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

A similar drive-through "bear park" existed in West Glacier. It did not end well for the bears, the owner, nor the neighbors. An ugly deal. When will people learn.

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Posted by Jill Munson on 07/22/2017 at 10:41 AM

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

Matt Martens, you had me until you determined that the bear had "an unmistakable glint of shame in his eyes." We don't know that the bear felt shame, as it has never lived in a culture where shame and blame are used to manipulate and control others. It is an installed emotion (typically by religion, but parents do their share). Perhaps the bear was just dulled by his diet and imprisonment. It is disrespectful to subscribe human emotions to other species, especially those from the wild. I would guess it was you feeling the shame and projecting it onto the bear.
Patty Bowers: We are a sociopathic society and are doing the same thing to millions of human citizens caught in the 'drug wars' and the oppression of poverty. It's sad, and I agree this should not be happening to any wild animal. Let's also look at what we are doing to ourselves with the industrial prison complex. - especially since it became big business instead of being run at the local level by law enforcement folk who likely lived with and know their prisoners.

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Posted by BigLover on 07/22/2017 at 8:38 AM

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

WELL NOW, CONSIDERING THAT GRIZZLIES ARE NO LONGER ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST AND CAN BE HUNTED LIKE THE WOLVES IN IDAHO....AND MONTANA...AND ANY OTHER STATE THEY CAN MAKE MONEY OFF HUNTING AND TRAPPING...PERHAPS THIS WILL BE OUR ONLY WAY OF SEEING THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS IN THE FUTURE...PERHAPS THIS WRITER WOULD LIKE TO EXPLAIN THAT ONE WHILE HE IS CHEWING HIS BEAR STEAK!!!!!!!!

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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!

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

Re: “The strange and continuing saga of former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey

The rogue county commission hired Stamey for about $50,000/year (plus health insurance!) almost simultaneously when they shut down the valley's Family Planning clinic by refusing $50,000 in Title X funding. That was in Sept. of 2013, and Stamey was a known far-right crony to the likes of extremist commissioners Burrows, Foss, Stoltz and their Republican Central Committee boss, Terry Nelson (who is STILL collecting $50,000/year PLUS HEALTh INSURANCE as the county's unqualified "planning office manager" even after such debacles he's perpetrated on the county such as the failed and costly Legacy subdivision). It was bad enough in Sept. 2013 when these ideologues threw 400 low-income women under the bus in favor of an unqualified whacko crony, and then it got worse. And worse, and worse. And these people are still in charge. Surprised about Trump being prez? Not in Ravalli County. By God.

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Posted by Bill LaCroix on 07/14/2017 at 9:52 AM

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

Thank you Rob. Excellent article and so true!!!

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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 07/13/2017 at 10:31 PM

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

Snake eyes, forked tongue, bad juju.

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Posted by Whirled Peas on 07/13/2017 at 7:04 PM

Re: “The strange and continuing saga of former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey

A libel suit cannot succeed in Montana. Here you can say or write what you want about a public official or candidate, Check out Williams v Pasma, MT Supreme Court (DA82-50) 1982.

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Posted by Carole Mackin on 07/13/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “For a columnist and a president, it's the 'Best Of' times

Wow ! Care for another glass of Kool-Aide, Garret ?

Posted by alf on 07/13/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “The strange and continuing saga of former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey

Dan Brooks is a master at satire, given that he is able to ice this cake of uber-irony provided by not-fake news. It is Trumpian scale projection that Stamey blames somebody else for making her look incompetent. To see the 3 ring circus continue, tune in to the disciplinary hearing for serial frivolous litigator lawyer Robert Myers at 3:30 p.m. July 20 at the Missoula downtown Holiday Inn. That could provide some less consequential comic relief from the presidential tweet fest.

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Posted by Larry Campbell on 07/13/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “In absent sequoias, a reminder of what national monuments are for

I read today on CBSNEWS that president Trump wants to reduce the Giant Sequoia National Monument from 328 thousand acres to a mere 90 thousand acres. The land taken out of the monument will be logged. I am upset. These beautiful rare trees are going to be cut down. What a thoughtless stupid thing to do. Once these trees are gone, the forest will never grow back. Redwood trees were clear cut in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The places where they were clear cut remain bare grassland to this day. No shrubs grow there. No trees grow there. You can see this large clear cut (where redwoods used to grow when my family moved here in 1964) by driving on route 9 from Big Basin State Park to Saratoga. It is on your right side, heading towards Saratoga.

What a waste!

Posted by Carol Mello on 07/13/2017 at 12:07 AM

Re: “For a columnist and a president, it's the 'Best Of' times

Are you denigrating the idea of a representative vote in a Republic, Dan? You can certainly criticize why you don't like one government system or another, but your criticism in so many forced jokes is basically, "I think this system is absurd and I find voter fraud in it to be an unbelievable claim."

Really stacking up your backups there, huh? If first the fraud is shown to be occurring, which it has in everything from 'Bussing' people around polling sites to getting illegal individuals (like migrants and the dead) to vote thanks to no voter ID's, you can always just say, "Fraud in a silly system doesn't matter! The system is what is wrong, and Trump is still bad!" How courageous of you to risk being wrong when you shore yourself up like that.

What, is a fact-based reporter like you so afraid of being shown the thousands, if not millions, of illegal votes that have been cast for mainly Democrats and some Republican candidates in this country? Why criticize the investigation into the matter on the grounds that you suggest there isn't anything to find before the facts have been discovered? You just spent the whole article criticizing Trump for making a claim and then make your own claim, believing that because yours is in the negative you don't have to prove anything! You cannot even make the claim that it doesn't happen because in your own words you admitted many polling places don't even have personal identifying documentation on who is voting where - so how can you say one finding or another would be 'unprecedented' as if to imply it would be as ridiculous a notion as your racoon jokes?

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Posted by Garret Morrill on 07/10/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “In absent sequoias, a reminder of what national monuments are for

Thank you for this sad portrayal of another act of destruction we humans have inflicted on this fragile world. I remember these great trees from my childhood and now as with all trees I am so saddened at their loss. What Ryan Zinke and now Gianforte are doing with this country's iconic sites and animals (grizzly) is beyond imagining and they both come from Montana, one state that has more to lose than any...our grizzlies are at risk!!! We must take a stand and stop this desecration now!!!

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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 07/06/2017 at 10:25 PM

Re: “The Montana Family Foundation wants to see your kid's bathroom pass. You should wonder why.

The Montana Family Foundation was started and always controlled by Greg Gianforte and his wife Susan, who was CEO until Greg ran unsuccessfully for Governor. She stepped down then so that she wouldn't have to answer any questions about the MFF and Greg could say "it's just my wife's little hobby."They are very similar to the Westboro Baptist group, except they don't picket soldiers funerals, just advocate politically for denying all rights to all LGBTQ citizens of Montana. Greg and Susan have been quoted many times in the press about their belief that LGBTQ people choose the lifestyle so should not be protected in any manner. Greg believes if there were fewer LGBTQ people in Bozeman, more businesses would move there. Their lackey, Jeff Lazfoffy, does their bidding and is the public face of the organization. His daughter Sarah was the head of our school system in Montana. She graduated from the Bethal School of Supernatural Ministry, where they teach kids to try to raise the dead to life. Elsie Arntzen, a MFF supporter and now Superintendent of Public Schools, was Greg's choice when he was running for Governor. Together they figured they could funnel tax dollars to religious schools. He lost, she won. This privacy act has been in the works, desired by Greg and Susan, for many years. It is all a part of the MFF plans to be in charge of Montana government and it s working because people are not paying attention to the actions of this extreme right wing, creationist sect that believes their particular god's laws trump all man made laws. All bathrooms have stalls so privacy in bathrooms is a non-issue and the last thing a transgender person wants is to be naked around a bunch of people that hate them. Please don't support this MFF attempt to divide and install fear into our population. Be smarter than them. Vote against this ballot initiative when you see it.

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Posted by Build up that wall on 06/29/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “The Montana Family Foundation wants to see your kid's bathroom pass. You should wonder why.

What is truly troubling, and I offer our president as an example, is that some percentage of Americans reading this dont get the irony. And, I would suggest that the vast majority of groups who self-define as being Family Foundation are in fact, not. I cant say it has always been this way, but 2017 American religion is extremist and bigoted, and are proud of it. No irony there.

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Posted by Lori Stewart on 06/29/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “The Montana Family Foundation wants to see your kid's bathroom pass. You should wonder why.

More people have been molested in a bathroom by sitting members of Congress than by LGBQT people.

I think we should require members of the Montana Family Foundation to provide validation of their moral rectitude to make sure none of them are potential threats to children. It is a well-known issue that people with their narrow fixation on sexual deviance are much more likely to be prone to that sort of behavior.

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Posted by claudius on 06/29/2017 at 1:45 PM

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