I don't know how you'd hold the city to that, Dodie. Elections? They don't seem to matter much. In Washington State they decided to pass a sales tax to get rid of some of their property tax burden. In the end they just had twice as many taxes, as the government decided to say, well...we like that revenue.
The point is, how do you know the city will do what it says? Either way, I'm sure my rent will go up as my landlord's water bill is raised, because either way, we know this system is shoddy. Someone has to put money in that, and guess who will pay? Whether it comes out of my rent or my water bill or my property taxes, we'll all pay for this.
Could we have said the same a year ago?
The Carlyle Group is sending the money they make from Missoula rate payers to out of state operations. If the city owns the water system that will stop and the money can be used to update Missoula's water system.
it's all about money...nothing else matters!!!
Good job, mayor. Now we know that Carlyle has to inject up to $100 million into this system to get it up to par. That's in the court. You've done your job, stop this lawsuit.
Pretty please with sugar on top - stop this lawsuit before you cause more lifelong residents to move away because of your insane tax policies.
"I think they are big winners."
Shame you don't know. Did anyone ask them?
Patrolling that bridge at night isn't as profitable as patrolling South Avenue at 8 AM. I wouldn't expect this trend to change - no one really cares.
What's more important? Your land or some kid's right to drive dad's car to school? City Councilors drove by there...did anyone figure out who owned it and ask what they thought? These are such simple steps, but we don't think of them anymore. Usually we just think how the City Council can meet less often. Shame. Remember, you can file to run for the City Council on May 4.
For the life of me I can't understand why our 100,000+ strong tourism industry doesn't stand up to our, oh...maybe 15,000 strong hydrocarbon industry and demand they stop destroying their livelihoods.
Oh, that's right...we don't believe in unions in this country anymore. Think of the power of a 100,000+ tourist worker union, and how they could demand that we not destroy our environment. Think about that today.
Just wanted to give a big shout-out thank you to Courtney Anderson who was so kind in her interviews of the Bike Hounds and made sure to get all the details correct when writing about us and our new group here in Missoula! Great article & thanks again from The Missoula Bike Hounds!
Love that Buffalo Bridge is not just making a political statement, their actions are heartfelt, tangible and effective.
Typical liberal hypocrisy. Save everything on the planet but allow me to destroy the rare plants to make a statement.
And as it began the vandalism just keeps on keepin on by those that believe there is something good in it.
Brian, I have reviewed your offer to punch me in the face, and I accept. I know it can be hard to recognize me from my photo, so you can find me at my job as a bouncer at Stockman's. No need to introduce yourself—just walk right up and sock me one.
Great reporting! Full of interesting facts and photos and, especially, balanced and fair coverage of the major stakeholders in this activity. Often difficult to do in an area where wildlife issues have smoldered for decades.
Hope someone nominates this article for an award.
Good perspective, bobbytom1.
What everyone is missing....it's not about the flowers (although a disgrace), it's not about the rainforest, it's about terrorism. Yes I said it. Hear me out. Whoever carved that peace sign is now forcing their ideology on me, because everytime I look at the hill I no longer see a way to nature but rather someone's personal message. You're for peace, your way, great! But why force that on everyone? That's what terrorists do....they create a situation that no one can ignore because it gets their ideology tons of recognition (good or bad) it's all good. Why not storm the satellite tv stations in town and force them to show a peace sign on all their stations for a week? Everyone would be forced to see and deal with your ideology!! That's what you want, right? That's what terrorists want. Look, I'm not saying you're a terrorist, ok? But doing this ... this way, is the same approach a terrorist would use. You're forcing me to acknowledge your ideology by your available means. And like terrorist acts, now it's going to cost taxpayer dollars to clean up and fix the damage you caused. So, you're also taking my money dammit. Instead, why not try legitimate means? Or carve the outdated peace sign in your own yard or scratch it into the paint on your car? At least then I wouldn't have to see it every time I want to look at the hillside. Remember, that hillside is all of ours, the citizens, and you took it for your own personal use and destruction, for you own personal ideology. Think on that.
The original story in the Missoulian was cheap hyperbole. Nothing new there. I'm sure that Missoula dog lovers tramp on more phlox everyday than the peace mongers managed to accomplish. Maybe Parks and Rec. could replant the peace sign in phlox. Not exactly sure what Brooks was trying to say but he got Aaron Flint's endorsement, never a good sign.
"They've spent their days scraping strips of fat and flesh from what hides the hunters didn't want, peeling the hocks off legs the hunters didn't take, bark-tanning the elk and bison stomachs the hunters didn't need."
This paints a potentially bad image for the hunters and is not entirely true. Otherwise a good article. Thanks!
Great article! You have resuscitated my dying sense of sarcasm. Can't wait to read more comments from folks like "peace sign ring" dude! Keep it up!
Heartening to read this.
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