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Re: “Lack of precedence

just keeping this real and alive. WE MUST NOT FORGET THE COST OF WHAT WAS DONE TO OUR TOWN AND PEOPLE...for this cost will continue to kill for hundreds of years now that gthe latency is upon us. God Bless us all and our children...children...children.

Posted by mike crill on 07/23/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Deep cut

This was an interesting article about the land and a man. I relate to his concern to protect the land and the stream that runs through it as I also live on an Oregon stream. Those who come onto the land from outside often throw around garbage and have no sense of stewardship. I love Montana dearly but sometimes decisions need to be revisited! First should come what is best for the stream and land-- humans, including fishermen, should come after that

Posted by Betty Trueax McClelland on 07/22/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Exempt this

While this article is very funny in a sarcastic way, it totally misses the point of the ruling. The ruling does not say that the owners of Hobby Lobby do not have to pay taxes to the Federal Gov., even if some of their tax money is used to fund the very types of birth control methods that they morally object to. It only says that the Feds can not force them to spend some of their personal money on morally unacceptable methods of birth control. Whether they should be morally unacceptable is left to them to decide, on religious freedom grounds. But if the owners of Hobby Lobby morally objected to spending tax dollars on expanding the interstate highway, this case would have no baring.

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Posted by Tim on 07/20/2014 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Missoula County

Alright, alright...I just get the sense that the county can do nothing right. Can anyone name off 5 things the county can really be proud of from the past couple years?

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/18/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Exempt this

I find it sad that the author of this "trash" (article) would defame God, misuse scripture and taunt true Christians....but GOD said" there is a day reserved for his judgment" so I'll just let it go at that.

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Posted by Tony Hill on 07/17/2014 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Cabin fever

Thanks for a delightful story of your adventure. Isn't it wonderful how you all learned quickly that taking toys to Nature, for entertaining children, is foolish!

Posted by Jean on 07/17/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Etc.

Be thankful you don't have humidity.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/17/2014 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Politics

I wish politicians cared as much about helping the American people as they do about helping TV stations reach their quarterly financial goals.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/17/2014 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Sidewalks

You have to realize this city has a huge problem with incompetence and what would be easy for most people is incredibly difficult for those working in government.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/17/2014 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Exempt this

2% of women in this country get abortions each year. I wish the plights of the other 98% got as much attention as them.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/17/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Exempt this

While I appreciate the humour here, you have misstated the Court's decision, which only limited the kinds of birth control Hobby Lobby will pay for. Those are mostly the ones used after conception occurs. Of course, this may be related to your comment that you don't bother to read, so perhaps you just based your opinion on a rumour.
I don't believe the decision also forces people who work at Hobby Lobby to stay there, which would be like slavery, sort of. So if you refuse to pay for your own abortion method, you are free to leave. Most people wouldn't do that because their wages are so much better than a lot of places.
Personally, I think birth control should not be controlled by the government telling everyone that the wholesale disposal of children is just the best thing that could possibly be. Hillary famously said she just "loved" Planned Parenthood, and those of us who do read know about the eugenics that were the foundations of it.
I do find it amusing that the people who are most vocal about the birth control issue are men. Wonder what your mother's decision would have been?

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Posted by Thinker on 07/17/2014 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Etc.

This is a perfect example of why the Independent is the best paper in town. Kudos to the staff.

Posted by Jerry on 07/15/2014 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Matches

Hi - it's Miriam. Even though the Matches program has my name on it (it's the alliteration thing), it's truly a team effort. When a request for using the MBM program comes in, the first thing I do after talking to the prospective adopter is to contact my good friend and uber-volunteer Denise S. to go over what the adopter is looking for and which cat(s) she thinks would be the right match. Denise has been an HSWM volunteer even longer than I have and knows the cats extremely well. After we consult and make some choices, I also talk with HSWM staff to get their thoughts. The help and input all these folks provide is invaluable to the success of the program. So far, we've helped almost 10 long-term cat residents (including 2 pairs of siblings!) find their forever homes. And we all have had tears of joy in our eyes after each match.

So if you are looking for your new cat child, please consider using the HSWM MBM program. We stand ready and willing to help you find your new family member. Thank you, TEAM MBM.

Posted by Miriam on 07/14/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “River

The damn dam could and should be blown. It'd cost a hell of a lot less that the $400,000 - $500,000 the article says a bypass would cost.

Posted by alf on 07/12/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Defining water’s future

If the EPA wants it, I'm against it!! Period.

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Posted by Tim on 07/11/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Trapping

I have come to the conclusion that "democracy" does not exist in Montana. The last election was a sham. If you Montana bigots want to ruin what you have you are surely on the fast tract in that direction . . . but, of course, it WILL NOT be YOUR fault when is happens and all you have are deer and squirrels to be enamored with.

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Posted by Katherine List on 07/11/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Defining water’s future

The EPA’s proposed water rule expands the agency’s control over natural and man-made streams, lakes, ponds, irrigation ditches, and wetlands. “If approved, this rule could allow the EPA to regulate virtually every PRIVATE body of water in the United States. Every private landowner who has water on their property needs to vocally oppose this EPA over reach. Their is a couple in WY who got the approval of the State of WY to build a small pond on their property. The EPA found the pond and told them it was illegal even though they had sate approval and all the permits. The EPA is threatening them with a fine of thousands of dollars a day. Just one of hundreds of similar examples around the country. If the EPA gets this approved, watch out. You personal property rights will take another big hit.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 07/11/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Defining water’s future

,Alf - No logs go downriver from above S. Maries any more. The river hasn't changed though, except more and more of the hayfields have been cut into river lots, lots of lots, and more and more of the banks get rip-rapped or barbed to hold them in place - although actual natural river bank is harder to find, in places they're rip-rapping meadow ground that's a long way from where the bank used to be. Water skiers use the river constantly all summer, all the way to St. Joe City, and they cause much of the erosion. The river is navigable, the Coast Guard just couldn't "navigate" the political pressure from Benewah County's commissioner, so they abandoned the river. They just used the narrowest reading of the law, and hoped no one would notice.

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Posted by Liz Codoni on 07/11/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Defining water’s future

I worked for the Forest Service and lived in St. Maries for a couple years in the mid 1970s, but haven't been back in over 30 years. Do they still in the raft logs on the river ? If so. from how far upstream ? And if so, that would most certainly constitute "navigation" !

That's interesting that in Idaho the CG doesn't consider the St. Joe navigable, but around 1980 or so the Montana Supreme Court declared the Beaverhead (a much smaller stream that the St. Joe !) "a navigable stream", because, if I recall correctly, Lewis and Clark "navigated" it !

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Posted by alf on 07/10/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Trapping

I doubt any truth is written in this article, unless harrassed by the anti trap folks, i don't know anyone that traps would bother approaching much less having any conversation with these ballot box biology folks run by a German transplant who doesn't like our American ways. They need to pack up and leave our country and our way of wildlife management and a way of life they destroyed long ago in their own country

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Posted by Trad man on 07/10/2014 at 12:12 PM

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