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Re: “Making her case

Change is a beautiful thing, bonus when it also leads to transparency and justice!

Posted by thumbsup on 02/26/2015 at 3:57 PM

Re: “White Pine Sash

"One thing we use tax money for is to clean up the messes left by private industry." Alas, how true.

We in this country have a long history of privatizing the profits and socializing the costs. Look at below-cost timber sales and the ridiculously low rates public land rancher pay to graze on state and federal lands. Look at the outrageous giveaways of federally owned (federally owned : that's you and me!) minerals, courtesy of the 1872 Mining Act, which is still on the books, but rightfully should have been repealed sometime before 1900.

Who's paying to neutralize and pump the highly acidic water out of the Berkley Pit in Butte ? How much has been spent - so far - cleaning up the Clark Fork, and how much more will be ? And how about the Wall Street bailouts and the S&L fiasco back in the 80s ? And so on. Add our own favorite outrages. I'm sure you won't have to think long or hard to come up with quite a few.

Posted by alf on 02/26/2015 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Road to nowhere

alf, for the life of me I can't understand why anyone involved in politics would be interested in listening to you. Maybe it's your spelling.

Alas, I feel that with current tools of social media engagement, and the ability to utterly shame and take down politicians not in a matter of weeks but days and sometimes even hours or minutes, people do have power.

The governor of Oregon was just brought down very quickly. Someone like Tester or Daines could be brought down quickly as well.

But people like to watch a lot of TV, so I don't think that will happen. After all, doing a useless activity is usually the easiest option. Shame, in Egypt they took down a whole government recently, though that might have been with a lot of CIA help.

Things can happen very quickly, and I think it's that, coupled with our apathy, that these "sell our lands" folks are counting upon.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/26/2015 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Road to nowhere

"We gave those lands to the feds from around 1893 to 1906" Wrong. You got it just bass-ackward, Greg : They are, and always have been FEDERAL lands, and the Feds gave certain lands to the states, not the other way around. It was typically two sections - sections 16 and 36 - in most (but not all) townships. (A township is a 6x6 block of 36 one mile square sections of 640 acres each)

As for your suggestion that "If people are upset with forest management, yell at Tester and Daines and Zinke to yell at Obama to get someone new in Interior or Forest Service", good luck on that.

Kongress gives final approval to the agencies' budgets and appropriates the funds, and kongress answers to special interests (in this case to the extractive industries : the timber and mining industries and public land grazing ranchers), and only rarely pays any attention at all to the us run of the mill, plain "ordinary" people. And because congress sets the budgets (and priorities), the agencies listen and comply - if you don't conform, you don't get any money. So they not only obey, but pander to and try to curry favor with the congress critters and their extractive industry sponsors.

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Posted by alf on 02/26/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Road to nowhere

Right on, Greg.

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Posted by Mac McMillen on 02/26/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Etc.

He didn't just speculate about Chris McCandless, he flat-out made stuff up and presented it as fact.

Posted by James Bergman on 02/26/2015 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Mother's helper

Last I heard, the problem is magnified by the absence of an interstate agency for child support enforcement too. Most deadbeat dads escape enforcement simply by moving out of state.

Though I suppose it's too much to hope for Congressional Republicans to take up the issue, since it would mean a federal-level fix for a big interstate problem ...

Posted by Karl Miller on 02/26/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Road to nowhere

We gave those lands to the feds from around 1893 to 1906 for a reason - private companies like Anaconda Copper were unmercifully chopping those forests down. Teddy Roosevelt used to live in this area of the country, and he saw what was happening firsthand.

Let's use common sense and let Washington manage those lands, and give them a piece of your mind when they do a bad job. When someone is doing a bad job, you fire them, you don't shut down the company. If people are upset with forest management, yell at Tester and Daines and Zinke to yell at Obama to get someone new in Interior or Forest Service, sheesh!

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/26/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Mother's helper

Art Wittich is bad for Montana. His current trial is set for next March.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/26/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “White Pine Sash

One thing we use tax money for is to clean up the messes left by private industry. Let's not use money to send men to fight ISIS, let's clean up sites like this, and the tens of thousands like it across the country.

4 years of spring cleaning is what America needs right now.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/26/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Etc.

Americans have short memories. New content will be released on Tuesday, April 28. People will move on, another book will grow dusty on the shelf.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/26/2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Fortunate son

As an independent, I can say I am sure glad Baucus is gone. If you have a politician that you can agree with 80% of the time, I'd say he or she is doing a good job. Baucus was a joke, let's see how Daines does. I'm sure he won't hold the job for over half of his life like Baucus did. There are already too many old dinosuars in Congress like John McCain, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 02/26/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Mother's helper

Here is a prime example of social welfare spending out of control....

This will blow you away

The 2012 CSKT (Flathead Indian Reservation) budget was close to $218 million (mostly taxpayers dollars funneled to them by 29 Federal agencies) for about 5200 tribal members living on the reservation. That is almost $42,000 per tribal member living on the reservation for one year. Or $210,000 for a family of 5. Are you kidding me? Where does this money go? You can confirm at the below link. Pages 8 & 9
http://www.cskt.org/gov/docs/2012AnnualRep…


Missoula County 2015 budget..."The total adopted budget is $126.6 million..."
http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-…

The total Missoula County budget for 2015 is $126 million. This is for a population of 110,000 people. About $1145 per resident. $1145 vs $42,000 CSKT. What's wrong with this picture?


The last Lake County budget was $28 million for the 28,986 people living in Lake County, or about $970 per resident of Lake county. This year it will be less than $26 million I was just told. These are huge differences. $970 versus $42,000.

And they want to give the CSKT this water compact that will cost the taxpayers another $1.2 BILLION from the feds and $55 Million from the state - along with control of the water. Excuse me!!!!! Wake up!!! And there are no provisions in the Water Compact for auditing how this money is spent. We'll just give it to you and trust you to be honest. How has that worked so far???

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 02/26/2015 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Beyond yoga pants

Cute dolls, I wonder if they taste like bubble gum.

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Posted by Granola Bro on 02/25/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Beyond yoga pants

Here is the correspondence between Bob Zimorino and Rep Brad Tschida regarding HB 328.
Bob to Brad

“I am severly disappointed that you have proposed a bill that would make Physician Aid in Dying illegal in Montana.” I may have said something about it being a right as verified by the Montana Supreme Court but I don’t remember. Mr. Tschida told me in a follow up it was in reaction to me for saying “shame on you for this bad bill” or something like that. He didn’t like the shaming part.

Brad to Bob

Mr. Zimorino:

I wonder by what moral code, or higher authority, do you presume to judge my actions on this issue?

Respectfully:

Brad Tschida

Representative Tschida,

First, I appreciate that you responded to my card. Assuming that you must get a large volume of mail, I often wonder if the politicians that are elected ever even see all of it. So thank you for reading it and then responding.

Your assumption that I have some moral code or higher authority to make a judgment on your actions on this issue would be pretty far off base. This has nothing to do with either. I am a taxpayer and citizen of the state of Montana, reacting to a bill that I see as an attempt by the government, to take away a freedom that I believe the Supreme Court of the state of Montana, has basically reaffirmed through the Baxter decision.

This is an issue of freedom. I find it odd that the party that claims to want less government interference in our lives, is the party that creates more.

We call ourselves the land of the free. We recruit, train and pay young men and women to defend that freedom both here and abroad. We are free to choose where we want to live, to choose friends, to choose a spouse, to choose whatever level of education we wish to pursue, to choose a career path. We are free to choose.

We tell people around the world that we are a democracy…a democracy not a theocracy, because as a democracy we are free to choose our own God, or no God, or our own religion, with no one, having a moral imperative over another. Part of that freedom is a separation of church and state to be fair to all that live here.

I have employed hundreds of people in this state for over 35 years, and always paid my taxes, have never been arrested and have always been an active part of the community in which I live. For all of that, I expect no more than to be allowed the freedoms that we purport to have as Montanans.

However, as a taxpayer, I have every right to question the decision of any elected official, because you have chosen to run for office and have been chosen to represent the people of Montana. Are you saying as an elected official that you are beyond reproach? That is a ridiculous notion. You work for the public. If you forget that, you don’t deserve the job.

From my perspective, this is all about freedom. Here in the land of the free, I am told that I am free to make decisions in my life until the end, at which point the government will intrude and make decisions for me that I disagree with, because you as a lawmaker are uncomfortable with them.

I can honestly say that this is not about some higher moral ground for me. Can you say the same? Can you honestly say that this law that you put forth is not about your moral imperative?

For the sake of argument, if it is about your beliefs, what makes your God right and mine wrong? I believe in compassion and that interminable suffering is not part of God’s plan. At the same time I believe that you have a right to choose whatever God is in your heart.

If it is not about your beliefs, what other motive would you have for pushing this bill forward?

As an elected official, your job is to represent everyone, and their freedom to make choices in their life as well as their death. I ask that you keep this, the land of the free, because like I said at the beginning of this letter, this is all about freedom.

Thanks again for responding. I seek not to insult you but to give you my perspective on what I consider a bad bill for the people of Montana. I hope that I have answered your question.

Sincerely,

Bob Zimorino

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Posted by Elephant Hunter on 02/25/2015 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Beyond yoga pants

You forgot HB 328 -Brad Tschida. Another piece of pedagogic garbage brought to you by the Bible wielding nut jobs. A note to all you Republican piles of pig vomit, leave your religion at your child raping churches. YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE MY NOSE BEGINS. Somebody is gonna understand this before the next election. You Republican nut jobs can take your middle eastern book (Bible=Book of Incredible B.S. Lies & Exaggerations and hop the next ship to land that spawned this fairy tale. Republicans claim too much Government Intervention, yet here they are talking the talk and not walking the walk. I suggest that you read Bob Zimorino's letter to Tschida regarding HB 328. It is a very eloquent response to the Pompous arrogance of Tschida's note to Bob regarding this bill. Tschida is a Senior Advisor at Milky Whey and his wife is VP at Mars Stout, I believe I'll be boycotting those businesses and any business that does business with them. I hope anybody who's name is attached to this bill gets a very painful and debilitating disease/sickness and when they pray for the pain to stop I hope someone offers them a prayer to their Bastard Zombie Jesus. "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow!."

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Posted by Elephant Hunter on 02/25/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “On the offensive

I probably should ask just what Dan Brooks meant in the part of this near the end where he mentioned "He knows what it's like to live with the secret shame of military service".

However .. even though he is somewhat known locally as a veteran writer, that statements says he is clueless about how military veterans feel about their service to their country.

Glen B.

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Posted by Glen B. on 02/23/2015 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Medicaid

A universal, single payer system is the obvious answer. It's successful in just about every other first-world country. We could and should have it here too, if it wasn't for the influence of special interest money.

Of course Max Baucus, the bought and paid for whore of the insurance industry, said right up front, when obummer gave him the task of negotiating with the evil Charles Grassly of Iowa what eventually turned out to be the overly complicated and deeply flawed ObamaCare, that a single payer system "isn't on the table".

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Posted by alf on 02/21/2015 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Beyond yoga pants

Why are they wasting their time and the taxpayers' money on this nonsense ?
Interesting that just about all this horse crap seems to be introduced by MEN.

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Posted by alf on 02/21/2015 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Etc.

Money talks. Especially to repuglikans.

Taking a line of Oscar Wilde's out of context, "They know the cost of everything and the value of nothing."

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Posted by alf on 02/21/2015 at 1:08 PM

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