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Re: “Lost son found

He loved Nietzsche. Anyone who understands this, understands that he possibly, even probably, went in with no intention of coming out: he had had enough of the modern world.

This is not dishonorable. He made a decision and carried it out, a soldier to the last. And if he had intended to come out, perishing by accident, he still deserves respect for his daring - and his depth.

Posted by Marshall Lentini on 07/23/2017 at 5:51 PM

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

"Critical Theory" - and there it is. Of course a Marxist wants to reshape education to center around his subject. Marxists always want to be at the center of the damn universe and envy the power of others. And look at how in one motion he criticizes the horrid little Capitalists while scooping the coins of his care package off of his own perfectly bourgeois table. At least one Marxist hypocrite has been ousted from his cushy job corrupting the youth.

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Posted by Garret Morrill on 07/21/2017 at 11:42 PM

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

Imagine any business trying to eliminate its most experienced members. How could it thrive?

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Posted by M Sad on 07/21/2017 at 7:27 PM

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: “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: “First impressions of the new KettleHouse Amphitheater: It rocks.

Thank you for the venue review! I appreciate this because I am hesitant of shelling out my hard earned babysitting money to attend another show at a less than accommodating theater or amphitheater. The shuttle bus idea is fantastic. Your article didn't mention whether you can bring bring your own food, beverages and containers into the place. Was the power affected by the storm that rolled through?

Posted by whirrled peas on 07/20/2017 at 4:36 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.

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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.

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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.

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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: “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: “First impressions of the new KettleHouse Amphitheater: It rocks.

Incredible venue and everything was so well orchestrated. Even the small touches, like not having to pay to prove you're 21, as the wristband distributor told patrons, were appreciated. Only negative was the new Bonner Logger beer, sold in cans, was lukewarm, especially disappointing on a 95-degree evening. But overall it was a unique and memorable concert experience. Can't wait for future visits.

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Posted by Carol Van Valkenburg on 07/20/2017 at 8:57 AM

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