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Re: “Sheriff's office investigating fraudulent county commission letter pulling support for refugees

WOW! After almost a year, another comment? With a link to a well written commentary from 2015? As far as wearing a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it in Missoula now, in 2107, still no fear. Being openly gay? Same. A woman walking around in "provocative" clothing? Same. But keep an eye out for subtle changes. Like this recent announcement the the media isn't "announcing". NOTE AS OF 8:06 am 3/16 KGVO only source of story, printed, never announced on air.

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Montana Elena for Liberty & Open Government Could it be that now Missoula and the UM have become more "diversified", an Easter event may be disturbing to people of another cultural flavor?

Easter 'Eggstravaganza' Not to be Held on UM Campus This Year…



Easter Eggstravaganza - University Relations - University Of Montana…

Easter Eggstravaganza

The University of Montanas flagship campus in Missoula produces an educated, aware and trained citizenry for the state of Montana and beyond. In addition to educational and research endeavors, UM is an integral component of the Missoula community, providing a gathering space for all Missoulians.
The 2016 Easter Eggstravaganza is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016, on the UM Oval.

I have the same question Montana Elena has.

I'll add one more: So what ever happened with the investigation of the "fake letter", the subject of this Indy article ?

Posted by niam on 03/19/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

Most of Dan Brook's "stories" are satire. And usually, compared to real satire, not that good.

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Posted by niam on 03/17/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “What's a living wage, really?

ol' az hippie chick LOL Glad to meet you. 1965 and I just graduated from a Bx NY HS. At that time the two best jobs available in NY were NY Telephone and Con Edison. Ma Bell hired me as a Customers Service Representative in the Commercial Department. Starting pay was about $2.15 an hour for a 35 hr week, plus benefits. It was also a UNION JOB. Our union was UTW, United Telephone Workers. We called it a "company union". Union dues, $1 weekly, were automatically deducted whether or not we were members. After about 9 years I "joined" the Union, became a union steward and then ran for and elected secretary of UTW. I had big plans of running for UTW president with hopes of changing the "useless" company puppet union. Then in 1981, I transferred to Southwestern Bell in Missoula. Got a decrease in wages to about $10+. Not even here for a year, when I found out the Missoula office was closing and eventually the Helena office. All MT commercial service offices were to relocate to Denver. Not one to relocate so easily, especially after the big move from my birth state and only home NY to MT, I opted to terminate. Applying for work, I thought asking for $5 an hour was generous on my part. Stupid me when I was ignored for any job I applied to related to customer service or collections for which I had 11years experience. After my unemployment payments ran out ( more than what was offered by the local job employers) I finally got a job, through a friend, for $2.75 an hour. After 11years, when I left that "job" I was making $5 an hour. Why did I stay so long? Because I had kids and a home I managed to buy to pay off. I didn't cry and demand a "livable wage". I left and looked for the opportunity to make more money and improve my life.

I could go on but I just wanted to let you know that our employment history, yours and mine kind of started on the same foot. As far as "What's a living wage, really?" Why not $75? $100 ? More?

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Posted by niam on 03/11/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “What's a living wage, really?

Way back then you made $4 an hour? And if you're not retired, how much do you now make per hour? How much per hour do the construction workers make now to build those same houses built way back then? I think it's called inflation. And even though most of what we now purchase are the same products we purchased years ago, the cost of labor and govt regs, fees, licenses, insurance etc have contributed to "high costs" .

Posted by niam on 03/10/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “What's a living wage, really?

Funny how so many people would rather avoid conversation regarding the legality of the "income tax" and point fingers at everything else.

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Posted by niam on 03/09/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “What's a living wage, really?

What part of making a "living" is confusing? One's wages are not profits from investments. How about keeping the "fruits of your labor" instead of sharing them with govt?

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Posted by niam on 03/09/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “A union-led coalition wants to turn the Riverfront Triangle into a rallying point for affordability. Is anyone listening?

Every time I read an article/commentary mentioning Missoula high rents, low wages, I have to wonder. Why, with these two negatives, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) felt Missoula was a perfect "welcoming city" for resettled refugees? Which the Missoula City Council also embraced. Cheap labor? Slave labor? Especially for the new hotels planned for Missoula?

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Posted by niam on 02/23/2017 at 11:45 AM

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