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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

Re: “Stand by calls

Mark, I hang up on all robo calls, indiscriminately! It is something that really pisses me off. I don't believe I got one from you, or anybody else this season for that matter.

I did read and held on to the card, you, or one of your supporters handed me at the Sanders rally and gave you a serious consideration. I also go to candidates websites to learn what I can there before I make a decision.

I didn't know that Gail supported the sale of Mountain Water to Carlyle, this is a contentious issue. But it may not be completely fair to hang Gail for Carlyle lying to us. Yes, the powers that be should have known better, but there wasn't a whole lot of other solutions either. In the game of Monopoly, if you don't have enough money, you lose.

I've already made my decision and the ballot has been taken to the courthouse.

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Posted by Joe Bear on 05/19/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Fund all students

Vote trump and you'll have a chance for better education implemented on a local level instead of doctrination on a global level

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Posted by Wake up on 05/10/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Legal access

Thank you for doing your research and having compassion.

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Posted by Aaron McKinnon on 05/09/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Time to change

This needs to be much more humane. Good grief.

Posted by Maria Miko Walls on 04/26/2016 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Extreme map

Nonsense - there's no correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperature. The climate cooled 1945 - 1977 at the same time CO2 was rising due to increased industrialization, leading to alarmist cries of a coming ice age. There's just too many dishonest people around who don't understand science. Furthermore, the powers-that-be have changed the data to reflect their alarmist views.

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Posted by Pachistima on 04/09/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Colstrip and shellfish

Humans were adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere 1945 - 1977, and yet the climate was cooling - why is that? The "experts" back then were forecasting a coming ice age. There's no correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures - the science shows that the heat-trapping capacity of CO2 is about maxed-out.

Posted by Pachisima on 04/09/2016 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Colstrip and shellfish

Humans were adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere 1945 - 1977, and yet the climate was cooling - why is that? The "experts" back then were forecasting a coming ice age. There's no correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures - the science shows that the heat-trapping capacity of CO2 is about maxed-out, so please quit with the propaganda.

Posted by Science Guy on 04/09/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Wake up, America

International trade is hard.

Posted by Ryan Morton on 03/25/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Spokane of Montana

Why is growth a bad thing in your mind? Missoula isn't trying to 'stuff' as many businesses and people here as possible. They're coming here on their own free will because they recognize Missoula as a good place to conduct business, live and raise a family. In other words, probably the same reason why many other people have chosen to live here. As far as hitting a ceiling, we're not going to get any smaller. Depending on who you listen to, Missoula is expected to grow in population by another 30,000 to 40,000 residents in the next few decades. There will be a need for even more homes and offices. Yes, they want to put a new hotel where the Merc is. That's a good thing. Downtown only has a few really good hotels. When there's an event going on here, which is becoming more and more frequent, it can be difficult or even impossible to get a room, so the need for more hotel rooms in the downtown core exists. The riverfront Triangle hotel isn't going to be 400 rooms, its currently planned to be a single hotel with 210 keys. I have to ask, but is there something wrong with having a conference center? Is there something wrong with Missoula hosting some conferences and conventions? Is there something wrong with people patronizing our shops, restaurants, museums and theaters? Is there something wrong with local businesses making more money? Most businesses don't exist to just get by, but to make as much money as possible so they can hopefully grow, expand, and hire more staff. Seems like a good thing to me. As far as the multiple comments about low paying jobs, you're in no position to decide which jobs are worthwhile for someone else. It might be a job that a college student would appreciate having while attending school. Someone might be looking for extra work in their spare time, or maybe someone is looking for a second job to save up a little money for a down payment to buy their first home. You know, its possible someone might attend a conference at that hotel you're opposed to and decide to move his or her company with higher paying jobs to Missoula. You have to see the big picture here. You can't close a city off to the rest of the world because you don't want to deal with the extra traffic and then expect some Fortune 500 company to move here and offer six figure salaries. You asked if people in Missoula really want more national chains. Well, considering people continue to shop at Cabelas, Kohls, H&M, Target, Home Depot, etc., one has to conclude the answer is yes. Missoula has a good mix of national chains and locally owned businesses, so I don't think having big box stores here means the end of the world is upon us. As far as downtown, I hate to break this to you, but downtowns are where tall buildings generally go. There's not a lot of available real estate in downtown Missoula, so they're going to continue to get taller. If you really need to look at Lolo Peak, just go around the corner, I assure you, it will still be there. You know, my little one story home blocks the view of Lolo Peak for my neighbor, as does hers, but people learn to live with it. I've lived in Missoula my whole life, I get it, but this constant whining and griping that people love to devote so much of their time towards really doesn't accomplish much. The reality is Missoula is going to get a lot bigger in the coming years. I'd rather see healthy, vigorous growth than watch people leave as has been happening in many other cities around the country.

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Posted by PMC on 03/17/2016 at 2:00 PM

Re: “The true crisis

Cameron you hit the nail on the head. This University is so top- heavy in salaries, that one of these days the whole thing will topple.
It's really quite sickening for those of us struggling to make ends meet when you know that the person who is responsible for lack of recruiting is making Bank on the shoulders of the "little people". Truly disturbing and very, very sad. I used to be so proud to be a staff member here, not so much anymore.
JC Smith

Posted by yennj on 03/17/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Spokane of Montana

It's all about revenue, this mayor likes to spend your money. Have you ever seeen any projects that he was opposed to?

Posted by erlyirn on 03/17/2016 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Sorry state of affairs

Kudos, to the Fish and Game officials in this video. They made the best of a bad situation. I'm sure the Cougar's bloody paw doesn't hurt at all.

Posted by Nfly on 03/09/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Sorry state of affairs

You know, some traditions are just not meant to continue. Times do change, and though trapping may be a heritage for many in the west, there are better ways to recognize your ties to the land and the creatures inhabiting it. I can respect the preparation, experimenting with scents, the setting of the traps, the anticipation and excitement in finding tracks or sign, and the running of the line in the coming days. It's all very invigorating. I participate in some not too dissimilar activities myself. Following a trail, observing the little clues as to what has passed before me, learning to interpret new sign, the scent of an animal still lingering - all these things make me feel alive. All of this is great, the only problem with trapping is that pesky end result. It is not humane, no matter how quickly the trapper gets to the animal. Simply too much research has been done for trapping associations to argue the animals don't suffer. Add to this the threat to pets, incidental catch of non-target wildlife and threatened species, not to mention children, and you have a tradition that no longer belongs in today's more populated society. The case for the new traps allowing the animals to be released unharmed is good in theory, but pretty hard to put into practice when you have an angry, writhing, twisting and turning animal caught in that trap. This archaic practice needs to come to an end. Enjoyment can still be had outdoors without finding an injured, maimed, or dead animal at the end of the trail.

Nate Miller

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Posted by Nfly on 03/09/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “No to TPP

Excellent letter - say "no" to the TPP.

Posted by Pachistima on 03/08/2016 at 5:00 PM

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