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Comment Archives: stories: News: Opinion

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Defining water’s future

Over here in Idaho's panhandle, on the St. Joe River, we've seen the Coast Guard pull back from its responsibilities even to "navigable" waters. To save itself political flack, the Coast Guard decided that the St. Joe was no longer "navigable" past St. Maries, dropping about twenty miles of river up to St. Joe City, a small community that used to have a busy waterfront for all manner of craft "back in the days". The river along this stretch is still used by water skiers, etc. and is certainly "navigable", but the Coast Guard decided to pull back on the grounds that it no longer supported "commerce" beyond St. Maries (like the big steamers still pull in there?). The Joe was settled west to east, up the river by boat, and all travel was by water or foot till the railroad came through. The road came later.
The problem for the Coast Guard started when a jet boat bunch skipped #10 on the one-page Idaho form for water event permits ( #10 is the only section of the form in bold. It lists 4 issues that require a Coast Guard permit as well, and the St. Joe River between St. Maries and Calder scored a hit on all 4 points.) The boat bunch got caught out, and after the Governor and our US congressmen got involved, they got to race anyway, AS LONG AS THEY COMPLIED WITH A FULL EIS BEFORE THIS YEAR'S RACE. They would never have passed the EIS because the Joe has highly erosive banks, but, instead, the Coast Guard just slithered away last Dec., without mentioning it to the public, on the grounds that that stretch of the river was no longer used for commerce!
It was blatent politics, with no regard for the river itself (above Calder the river becomes Recreational and then Wild under the wild and scenic rivers act). The Joe is now unprotected by ANY public agency between St. Maries and Calder, except county law, and as it was county politicians who achieved this end, that means totally unprotected. Not what the Clean Water Act intended, but what was wrought by the second and third court rulings. Beyond disgusting!

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Posted by Liz Codoni on 07/10/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Parade politics

Please, please, PLEASE tell me how I can get a t-shirt!! :-) This is a great story!!

Posted by Anthony Coggins on 07/07/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Parade politics

Tp cool, i love it.

Posted by brantl on 07/07/2014 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Parade politics

How does one get the most awesome t-shirt ever printed?

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Posted by bigp7099 on 07/06/2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Parade politics

Really great story and very funny.

Posted by weezilgirl on 07/06/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Parade politics

This is awesome. Bravo to the green gay loggers for Jesus.

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Posted by Andrea Ploscowe on 07/06/2014 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Parade politics

Awesome story.

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Posted by dp on 07/06/2014 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Parade politics

Very nicely done. Followed the rules, didn't try to muscle anyone, and helped the food bank as well. Trifecta?

And a belated Happy Independence Day!

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Posted by SFAW on 07/06/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Parade politics

Reading about stories like this, make me think there's hope for Montana.

Brian Leland: patriot. Also, very funny.

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Posted by Enunciated Piffle on 07/03/2014 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Primo pot

Wow! I think this paper is dying due to lack of interesting articles. Need to spice it up some. Like the Sheriff’s Deputy that was kissing a married fellow officer in her home or the Missoula man accused of sexually assaulting girl multiple times. Just seems like the same old style articles.

Posted by Shadow on 06/27/2014 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Early elimination

The Medicaid initiative backers announced the campaign in June. Why did they wait until the end of November to file the initiative?

Why was the original initiative withdrawn before ever reach the Atty. Gen.'s office for review?

After the Atty. Gen. approve the initiative, why did the Secretary of State's office sit on it for three weeks before finalizing the petition?

Instead of blaming Fox, you should blame a sloppy, unorganized, poorly run initiative campaign that only needed together a couple hundred signatures per day but couldn't.

I supported the initiative but I am gravely disappointed Kim Abbott and the Montana Human Rights Network for this epic failure on their part. Next time we need to advance an important social justice measure, we need to find people who can actually run an initiative.

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Posted by BobT on 06/26/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Primo pot

There is a small town in Washington that has experienced similar growth. Raymond, WA is a very small town (3000) on the Willapa Bay. After decades of declining growth, lost jobs, and kids moving away, Raymond decided to embrace the new paradigm. They have accepted and facilitated the move of dozens of cannabis entrepreneurs. Warehouses are quickly filling up, local contractors are hard at work installing plumbing, electrical, and security systems. The local mercantile sells hundreds of dollars a day to new cannabis businesses buying hardware and sundries for both their businesses and their new homes in Raymond. Not all the residents like it, but they don't want their town to die and cannabis is the answer.

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Posted by Rose Habib on 06/26/2014 at 8:17 AM

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