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Re: “Former Five Valleys Land Trust Director Grant Kier takes aim at Greg Gianforte's House seat

This sounds promising. And almost anyone would be an improvement over Gianforte.

So, Greg Strandberg, did you actually read this article? Mr. Kier has worked for a decade with all kinds of people all over western Montana. It's would make sense that he actually would understand the realities and concerns of many Montanans. Why would you think he doesn't?

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 09/22/2017 at 3:11 AM

Re: “Former Five Valleys Land Trust Director Grant Kier takes aim at Greg Gianforte's House seat

@Greg Strandberg - In your incessant, vituperous commenting across a multitude of forums on virtually every issue, I have yet to see a single hint even that you have any idea what the realities and concerns are for ANY Montanans.

What I have seen is pretty much just mouth and attitude, without reason or facts. It's called "trolling."

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Posted by claudius on 09/21/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

So the folks in Ronan and Polson are going to Kalispell? Why? Because it is so much better to shop in a community that has attracted the likes of Richard Spencer and others who subscribe to fringe racist ideologies? Yeah, that's much better than those transients who allegedly spend all their time raping women. Like the Mexicans of course.

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Posted by Shortbull on 09/21/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

Wes Spiker is well known as a spoiled kook. I.E. former spokesperson for Stock Farm, attending posh American Express luxury publishing conferences (this list could stretch for pages). He's generally regarded as a boomer douche of the first order behind his back. There are numerous legends of his petulant behavior like crawling across a boardroom table while screaming "wah wah" while berating a client for being a "baby". It's pretty clear that he's the brains and $ behind Lisa's campaign. If he hates progressive politics so much maybe a McMansion in Big Sky is where he can be around folks like himself. I'd say good riddance.

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Posted by MiddleClassMissoula on 09/21/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

Why hasn't Mayor Engen filed a single campaign finance report since August 26? Are you telling me he hasn't raised a single dollar over the past 25 days? I find that hard to believe. Remember, Montana law requires candidates to file a new report 48 hours after they receive a donation.

What's going on?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/21/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “The real history lesson behind Helena's Confederate monument

I'm concerned at the profound ignorance of our history amongst the next generation of Montanans. History is supposed to be factual but in reality it's anything but. College graduates have no idea who Joseph Stalin was. Or Audie Murphy, Pol Pot, Benito Mousollini,HoChiMin and a host of history makers. A second grader can quote you chapter and verse about RevDrMartinLutherKingJr but has no clue who Albert Einstein was.
I submit that educators are rewriting our history by ignoring what did happen with what should have happened. Opposition to anything Conferate is a perfect illustration. America has bee apologizing for the institution of slavery for all the seventy years I've been alive. I think it's time to move on. 1864 was a long time ago.

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Posted by smedley on 09/21/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Former Five Valleys Land Trust Director Grant Kier takes aim at Greg Gianforte's House seat

Grant Kier made $92,887 in 2015 as a director of a 'nonprofit.'

He has no idea what the realities and concerns are for the majority of Montanans.…

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/21/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

Many of the points raised in Spiker's letter are some of the reasons hundreds of families in the Ronan - Polson area have quit doing business, shopping, attending events, etc. in Missoula. They now take all the money they spend out of town to Kalispell. And the actions and words of Ellie Hill and Mayor Engen are part of the reason too. Missoula is quickly becoming a mini Seattle-Portland-San Francisco.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 09/21/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Documenting Bigfoot's small-town footprint

For anyone interested in the subject...I wrote a book called Paranormal Montana that collects all the Bigfoot sightings in Montana that I could find, covering the years from the 1890s to the early-2000s.…

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/21/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Mother! only masquerades as feminism

MaryAnn Johanson begins: I cannot recall the last time a film made me as angry as Darren Aronofskys Mother! has. I can relate to that kind passion, because never before has a film review made me so counter-mad!

Johansons complaints are as follows. 1. The characters are one-dimensional 2. The story is misogynistic. 3. The film makes no sense. 4. The director is bad at making movies and/or hates women? The last is purely conjecture, based on the otherwise unsupported, ad hominem claim that Aronofskys head wended [good verb use!] further and further up his own cinematic ass

Its true that Mother! isnt easily pinned down. Read 50 reviews and you will find 50 interpretations. Instead of pat lessons, Aronofskys given us the messy unfolding of an archetypal womans psychological nightmare; to unlock its secrets demands repeated viewing. Is Mothers subservient relationship to her older, poet husband a critique of traditional gender roles? A cautionary comment on the sin of co-dependency? Does the blood seeping from the floorboards constitute a Lady MacBeth-esque breakdown or a literal event? Perhaps its a biblical allegory, but careful with that: If anybodys giving away their rib in this picture, its Eve. My point is that not understanding a film and the film having no meaning is not the same thing.

I think Johanson incorrectly assumes that Aronofsky believes hes making a feminist movie. I see Mother! as apolitical if anything. The film shows humanity at its worstand neither gender escapes that judgment.

Its true that Mother never leaves the house, and of course women should be allowed to do that. What I dont understand is why Johanson is so scandalized to find a horror film filled with horrible things. What is art for but to exercise our demons, in lieu of tearing each other apart? Again, I must insist: Putting bad things on screen and condoning bad things is not the same thing. Conflate the two, and you risk missing out on a modern masterpiece.

-Molly Laich

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Posted by Mollyllama on 09/18/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

It sucked. Thank you.

Posted by Elana Leanna on 09/17/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Are we punishing the poor hard enough?

Finally, someone actually addresses my arguments without resorting to pointless adhominem attacks.

I did not assume anything of the middle-class sort with this case, nor does the imposition of hypothetical situations that maybe, could, possibly, somewhat cause a difference in priority have any bearing on this case. One can still work without a vehicle - there is plenty of public transportation and self-employed work one can do to scrap together money for such a fine. Even if you are effectively orphaned from parents this is more than possible if someone wishes to seek it. And you seem to assume too that I am middle-class given my point of view, which is funny considering I consider cottage cheese a luxury I often cannot afford.

See, your point about fees as deterrents is far more interesting. What is the purpose of a fine? It certainly has an element of deterrence to it, though that isn't the only factor involved. Another aspect of fines is the rebalancing of the scales for a violation of the society's laws. Instead of taking your tooth when you take my tooth and other simplistic tit-for-tat solutions, our judicial thought process will often substitute a commensurate resource amount to 'pay for' a wrong. Now this is not based on the individual but the crime committed, which is to say if I punch you as a poor person it is no different in the eyes of the law than if a wealthy person punches you. The crime is the same, and thus carries the same punishment that cannot be determined by 'how much money ya got?' so the state can take it away even more away from you as they please.

Obviously in an organic system where all kinds of factors can differ, this rebalancing process is tricky and will result in different outcomes for different unique situations. Some people are dumb enough not to take legal council that is freely offered to them, which contributes to the higher incarceration rates for certain groups. Further, a major problem in our society is that lawyers worth their salt are hired on mercenary-style by individuals rather than provided at taxpayer expense to everyone which will result in wealthy people getting better lawyers to help them, but that's a different issue than here.

What is the point in this case is that the teen was most assuredly guilty of his crime which, if left unpunished, could damage himself and his fellows. His punishment of a moderate fine was unpleasant but manageable to pay by any citizen who wished to work for it (and could be even more so manageable had the court allowed him to make up for it with community service), and his spiral into insolvent fines and jail time is a direct result of his further actions shirking the law. It would be better if in prison he would be taught not to be such a fool and offered the chance to not be a burden on society, but if he continues to choose to be such he will be punished as such. Seems harsh, but I would wish for the same to be applied to anyone guilty, rich or poor, for the betterment of my society.

Posted by Garret Morrill on 09/16/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Street Talk: Why so sensitive?

I have tons of food, chemical and enviro allergies and sensitivities. As our world gets more and more toxic asthma is skyrocketting and so are all allergies. It will overload the health system. Does tRumpf care? No, he will not give us the coverage we need. Immoral dirtbag.

Posted by Patricia Bowers on 09/16/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “How fire season complicates elk season

They r SICK AND SELFISH!!!! Its always about MONEY n votes! It makes me ill!!!! What the F is wrong with their morals and CONSCIENCE!!!! SHAME ON THEM!!!!!!!

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Posted by Patricia Bowers on 09/16/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “How fire season complicates elk season

They have already started Pat...bow season is now open! FWP will stop nothing and of course the hunters and trappers will not stop...tis the season of death!!!

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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 09/15/2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Mother! only masquerades as feminism

Perhaps the review missed the fact that "Mother" is Mother Earth and the entire film is an allegory for the way that Man has treated her as well as the religious allegory with Bardem's role being symbolic for God.

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Posted by S. Krause on 09/15/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Are we punishing the poor hard enough?

Garret, you're thinking about this problem from a myopic, middle-to-upper class point of view. You are assuming that a teenager's material needs are completely taken care of by the parents, and that any money earned by the teenager is free money that can be applied to a court fee. For the poor, that can be far from the truth. A teen might decide that bailing a parent out of jail is more important than paying a court fee, or putting gas in the sole family car, or preventing ones siblings from starving.

"And charging people rich or poor the same amount for the same crime is completely fair." If the purpose of a fee is as a deterrent, and a rich person can easily afford a fee that a poor person can't, then it is only acting as a deterrent for the poor person and is failing its purpose. This is not fair, and that makes you wrong. Maybe there's some way you can be right. Perhaps the actual purpose of the fee is to fund a bloated juridical bureaucracy. Because of the snowball effect from not paying an initial fee, a poor person will end up paying more in the end from the same infraction performed by a more well-to-do person. The support of the bureaucracy is still weighted unfairly on poor shoulders, and you're still wrong.

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Posted by Barak Nelson on 09/15/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “War games

Jackson's mother is a very sweet and kind lady. The choices are children make as an adult we are not responsible for. You could be raised by the most loving and hard working parents and still end up making bad desicisions. Let's not judge others for someone else's choices.

Posted by Heather YoAngel on 09/15/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “How fire season complicates elk season

Yes you are so right, but for ONCE I am appealing that the State do the right and compassionate thing and damn the hunters and corporate greed and China, and let our lands repopulate and get healthy a gain. Wildlife is integral to our planet and our spirits!!! Cant we just please set a Precedent FWP, and do the RIGHT THING n ban all hunting for one friggin' season???? Its so little to ask and will pay off so hugely on the other end, far more than the sacrifice of selfishness and greed.

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Posted by Patricia Bowers on 09/15/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Mother! only masquerades as feminism

At the heart of it, this movie is really about an abusive relationship. All your points are accurate and the movie is horribly misogynistic, but perhaps where we differ is in our interpretation of the meaning behind it.

Perhaps I perceived it wrong, but this movie in many ways acts as a mirror of our society and its casual mistreatment of women. The film is uncomfortable and I think that's why I liked it. You feel tension. You feel anger. It's an intense roller coaster acid trip of a film and you're along for the ride with J. Law's character the whole way. I will not say it was a satisfying film, but I'm glad I saw it once, though will probably not be repeat viewing any time soon.

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Posted by Kyle Fordham on 09/15/2017 at 11:00 AM

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