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Re: “So, about that sale...

A name change will be required. You are no longer Independent. I suggest the Dependent.

A sad day for Missoula.

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Posted by Del Felden on 04/13/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “So, about that sale...

Thank you, Indy.
Hearing from you is important.
Hope you don't ever have to "hand over the reins," as you say.

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Posted by Kathleen Kimble on 04/13/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “So, about that sale...

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.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/13/2017 at 2:20 PM

Re: “The International Wildlife Film Festival remembers founder Chuck Jonkel

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.

Posted by alf on 04/13/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Motl battles one more bill

Mark Twain said, "No man's life, liberty or property are safe when the legislature is in session."

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Posted by alf on 04/13/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Zinke rolls out Trump's climate change anti-agenda

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.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 04/13/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Connecting Montana to tech

" '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.

Posted by alf on 04/13/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Zinke rolls out Trump's climate change anti-agenda

Got your tin-foil hat on, Ed Kugler ?

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Posted by alf on 04/13/2017 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Governor Bullock prepares to commit legicide

Dan, I think you should really consider taking a how to write satire course.
Now this is funny as probably true…

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Posted by niam on 04/13/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “To save wildlife, humans better start sharing

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!

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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 04/13/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “How to pee in public, Portland-style

Because of one perceived "failure" "Whirled Peas" condemns the whole concept before it's hardly even had a chance to be tested ?

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Posted by alf on 04/13/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Zinke rolls out Trump's climate change anti-agenda

Greedy b*yards all. Off with their heads!

Posted by Whirled Peas on 04/13/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Connecting Montana to tech

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.

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Posted by Jerry McDonald on 04/13/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Governor Bullock prepares to commit legicide

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 ?

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Posted by alf on 04/13/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “How to pee in public, Portland-style

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!

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Posted by Whirled Peas on 04/13/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “With populations growing, resources dwindling and food insecurity on the rise, could insects feed a hungry world?

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.

Posted by alf on 04/13/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Zinke rolls out Trump's climate change anti-agenda

Zinke has done the right thing. Climate change is nothing more than a power play for global governance. Trump gets it.

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Posted by Ed Kugler on 04/13/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Zinke rolls out Trump's climate change anti-agenda

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!

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Posted by Dennis Petrak 1 on 04/13/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Rob Quist Day

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!"

Posted by Shirley Juhl on 04/13/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “To save wildlife, humans better start sharing

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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Posted by Jean on 04/13/2017 at 10:59 AM

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