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Re: “Publisher's Note

Finally tracked down this explanation. So sad. You went from being a relevant, independent with a comprehensive appeal to just another, "business as usual" advertiser. How dare you call me disaffected you pompous ass. It is unfair to the rest of your reporting staff. I will miss them but I dislike you and am done. I fought with local business to get your rag display space. Will have to somehow find an appropriate remedy for that action.

Posted by BOB BECK on 07/21/2012 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Fighting for Montanans?

Makes a person believe in Karma. I remember the Earth First young people in Missoula exercising their constitutional rights and Van Valkenburg's reach to send them to prison. I hope he wins a trip to the corwbar hotel. Too bad so many young women also had to suffer. Missoula County deserves the black eye for continuing his reign.

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Posted by BOB BECK on 05/10/2012 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Fracking is bad

Mr. Jackson
Please feel free to take possession of my allocated portion of "Pink Slime". A great expample of legal, non-nutrientive filler sold to me in a and as a food product and feel free to wash it down with well water from someone who's well has coincindentally become contaminated by chemicals and compounds of an unnkown origin near recent "Fracking " operations. Burp!

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Posted by BOB BECK on 03/30/2012 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Fracking is bad

A good synopsis of the current state of affairs. Do you other commenters ever read the Environment or Science sections of the news or, I have to ask, is Fox your sole source?

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Posted by BOB BECK on 03/29/2012 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Courts can't stop it

Once again, so much for principle. My PORK (insert Special Interest Legislation) is good pork, period. I wonder if Tester really believes it will buy him enough votes from the other camp. Adious. If he had treated me civally and respectfully I may have felt some compassion. Actually I do a little. What a miserable choice we have to make.

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Posted by BOB BECK on 03/22/2012 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The Bakken bust

Reality check. Respectfully offer that you might be a little overly sensitive. You can choose to be a part of the boom, but like ex-patriots in cheap foreign living areas or some examples of eco tourism, we are the problem we are trying to escape, and carry it with us. Also, you get the cash, we get the cleanup. But, good to hear that your life has improved for a bit. I find myself suddenly part of the poor.

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Posted by BOB BECK on 03/15/2012 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Hang the 'collaborators'

Perhaps a little historical perspective would of value. It began before my time but in the 60's there was actually a national concensus or colaboration or compromise and science was introduced to replace politics in the process and the need to do so was glaringly obvious to most. The problem is that more user groups began to appear. Wilderness did not increase, just the demand for more to have access to it. What ever your opinion as appropriate or not. Private lands and uncontested forest lands were all cut and then the big players left, leaving the scraps for us to fight over. As a result of all this demand, most with no historical perspective, the move began to reintroduce politics as the deciding force. The problem for these people is that there are numerous laws in place that require science and fact based decisions, to the best service of all who want responsible stewardship, on a larger scale of responsibility, of those who are the caretakers of our wildlands. If we reintroduce politics, and if you wish us to, you must truly be a lonely optomist in these political times. The same thing that happened to wallstreet will happen here only, if you understand the concept of wild places and wilderness, it cannot be restored or redone. It can be, maybe, cosmetically, but the true ecosystem, the part of the beginning, is gone forever. Or we can move to another planet.

I am/was earthfirst but I had to chuckle at the logger bumper sticker, "log earth first, we'll get the rest later". I am a fiscally conservative progressive and I think that putting something in the bank, and leaving it there, untouched, forever, is a good policy. The other choice is the god complex, that we have the insight now, for now and for ever, so lets just use it all now. Money, fun, freedom, consumption. Are we historically capable of anything more. This taking is only the last for the first, and the first taking of the last.

Posted by BOB BECK on 03/09/2012 at 8:01 PM

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