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Re: “Motl battles one more bill

What's the story on Lee Enterprises taking control of the Missoula Independent, Alex?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/13/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Is it cool to fill the state's coffers from the pockets of the poor?

Family court makes more poor people by filling the pockets of lawyers than the tabacco industry by far and after the lawyers intentionally create chaos against you so they can take all your money you become a ward of the state on life support so it's a double whammy.

Somebody should do a reality article on the legal abuses by lawyers in family court causing legal abuse syndrome and costing tax payers every day that's 100x or more greater damage to the state of Montana than the tobacco taxes.

Less poor people would smoke if judges stopped letting lawyers in family court run amuck and internal tionally destroy people's lives do they can have better scotch and dinners out.

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Posted by Legal abuse vs cigs on 04/12/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Appointee Ruth Swaney considers a council run

GAL reform. How about doing this? If you truly care about women and child abuse then reform family court appointed guardian ad litems. They all alone cause more damage and abuse to the female species then the original perpetrators of the abuse the women and children ask the system for help in protecting them from.

It's the little dirty secret nobody wants to touch upon. Legal abuse by guardian ad litems appointed by judges to be officers of the court. Authorized abusers with immunity. Negligence is all it really is. Class action suit is where it's gonna end.

Swaney you really care about women? Then do the most important thing - reform family court guardian ad litems and make the accountable for all the corruption against babies and women they are involved with

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Posted by GAL reform swaney on 04/10/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Is it cool to fill the state's coffers from the pockets of the poor?

Hi, I am a visiting researcher from India. Let me share the India story on Tobacco here. India has a huge tobacco problem, both smoked and chewed varieties. India also has huge taxes on tobacco and this item figures almost annually on the tax-hike section in the budget. But, as we moved into the 21st century, we have encountered much less smokers on the roads than we previously did (sadly, the number of smokers keeps increasing). The reduction in public smoking is the result of a concerted effort. Every pack of cigarette needs to carry a health hazard warning covering 40% of the pack's front. All movie-goers watch warnings and awareness clips on the hazards of tobacco. Above all, there is a nationwide ban on public smoking. The logic is that, unlike other habits, smoking causes cancer and other health hazards, not just for the smoker, but also those around him/her. The family especially the kids at home are the worst affected. If a tax hike reduces a person's cigarette consumption by 30 packs a year, then it should be welcomed from the health perspective. But the tax money thus acquired should be spent on awareness and rehabilitation programs.

David Jeyaraj

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Posted by David Jeyaraj on 04/10/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Zinke didn't, but hunters can still choose to protect wildlife

Banning lead bullets doesn't protect wildlife. Like when lead shot was banned in duck and geese hunting, what followed was inferior shot, that was lighter, and therefore had less energy. This caused many wounded birds that could not be harvested.

It also doesn't protect human health. The portion of the meat that is damaged by the bullet is cut away - its not good to eat because of the trauma of the wound. Any bullet fragments go away with this damaged flesh.

Finally, what we are really talking about is an 11th hour regulation by the previous administration. It stands to reason all that crap gets a "reset" with a new administration. If the idea had merit, it would have been done early in the administration not left like passed gas before leaving the room.

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Posted by David McGinnis on 04/09/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “No good answers

This is such a sad story. Too bad that its not an isolated one. Many more exist just like this one and worse. But the pattern is the same, courts draining the life out of the person protecting the kids. Negligence falls on the Judge for allowing the legal abuse to go on.

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Posted by Legal Abuse on 04/09/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Zinke didn't, but hunters can still choose to protect wildlife

There is no evidence that lead ammo is toxic to wildlife.

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Posted by Donald N Baker on 04/09/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Zinke didn't, but hunters can still choose to protect wildlife

There is absolutely no evidence that lead ammo endangers wildlife.

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Posted by Donald N Baker on 04/09/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Reactionary measures

1st, I'd like to thank The independent and Mr Peters for this article for practicing the type of journalism we need more of: facts over sensationalism. If only the Montana legislators had listened to more than our warnings about the ineffectiveness of Residency Restrictions. (Kudos to them for that!)
Written over 10 years ago, The vast majority of this article is still pertinent.
The data has consistently supported that sex offenders possess the lowest Recidivism rate by far when compared to any other type of crime.
I still believe that most Montanans would welcome this "good news, and be proud of our system of specialist evaluation, monitoring (from Department of Corrections), and treatment! I salute this dedicated network of professional heroes that continue to work with accountability AND healing for what are, in fact, people with an average of 4 adverse childhood experiences. This is not an excuse, but rather, a doorway towards compassion when one is dealing with an accountability treatment model.
For the record, a few corrections (and my apologies for only now getting around to it):
Though sex offenders ARE annually polygraphed in treatment, it is not weekly. (The annual polygraph DOES include whether they were honest in their weekly reports which were discussed in this article)
There HAVE been several child molesters that have re-offended in the 35 years that I have Directed our treatment program in the Flathead Valley. Though always wrenching, and a tragedy, the reality is that the family members who report the reoffense in these situations do so often because of what they learned in treatment. Many of the mothers in these families were victimized when children at a rate far above [7-10/10] when compared with the already too high rate in our culture [1 in 5]. The good news is that we are making progress, as when I started the rate was 1 in 4!
Finally, the 1% re-offense figure was a national ANNUAL average at that time.
The percentage over the 30 years continues to look like it is roughly in the 2% range for the low and moderate risk offenders (with treatment).
Hi risk = 40%, though once in the community for 12 years, their re-offense rate of the remaining group is similar to the low risk percentage.
Adolescents = even lower than the low risk adults!
Andy Hudak

Posted by MtVelveteen on 04/08/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Is it cool to fill the state's coffers from the pockets of the poor?

You'll never get taxing the rich past the republicans, but taxing the bet!

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Posted by Joe Bear on 04/08/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “John Floridis celebrates 25 years of Musician's Spotlight

This was an excellent airing and I just loved that it ran over an hour and Brian Kopper was on! Get your pledges in, folks!

Posted by Whirled Peas on 04/07/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Why the Montana Legislature keeps banging your head against the abortion wall

Here you go:………

When I did my own report last summer, I found the main reasons women get abortions were because:

"bad timing"
"not being independent or mature enough"
not emotionally or mentally prepared.

You can read more here if you'd like:…

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/07/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Why the Montana Legislature keeps banging your head against the abortion wall

Hey Greg Do you have the stats on how many women are ashamed to admit they had an abortion? For incest? For sex trafficking? You know the ones NOT reported by Planned Parenthood. What other group would submit to such a report? BTW, please give the link to that 0.6% stat.

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Posted by niam on 04/07/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Best Computer Repair

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Posted by Neon on 04/07/2017 at 5:49 AM

Re: “Perspectives of Lewis & Clark Art public lecture by Hal Stearns

Hal was outstanding, as always! Articulate, witty, informative...great storyteller. Well worth the time for any lover of Lewis and Clark.

Posted by Jackie Peterson on 04/06/2017 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Why the Montana Legislature keeps banging your head against the abortion wall

Those "Pro-life" buffoons - overwhelmingly conservative, religious repuglikans - all too often believe that life is only important or sacred while in the womb. After birth, they don't give a damn. Look how they (repuglikan state legislatures) go after Planned Parenthood and Medicaid; how they don't adequately fund schools, preschool programs, and other public health and social programs.

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Posted by alf on 04/06/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “John Floridis celebrates 25 years of Musician's Spotlight

Congratulations to John and the MS team that has brought us such a wonderful taste of eclectic performers over the years. I can remember gardening on Tuesday afternoons listening to the show. Best wishes for continued healthy healing!

Posted by Whirled Peas on 04/06/2017 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Zinke didn't, but hunters can still choose to protect wildlife

I found it ridiculous that Zinke's proclamation said that restrictions on leaded ammo would lead to restricted access to our public lands. What? What happens when these public lands are closed, period, because of the poisoning of the public waters? Or maybe his grandchildren will experience lead poiusoning? Unleaded ammo has been used for quite awhile, no problem. Thanks for the shun, Stinke Zinke, in regards to helping out our National Parks in your former state of Montana. You and your VA overhaul wife can stay in DC or southern Cali and never come back.

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Posted by Whirled Peas on 04/06/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Is it cool to fill the state's coffers from the pockets of the poor?

$6.00+ a PACK !

When I was smoking, Pall Malls were $1.89 a CARTON, but perpetually on sale for 1.69 or $1.79 (two bits a pack in vending machines). I was cremating 2 packs a day, and often a couple cigars or pipe-fulls, too - not in lieu of, but in addition to the ciggies. I did that for about 17 or 18 years, but quit in the early '70s, 40+ years ago.

I'm not bragging or asking for a pat on the back, but just putting it forth to illustrate that if I could quit a heavy habit like that, anyone should be able to, too. So, long story short, there's a saying that there's nothing more self righteous than a reformed felon, and that said, I have no sympathy for smokers, almost literally burning dollar bills that few can afford.

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Posted by alf on 04/06/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Zinke didn't, but hunters can still choose to protect wildlife

Zinke is a hypocrite, a lying, back stabbing, two-bit phony, a self-aggrandizing egomaniac, just like his boss, Drumpf

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Posted by alf on 04/06/2017 at 2:20 PM

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