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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: “Letters to the Editor

Bob Lambert seems to think that polio vaccine had nothing to do with the decline and eradication of polio in the U.S. He cites advances in public health into the early 1900's. Polio did not decline until after the Salk vaccine was discovered in the early 1950's. How I wish the vaccine had been discovered a couple years earlier. As a result I have spent my entire life with Polio's after-effects.
He is like most anti-vaxxers who make claims with no basis in scientific evidence. Polio is a disease (like measles) that could make a comeback due to misinformation and rumor. Measles should have been eradicated. However, it is making a comeback because people like Lambert are buying into misinformation that it isn't necessary or worse, that vaccines cause autism. There is no scientific evidence to support that claim.
Stop this madness!

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Posted by Jace on 06/08/2017 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Do you know that Montana is one of a few states where the actual sales price of real estate is not available to the public? We have no idea what houses really sell for. This opens the door to manipulation of the real estate market which is what we are seeing now.

Because the public does not know the true sales price of houses (which is different from the asking price), real estate agents manipulate the market by putting any asking price they desire on houses. This leads people to believe house prices are going up, when currently only the selling price of small, undesirable shacks are going up.

The majority of people in Missoula are strapped to pay between $200,000 and $300,000 for a house but are forced to. Most of the houses in Missoula are selling in this range, and most are undesirable shacks.

This is not due to lack of inventory as realtors claim, there are plenty of houses on the market, it is just that other houses have been priced extremely high by real estate agents, or by agents allowing sellers to overprice. Developers like Edgell are building homes, but most people cannot afford those homes either.

The average household income in Missoula is $40,000, yet the average asking price of houses is @$266,000. To exist, a household income should be 30% of the house price.

$40,000 is 30% of $120,000.

$88,500 is 30% of $266,000.

The average sales price of homes should be $120,000 for economic stability.

The average current asking price exclude most of the people in Missoula from buying homes. These ridiculous prices also cause rents to escalate, which is outrageous for the average working family.

In Missoula rent is typically @60% of household income. For sustainability rent should be 30%. This is not a healthy economy.

House sale prices have not skyrocketed, only undesirable shacks. Houses in the 300,000+ category that have sold since January have an asking price of only about an average of
@ $15,000 more than house asking prices 8 years ago. That is basically a adjustment for inflation which is 1% annually. Houses used to appreciate 1-2% annually in the 1950's and 60's when we had a healthy economy. So no. House selling prices have not gone up.

Here is an example of house price manipulation: A house sold on Brooks in the past few months at the asking price of $240,000 (we do not know the actual sales price). Brooks is one of the busiest streets in town. Last week, a house across the street on Brooks with similar square footage was put on the market for the outrageous amount of $450,000. The only difference? The $450,000 house has more appeal because it has a brick faade. House appraisals do not markup house prices $210,000 for a brick facade. This is pure greed and manipulation.

There are many other examples including a house that was just listed in a lower priced neighborhood where the recent asking price of houses had been @ $270,000. What is the asking price of this newly listed house? $740,000. No one has bought a home for even half that price in that neighborhood. The $740,000 house is the same square footage/ number of beds and baths, as the other houses that had previously sold in the neighborhood. The $740,000 house does not even have a decent garage or backyard. Only a handful of homes have sold in Missoula for $740,000, let alone in a historically low priced neighborhood.

We need disclosure of actual real estate sales prices, so everybody including home buyers and renters can live to work instead of work to live. Shelter is a basic need like food and medical care. We need to have the majority of homes affordable in Missoula. Instead, the majority of homes are not affordable. I guess real estate agents and greedy sellers are braced for the thousands of millionaires they believe to be moving to Missoula.

Kathy Higgins


Posted by Kathy Walter Higgins on 06/07/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Sen Sue Malek for voting against HJ 9 and speaking out in support of Montana's Wilderness Study Areas.

It's worth remembering that Senator Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act which was supported by the Montana Dem Party and groups like Montana Wilderness Association, would have fully released these Wilderness Study Areas for logging, motorized recreation and/or development:

Axolotl Lakes Wilderness Study Area
Bell and Limekiln Canyons Wilderness Study Area
Henneberry Ridge Wilderness Study Area
Hidden Pasture Wilderness Study Area

Tester's FJRA also would have released a portion of the following Wilderness Study Areas for logging, motorized recreation and/or development:

Blacktail Mountains Wilderness Study Area
Centennial Mountains Wilderness Study Area
Farlin Creek Wilderness Study Area
Humbug Spires Wilderness Study Area
Ruby Mountains Wilderness Study Area
Sapphire Wilderness Study Area
West Pioneer Wilderness Study Area

For certain, I wish these facts weren't true, but anyone who actually took time to read through Senator Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act knows the truth about this.

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 05/04/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

All right, Gwen McKenna! What she said (boom-town blues)!

Posted by Patricia Hogan on 03/04/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Faking Left

Beth - you have no clue about the causes of climate change. Carbon dioxide isn't the culprit, as the science proves that CO2 does not drive climate change - other factors, such as the precession of the equinoxes, have more effect than CO2. In fact, increases in CO2 typically occur AFTER the temperature has already begun to rise. If CO2 was the cause, then CO2 would have to begin to increase BEFORE the temperature began to increase. For a comprehensive review, see the link below.

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Posted by Pachistima on 12/06/2016 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Achieve Teddy's vision

to put "Teddy " in your anti trapping rag is an obvious lesson you should no by now, you and your like Know nothing about trapping and especially T.R. I suggest you do some reading on him , several books he wrote and a few from others might bring a hint of enlightenment to an other wise dull and dark thought process you seem to have

Posted by Tom Kloote on 11/11/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “You listening, Barack?

I think I read about this mine a year ago and it is to be placed on land that is sacred to the native people for different tribes living over there and it is located near the rim, I don't think the ground is tribal. Good luck with Obama he has known about it and has done nothing that I have heard of

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Posted by Tom Kloote on 11/11/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Respectful correction

I find it odd how much people care about what Dan Brooks has to say.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 11/03/2016 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Misinformed writers

Part of I-177 that should concern us all even if we don't trap. Section 8. Section 87-1-506, MCA, is amended to read:
"87-1-506. Enforcement powers of wardens. (1) A warden may:
(a) serve a subpoena issued by a court for the trial of a violator of the fish and game laws;
(b) search, without a warrant, any tent not used as a residence, any boat, vehicle, box, locker, basket, creel, crate, game bag, or package, or their contents upon probable cause to believe that any fish and game law or department rule for the protection, conservation, or propagation of game, fish, birds, or fur-bearing animals has been violated;

Posted by niam on 10/20/2016 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Don't be fooled

Here's the part that bothers me: Section 8. Section 87-1-506, MCA, is amended to read:
"87-1-506. Enforcement powers of wardens. (1) A warden may:
(a) serve a subpoena issued by a court for the trial of a violator of the fish and game laws;
(b) search, without a warrant, any tent not used as a residence, any boat, vehicle, box, locker, basket, creel, crate, game bag, or package, or their contents upon probable cause to believe that any fish and game law or department rule for the protection, conservation, or propagation of game, fish, birds, or fur-bearing animals has been violated;

Posted by niam on 10/20/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Yes on I-177

It is obvious this person knows nothing about trapping , ecology, some of the greatest wildlife studies, and a lot more than I can name here. The repercussions of a trapping ban will eliminate the sage grouse for one for ever in MT.. It would cause government trapping, poison (coyote getters if you have ever heard of them), countless dollars spent by a strapped state and all for what??? Some misinformed anti trapping folks who are not willing to look at the facts , the dollars brought in for game management, they are just as blind, ignorant, folks that want this state turned upside down. If this passes our state will slowly be sterilized just like a lot of other states. Why don't they get involved with the Trapping community, get some laws in that they think are needed, increase set backs if that is an issue, and name places you think should be off limits to trappers and I am sure they will follow your suggestions. I check my traps every day, most trappers are so far removed from where any town folk would venture it is ridiculous to think they would even be near a trap line. Vote no and keep Montana's wildlife in the hands of the professionals, not some misinformed anti folks who could care less about our wildlife here in MT..

Posted by Trad man on 10/14/2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “An amazing treasure

Oh Yes! Please support gentrification by bond issue. If the locals can not afford it, they should live communally in tent cities their friend's or parent's backyard, or down by the river. A tent city was tried on the courthouse lawn, didn't workout....or better yet, just find a cheaper place to live, Arkansas maybe.

I would be all in for a new library if it wasn't for:

The 'recent' $42 million "Parks and Trails" bond deception.
The 'recent' over zealous and over bloated $158 million schools bonds.
City and county taxes 'recently' run amok.
Greedy real estate speculators.
Greedy landlords.
The rich and trendy yuppies.
--Anywhere USA is the coolest place to be so long as it is trendy and expensive.
Commodity speculation in energy supplies.
Commodity speculation in foodstuffs.
--prices are on the rise again.
Stagnate and shrinking wages.
-- Zooville is not known for good wages....we're all here to eat the scenery anyway, right?
And than there are those of us who are retired and or on fixed incomes.

A new library would be nice, but what good would it be if we can no longer afford to live in our hometown anymore?

Posted by McFrankenZoola on 10/13/2016 at 2:34 PM

Re: “No on I-177

Mike, you may be a good trapper but clearly you're a lousy chicken farmer. It's not that difficult to fence out a fox... you don't even have to kill it.

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Posted by Shianne on 10/08/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Writing on the wall

Are you going to be walking or filling up your car with that nasty fossil fuel and drive over?

Posted by erlyirn on 10/08/2016 at 12:05 AM

Re: “My trails too

I'm not impressed!

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Posted by Joe Bear on 09/29/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Shush up already

It doesn't seem to matter where you are, the new people are exceptionally loud nowadays. They seem to like to form long lines and wait for things while they are being loud as well....I don't get it?

Posted by Joe Bear on 09/25/2016 at 2:34 AM

Re: “Not very sporting

Not only setting it and baiting it...but walking away from it. Who, other than a trapper, walks away from a loaded weapon and leaves it unattended for 24 or 48 hours...or longer?

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Posted by Pronghorn on 09/22/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “A place to walk

Montana, you have multi use trail users and you are the last state to create workability with all the user groups on your trail system. I have now lived in Utah, Idaho, and Montana, with Montana being the least able to adapt to the trail use issues, which if you do not come up with solutions for ALL, it is going to leave your great state in the dark ages, and you think that is smart it is not.
I am a trail runner first in my heart, mountain biker 2nd and horse lover, I cannot afford a horse but I go to Farms and help horse owners. The single track mountain trails are here to be enjoyed by all three. Certain trails will work better for different groups, based on steepness and switch backs and trailheads and this needs to be assessed. When I lived in Missoula, Woods Gulch was one of the only routes safe to exit an area safely and in time if I was caught in that area in bad weather, lack of fuel or technical issues. The trail needs work, it is eroded but can accommodate hikers and bikers, mostly.

When I lived in Salt Lake City we had even numbered days for bikers, odd numbered days for dogs and hikers, this allowed multiple user groups to use trails in populated areas. The Rattlesnake is close to a populated area. Also the TNR mountain bike groups in Missoula, mostly made of of men can help curb the younger downhill mountain bike crew who is really the age demographic that is blowing it and speeding on trails. It is a gender and age and technical ability issue, not a biker vs hiker issue. I left Montana, partly because the trail system is not a priority or seen as the rescources it truely is. Trails are a passion for me, I have been on them in Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Idaho, I truely hope Montana figures out in time that is a need of a trails system over haul for ALL.
Sincerely, Jennifer Kuhlmann , Now in Sun Valley, Idaho enjoying single track trails.

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Posted by Jennifer Russell Kuhlmann on 09/18/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Shared nature

"open space protection takes time. Until Missoula sees trail growth to match its population"

Can "loved to death" be fixed?

Can the carrying capacity of this valley and region handle the pace of growth we are experiencing now?

If you've been around longer than twenty years, and you are not a landlord or a real estate speculator, Missoula is fucked!

7.5 billion people on this planet and growing....and Missoula is the trendy place to be....

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Posted by Joe Bear on 09/17/2016 at 11:50 AM

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