David Stalling 
Member since May 3, 2012

A past President of the Montana Wildlife Federation, and recipient of the Les Pengelly Montana Conservationist of the Year Award, Dave Stalling is a writer,… More »

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Re: “The Rocky Mountain Front Blues

This is a great, passionate, thoughtful piece of writing. For me, ultimately, it comes down to this: We can't keep cutting up the pie and expect any pie to remain. No amount of jobs or boosts to the economy are worth carving up and diminishing what little remains of our last, best wild places -- particularly when such jobs and possible economic boons feed our obsessive addiction to fossil fuels and contribute to other, serious national and global issues rather than help solve them. We need to all figure more sustainable ways to live on this planet and stop killing ourselves and everything around us for greed, profit and short-term, unsustainable desires.

Posted by David Stalling on 07/24/2013 at 4:41 PM

Re: “About that Missoula gay bashing? It didn't happen. (UPDATE)

On one hand, I feel a bit angry and foolish. On the other hand: That so many people rallied so quickly shows that these fraudulent claims touched on real life fears and emotions; the kid's claims were so believable precisely because they were so believable -- such things do happen. I hope this kid (or whomever initiated the fraudulent claims) is charged. This is no different than someone calling in a fake bomb scare or pulling a fire alarm. We responded to a believable false alarm. The good news: A Missoula man was not actually beaten up for being gay this past weekend. And the fact that so many good-hearted, well-intentioned people responded in such a quick, sympathetic, civil and peaceful manner is still a very good thing.

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Posted by David Stalling on 08/07/2012 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Montana Supreme Court hears gay rights case

Shadow: Thanks for sticking up for us God-fearing, church-going Missoulians! (Though, to be honest, even having lived in Missoula for 26 years I only know two people who regularly go to church, and one of them is gay). But still, like Brad Pitt said: “We are never late for dinner or church.” (Never mind that he’s a Hollywood actor who was playing a role in a movie about a story that took place in the 1930s.) And we’re ALWAYS right on time at 4:20! But you are right about what it says in the Bible. It’s right there in Leviticus 18:22, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” and Leviticus 20:13, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Do you believe gays should be put to death? Or do you only follow and believe in the first part of that passage?) Anyway, being the God-fearing, church-going Missoulian you apparently are, I am sure you are also familiar with Leviticus 19:19, “You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together," and Leviticus 11:10,"But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you." And yet all the time I see people in Montana and elsewhere forcing their values upon us by creating and raising cross-breeds of cattle, planting more than two kinds of crops in a field, wearing cotton/polyester blends and trying to shove shrimp and other shellfish down our throats! As for Missoulians being sick of, and not supporting, this “gay rights stuff,” I am wondering if you are talking about Missoula, Montana, or some other Missoula? I really don’t believe those who oppose gay rights are in the majority, as you say. But even if true, I suggest you brush up a bit on democracy – there is that whole thing about protecting the minority from the "tyranny of the majority," as founding father and former President John Adams put it, and thus checks and balances and other protections, including the judicial system, were put in place so that minorities who may happen to be, say, black, or hispanic, or Native American, or gay could have equal rights and protections in a democratic society. Hence the word Democracy.

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Posted by David Stalling on 05/03/2012 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Montana considers wolf trapping

Tony: You are correct about a recent national poll showing that most folks support hunters and hunting. But this is not about hunting; it's about trapping. I have a strong hunch those same folks would not all support trappers and trapping. Take me, for example, I am an avid and passionate hunter, I have killed and eaten a lot of elk and deer, for me it's a very sustainable way to live. I obviously support hunters and hunting --- but I am very much opposed to our archaic heritage of trapping that causes so much unecessary pain and suffering not only to the targeted animals, but many non-targeted animals, including people's domestic pets and companions. Montana heritage and culture is always changing, Tony, for better and worse. I am sure the Crow and Blackfeet Nation didn't much care for Europeans sadly destroying their heritage and cultures to replace with ours . . . I am kind of glad people fought to change the heritage and culture of Chinese slave workers, not letting women vote, unregulated market hunting, and completely unregulated mining and other resource use. If you don't like the fact that our culture and heritage is constantly changing (and once again changing for the better) then get the heck out of Montana and stop trying to change our heritage and culture of change!

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Posted by David Stalling on 05/03/2012 at 12:59 PM

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