Message to "I live here": I live here, too. I don't have children or grandchildren who have ever attended or ever will attend Lolo school or ANY school. But other taxpayers--including childless and retired ones-- paid for MY public education, and now I'm stepping up to pay for the public education of other people's kids. That's just how it works in a country where public education for ALL is the bedrock of democracy.
Much gratitude to Jimmy Tobias for his effort in visiting the school to see for himself the poor, insecure, and inadequate conditions that exist there and for even-handedly reporting the words and views of BOTH Magone and Miller. I don't know if Miller is rich enough to be in the 1% or not, but given his wealth relative to most Lolo citizens (the 99%), his vehement opposition is telling, very very telling.
Removing lethal traps from the 30-some percent of Montana lands that are used by ALL citizens is a no-brainer. As the population grows and becomes more educated about traps, the suffering they cause, and the damage they do to their unintended victims--both wild and domestic--efforts like this initiative will increasingly be supported.
Of course there will be those who attempt to mislead--just check out the comments already posted. Someone couldn't resist throwing in that great bogeyman PETA (so predictable!). Another brings up irrelevant hunting bans in other states along with that other great bogeyman "out of state funders" without any substantiation. Those comments seem to be based solely on emotion.
Good grief, a mere 2.7% of the lower 48 states is protected as designated Wilderness, and the Wilderness Act is the law of the land. There's nothing to debate. It blows my mind that people are so selfish, entitled, and without a shred of humility or restraint...it's all about "ME."
BTW, I've been a mountain biker myself and was hung out to dry by some gonzo dude hammering around a blind corner (yes I was on my bike, no, we were not in Wilderness). The collision left me with a wounded face and one helluva shiner among other cuts and bruises. Sure, that's just one incident, but I shudder to think how badly injured I might have been had I been on foot.
America's public lands are a priceless treasure we all own, and designated Wilderness is the crown jewel with the highest level of protection. Those who wrote and passed the Wilderness Act understood this; sadly, fewer and fewer people these days have that kind of insight and generosity toward other species and future generations of our own. That goes for so-called wilderness groups and their politicians who are all too willing to sell it out with exceptions for this or that.
I'm with "Dreamer unchanged" on this. Sounds like people are getting hung up on the semantics--"commune." Just google "intentional communities" and see what you get. The model is thriving, and the fact that these folks didn't make it happen doesn't make them failures...indeed, they are brave, current-day pioneers. And as for the hippies of the '60s ("we all know where that wound up," really?), we're still here, still working for peace and social justice for people, animals and the earth. Not everyone sold out.
Justice delayed is justice denied.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
How many different ways can you say it?!? Free him already!
"Since the late 1800s, the farmers and ranchers who live along Lolo Creek's banks have used its water to hydrate their crops and cows."
Water law needs to evolve to reflect today's reality--that of population growth & climate change--instead of staying firmly stuck in the frontier mentality to the advantage of the few. Squandering a scarce resource on an unnecessary product--livestock grown for meat--is a large part of this problem. Irrigating hayfields for livestock feed is a problem. Time after time I've seen water cannons along US12 blasting huge streams of water into the hot, dry, windy air at mid-day!
If I were king, there'd be no more meat production, which intensely consumes resources all out of proportion to the calories it produces. Water would be allocated for growing crops for a plant-based human diet. Those who still wanted to raise livestock would have to purchase their water. Another problem: Look at Lolo Creek Trails subdivision. Every house has a plot of emerald green lawn. Where is the xeriscaping? We live in a semi-arid climate! If developers won't step up and do the right thing, the county must impose landscaping restrictions on subdivisions.
First and foremost, the water in Lolo Creek belongs to the creek itself and the wild inhabitants who live in it and near it. They are the ones who NEED it, and they are the ones making ALL the sacrifice.
"There's no doubt about it," Brown says. "The level of attention by the public to trapping has obviously been increased with the allowance of FWP of a wolf trapping season. It's just made the whole issue of trapping more high profile." That's true--wolf trapping has upped the ante in the trapping debate. But the push for trap-free public lands has ALWAYS been about "more than... banning the trapping of wolves."
Yes, trapping is more high profile now. Prior to the advent of the trap-free public lands campaign, trapping flew largely under the radar in Montana. Most citizens didn't even realize it still existed until Footloose Montana was organized in response to the tragic death (yet another) of a dog in a trap at a popular Forest Svc. recreation area. But even today, general trapping information is buried within the hunting info at MT FWP's website despite the fact that many hunters themselves find trapping an abhorrent practice. What hunter would leave a loaded gun in the forest--hooked up to a trigger tripping device--and walk away from it for a couple of days? Yet that's what trappers do with every trap. And that compromises our safety on public land.
You just can't dress trapping up to be anything other than what it is: hazardous, cruel, inhumane, often indiscriminate, and lacking in any kind of ethical base that strives to minimize suffering. When it rears its ugly head in (usually unwanted) media coverage, it's only to show its true colors.
And if Mr. Brown is worried about the "fiscal toll" on his private profits, let's remind him that taxpayers are already heavily subsidizing his public land grazing fees. Sheep ranchers pay a paltry $1.35/month to graze five sheep on the citizens' land. But that's not enough for the entitlement-driven livestock industry. They want the native predators killed off to protect their bottom line. Now they want the Attorney General to scrap a citizens' ballot measure so said citizens can face the random threat of concealed traps when they recreate with their kids and dogs on their own public lands. Wow, what a deal.
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