and move to the side so you can! A few years ago an attorney was riding down a country road IN THE MIDDLE of the lane. Double yellow line and no one could pass him! He held up traffic and played stupid games to block people (including me)...years ago in Orange County it was teenagers and now its adults and some little kids that think its their right to use the whole road just like a car and boy you better not say anything or you will get the mouth and the finger...this from 9 and 10 year olds and 40 year olds (and driver don't touch that horn!) So maybe when cyclists GROW UP there will be fewer accidents...or maybe just use your dam bike lane and stay out of our way....we are tired of babying you!

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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 10/02/2014 at 7:58 AM

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