Greg Strandberg 
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Websites: www.bigskywords.com www.esladventure.com - Author of 50+ books, including 4 on Montana history. Find them on Amazon.

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Re: “Housing plan coming up short of affordable

Did you know that Missoula taxes have gone up 95% over the past 12 years? The last year we didn't see a tax increase was 2010.

Even if you find an affordable house to buy (and not just rent), you'll have a heck of a time paying both your through-the-roof mortgage as well as your tax bill...which is the highest in the state, by the way.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/23/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “A cut too far: UM offloads annual Easter egg hunt

Cut out the dead wood - it's time to get rid of high-priced admin positions...permanently. There are too many, we don't know what many of them do, and they in no way benefit students.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/23/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Etc.

Do it with Trump, Missoulians love ya. Do the same style of dig-up-the-dirt-on-'em reporting work here in Montana about local politicians and they hate ya.

Go figure.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/16/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Outside groups target Tester

I've received 3 pro-Gorsuch/anti-Tester letters in the mail so far. Two of them were survey-style letters, pushed by religious groups like Catholics Vote and such.

I enjoyed filling those surveys out, knowing that if the organizations are honorable my survey will skew their results.

For instance, I don't really care about this Supreme Court pick. When they ask what is important, I say judges that will legalize marijuana. When they ask about abortion, I say the law is pretty much fine the way it is. When they ask for money, I tell them to go jump in the lake.

I was happy to put a stamp on those and get them in. I hope the organizations enjoy 'em.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/16/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “What's a living wage, really?

"I believe it is set up this way to keep the middle-class, the middle class."

Reminds me of what Jim Morrison said in that Doors song:

"They've got the guns, but we've got the numbers."

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/11/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “What's a living wage, really?

Very good points on that last comment. And let's not forget our poor university employees - not the cream at the top, of course - but the people doing the actual work up there.

All of them have their pay set by the legislature, and good luck getting that to go up. Maybe once every two years, if that. Shame that the union can't do more to get those wages up.

At least they have healthcare, something else most hourly Missoula workers can only dream for. It sure ain't comin' from most employers in town, we all know that.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/09/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “The University of Montana faces "breathtaking" challenges in attempts to right the ship

It's not my internet, it's just censorship. The Missoulian had the article up on their Facebook page, they got some comments, they took it down. They removed comments from their site this week as well. They just don't want questioning voices.

I'm glad the article is up now.

So...is the U still cancelling the International Food Festival or what? Sounds like they are, though the reasons are hard to find in that article.

Staff cuts seem to be an issue, but if we want to be smart we can trace that right back to the budget woes. That of course comes from the terribly low enrollment. And I believe the enrollment issue is stemming from the U's problems with rape and alcohol.

It'll take awhile to erase those issues from people's memories. Until then, wow, MSU is just booming!

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/09/2017 at 6:16 PM

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