Okay, it's Sunday night, June 9th, 2013, and I've just come across this site during a web search on Huey Lewis, after finding out he was living on a large ranch in Montana. (Yep, I'm a fan.) Wow...
Here's my Montana "pedigree": My maternal grandparents were married in Drummond, and are now buried there. My Mom was born and raised in Missoula (my Uncle, too), and graduated from UofM. I was raised in both Missoula and (mostly) Polson, graduating there and spending two years at MSU. My family moved to Reno, NV for more employment opportunities years ago, but I've ALWAYS considered Montana "Home". My Uncle and Aunt (who passed this last Dec.) and my two closest cousins lived on a farm in Florence while I grew up, and now my Uncle is in Seeley Lake. My sister lives in Missoula.
Anyway, the reason I typed "Wow..." above is because I don't stay on top of the Montana news much since I've moved, but reading about this issue and Huey Lewis' involvement in it... Well, Mom raised my sister & me to give serious topics serious thought, and to stand up for what we believe in. Although I've been away from Home for far too many years - and this article was written almost four years ago! - it's still damn good to know that investigative journalism still exists, that some people are willing to speak up for themselves rather than lie down like a doormat when spoken ill of, that citizens concerned about current issues are openly speaking their minds, and that WE ALL LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE WE CAN LIVE UNAFRAID TO EXPRESS OUR OPINIONS!
I do hope to move back to Flathead - I absolutely love Western Montana. (My favorite vista is of the Missions from the rest stop at the top of Ravalli Hill - and that large waterfall you can see in the mountains across the valley in late Spring, you know?) I've always considered myself to be truly blessed to have lived in and experienced Montana like I have, and proudly mention it whenever the opportunity presents itself. I have even more reason to be proud, after reading this article and the discourse to which it has led. Montanans...strong, independent, and appreciative of the lands and resources of our amazing State. It doesn't get much better than that.
By the way, for anyone who decides they don't want to live in Montana, only because of some of the comments made on this website, that's just fine. Apparently they can't appreciate and respect some diversity in strong opinions...or the ability of many who disagree on a topic to either walk away from an argument before they lose their temper with regrettable actions, or who can shake hands, agreeing to disagree about an issue for a while, and then go off to chill a six-pack in a stream while they're fishing and enjoying the rest of the day. That's the Montana I know.
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