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Comment Archives: stories: News: Letters to the Editor

Re: “Not very sporting

Not only setting it and baiting it...but walking away from it. Who, other than a trapper, walks away from a loaded weapon and leaves it unattended for 24 or 48 hours...or longer?

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Posted by Pronghorn on 09/22/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “A place to walk

Montana, you have multi use trail users and you are the last state to create workability with all the user groups on your trail system. I have now lived in Utah, Idaho, and Montana, with Montana being the least able to adapt to the trail use issues, which if you do not come up with solutions for ALL, it is going to leave your great state in the dark ages, and you think that is smart it is not.
I am a trail runner first in my heart, mountain biker 2nd and horse lover, I cannot afford a horse but I go to Farms and help horse owners. The single track mountain trails are here to be enjoyed by all three. Certain trails will work better for different groups, based on steepness and switch backs and trailheads and this needs to be assessed. When I lived in Missoula, Woods Gulch was one of the only routes safe to exit an area safely and in time if I was caught in that area in bad weather, lack of fuel or technical issues. The trail needs work, it is eroded but can accommodate hikers and bikers, mostly.

When I lived in Salt Lake City we had even numbered days for bikers, odd numbered days for dogs and hikers, this allowed multiple user groups to use trails in populated areas. The Rattlesnake is close to a populated area. Also the TNR mountain bike groups in Missoula, mostly made of of men can help curb the younger downhill mountain bike crew who is really the age demographic that is blowing it and speeding on trails. It is a gender and age and technical ability issue, not a biker vs hiker issue. I left Montana, partly because the trail system is not a priority or seen as the rescources it truely is. Trails are a passion for me, I have been on them in Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Idaho, I truely hope Montana figures out in time that is a need of a trails system over haul for ALL.
Sincerely, Jennifer Kuhlmann , Now in Sun Valley, Idaho enjoying single track trails.

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Posted by Jennifer Russell Kuhlmann on 09/18/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Shared nature

"open space protection takes time. Until Missoula sees trail growth to match its population"

Can "loved to death" be fixed?

Can the carrying capacity of this valley and region handle the pace of growth we are experiencing now?

If you've been around longer than twenty years, and you are not a landlord or a real estate speculator, Missoula is fucked!

7.5 billion people on this planet and growing....and Missoula is the trendy place to be....

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Posted by Joe Bear on 09/17/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Twisted

It's been my experience in this town that real estate speculators have no soul.

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Posted by Joe Bear on 09/16/2016 at 9:39 PM

Re: “A place to walk

people, dogs and horses have been ran into by over zealous idiots on bikes in the Rattlesnake are for over 20 years. Many of our horse people quit years ago, wonder no one ever got killed. The new breed of "mountain bike" folks are making their own trails in the wilderness which if this continues Montana should go to the Federal folks and make the Rattlesnake a NON wilderness area, there are several more fitting and less abused areas in the state that are more severally paroled to keep these idiots OUT. It is sad, they sterilized their home areas in Colorado, California, Utah, AZ, and New Mexico, not much left for them to destroy but our once tranquil Montana wilderness country!

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Posted by Tradman on 09/14/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “No responsibility

I didn't see one single truth in this letter! Is this the way people try and get ridiculous laws passed in Montana by out and out lies, statistical baloney? Some folks just simple have no knowledge, or in most cases, simply don't care of the impact a senseless law like this would do to sterilize Montana, bring other laws up for grabs to eliminate our very rights as hunters and fishermen and women, and ban family's an outdoor traditions, vote against this ridiculous law

Posted by Tradman on 09/09/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Turn it down

I could hear it down at Eastgate Shopping Center!

I thought, I'm missing the fest! But in years past, it was usually a disappointment.
Too many people, too many I've never seen before and will never see again. Few, if any recognizable faces. And the music is far too load to find any enjoyment in it.
Why go to the fest when you can sit down on Jacob's Island and hear the music there?

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Posted by Joe Bear on 09/01/2016 at 2:57 AM

Re: “Shots fired

Helen should verify her "facts" (excerpt):
"In other words, Kennesaw residents were required to own guns ... save for those Kennesaw residents who couldn't afford guns, couldn't use guns, couldn't legally own guns, or simply didn't want to have guns. Essentially, Kennesaw residents were never actually required to own guns, making most assertions about mandatory gun ownership and crime rates in that town highly problematic."

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Posted by Pronghorn on 08/21/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Shots fired

Well Helen, maybe Kennesaw Ga should be your choice spot for vacations.
Being missed on Missoula?
There will be hundreds of thousands every year to replace you.

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Posted by Joe Bear on 08/18/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Worth the wait

It's only a matter of time until marijuana becomes legal, but the retrograde thinkers in the legislature and the DEA continue to cling to outdated and untrue notions about the plant. It's shameful that people who probably have a few (or more) drinks now and then are so upset that marijuana has legitimate medicinal uses.

Posted by Pachistima on 08/15/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “It's not about you

Excellent letter - mountain bikes and (god forbid) mountain bike races have no legitimate place in the wilderness.

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Posted by Pachistima on 08/11/2016 at 2:45 PM

Re: “It's not about you

Excellent letter - mountain bikes, and (god forbid) mountain bike races have no legitimate place in the wilderness.

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Posted by Pachistima on 08/11/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Minimum toot

There is a certain sequence of horn and bell sounds train crews have to use for a particular movement they are making. These are mandated by the company and the FRA for safety. Having watched some of the idiots at Madison maybe it needs to be louder.

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Posted by erlyirn on 08/02/2016 at 12:52 AM

Re: “One idea

Ms. Tompkins -- thank you.

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Posted by Brian O'Leary on 07/28/2016 at 7:44 AM

Re: “A worthy investment

Facade -- you can put all the makeup you wish on that pig (giant tourist warehouse w/kitchenettes), it'll still be a pig!

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Posted by Joe Bear on 07/17/2016 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Searching for answers

Steve I am honored that you served our country, I might be speaking some other language or dead if it weren't for people like you who answered the call, thank you very much from the deepest part of my heart as an American Born and raised. As far as your question on these Military rifles, I understand your point , I don't like these guns as a hunting weapon period, matter of fact I have reverted back to the old lever win 32 special while I can still see the open sights hahaha. There is a lot of folks out there , especially down south and back east that have a different view as they are on top of the racism, government , etc.. I personally can't tell them what to use as a gun or what they should buy, sort of sad we as Americans are so scared we want to be armed or have access to this style of weapon. I Knew a G. B. that came back with several guns but he was pretty privileged, I doubt most GI's could come home with a way of converting their guns to fully auto on a selector switch, thank God as I know some who were never the same person I knew before they left. Yes as an NRA member for years, an organization 200 years old or better who we all learned how to shot and handle a rifle, I can't answer you without going into depth with the Nation we once called a free country under God with our rights in stone. The old saying give them an inch they take a mile is what has divided us and caused this weapon to surface in my simple minded opinion, At one time the Democratic folks stood up for us working men and women, vets, etc. , now they want to take our guns away the same way Australia did, and I can't go along with that as an American, my Dad was a WW11 vet, they fought a terrible war as you did to, bless you and every single vet no matter what the war or political crap, Damn, you served, answered the call, I wish these younger folks would see just how proud and tough all of our fighting men and women have and still are peace be with you, give your kids a hug, and Grandkids ,thankyou for being who you are

Posted by Tom Kloote on 07/01/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Destroyed trust

Aside from the question of whether the logging (and the new roads and bridge necessitated by log hauling) will accomplish what the FS has in mind on this timber sale, the public process demonstrated by FS planners on the Westside project leaves no doubt about their low regard for meaningful involvement by the owners of the public forests.
While steamrolling toward their preconceived plan the Bitterroot National Forest undermined the process of the Bitterroot Restoration Committee, a "consensus-based", "collaborative" group meant to find common ground amongst "traditional adversaries" in the hopes of avoiding litigation on proposed projects. The BNF hijacked a much smaller BRC proposal in the area while it was being discussed by the BRC and before the smaller (about 1/3 the size) proposal could be finalized, let alone find consensus. The work of the BRC was made moot; "collaboration" was shown to be a ruse; and the purpose of "collaboration" was negated. The name of the timber sale is loaded with rhetorical disinformation. It is called, the Westside Collaborative Restoration project. It is "westside" but not "collaborative" or "restoration". Those words are added by the FS in order to access pots of taxpayer money and shortcut public process available for logging timber sales that qualify as such. This timber sale does not. The BRC has become simply a discussion group loaded in the timber industry and FS favor used to greenwash FS projects. The FS continues to bastardize the English language, making George Orwell look like he lacked imagination in double-speak.

Posted by Larry Campbell on 06/30/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Searching for answers

Well Steve, some shop owners during the Los Angeles riot precipitated by the police beating of Rodney King protected their businesses from being burned by rampant rioters with AR-type firearms - so that's one reason to have one. Also, the AR-16 has been called the militia weapon of our time - and we have the Second Amendment right to own and carry guns. During civil unrest, the AR-16 (or M-16) or a similar weapon may be required to defend oneself and his home. So don't fret too much over the issue.

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Posted by Pachistima on 06/24/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Hitting the Mark

So, Mark Sweeney "always did his homework when making informed decisions?"

Well, just this week the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices found that Mark Sweeney's 'robo-calls' featuring Amanda Curtis (who, by the way, was pro-KXL pipeline during her campaign for U.S. Senate) violated Montana's campaign rules.


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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 05/26/2016 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Drive how we vote

kind of funny reading all these new beeeesssss disusing bad drivers in Missoula or for that matter, state wide. Paul Harvey talked about how bad the drivers were in Missoula years ago and our famous "malfunction Junction" as us "locals" call it. We used to complain about anyone with a 7 on their plate in the 70's and 80's, then it was 13, life goes on and yes it is tough driving in Missoula no matter what the MT # you have anymore hahaha

Posted by Tom Kloote on 05/22/2016 at 10:42 AM

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