Taylor Heinecke 
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Re: “Homeland on the Range

Didn't realize this article was so old... Talk about journalistic integrity. But if anyone was curious, Kalispell is still doing fine.

Honest and a bit embarrassed,

Taylor

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Posted by Taylor Heinecke on 05/14/2013 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Homeland on the Range

I believe this is a very sensationalist article. And you guys are capable of such well rounded, meaningful investigative journalism! 50 extremists will not take over Kalispell's local government, nor will they gain any foothold in the Flathead Valley's future. They are a brittle ecosystem of narrow minded individuals, and like all brittle ecosystems, they will fail given any direct pressure.

I believe in the journalistic integrity of The Missoula Independent and as such I believe a retraction of this article is in the best interest of the paper and its readership. Kalispell and the Flathead Valley are directly apart of the Missoula region. As such, I believe there is a lot of room for more honest journalism in this article. This kind of blatantly slanted writing belongs on MSNBC and Fox News, not the news paper my parents raised me on. I know you can do better, I have seen it myself.

Please be more forward thinking in your journalism! The world is full of reactionary people on all sides of any issue. When you write about: "Are "patriots" and white supremacists forming an anti-government alliance in Kalispell?" You are speaking to the same demographic that responds to, "I am formally making you an invitation to ‘come home’ to the Pacific Northwest." Life is much more complex than one sided opinions, regardless of rhetoric.

Brittle communities of like minded people fail just as fast as brittle, narrow minded independent papers. Don't loose the trust of the intelligent readers that you certainly have.

With honesty,
Taylor Heinecke

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Posted by Taylor Heinecke on 05/14/2013 at 11:21 PM

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