"Maintaining a killer tan year-round can be tough"--no, not really. Tanning is literally a killer and is right up there with smoking for acquiring cancer. Why do you continue to have this as a category? Why not combine it with the smoke shops and call it "Cancer!: Guaranteed!" Don’t believe me? Call any dermatologist in Missoula and ask them what they think about tanning beds and tanning in general.
Oh, Nancy, do you really expect a mouthpiece for the "National Mining Association" to be taken seriously on anything to do with the health impacts of coal? With your letter, you've put yourself in the same category as the tobacco industry, i.e.,--tobacco is actually good for you, despite what the doctors say. Your flaccid, pathetic, and counter-factual input was, at best, comedy, and at worst, dangerous and criminal propaganda. Perhaps you need to find a job that doesn't demand selling your soul to an immoral industry....
I knew Aaron from the soccer team we played on together--Charlie B's Ner-do-Wells-- and he was well-liked and a genuinely good guy. He will be missed....
With all due respects to the governor and those that are like-minded, let me say this: Stone Container should never, and I repeat, never have been located in the Missoula Valley. If one were to research the absolute worst places in the country to place a pulp mill, Missoula would surely be in the top ten. Our water and air sheds are among the most fragile in our nation and considering the toxic environment created by one of the most polluting industries on the planet, Missoula should never have even been consider, much less actually selected. To even suggest that Stone be re-opened as pulp mill is nothing short of insane. It’s gone; keep it gone and move on….
In regards to “Peddling Protein” in this week’s “Briefs,” I truly hope that Ethan Smith did NOT pedal his bike and trailer from the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Riding bicycles in a wilderness area is illegal and subject to a federal fine. I’ve noticed repeatedly in articles in the Independent that its staff has no idea what wilderness is and what it is not. “Street Talk” once asked several individuals if they used “wilderness,” and all those questioned (including the reporter) obviously had no idea what areas are actually designated as wilderness and what activities are allowed in wilderness areas.
“Wilderness,” as federally designated (and, in some cases, state and tribally designated) is roadless, undeveloped land that is managed in its natural state. Wilderness is not Greenough Park; it is not the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area; it is not Blue Mountain. It is the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area; the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area; and, of course, the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area, among others. Mechanical transportation of any kind is illegal in these areas; thus, no trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, or bicycles are allowed. You can walk in, ski in, kayak/canoe in, or ride a horse into these areas. No logging, mining, or commercial development of any kind is allowed. Chainsaws are illegal there, as is any motorized device.
In view of the recently introduced Forest Jobs and Recreation Act—a new wilderness bill by Senator Jon Testor—I feel it is important that all Montanans know exactly what wilderness is and what is allowed there.
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