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Re: “Tribes

We of European descent have so f****d the country up, I wouldn't blame them at all if they wouldn't want it back now, or take it if offered to them.

But they were here first (That's why we call them "NATIVE Americans", and why the Canadians call them "FIRST NATIONS"); we essentially stole their land and water and destroyed their mean of sustenance and their cultures; so they should have first claim, white man's law be damned. I hope they go for it, and I hope they win !

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Labor

Once again, if I had a farm to bet, I think I could safely bet it that the workers are going to come out on the short end...again...as usual. Even in (relatively) liberal and progressive Missoula.

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Looking for light

The cynic in me wonders if Peterson’s decision to require disclosure for money spent on voter mobilization by nonpartisan nonprofits wasn't a poison pill slipped in to deliberately derail the whole thing (mixing metaphors).

If voter mobilization groups and their drives are demonstrably nonpartisan, it makes little sense to me that they should be subject to such regulation. But on the other hand, any -- I repeat ANY -- effort toward partisanship, to attempt to influence legislation, or ANY business dealing with the government, at any level, from federal on down to local lighting district, MUST BE FULLY TRANSPARENT if we ever expect the public to lose its cynicism and regain any trust in government in this country.

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Opening the vault

Maybe I'm showing my age, but when I was in college, exposure to culture was considered as much a part of higher education as sitting in a lecture hall.

OTH, it appears with the overemphasis on intercollegiate sports these days, and the constant parade of concerts, that too many (including in the university system, apparently) feel that entertainment is the primary purpose of a university.

I say less emphasis on interscholastic athletics (maybe even do away with them entirely, and in turn place more emphasis on intramural sports, thereby engaging more students), and hit up the big-buck donors for the $$$s to build a state of the art museum that the entire state can be proud of.

(I won't even open the can of worms here about the hypocrisy of the NCAA, "student" athletes, and their scholarships, when that money would be better spent on academic scholarships, especially given how few college athletes make it to the professional level. And on and and on...)

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Looking for light

I like free speech! It is so important for a free society! I am so excited that both political parties noticed that! A prime example of how your vote or money can affect your business if it is not secret, read what is happening in Helena regarding the non-motorized district, http://helenair.com/news/local/protest-rate-for-proposed-nonmotorized-district-at/article_300364d8-2444-11e4-a40a-0019bb2963f4.html and http://helenair.com/news/local/plans-for-nonmotorized-taxing-district-ignite-more-controversy/article_3636d4d1-40b3-5cd4-a2c4-c8a0deb2a607.html

Posted by Liberty on 08/28/2014 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Labor

It's unfortunate the managers of this bus outfit feel giving their profits away is more important than paying their workers.

Remember, though, a city government's budget is not like your household budget, which means you can do things that don't make sense and would otherwise put you in the poorhouse.

Hey, it's not your money!

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 08/28/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Looking for light

Dark money in politics = steroids in sports.

We know it's wrong, let's not act otherwise.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 08/28/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Tribes

Jewell shmoozing at CSKT headquarters with the same people who sued her personally (among others) in federal court over water rights last March. You'd think you would be aware of this and make some mention of it in this article. The CSKT is also threating to file 10,000 water claims if they don't get their way with the CSKT water compact. This is a bogus threat meant to make people think they need to accept the flawed compact, or they will file 10,000 claims. Let them do it, it will take decades and very few will be approved.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 08/28/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Opening the vault

I've got an idea - use some of the record amount of donations they've received this year.

Who's running this university? This ain't rocket science.

The main thing, though, is that this benefits so few students and so many bigwigs that it's really not anyone's responsibility to do this but those bigshot donors, like the ones UM was sending me a form for $150 for yesterday.

Hey, here's an idea - how much are those Alumni marketing costs each month? Cut those and take a few bucks for a piggy bank - I'm sick of the U asking for money that isn't for students.

Oh, and like I said, this isn't for students, no matter how much the U might want to twist it and make it seem that way.

Terrible leadership at that once proud institution.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 08/28/2014 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Looking for light

Hmmm...is free speech back in style? Interesting how some of the groups only wanted to crack down on the speech of other groups, but not their own. -Aaron Flint

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Posted by Aaron Flint on 08/28/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “America’s Worst Politicians

Take a look at Maine's LePage... bad news and likely to stay in because egoist challenger Cutler just can't restrain himself

Posted by Sally Smyth on 08/28/2014 at 6:53 AM

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