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Re: “With LaLonde Ranch talks stalled, Freedom Gardens looks for a new place to put down roots

Dave Stroihmeir ran on a campaign of improving and even expanding (or at least keeping) our current farm land. I'm saddened to see him oppose this small gardening operation.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/16/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “State, and legislators, search for solutions to Montana's looming labor shortage

I don't feel that the state-run apprenticeship program can in any way make up for the thousands of Baby Boomers that are retiring in this state, or the untold numbers of young people that leave because our job situation is terrible.

As you point out, many jobs are retail and service industry. Pay is lousy, there's no benefits, and a lack of hope sets in. I just don't see that changing until we can figure out how to draw quality businesses to the state.

We need to make things here, not just dig them up or chop them down before shipping them out. We need value-added industry, we need it bad.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/16/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Here's what happened during Sen. Tester's luncheon with President Trump last week

Silence is complicity...especially for someone occupying a leadership position.

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Posted by Larry Campbell on 02/16/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Did Ryan Zinke go AWOL?

Thanks to the Missoula Indy for speaking out about this.

I called Rep Ryan Zinke's DC office on February 10 and asked them why Rep Ryan Zinke has not cast any votes in Congress in over a month.

I was told point blank by Zinke's office, "The Trump Administration has advised us not to vote."

The Montana news media has been made aware that Rep Ryan Zinke has not been voting in Congress for at least the past two weeks. They also were alerted to the fact that Zinke's office said that Zinke wasn't voting because Trump told him not to.

It's amazing to me that, except for this Indy piece, nobody in the Montana news media has found the fact that our only 'representative' in Congress isn't voting at all, to be newsworthy.

Hopefully more reporters in Montana look into this situation and hold Rep Ryan Zinke accountable.

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 02/16/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Here's what happened during Sen. Tester's luncheon with President Trump last week

If "Jon thinks what President Trump called Senator Warren is offensive." If "Jon takes the integrity of our elections very seriously." Then, Jon needs to speak up. This is not the time for silence. We need our one sane senator to Speak the F**k UP!!!

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Posted by Suzanne Siegel on 02/16/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Here's what happened during Sen. Tester's luncheon with President Trump last week

Cue the Tester apologists ...

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Posted by Buzz Feedback on 02/15/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Trump blowback boosts ACLU donations

To "Justice" : Right on ! Let's start with the drumpf gang !

And let's not forget that the ten most beautiful words in the English language are "WHAT DID HE KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT ?"

Posted by alf on 02/15/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “The trouble with Ingomar

Hiked into Ingomar July 2007. Missed the trail same as you but found it again after hiking on the north side of the creek for a couple of hours. We hiked to the lake and back in only four days and probably missed some leisure camping and fishing. One thing I do remember is that although it was 100 degrees in the valley, it sure cooled off at night up in that canyon.
Don't rely on a blanket only, take a sleeping bag!

John Orlando, Hamilton, Mt

Posted by John Orlando on 02/15/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Lawsuit opens a window on faith-based addiction treatment

Well adult and teen challenge changed my life... I learned to not be lazy I learned to turn to Christ for strength, to be the best mother wife and woman I can be.... they have taught and given me the tools to handle Any difficulty and struggle that could come my way no matter how big it is. They have shown me that I am not alone and that I am always loved and always was loved but God, even when I was at my worst.... they taught me to turn my sorrow to joy. Life is not all peaches and ice cream but I have the skills I need to overcome the hard times. I now know that I am important and Life is worth living.... that is because a group of people didn't give up on me and were willing to take me as I was, broken hurt and lost. They give there time willingly to help a bunch of lost hurt angry people and give their entire heart to showing them they can be happy stable and living a life worthy. You sign up for teen challenge voluntarily and if you read the information before you say yes, it tells you exactly how the program works... sure there are flaws but what program or even work place doesn't have flaws... they learn from them and build a better program or business. That's just how life rolls... there are always gonna be situations that you will be made aware of that you didn't know was happening and adult and teen challenge is committed to taking care of any problems that arise, fix it and pour measures in to the best of their ability to try to ensure it doesn't happen again... like I said what program workplace or corporation doesn't face these issues and have to make the choice to address it and learn from it?

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Posted by Jamie Lee Stotts Wilson on 02/15/2017 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Lawsuit opens a window on faith-based addiction treatment

I've read many an article in The Independent over the years that I have found belligerently antagonistic towards both the Christian community here in Missoula and at large. I have never taken offense by it because I understand that The Independent is a paper with a view that caters to the Missoulian populace, which, as we know, is widely liberal and increasingly secular. After reading your article about Teen Challenge (Lawsuit opens a window on faith-based addiction treatment), I went about my day as usual but this time I couldn't let it go, this time I've decided not to hold my tongue. I have personally seen The Teen Challenge ministry change women's lives from one of despair and addiction to freedom and hope. Teen Challenge has given countless women the skills, attitudes, opportunity and environment that they needed to make a new start. It is not just a program, it is a home, a family and a community. You chose to place the focus of your article about this noble charity on one or two negative experiences someone had. Someone for whom it is obvious that Teen Challenge was not the right fit for, but who are you to demean and bully the hundreds of struggling women and children for whom this was exactly the right fit? Who are you to malign another soul's search for meaning and spirituality in their lives? It isn't a "homophobic statement" by some TV personality that ruffles your feathers, it's Christianity in general. While you make conjectures about homophobia, you practice Christophobia. I'll finish with this, Christians do not fear or hate gay people, it simply plagues secular people that God calls homosexuality a sin, but, Christians also understand what the "Free Thinkers" at The Independent are selectively ignorant of: As far as sin is concerned we are on equal ground, and every last one of us, gay, straight, and everything in between, needs Christ and to be redeemed from sin. You don't have to like it, but that is who we are and we aren't going away nor will we evolve to be more comfortably compatible with your preferences and subjective worldview. Our faith is OUR identity. So go ahead, continue to practice your hypocrisy with smug self-congratulatory pseudo-moralism. It's nothing new. We've been living alongside you for 2,000 years, we know how to take it on the chin. We may not seem sophisticated to you from your ivory tower, but what you can't perceive from that is height is the peace that passeth understanding, in our lives and on our death beds.

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Posted by Patricia Pardee on 02/14/2017 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Trump blowback boosts ACLU donations

Make America Great Again by calling ICE on every illegal you here of. Calling the FBI on every single public corruption case you here of. Filing complaints with the ODC. File complaints with the Judicial Standards Commission. File complaints with the DOJ on every single corrupt organization you here of. Most importantly ward off every single radical you here of in and out of country no matter where they're from. This would be a good start but America won't be Great until we all do it and never stop doing it. Good Luck!

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Posted by Justice on 02/14/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Trump or Christianity: Greg Gianforte has a decision to make

Make America Great Again and start by draining the swamp with the unstable radicals in and out of our country no matter where they're from. Rat out public corruption. Go public with everything anyone is doing illegal. Call ICE on every illegal you see. This is the start of making America somewhat great. From there the sky is the limit of we all keep it going in that direction.

Good Luck!

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Posted by Liberating on 02/14/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Whoops it's soup

I'm no prude, by any means. I have a too-foul mouth, but I (usually) don't gratuitously toss the "F word" around -- especially in print. In the case of this article ("Whoops it's soup"), liberally sprinkling the F-word around detracted from what could/should have been good advice, a good recipe; it contributed absolutely nothing positive to the article, and even to me, it was a bit offensive.

Posted by alf on 02/14/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Dead bats and mystery DDT in Ravalli County

"Better living through chemistry" Right !

Posted by alf on 02/14/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “The Montana Senate's pre-emptive Sharia strike

I am completely and irrevocably opposed to spelling nonsensical "non-sensicle." Can we deport this guy?

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Posted by Ed Kemmick on 02/14/2017 at 8:40 AM

Re: “A conservative group put UM historian Tobin Miller Shearer on 'Professor Watchlist.' To Shearer, the threat sounds awfully familiar.

I wonder why Mr. Shearer, was so shocked that he was placed on a "watch list" for his indoctrinating students in his class.
For years the left has been placing Christians, and Conservatives on their "watch list". Now that the shoe is on his foot it seems to be pinching.

C. Beckwith, Gold Creek

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Posted by C. Beckwith on 02/12/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “In response to Daines and DeVos, Missoula Rises

Unfortunately Greg Strandberg is correct: The public indeed has a short memory and won't remember Daines' Devos vote and the way he dissed Senator Warren.

And GS's statement that "The truth is that if you're from a state and you go to Washington, you'll become a corrupt and reprehensible human being. Party affiliation doesn't play into it" is equally true. Look at both max baucus and john tester - they aren't unique, they're typical.

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Posted by alf on 02/11/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Lawsuit opens a window on faith-based addiction treatment

It's my considered opinion -- and I have considered it at length -- that its cumulative effects over time have made organized religion one of the worse, if not THE worse, and most damaging idea mankind has ever come up with.

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Posted by alf on 02/11/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “The Montana Senate's pre-emptive Sharia strike

Jeezus H. ! And the taxpayers are forces to pay these assholes not only a salary, but also per diem, to come up with this shit ?

When I lived in Montana, the politicians were a relatively sane lot (Pat Williams, for example). But now it appears that Montana's pols have gotten as stupid, irresponsible, idiotic, and out of touch with reality as have the ones in Idaho, when I currently live.

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Posted by alf on 02/11/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Plonk

Great staff. Good food. Solid music.

Posted by Chris the student on 02/11/2017 at 8:38 AM

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