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Re: “Sometimes environmentalism starts with a doggie baggie

Really love it when the dog owner puts the poop in a baggie and leaves it by the side of the trail! See that a lot.

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Posted by JETS on 04/01/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Investigation gives Elsie Arntzen's claims an 'F' — for 'False'

The ACT replaced the the SBAC because the SBAC was poorly constructed and full to rim of technical glitches. What's more, it provided quality educators with very little actionable data for program assessment, etc. The move was made "midstream" in the middle of the school year as a result of the failure of the folks running the SBAC nationwide to alleviate issues that had dogged the test since its inception, despite the fact that they had over a year to do so. The ACT was already established as a test for all juniors, and unlike the SBAC, was actually a functional assessment. With an administration party change occurring in the middle of all this, Ms. Arntzen chose to make dramatic statements without spending the time to learn about the history of this issue, and getting a full explanation as to why the process was still in flux. Moving from the SBAC to the ACT saved our students at least a day's worth of instruction, and our schools innumerable hours of frustration and wasted efforts. Any MT high school assessment coordinator could have informed her about the mess that was the SBAC. It doesn't sound like she (or her people) bothered to ask, though.

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Posted by Montanadelphia on 04/01/2017 at 10:10 AM

Re: “On record: A Crow Looked at Me, by Mount Eerie

Thank you, both, for this review and for laying bare the truth of grief.
I will listen.
And I'll keep reading Sarah's beautiful writing.

Posted by Kathleen Kimble on 04/01/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “On record: A Crow Looked at Me, by Mount Eerie

Thank you, both, for this review for laying bare the truth of grief.
I will listen.
And I will keep reading Sarah's beautiful and informative writing.

Posted by Kathleen Kimble on 04/01/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Could the special congressional election give Montana's Green Party a foot in the door?

"She and her fellow Greens are busy waging a battle for equal access. That battle that may not be costing them anything, but it could rack up quite a tab for the rest of us."

Those last two sentences of the article show simple-minded reasoning and bias from the staff writers. The writers have it completely backward. Unequal access to the ballot is against the basic principles of democracy. It is costing the Greens and all of us everything.

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Posted by mdtrudeau on 03/31/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Could the special congressional election give Montana's Green Party a foot in the door?

Nearly everyone I know expressed Green Key Values when they speak about what they want and need for their families and communities. Most people know the reason we don't get what we want is due to the influence of wealthy and corporate donors. The Green Party is the only party that does not take dollars from corporations or PACS. The Green Party works for healthcare for all, ranked choice voting so we don't have to choose the lesser evil, elimination of the crushing student debt that is ruining the lives of our young people, and the Green New Deal to bring good-paying jobs to all of us who just want to be able to work and support our families without destroying the planet we'd like our grandchildren to be able to survive on. There is a way forward and it makes sense.

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Posted by Cheryl Wolfe on 03/30/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Investigation gives Elsie Arntzen's claims an 'F' — for 'False'

I think the current supe could have better spent the first three months of her term on the floor of the legislature than digging up dirt on the previous supe. Two wrongs (if there was wrongdoing) do not make anything right. Do you want to know why Johnny can't read? Look at the local school boards and their pie in the sky attempts to feather their nests.

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Posted by Whirled Peas on 03/30/2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Investigation gives Elsie Arntzen's claims an 'F' — for 'False'

It is disheartening to read a comment as incoherent as the one posted by 'We caught them' and then to consider that they are home-schooling their children. If they can't articulate a coherent thought, what kind of education are their unfortunate kids receiving?

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Posted by shaking_my_head on 03/30/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Do we get the politics we want when we vote insiders out and outsiders in?

Voting for Rob Quist for Montana's Representative in Washington is without a doubt the most important vote we are going to be able to make until 2020!
Koch Brothers' cartel is pouring millions of dollars into Montana and delivering scathing negative advertising against Rob.
Greg Gianforte isn't the right guy to fight for Montana in the House. He would be just one of the boy's rubber stamping the Republican agenda, kowtowing to Grover Norquist and his Republican puppets... all joining Trump and his gang of Kleptocracyites ripping off the American taxpayers.
Rob Quist is the only guy out there running who respects all Montanan's and we need a fresh voice with human experience to stand up for all of us, not just a few of us!

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Posted by Dennis Petrak 1 on 03/30/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Hooking fly fishers on climate change

I have noticed as of late that all the so called experts don't use the word "man made" climate change anymore. Have they finally woken up to the fact that it is natural climate change and that it has been happening since the earth started supporting life, who know how long ago. Can you imagine the climate change needed to melt the huge glaciers in Montana 12,000 years ago?? No man around to cause the warming then.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 03/30/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Do we get the politics we want when we vote insiders out and outsiders in?

Don't you mean three candidates? Last time I checked there are three people running for this seat. Mark Wicks is the Libertarian candidate and will appear on the ballot along side Quist and Gianforte. I'm not sure why the Indy omitted this information from this article, I'm sure it was an inadvertent oversight.

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Posted by Cody on 03/30/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Do we get the politics we want when we vote insiders out and outsiders in?

"Campaigns were conducted by simply the opening of a barrel,
and sowing the state from one end to the other with
corporation moneythe largest barrel winning in the end.
This extravagant campaigning prevented the election of any
but the wealthy or those supported by special interests."
E.H. McDowell, Terry Tribune (February 1910)

opening of a barrel and sowing in 1910! Hey it's happening in 2017 voters being offered the strangest things by smooth (as in greasy) operators. These Eastern money-bags are going to get into big trouble with TOP COPP. Cases in point: Last week, I got an impressive offer to buy a worthless website that I've had for years. Then two days later someone on the phone wanted to buy a piece of property that I sold years ago.

My vote is not for sale. Rob Quist is the man I want to represent me in Congress.

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Posted by Carole Mackin on 03/30/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Do we get the politics we want when we vote insiders out and outsiders in?

So which is the lesser of two evils? Vote your conscience and learn to live with it.

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Posted by Whirled Peas on 03/30/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Investigation gives Elsie Arntzen's claims an 'F' — for 'False'

Who ever is logging the likes and dislikes is crooked. Ice pressed like on caught them post and it kicks it back.

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Posted by Scam artist on 03/30/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Suppressing the vote is not a campaign tactic

Essmann is selfish, putting partisanship ahead of the finances of Taxpayers!

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Posted by Ardyce on 03/30/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “No good answers

Here's a solution - everyone go public with their story so the whole world knows these cases wouldn't exist if the police weren't soft on pedos and the courts weren't turning a blind eye and a deaf ear so they don't slam one of their own too hard. Lawyers protecting lawyers for money.

Pedophiles are vile creatures. Sub human.
Diseases. Nothing more.

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Posted by Pedos r Sub human on 03/30/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Investigation gives Elsie Arntzen's claims an 'F' — for 'False'

Schools cheat and the Feds should raid every school one by one nationwide and arrest people. Feds should hold random checks with tests and then the truth will come out. Another way would be to hold back federal funding until people come forward that are willing tobtestify and roll over everyone else.

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Posted by Clowns on 03/30/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Do we get the politics we want when we vote insiders out and outsiders in?

Interesting and I believe this is planned....keep the people playing while you destroy the country....the "DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA!" A country of buffoons....

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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 03/30/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “It's Brazil on Broadway at Imagine Nation Brewing

I love the variety of events & music at Imagine Nation.
Also: Fans of Brazilian music (and tunes of other areas of the region) may also want to head to the second night of Jazzoula, Missoula's Community Jazz Festival coming up April 17-21.
Canta Brasil, featuring Magda Chaney vocals, Antonio (or Pedro?) percussion, David Horgan guitar and more.... will perform Tuesday April 18 around 8:00pm at Jazzoula. (Times are approximate! Music starts 6:30pm. Doors open at 6 pm for food & drink.) Tickets at Rockin Rudys 542-0077 or at the door, St Anthony Parish Center on Woodford at Tremont. 217 Tremont in that great big hall that becomes a nightclub.
Full bar & food available. $10 students/seniors. $12 public. Full-festival 5-night pass is only $30/$25.

Posted by Kathleen Kimble on 03/30/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Turning over new leaves at Garden City Compost

What's almost as sad as how bad of a deal this was for taxpayers is how little the local press has covered it. I wrote about it in November on my site, pointing out that the city paid $3 million for this private business, and when they expect it to lose money.

Why will it lose money?

Simple - the city will eliminate the compost bagging portion of the business, as well as the 50-60% of revenues that created for the business.

Why is the city getting into this business anyways?

They can't even fix our roads.

Perhaps if they would have spent that $3 million on our roads that would not be the case, but they chose to buy a private business.

This at a time when your taxes have gone up 95% over the past 12 years.

Why did the City Council sign-off on this?

And why can't the city get it's ducks all in a row? November to April is 6 months. That's six months that they had to get this business up and going, but they can't even get a cash register?

I'll remind you that none of this is new.

When the city recently voted on the budget for the new $42 million parks complex they didn't even allocate enough money to run the place.

That's your city government in action, folks.

Sick of it? Me too. It's time for a change.…

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/30/2017 at 11:14 AM

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