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Re: “How Montana's muddled marijuana law put providers and patients at riskā€”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: “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

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: “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: “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

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

How many salaries would that expensive building to coddle our little darlings paid? Makes my blood boil.

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Posted by Julie Morris Howard on 07/14/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Missoulians tailor a tea for the protection of Indian elephants

AWESOME! Kudos and thank you to everyone who made this happen. Perhaps you can consider getting this tea into elephant sanctuary gift shops...here's a truly fantastic one: https://www.elephants.com/

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Posted by Other Nations on 07/14/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Lynsey G. has seen the good, the bad and the weird of pornography. Let's talk about it.

In 1974, two years after Nixon won the White House in the biggest landslide in history, it was nearly impossible to find anyone who would admit having voted for him.

Similarly, with porn tying up a third of the Internet's bandwidth, and surveys showing that at least nine of ten Americans watch porn, it is nonetheless difficult finding those who admit doing so.

Posted by John Kevin Hunt on 07/14/2017 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Tracking a mobile home park's decades-long decline

Chris,

I wrote this story and would like to learn more about your situation. You can text me at 406-600-3547 or email dbrouwer@missoulanews.com.

Best,
Derek

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Posted by Derek Brouwer on 07/13/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Tracking a mobile home park's decades-long decline

"This month, Orr initiated eviction proceedings against 28 non-rent-paying tenants."
KEI failed to keep proper records, and are trying to evict rent paying residents. This is not the first time either, it happens every 6 months or so.
I've lived here for almost 10 years, had very few minor issues throughout the years, until KEI bought it and claimed we aren't paying rent. They are difficult to contact, impossible to meet, and have now gotten their lawyer to run their business.
They claimed that we have not been paying rent for three years... Yes three years. And owe them $6600. Now we have to prove otherwise.

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Posted by Chris Skinner on 07/13/2017 at 6:58 PM

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

Gwen is now writing editorials for the Indy, I see.

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Posted by Wyatt Durp on 07/13/2017 at 5:44 PM

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

Good snark. And true...unfortunately.

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Posted by alf on 07/13/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Lynsey G. has seen the good, the bad and the weird of pornography. Let's talk about it.

Interesting article. You have some good stuff up this week.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/13/2017 at 12:34 PM

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

I'd like to say that UM's priorities are askew, but we've all known this has been the case for years now.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/13/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Tracking a mobile home park's decades-long decline

Great report. I'm looking forward to seeing something similar on our Reserve Street Homeless Camp.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/13/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “With Montana's Medicaid expansion on Trump's chopping block, what else is at stake?

Why should the 1 million Montanans care about the 79,000 that don't have healthcare?

Seems harsh, but it's a fair question.

I mean...

We don't care about all the people taking on tens of thousands in student debt.
We don't care about the seniors that haven't seen a cost of living increase.
We don't care about our $20 trillion in national debt.
We don't care about our endless wars.

Why is this issue so important all of a sudden?

I figure it's because lots of people are making money off it. That's usually the main impetus for most things in the world today.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/13/2017 at 9:52 AM

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