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Comment Archives: Stories

Re: “Deep cut

This was an interesting article about the land and a man. I relate to his concern to protect the land and the stream that runs through it as I also live on an Oregon stream. Those who come onto the land from outside often throw around garbage and have no sense of stewardship. I love Montana dearly but sometimes decisions need to be revisited! First should come what is best for the stream and land-- humans, including fishermen, should come after that

Posted by Betty Trueax McClelland on 07/22/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Montana U.S. Attorney: Marijuana prosecution threshold increased

The federal government is disrespecting the laws of state and the 10th amendment of their own constitution. What is evil about federal courts when it comes to medical cannabis prosecution is that they will not allow an affirmative defense based upon state laws. Jurors in medical cannabis cases never know whether the defendant(s) is/are medical cannabis users, and/or providers with legal prescriptions, or whether they are real criminals engaged in illegal manufacturing. Federal courts bar the truth from the record by denying affirmative defenses to medical cannabis patients and their providers. Defense attorneys need to withdraw and notice the court that they are ineffective because they cannot present the truth to the jury.

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Posted by Raina Weiser on 07/21/2014 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Exempt this

While this article is very funny in a sarcastic way, it totally misses the point of the ruling. The ruling does not say that the owners of Hobby Lobby do not have to pay taxes to the Federal Gov., even if some of their tax money is used to fund the very types of birth control methods that they morally object to. It only says that the Feds can not force them to spend some of their personal money on morally unacceptable methods of birth control. Whether they should be morally unacceptable is left to them to decide, on religious freedom grounds. But if the owners of Hobby Lobby morally objected to spending tax dollars on expanding the interstate highway, this case would have no baring.

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Posted by Tim on 07/20/2014 at 4:09 PM

Re: “The water-energy nexus could become a collision in a warming world

Jonathan Thompson provides an interesting review of WRA's "revelations" about shale oil production from oil shale, but it is a bit superficial when it comes to water use for oil shale.

First, terminology: for more than 100 years, oil shale and shale oil have referred to the source rock and the product respectively of oil shale retorting. Oil-bearing shale and shale-hosted oil (terms I coined several years ago) would be geologically appropriate terms for rock and product for formations like the Bakken, in which oil has been generated by geothermal heat due to burial, but would not apply to oil shale. Oil shale and wine grapes, must go through complex processing to generate the product that gives them their names. Not all kerogen, the complex organic material (not exclusively hydrocarbon) that produces all oil, is waxy, although the Green River Formation kerogen is.
Second, water use: even with today's technology and drilling rates, hydraulic fracturing uses less than 1% of Colorado's water. Oil shale processing at the levels envisioned, even the high water use system proposed by Chevron's lawyers to justify retaining their full water right, would also use about 1% to produce a few hundred million dollars worth of crude oil per day.

Biofuel fabrication requires 5 to 100 times as much per unit product. A two liter bottle of Coke uses 1-2 times as much as the dated technology "proposed" by Chevron's lawyers to defend a water right they might just want to sell along with the lease they say they will not use, but have not yet relinquished. If water use is a critical criterion, should we be using Colorado River water to make wine? The water use number cited for Las Vegas takes account only of home use; none of the industrial water uses incidental to people's lives is included.

Finally, Chevron's "new technology choice": certainly, no Chevron technical person in the past eight years has presented any results of technical investigations of surface retorting at oil shale conferences.

Much as the author and WRA would like to make this story the "truth" about oil shale water use, most people recognize that documents traded among lawyers are directed at shaping fact to support a particular viewpoint. The topic of water use for oil shale is complex and rapidly evolving. It deserves a more balanced discussion than it gets in this piece that declares its bias from the first sentence.

Posted by Jeremy Boak on 07/19/2014 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Missoula County

Alright, alright...I just get the sense that the county can do nothing right. Can anyone name off 5 things the county can really be proud of from the past couple years?

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/18/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Understand trade-offs

The sad part of these groups isn't about liberty but about being a republican controlled group. Republicans in general don't want individual liberty or less government. Just remember the Republican majorities during the Bush years when spending increased, the national debt increase and spying by the government on it's citizens increased. I think people should vote Libertarian this year and send those political groups a message that while it's nice to have non-partisan groups speaking out AFP is as non-partisan as Forward Montana who only supports Democrats, while AFP only supports Republicans.

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Posted by david on 07/17/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Exempt this

I find it sad that the author of this "trash" (article) would defame God, misuse scripture and taunt true Christians....but GOD said" there is a day reserved for his judgment" so I'll just let it go at that.

4 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by Tony Hill on 07/17/2014 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Cabin fever

Thanks for a delightful story of your adventure. Isn't it wonderful how you all learned quickly that taking toys to Nature, for entertaining children, is foolish!

Posted by Jean on 07/17/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Etc.

Be thankful you don't have humidity.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/17/2014 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Politics

I wish politicians cared as much about helping the American people as they do about helping TV stations reach their quarterly financial goals.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/17/2014 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Sidewalks

You have to realize this city has a huge problem with incompetence and what would be easy for most people is incredibly difficult for those working in government.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/17/2014 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Exempt this

2% of women in this country get abortions each year. I wish the plights of the other 98% got as much attention as them.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/17/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Exempt this

While I appreciate the humour here, you have misstated the Court's decision, which only limited the kinds of birth control Hobby Lobby will pay for. Those are mostly the ones used after conception occurs. Of course, this may be related to your comment that you don't bother to read, so perhaps you just based your opinion on a rumour.
I don't believe the decision also forces people who work at Hobby Lobby to stay there, which would be like slavery, sort of. So if you refuse to pay for your own abortion method, you are free to leave. Most people wouldn't do that because their wages are so much better than a lot of places.
Personally, I think birth control should not be controlled by the government telling everyone that the wholesale disposal of children is just the best thing that could possibly be. Hillary famously said she just "loved" Planned Parenthood, and those of us who do read know about the eugenics that were the foundations of it.
I do find it amusing that the people who are most vocal about the birth control issue are men. Wonder what your mother's decision would have been?

4 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by Thinker on 07/17/2014 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Best Category We Forgot

Best river float guide outfit, Best park, Best Youth Summer Camp program,

Posted by me on 07/15/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Etc.

This is a perfect example of why the Independent is the best paper in town. Kudos to the staff.

Posted by Jerry on 07/15/2014 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Pot power

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Posted by Anii Timpson on 07/15/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “High on Hog

I remember the "Hog" Jerry Daniels well from Operation Grand Eagle, I wrote about him in my book BOHICA, later i was subpenaed to testify before Secret Federal Grand Juries in DC, then before Special Senate and Congressional committees, then a under oath with truth serum testimony in which still over 25 years later the video tape done is still Classified. Jerry was a great Agent and we both loved General Vang Pao and enjoyed working in this dark world.

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Posted by Scott Barnes on 07/14/2014 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Rockies Today, July 14

I'm glad the governor is working to find solutions to this incredible mess we call beetle kill.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/14/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Matches

Hi - it's Miriam. Even though the Matches program has my name on it (it's the alliteration thing), it's truly a team effort. When a request for using the MBM program comes in, the first thing I do after talking to the prospective adopter is to contact my good friend and uber-volunteer Denise S. to go over what the adopter is looking for and which cat(s) she thinks would be the right match. Denise has been an HSWM volunteer even longer than I have and knows the cats extremely well. After we consult and make some choices, I also talk with HSWM staff to get their thoughts. The help and input all these folks provide is invaluable to the success of the program. So far, we've helped almost 10 long-term cat residents (including 2 pairs of siblings!) find their forever homes. And we all have had tears of joy in our eyes after each match.

So if you are looking for your new cat child, please consider using the HSWM MBM program. We stand ready and willing to help you find your new family member. Thank you, TEAM MBM.

Posted by Miriam on 07/14/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “On board

Excellent review. Buying tickets this week.

Posted by indicritic on 07/12/2014 at 3:10 PM

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