A name change will be required. You are no longer Independent. I suggest the Dependent.
A sad day for Missoula.
Thank you, Indy.
Hearing from you is important.
Hope you don't ever have to "hand over the reins," as you say.
Ouch, hard blow. You guys were good at holding the Missoulian accountable, on such stories as the gun at work episode as well as their financial problems and staff changes. I'd be worried about working at the Missoulian - they just had a sports reporter sue them, yet another in a long line of lawsuits.
Anyways, I look forward to hearing your extended take on this next week.
It's my great pleasure and honor to have known Chuck Jonkel; and I can honestly say that having had the opportunity to go with him on one of his trips to Churchill, Manitoba to watch polar bears was one of the high points of my life. "Amazing" is a much overused term, but I can't think of any other word that better describes Chuck.
RIP, Chuck; you'll be long remembered.
Mark Twain said, "No man's life, liberty or property are safe when the legislature is in session."
I so tired of this bogus MAN Made Climate change BS that I want to puke. No matter if too dry, too wet, too hot, too cold, more tornadoes, less tornadoes, etc., the extreme enviros blame every event or pattern on MAN MADE Climate change. First it was global warming, then MAN Made global warming, then global climate change, then MAN made global climate change, and now their new phrase to try to fit their agenda is Climate Disruption. It's funny how they have dropped the words "man made" so much in the last year. Here is what disrupts climate - MOTHER NATURE. Has been for ions and will continue.
" 'The No. 1 barrier to growth for tech firms in Montana is access to high-tech talent,' Henderson says." And the keys to "high-tech talent are EDUCATION and TRAINING. Make sure that they're widespread and readily available in Montana, and that's about half the battle.
Compare that to Idaho's approach, where our brilliant legislature, in its infinite wisdom, thinks tax cuts are the be all and end all solution to all the state's economic problems. And this while responses to survey after survey indicate that taxes are low on the list, and education opportunities and a well qualified workforce are the primary considerations of businesses when looking to expand or relocate.
In recent years, the idiot-ho legislature has enacted something over a BILLION dollars in tax cuts (virtually all for corporations and the top 1%, needless to say), and Idaho still is at or near the bottom of the list of all 50 states in virtually every social and economic metric.
Got your tin-foil hat on, Ed Kugler ?
Dan, I think you should really consider taking a how to write satire course.
Now this is funny as probably true
I agree Stephen...everywhere...I will start with facebook...however I am not optimistic. I am 75 and I will see no change in my lifetime unless it is for the worse!
Because of one perceived "failure" "Whirled Peas" condemns the whole concept before it's hardly even had a chance to be tested ?
Greedy b*yards all. Off with their heads!
Taking actions to attract talent and match opportunities to them is critical and Mr Ward's initiative is as good as it comes.
Please keep in mind the underlying currents that run counter to job/wage and business growth in Montana. Underperforming business transportation to, from and around the State. And affordable housing.
ALL trade follows transportation. It was true for Ancient Rome and it is true today. A full days business travel just to get to Montana isolates us even when the product is software. Investors, business managers and even vendors need face to face interaction. If that were not true Silicone Valley would have dispersed and relocated long ago. Worse still Montanans are isolated from each other. There are literally NO intrastate airline routes. Air travel between Missoula and Billings requires connecting flights in Denver or Minneapolis. Freight is even weirder. Overnight parcel service is virtually non existent between most communities in the State.
National housing inflation has put home ownership out of reach for most Montana wage earners. And rental housing units cannot be constructed at a price that will repay the developer given what the market will bear. So we are left with tiers of anti-business housing options.
So if you want to grow business in Montana you must fix these two structural weaknesses. A smart move for an ingenious community would be to create super-affordable housing and business incubators from vacant municipal or county properties. Hopefully that could offset inherent transportation liability until a comprehensive solution to business travel in and around the State is resolved.
This is truly crazy ! Why do those A-holes waste their time and the taxpayers' money on crap like this ? When was Montana annexed by Idaho ?
What a waste of $$. Should have looked into why this module didn't work in SF. Unless it has an automatic sanitizing shower every 8 minutes, you will have people inhabiting it for all sorts of activities. Pity the poor IBS people!
Thanks but no thanks. Maybe I'm getting squeamish in my old age, but I'll continue getting my protein the old fashioned way : beans and other legumes, an occasional egg, can of sardines or other serving of fish, and rarely a pork chop or two.
Zinke has done the right thing. Climate change is nothing more than a power play for global governance. Trump gets it.
Zinke's actions make it abundantly clear that Montana is so much better off without this Republican dog in our seat in the House! Zinke is a total looser!
Charley Macorn will MC an evening of comedy and music. The line up is 6:00 p.m. Bob Wire, followed by Andrea Harsell, Mary Place and Blue Moon, Band in Motion, and Mudslide Charley will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Please come and support this Statewide event, "We Stand With Rob!"
Stephen ~ Your essay deserves to be plastered on the front page of every newspaper, on every online social media site, in every school. In short, everywhere. Not only in America but worldwide. I am so glad that you listed climate change last, because that is not what is destroying the planet's species. My only concern is that your essay is really an epitaph for wildlife, not a call to action. Sigh.
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