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Re: “Larger than life

Incredible Montana woman.The real treasure of Montana is the local women.Has made
Missoula a better place to live.Thank-You !

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Posted by kevin kona on 04/22/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Coal

Right on Mr logic -- If it wasn't for coal and railroads there wouldn't be a Missoula from known history ! The chemical dosimeters put out to test the air around the tracks brought nothing back to be highly concerned about ,only Particulate !! The Town, Businesses, homes,schools,and industries in Missoula in the 1940's thru the 1950's used mainly Coal, wood, and a new surprise Kerosine, and fuel oil where we heated,cooked our meals,and was the main source of energy for our Nation !! Now with emphasis added,!! I DON'T REMEMBER ANY MASS DIE OFF OF POPULATIONS AT ALL !!! Nuff said ???

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Posted by Arthur G. Jackson on 04/21/2014 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Coal

Pronghorn, I think you'll have about as much luck telling the Chinese what they should do as they'd have coming here telling us what we should do. How are you going to get them to stop using coal, what is their incentive?

In the latest 5-year plan for the Chinese they are really focusing on the environment. They know this is a huge problem, trust me. You knew Chinese students and even adults were embarrassed when they lowered their heads, and when I mentioned their air, they always lowered their heads.

What you have to realize is that the Chinese government does not care about the health, safety, or well-being of its people - it simply has too manyof them. Cigarettes are subsidized by the gov't and cost about $1.25. Police do not drive around on the streets, they'd rather have drivers kill each other (and they do). Finally, they give AIDS-infected blood pack to plasma donors in interior provinces like Anhui.

I just don't see you offering any solutions, just hopes. The Chinese, much like the Russians, don't really care what we think, and why should they?

I applaud your effort, but it's sorely lacking. Do you really think the Chinese aren't going to have other markets for coal? How about all that land they're buying up in Africa?

Nope, lots of 'ifs' and 'maybes' and 'I hope they wills.' Policy can't be made on such.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/18/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Coal

Greg, I'm not a scientist and I'm unable to create a solution for a complex problem like China's energy needs. But insisting on blind adherence to the status quo (antiquated, polluting resources) is a sure way to thwart development of alternatives. Also, China needs to step up and get cracking before its citizens' health is ruined (not to mention the global climate):

"For years China has had an array of strict environmental standards on paper, and its leaders talk constantly about the need to improve the environment. But enforcement has been lax, and the environment has continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate."

China's plan doesn't sound like the best fix, but maybe it's encouraging that they've even GOT a plan:

“The plan successfully identifies the root cause of air pollution in China: China’s industrial structure,” said Ma Jun, a prominent environmental advocate. “Industrialization determines the structure of energy consumption. If China does not upgrade its coal-dependent industries, coal consumption can never be curbed.” he said. “The key to preventing air pollution is to curb coal burning — China burns half of all the coal consumed in the world.”…

One thing is certain: coal's days in China will not be numbered (see item below) if Montana and the US keep enabling its use by plundering our own land and shipping it over there.…

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Posted by Pronghorn on 04/18/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Pride by the pint

Try Beer & distillery trolley and walking tour in Downtown Billlings Montana

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Posted by Tomas Wilde on 04/18/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Heavyweight fight

The article states, that nationally 14-18 percent of rape cases are prosecuted. Missoula Police forwarded 85 cases to the prosecutors office. Missoula County says that 17 percent have evidence and facts supporting prosecution. The experts cited go on to say how terrible this is because of our attitudes about sexual assault and rape.

I think they are missing the point. Unless we want to fundamentally change the criminal justice system, so that we can convict people without facts and evidence, the 14-18 percent is not going to change. That is because so many of these cases don't have evidence or facts. The 85 cases that MPD forwarded are basically those where the victim did not recant their story through the investigation.

Although there are a HUGE number of these cases that contrived, vindictive or simply made up by the victims, obtaining convictions on cases that are legitimate is difficult because these crimes are usually not witnessed, and supporting evidence is often not present. These prosecutors are HEROS, who sort through these cases separating the truth from the noise, sending to prison predators.

The DOJ wouldn't know reality if slapped them in the face. Remember, these are the same people who, because there were more minority kids per capita disciplined than white kids, cautioned school districts against disciplining minority children when they misbehaved. Its the numbers that matter to them, not the real problems.

The real problem here is this charge becomes an outlet for vindictive people who want to punish someone else, people who are seeking attention, or most often regret their behavior after the fact or when their husband or boyfriend discovers it. This dilutes the resources available for real victims of every flavor, and casts a shadow of doubt against each of these cases, for defense attorneys to exploit and cast doubt on real victims.

Posted by David McGinnis on 04/17/2014 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Coal

So what are your solutions, pronghorn?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/17/2014 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Coal

Greg, your attitude ("These protesters are a joke" "I will certainly be happy when they go back to wherever it is...") is not conducive to dialogue in spite of your confrontational "invitation." I'm not one of the protesters, but I support their position. You claim that "they don't know anything about China or the demand they have or how those people live." That may be mostly true, most of us have not had the experience of living there that you've had. However, I HAVE seen how the Chinese live--in pollution so thick that they wear masks when they venture out. Look at the photo here--what is that, a tenth of a mile visibility? (maybe not even that)… that your idea of a quality life? Is that what you want for Montana? Because what goes around, comes around, and one way or the other, our coal will come back to bite us whether in actual pollution, climate change, or weather-related incidents as the article suggests. I just checked the redistricting map to see which House District I'm in now--thankfully, it's not HD 98. I'm a lifelong Democrat but I'd sit out the election rather than give you my vote, not only for your position on coal, but also your undiplomatic, sneering attitude toward constituents.

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Posted by Pronghorn on 04/17/2014 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Larger than life

What a well-done story on an amazingly talented artist! I look forward to seeing these
wonderful works when I visit old Missoula. Truly, Hadley's works confirm that art is
moving forward. Thanks to the artist and the writer.

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Posted by Cygnus72 on 04/17/2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Sexual harassment

Neanderthal. I hope this sets a precedent and serves as a warning to other bar owners that female employees are not to be automatically viewed as "fair game." Disgusting and shameful.

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Posted by Dawn Watland on 04/17/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Pride by the pint

Where are the numbers? How much is this bringing into the Montana economy each year? How many are employed by this nascent industry? How much can it expand, and what does it need to do so? And perhaps most important, is this what we want?

Let these craft breweries serve as the blueprint for the legal marijuana industry that will sprout up here in the coming years. I have a feeling that'll be a lot more profitable - for individuals and the state - and without a lot of the headaches in the morning.

Greg Strandberg (D)
Candidate - House District 98

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/17/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Beautiful disaster

Am I the only one insulted by letters to voters costing $7,000? I shouldn't be.

What would you do with that money?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/17/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Coal

Oh, and another thing for all those die-hard liberals with teary eyes - instead of hitting 'dislike,' why not leave a comment and get a dialogue going? Scared?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/17/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Coal

These protesters are a joke. My main question is how each of them will contribute to the economy upon graduation, assuming the lot of them are in school. Probably some non-profits, the bastions of discontent and the inability to do anything about it.

I lived in Shenzhen for 5 years, the richest city in the richest province in China. 30 years ago the place was a sleepy fishing village with 500 people. Now it's a roaring metropolis with 13 to 18 million (no one knows because of the floating population of migrants).

But boy do they love their coal! Did you know in northern China many peasants sleep on brick beds that have coal blocks underneath to heat them in the winter? Yeah, you probably also didn't know that no heaters are allowed south of the Yangtze river. Trust me, the winters north of Hong Kong can be colder than those here.

So they need coal. But these protester don't know that - they don't know anything about China or the demand they have or how those people live. I also don't think they understand the economics of this state, or the principles behind that coal-tax trust fund we've got.

But I guess if they're skipping class to stand in the switching yard then that's to be expected. I will certainly be happy when they go back to wherever it is they came from.

Greg Strandberg (D)
Candidate - House District 98

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/17/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Sexual harassment

This guy sounds like a real piece of work.

$100,000 huh? Boy oh boy. I'd have to work 5 to 6 years to make that, probably longer.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/17/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Coal

Sounds like sour grapes to me. The last I remember it was called free enterprise to fill a need or demand for a product. If Asia needs coal and we have it to sell then what business is it of yours? As for the coal dust that is the stupidest argument yet. The cars are sprayed down to settle the dust prior to shipping. What little bit of dust that might remain is blown out long before it gets to that liberal crap hole called Missoula.

Here is an idea on what you folks could do instead of protesting stupid issues like this, GET A JOB! Contribute to your community rather than being a drain on the welfare department and mommy and daddy's checkbook. In short, GROW UP! Nuff Said!

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 04/17/2014 at 7:18 AM

Re: “The Lost Son

May God rest his soul & spirit.. Reading this piece made me feel connected to Noah in someway. All the people he talked and spotted on the trails, were apparently angels trying to assist with comfort, food and shelter.
After reading the book- Missing 411, (which should be given to all campers in Every National Park- It really makes you question your decision on backpacking thru the wilderness. It may be beautiful, but indeed dangerous.

Posted by Sandy JGarcia on 04/16/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “The other side

You know what I love about this paper? Its complete failure to follow up on stuff, just like the article. You have all of these people ranting and raving about how great a kid this Gerald Kemp is. I pillar of the community and a person that would do no wrong. People stating how he was a victim of the evil Missoula Police Department.

Well: Kemp and former Griz cornerback Trumaine Johnson were involved in an altercation with Missoula police last fall, when the two were tased during a post-game house party at their residence. Kemp and Johnson pleaded no contest in Missoula Municipal Court to charges of disorderly conduct.

What does pleading no contest mean? Let me educate you. In short it means that if this were to go to court, the defendants agree that there could be enough evidence to find them guilty.…

Like I said before! Even money says that Kemp was being a jerk to the officers, who reacted to him and nothing more. Makes you wonder what would have happened if Kemp just did as the officers asked him to do without all the bantering. I would say it’s a safe bet that nothing would have happened to him.

Also Hoopmaster, I am a minority so don’t lecture me on the woos of a minority life.

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Posted by Shadow on 04/14/2014 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Justice

I agree with you, Greg. It's always about money - if it costs more money, then out the door goes the sensibility. In a lot of cases, I don't think the mentally ill belong in prison - they belong in a hospital. But that's the MENTALLY ILL and this shouldn't be used so loosely or taken advantage of, either.

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Posted by Amy on 04/13/2014 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Justice

Asking what a child's life is worth is much were you worth as a baby??? You grew up to be an adult - like everybody else. We all start somewhere. Who knows...this baby could have been a very important person. That is why there's no way you can say the 40 year sentence is excessive. I'm sure the judge felt it was appropriate for a reason. As far as "when is it paid for?", I would think it would take longer to pay for killing a baby than someone older - simply because this child had no chance to live a life was snuffed out. And the only reason this guy hasn't killed an adult is probably because he couldn't get away with it as easy as a baby. In my opinion, he got what he deserved.

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Posted by Amy on 04/13/2014 at 6:34 AM

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