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Re: “How Montana's muddled marijuana law put providers and patients at risk—and how to fix it

Thanks for this article!
As an aside, your final scenario depends on an extension of the Rohrabacher amendment, which may or may not happen. Jeff Sessions has already requested its repeal in a letter to lawmakers. Currently it is only in effect til September 2017 and is renewed annually as part of congressional spending bills. Congress this year simply gave an 6 month extension to the last spending bill written in the democrat controlled House of Reps, so there is a significant chance the new spending bill will have substantial changes. Deletion of Rohrabacher's amendment may or may not be one of those changes.

Posted by Jason on 07/21/2017 at 12:15 AM

Re: “In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears


Posted by Cj Rolphe on 07/20/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears

This is revolting and evil. Who would imprison wild animals n deny them their entire life of being w their own families in the wild n choosing to do what they want, where they want. Only a greedy heartless Sociopath would do this to another living being. This should be stopped IMMEDIATELY and all the animals turned over to good, responsible sanctuaries w miles of acres for the animals ro roam.
This makes me sick! And angry! STOP IT NOW!!
Patty Bowers

Posted by Patricia Bowers on 07/20/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Mountain Line gets a Zero Fare extension

If this program is TOO SUCCESSFUL, expect pushback. After WWII, fearing a drastic drop in profitability, General Motors and one of the big tire companies -- either Goodyear or Firestone, as I recall -- systematically bought up urban and interurban streetcar and bus lines and deliberately mismanaged them to run them into the ground and bankruptcy, leaving virtually no choice for the public but private car ownership.

Posted by alf on 07/20/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Can Congress solve the Forest Service's wildfire funding conundrum?

Much as I hate to give credit to any member of the idaho kongressional delegation for anything good, I think mike simpleton is right on this one.

But like our failed health care system, which emphasizes treatment rather than prevention, one of the biggest problems facing wildland firefighting -- besides a warming and probably drying climate and arguable/questionable unnatural fuel buildups due to a century of overly aggressive wildland fire control -- is development in the urban-wildland interface, which virtually no tax-greedy county commissioners are willing to admit, much less address.

Posted by alf on 07/20/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “French professor Michel Valentin, a leader of la résistance, takes a buyout at UM

Higher education needs more people like professor Valentin, not fewer.

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Posted by alf on 07/20/2017 at 12:32 PM
Posted by alf on 07/20/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears

As overcrowded as that place is, and the animals being fed such garbage, it sounds to me like some *responsible* adults (Humane Society, State fish and game, ag department ?) should be called in and shut the place down.

Places like that are inhumane and should be closed and not permitted.

But wait, this particular "attraction" is in Idaho after all, so it's OK, so long as somebody is making money from it.

Posted by alf on 07/20/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Looking a TIF horse in the mouth: Is the MRA getting our money's worth at the Marriott?

This whole thing smelled fishy to me, right from the get-go, and -- recycling a line I loved by a TV talking head referring to the repuglikans' "replacement" of ObummerCare -- "like a dead fish, the longer it lays aground, the worse it stinks".

Never trust a real estate developer/speculator -- and let's not forget that's what Drumpf and his corrupt family are.)

Me thinks one of the last things Missoula needs is another chain hotel, where the profits go out of state to the korporate executives and investors, and all that's left here are crappy-paying service jobs.

Posted by alf on 07/20/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Looking a TIF horse in the mouth: Is the MRA getting our money's worth at the Marriott?

It's a good thing award-winning journalist D.Brooks is asking tough questions here because the Independent's color-clashing ads, scrolling news feed, and style guide that doesn't include capitalizing nouns which will be later abbreviated (TIF) have left me mentally decimated.

Posted by Charming Charlie on 07/20/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Commissioners will take a second look at the sheriff's overtime budget

Is it more cost-effective to just keep paying overtime? I wonder if that's cheaper than hiring a new officer and paying payroll taxes for them and giving them benefits. When you factor 2 to 3 officers in...well, I'd like to see some numbers on that, and I'd imagine the commissioners would as well.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/20/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Mountain Line gets a Zero Fare extension

I'd appreciate it if more buses ran later, and also ran on Sunday/holidays.

I feel many riders would be happy to pay a quarter for a ride if we'd direct the money to those things.

Many of us work on Sundays or late at night. Many of us that do so don't have cars.

Why are the buses mostly catering to the 9-to-5 crowd?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/20/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “French professor Michel Valentin, a leader of la résistance, takes a buyout at UM

Of course he won't be replaced - he's irreplaceable.

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Posted by Frank O. File on 07/20/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The untold story of the Missoulian’s Mormon story

Happy to discuss further.

Posted by Bradley Layton on 07/19/2017 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Street Talk: Jobs, the weird and the wanted

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Posted by Paige Blamey on 07/19/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Rockies Today, August 19

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Posted by John Marks on 07/18/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “At UM, the future is in cherry wood lockers

Privately funded and not part of the UM budget. That's such a huge point that critics always miss that deflates these arguments so fast.

Also I suppose I understand the snark from the author since football is an easy target however one should step back and consider a few things. First off athletics is usually the first way many prospective students are introduced to a school, so it would seem beneficial to have strong programs. Secondly football, and athletics as a whole has a better GPA and a higher graduation rate than the general student body, so this group as a whole is excelling on campus. Finally football in particular earns enough profit to pay for every other sports financial shortfall. Unlike most/many things on campus at the university of Montana athletics as a whole, mostly supported by football, is running "in the black". Shouldn't that actually be something to be proud of rather than to attack?

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Posted by Brint Wahlberg on 07/18/2017 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Zinke's Interior agenda isn't good for vets or land

Thank you. Your description of the Arctic Refuge and why Americans need to keep these spaces wild and free was wonderful. Thank you for your service!

Posted by Patricia Kouris on 07/15/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Admittedly well after the fact, I only learn today from an April 2017 article in the Lee Newspapers owned and operated paper "The Missoulian," that even this rag, the "Independent" (HA!) is now being published under the corporate media omniscience of freaking Lee News. Given the direction that any number of issues specific to Montana are heading, as well as with respect for the history of corporate monopolization of public interest affairs here, I would ask that your readers take this grossly mischaracterization seriously, as personified by the ACTUAL TITLE of your paper. Again, "Independent" HA!

Fine time for a legitimately autonomous as in independent journalist to take this issue into the popular press realm. You folks should be ashamed.

PJ Reed, Author, "The Arizona State Hospital and Patient Abuse"; "Montana's Forgotten Suicides"

Posted by Patrick Pickens on 07/15/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “At UM, the future is in cherry wood lockers

Priority #1 the Griz players comforts, as we say in Iowa "pig shit". The number of salaries and lower costs for all students that would have been affected by that amount of money is staggering. By the way, I don't care who paid for it, it is a slap in the face to those educators and staff laid off by budget issues.

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Posted by Julie Morris Howard on 07/14/2017 at 1:39 PM

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