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Re: “Schwartz's trials

Bravo! All of you county attorneys read this and change the course of your office. Ewan coached these witnesses and should be reprimanded for her actions. We need to seek the truth and not win at any cost. Well said Ms. Kauffman.

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Posted by Madeinmt on 06/12/2015 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Schwartz's trials

Suitable for framing!

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Posted by Somebody on 06/12/2015 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Schwartz's trials

Correction by lisa kauffman- the prosecutorial "team" did not attack the jury- one member did.

Posted by Lbk on 06/11/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Moral test

Well said, Larry, thank you!

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Posted by Pronghorn on 05/07/2015 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Slap in the face

When a 16 year old student commits suicide rather than deal with the ordeal of a trial and the publicity of her sexual assault by a teacher, can we open our eyes to who gets blamed and shamed? As my 94 year old Grandma Polly said, " It's always the woman's fault."

Posted by LYNN PRICE on 05/04/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Shut it down

What is the incidence of sexual assault, injuries, and mortality in the community based services for people who experience developmentall disabilities, and specifically for those who are court ordered due to risk to harm themselves orothers?

Posted by lynn price on 05/02/2015 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Slap in the face

As a rape survivor in Missoula and as a victim in the late 90s both quietly ignored and defamed by the University AND the DAs office - siting my egregious reputation as being "loose" as a reason to not press charges -- what should truly be recognized is that all the victims deserve an apology. What I endured was awful -- but was more awful is the powers that be basically ignored it and turned it into being my fault. All because they didn't want any bad press.

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Posted by Jaime J. Larese on 04/28/2015 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Slap in the face

This is an excellent response to what the author here correctly calls a slap in the face to the victims of the rape culture. We don't need clever visual retorts that seek to uphold the violent, denial ridden status quo. We don't need weak "think positive ignore the negative" analysis. What we need is a commitment to truth and justice through compassionate thinking and action.

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Posted by Luke Orsborne on 04/27/2015 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Slap in the face


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Posted by Kia Liszak on 04/26/2015 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Slap in the face


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Posted by Hand to Mouth in Missoula on 04/24/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Daines doesn't listen

Montanans have reached out to Senator Daines repeatedly and asked him to take concrete actions on climate change. Not only has he chosen not to act, but he actually voted to deny the reality of significant human-caused climate change on the Senate floor. Daines should be thoroughly ashamed of his position.

Posted by Die Hard Montanan on 04/10/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Daines doesn't listen

What exactly should they have listened to? There's a video of you idiots going in, sitting on floor and throwing a tantrum!

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Posted by ThisIsWhatDemocracyLooksLike on 04/09/2015 at 7:42 AM

Re: “For city ownership

I still haven't made up my mind about this issue. Like Dan Brooks and others, I would like a little more certainty as to the cost--both to get the deal done and the costs that go along with acquisition. Is there a high number at which it makes no sense to acquire the system? In spite of that being a hard number to zero in on, I think that's a fair question.

The second thing I would like to see more evidence of is the City's internal thinking about this initiative. Who at the City played the Devil's advocate in planning to do this? Who in a position of authority at the City said, "this is a crazy--convince me this is a good idea!" Did anyone seriously push back against the idea? What arguments did they offer contrary to the need for acquisition? Or, was there some form of 'group think' that shrouded critical thinking?

Finally, I think we need to be clearer about the role of the PSC. Jason says "Private interests will charge more for our water and put it to any use they can." On its face that is a gross, misleading oversimplification. A regulated utility is not like a grocery store that can raise the price of items it sells as it pleases. A regulated, privately held utility like Mountain Water has to justify its rates in an adversarial rate case before the PSC acting as a quasi-judicial body. It's adversarial because the Montana Office of the Consumer Counsel with its independent lawyers and experts are contesting the utility's requested rate increases. How many of Mountain Water's alleged system short-comings did the City point out to the PSC in past rate cases? How often did the City of Missoula intervene on behalf of its citizens and rate-payers in past rate cases? That would be good information to put before the public to make this argument. It would go a ways to help me make up my mind.

Geoff Badenoch

Posted by geoffb on 04/02/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Voice of millennials

Under this bill we're giving the COPP rulemaking authority that should be done by the legislature. If you have a Facebook page and over 100 likes, supporting or opposing and candidate or issue will require you to file a report online. Even those individuals that were exempt from filing because they weren't a committee of two or more people will have to file a report if they place one ad in the local newspaper. In a sense were trying our best to regulate speech. The little guys will be hit the hardest. I'd like to see more people get involved in the communities but SB 289 will have a chilling effect. Electronic Communications will also transverse over to your e-mail list if you send to over 100 supporting or opposing a candidate or issue. If politicians can't take the heat, they should get out of the kitchen. Tell the Legislature we don't need SB 289.

Posted by David on 04/02/2015 at 6:50 PM

Re: “For city ownership

Jason seems to forget the city can also raise property taxes to help for rate increases. The city can also implement more of those taxing districts, with the higher taxes to fund Mountain Water. Nothing has changed since former Mayor John Toole told Ed Wheeler, he wanted Mountain Water. The city hasn't demonstrated that it's in our best interest to own Mountain Water. I can remember the 20 million dollar lawsuit against the city. The city lost and then Mayor Mike kadas couldn't annex property owners into Missoula fast enough to help pay for the lawsuit. I think it's still applies that if you are close enough to the trunk and don't hook up to city sewer, you were still charged a fee. When the city loses this suit it will be the property owners and tax payers who will get stuck with bill. Jason won't have responsibility for the cost.

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Posted by David on 04/02/2015 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Save circus animals

Melissa: Activists have been engaged in peaceful, educational outreach at the Shrine Circus for years--hope you'll join us! Details here:…
The Other Nations circus animal exploitation page is here:… and my message to MCPS trustees--regarding the distribution of free circus tickets through the schools--is here:…

My guest column in today's Missoulian includes other instances of animal exploitation at UM:…

I'm SO glad to learn that UM students have formed SACTA--thank you for your letter to the Indy! ~Kathleen

Posted by Other Nations on 04/02/2015 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Big hunk of pork

Montana senator twice gets his facts wrong on timber sales and litigation
By Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post's Fact Checker

Full article at:

The Facts

According to Tom Martin, a Forest Service deputy director for renewable resource management, there are 97 timber sales under contract in Montana’s national forests. Of that number, just 14 have active litigation, so about 14 percent. But only four of the sales are enjoined by a court from any logging….

The Pinocchio Test

Given that Tester is the senior senator from Montana, his comments on litigation in Montana’s national forests are embarrassingly wrong. In both statements, he was wildly off the mark. He needs to brush up on his facts — and his math — before he opines again on the subject. Four Pinocchios

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 03/05/2015 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Lost in translation

Myra, repeat after me - S. A. R. C. A. S. M.

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Posted by Cascarrabias on 03/01/2015 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Lip service and lies

I wish I could believe that the politicos and "conservation" orgs who spread the Big Lie or any of the thousand little related lies would change their tune once they know the facts, but the facts have been there all along and they didn't bother to fact check. I am sorry to say I would bet their behavior will not change at all. They know what they know because it has been repeated so many times and they will not let actual facts get in the way. Varying forms of this lie goes back a long time. Remember "analysis paralysis"? The timber supply was supposedly tied up by appeals. Professor Martin Nye at UM actually looked at the facts and saw that appeals had a very minimal impact on timber supply.
And the bottom line is that appeals or litigation do not often stop timber sales. Only when a proposed timber sale does not follow the law can a sale be stopped, and then it is often modified to stay within the law, if possible, and reoffered.

Posted by Larry Campbell on 02/28/2015 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Lip service and lies

Thanks Keith for an excellent recap of this very clear threat to America's public lands legacy.

For more details exposing Senator Tester's lie concerning his MT Public Radio Statement that: "Every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them."

Please see below where the Washington Post's Fact-Checker just awarded Senator Tester the maximum 4 Pinocchios for telling a 'whopper' about public lands logging and lawsuits. (

Turns out that when a reporter actually look into the issue that there are 97 current timber sales on national forest lands in Montana and just 4 timber sales are stopped because of litigation. 4% ≠ 100% Senator Tester.

Of course, this could just as easily be a FACT CHECK on the entire Montana political, media and environmental establishment.

Sure this Fact-Check is about Tester's 'whopper' of a lie, but Daines and Zinke, Gov Bullock, the Montana timber industry, Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Wildlife Federation and practically the entire Montana News Media (with a few notable exceptions) also repeat these same lies and untruths, and have for years. Do people seriously not do their own independent verification anymore?

It will be very, very interesting to see what the Montana News Media does with this information, as well as how it informs and impacts Daines and Tester's efforts to dramatically increase public lands timber sales in Montana under the entirely false premise that lawsuits prevent the Forest Service from doing anything. So far, the statewide Lee Bureau reporter actually somehow managed to write an article about the Washington Post's fact-check of Senator Tester without 1) printing any of the actual facts uncovered by the Washington Post and 2) reprinting entirely incorrect information from Senator Tester. No wonder the public has a hard time understanding what's really a pretty basic issue.

And what about groups like Montana Wilderness Association, Montana/National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society Montana Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Boone and Crockett Club? Will they too acknowledge these facts and stop spreading false information as they too work with politicians and the timber industry to greatly increase public lands logging?

Stay Tuned...

Montana senator twice gets his facts wrong on timber sales and litigation
By Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker

“Unfortunately, every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them.” – Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), interview with Montana Public Radio, Feb. 18, 2015

Our inbox started flowing with e-mails from outraged residents of Montana shortly after Montana Public Radio ran an interview in which Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) asserted that “every logging sale” in the state was “under litigation.” The complaints also reached the radio station, as within a day, Tester’s staff offered a revised statement that focused on “volume” rather than sales. Marnee Banks, his spokeswoman, apologized for the original statement, but Tester himself made no comment.

But when we asked Tester’s staff for evidence to back up the revised statement, they simply directed us to the U.S. Forest Service, rather than explain the data themselves. It’s taken a few days to unravel the numbers, but this is a case of apples and oranges, with a few limes thrown in.

The Pinocchio Test

Given that Tester is the senior senator from Montana, his comments on litigation in Montana’s national forests are embarrassingly wrong. In both statements, he was wildly off the mark. He needs to brush up on his facts — and his math — before he opines again on the subject. Four Pinocchios

Full Story:

Posted by Matthew Koehler on 02/28/2015 at 8:34 AM

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