Donald Trump is responding to his critics just as we knew he would. Vindictive, nasty treatments to anybody who opposed him.
Read your history, folks: This is exactly what Hitler and Mussolini did in the '30s. Trump will soon recruit his brown shirts to come after his detractors. None of us will be safe because he sees enemies behind every bush. Look at the numbers of Cabinet members and staff that he has already turned on.
Wake up, supporters: You may feel smug now, but you may not like fascism.
I will turn 88 next week, so I probably won't suffer much. My grandchildren probably will.
Andrew Yang, 2020 presidential candidate, recently stated: “Donald Trump is not the cause of all our problems, and we are making a mistake when we act like he is. He is a symptom of a disease that has been building up in our communities for years and decades. It is our job to get to the harder work of curing the disease.”
It’s too early to tell whether I’ll vote for Yang, but I definitely think he’s onto something. I encourage my fellows to demand those running for the presidency to focus on the root causes of “curing the disease” that confronts us in America.
When I was a parent, I learned that ofttimes when my children misbehaved, the best course of action was to ignore the behavior. Why do we not act toward Donald Trump the same way we might act toward our misbehaving child? As long as the media and the public give excessive attention to every tantrum he throws, we are playing into his game.
Let’s stop comparing him to other presidents and focus our expectations on the democratic candidates to make their platforms about more than just defeating Donald Trump, but about “curing the disease” that brought Trump to power.
Currently, Reserve Street from Broadway to Mullan Road is serving two contradictory purposes. One is the north/south corridor from Idaho to Washington/Glacier/Canada (the Travelers). The other is access to local shopping and dining (the Shoppers).
All the Travelers want is a straight shot through town, stopping as they wish. The Shoppers want easy turning access across all the traffic lanes, both directions, essentially cutting off the flow for the Travelers.
One road, two competing purposes.
One must be rerouted.
The thinking thus far has been to move the Travelers by building another corridor. Not only is this expensive, but it intrudes on other communities, essentially moving the problem.
I believe the solution is simpler. Reroute the Shoppers to roads behind the stores. Make them alternate one-ways, so there is a continual turn lane for access and a through lane for others (Great Northern a one-way going north, for instance). While the other roads (behind the stores on the west) are less than straightforward, most locals use them now to avoid Reserve anyway.
Some minor construction can make them more functional for local shopping traffic. Cut off all but one or two of the existing access points off Reserve, saving it for the Travelers.
There is a theory of how crime is created in the public mind; it is Labeling Theory. The idea is, what you call someone matters. It matters for how society treats you.
Both the Trump Party and our Democracy Party realize this. Remaining national members of the Party of Lincoln (Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Lamar Alexander and Mitt Romney) are discovering this, being labeled by other parties this February.
Call immigrants criminals and you can apply negative sanctions irrespective of actual behavior or character: deport them, ban their travel, withhold safety from them, even steal their children. Or, you can tear up your opponents' rally speech in the House chamber, and infer they'll go to jail.
The Senate chamber was equally full of labels recently. Attorney General William Barr overturned hundreds of years of constitutional precedent by having the Office of Legal Council argue his barren theories of "absolute immunity" for a "unitary executive" in the Senate Majority's witness-less trial. Every Trump senator fell for it. Romney, a former leader of the GOP, knew better about keeping our elections free from foreign intrusion. But he stood alone, and democracy lost.
Let's speak plainly. We have two big parties: the Trump Party and the Democracy Party.
The Rebublican-led Senate of the United States has set free an angry, untamed creature hell-bent on doing more and as much damage as is possible. This wild impostor of a human being, who has literally been told he can do no wrong, now has the go-ahead to do precisely just that.
Get out of his way or suffer the consequences: he'll throw you out, slander you and make sure you're known as the evil person that only he really is. He'll cut all the services meant to sustain the lives of Americans while making sure the water we drink and the air we breathe gets good and dirty. He'll violate the sacred lands of Native Americans to build a wall of divisiveness and hate decades after the Berlin Wall came down.
He 100% lacks empathy, sympathy and any sense of decency. while lying and bullying his way from behind a desk that, up to now, saw great men lead this country with the respect of the rest of this world.
Donald John Trump is the leader of a scared, cowardly cult of Republicans who worship the narcissistic ground he stumbles on. The damage he can do has just begun.
Tough week for America. Donald Trump’s campaign speech masquerading as a state of the union address saw him denigrate the Medal of Freedom by awarding it to a radio buffoon whose only “meritorious” claim was an undying devotion to the like-minded Trump.
Then, after taking an oath to act with bipartisanship in Trump’s impeachment trial, every Republican senator micturated on that oath by refusing to allow testimony, and unanimously voted (save one) to acquit him. The GOP should swap its elephant mascot for a sycophant, an animal with the body of a pachyderm and the head of a lemming shown following its leader to its doom with a nose in its leader’s behind.
Finally, at the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump vilified all that remains good in this country by his unprecedented use of profanity and his self-serving and unapologetic plea for redress for the "harsh treatment his family has endured." Any hope that Republican senators had that Trump would "learn his lesson" about his unacceptable attempts to subvert this country’s free and open election were pretty much dashed by then.
If Trump wins another four years in office, I fear it will be a very long time before America recovers its honor.
Last week my wife and I parked in downtown Missoula. I went to the parking pay station, put in the correct license plate number and started plugging in quarters. After putting in about five, the machine burped and spit them out. I must have done something wrong. I tried it again, mixing in some dimes and nickels. It spit out the change again. I tried it with quarters again; same thing. By then my hands were cold, I was dropping quarters in the snow and having a talk with the machine.
I was trying it for a fourth time — I’m not a quick learner — when a young woman came across the street, walked up to me and said, “I work at the parking commission and it looks like you are having troubles.” She worked on the keypad for a minute and gave me a receipt for two hours of parking. I still had my quarters. I asked how she knew I was having trouble. She said she was just walking to her office from a meeting and saw I needed help. Thanks, young woman.
Most mornings I walk a couple miles starting at 5:30. I enjoy the dark so I don’t carry a light. In the winter it is common for me to meet the snowplow doing its work for our neighborhood and the school buses. A few days ago there was new snow and the snowplow passed me from behind, spraying snow from the road. I was well-off the road and only my legs got snowy.
This morning on my walk I could hear the snowplow coming up the road behind me. The big machine slowed and when it got to me, it stopped. The driver got out, walked around the plow to me and said, “I wanted to come this way early hoping to see you to say I am sorry for spraying you with snow the other morning.” Thank you, snowplow driver; I appreciate what you do, your thoughtfulness and your courtesy.
And finally, as an American, I want Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to know that I deeply appreciate his service, his courage and his commitment to duty. Like most Americans, I respect the sacrifices our soldiers make serving in the military.
My brother did two tours in Vietnam and I believe most of us have similar or closer associations with the military so we know that most (not all) are people of character that deserve our respect. Certainly Vindman is. I am very sorry for his recent ignoble removal from his role as an adviser.
I deeply believe Americans are good people and know kindness, empathy and duty. These three examples of government workers doing what they do and the way they do it — when there is no-one to notice — are examples that America can still be good.
The republic will survive Donald Trump; it has endured worse presidents. The republic will not survive when 100 senators can blatantly disregard the oaths they took to protect and defend the Constitution — not the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party, not the president — and to be impartial jurors in the impeachment trial of Trump.
The senators all stood in the Capitol Building and swore an oath to God, and proceeded to violate that oath in the most public way possible. When elected representatives of the people can commit perjury with no apparent consequences, the republic will fall.
So, we the governed have a choice; we can continue to put up with this nonsense and watch the republic crumble, or we can let them all know we've had enough.
And in the end, those elected officials will not have to answer to me, you or anybody else. But they will have to answer to God. And good luck with that.
Rick Stephens, a longtime resident of East Missoula, passed away on Jan. 14.
I served with Stephens on the East Missoula Community Council for many years and found him to be one of East Missoula’s most ardent supporters
To say the least, Stephens was a unique character who not only always thought outside the box, I don’t think Stephens even knew there was a box. Regardless of the problem at hand, Stephens had an idea to solve it that no one else would have ever thought of — and more often than not, his ideas were worth consideration.
I considered Stephens a good friend and all in East Missoula owe him a debt of gratitude and will miss him. RIP Rick Stephens.
Ladies: The House is responsible for gathering witnesses and documentation, not the Senate. They and our senator and congressman recognized the House impeachment process for the sham it was and the latter two said so in the Missoulian (Feb. 6).
Additionally, the House investigation was contaminated as they did not specify a “constitutional crime” nor allow Donald Trump to bring witnesses to defend himself. They did not meet standards outlined for an impeachment; thus, their articles were invalid and fraudulent.
The Ukrainian president stated that Trump did not receive a quid pro quo. The ladies ignored this fact. So, I ask, if they were so upset with Trump, why aren’t both upset about the real quid pro quo that Joe Biden bragged about by getting the prosecutor investigating Burisma and Biden's son fired? Even the State Department warned about this conflict of interest by Biden.
Ladies, American voters should be the ones to decide who will be the president, not Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, Jerry Nadler and other Trump haters. The not guilty verdict will be upheld by more than 60 million Americans come November and President Trump will be re-elected.
In 2011, Missoula Mayor John Engen set in place a plan to end homelessness in 10 years. The City Council vote of 9-0 to evict low-income residents from their homes on Fourth Street is unbelievable. Isn't this a complete contradiction of the plan?
Cole Bergquist plans to build upscale condos after he tears down the homes of several people. Shame on you, City Council and Bergquist.
I had a conversation with a city cop about a stop sign that is completely ignored by every driver. He didn't seem to think that it was a problem and refused to do anything about it. Also learned from him that city cops get two 40-minute breaks plus an hour for lunch every day. Good thing they don't work in the private sector to only have a 15-minute break (maybe) every four hours. This info was given when I asked why six or eight patrol cars are at Ruby's Cafe or the coffee shop on North Higgins at once.
I really think Engen should discontinue the City Council meetings, as they do not listen to the residents at all. I do not think the council or Engen has ever sided with the public's concern or request.
I came across an article from Wisconsin Public Radio Newsletter asking if that state could increase its exports to the United Kingdom next year after the finalization of Brexit. Seems the European Union requires the UK to trade with member countries, importing several billion dollars worth of food and agricultural products.
I decided to see what the effect of Brexit might be for Montana exports to the United Kingdom. Seems that the UK is the eighth-highest market for Montana exports at $41 million in 2019, increasing yearly from $19 million in 2016, a 216% increase. Seems that about 73% of the UK’s food and agricultural products come from the European Union. Perhaps Montana can find some new markets in the UK for that 73% share from it’s beef, wheat, grain and other agricultural products. The exchange rate with a strong Euro favors the US with tariffs and transit costs favoring the EU countries.
The Wisconsin article mentioned a trade delegation going to the UK; I assume this is in the works from the Treasure State as well. Brexit may ultimately be detrimental, but perhaps Montana can benefit from it.
I have seen the altered video of Nancy Pelosi tearing up parts of President Trump's speech after various clips which honor special guests of the president.
The distributive property of mathematics tells us that the following is true: x(a+b+c) = ax+bx+cx. Therefore, when we see in the video that the president honored the World War II pilot, it is true that Pelosi tore up that part of the president's speech. When we see the president honoring a young lady so that she can go to college, it is true that Pelosi tore up that part of the speech, and when we see that the president honored the soldier who gave his life for our freedom, it is also true that Pelosi tore up that part of his speech.
This "altered" video is true by the distributive property that we all have been taught in school.
Meanwhile in Congress, the budget for next year is beginning to be decided. America’s commitment to global health has never been more important. Our recent increase to our pledge for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and continuing pledge to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, lead the way to strengthening world health care systems.
These two initiatives are saving millions of lives while protecting us locally, helping diseases to be stopped where they begin. So remember to do your part: Ask your members of Congress to support this important funding.
Utah U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney showed undeniable courage in voting to impeach and remove Donald Trump, who abused his office by withholding allocated military assistance to Ukraine until their leader announced a trumped-up investigation into his 2020 political opponent Joe Biden. A secondary benefit, from Trump’s point of view, was that weakening Ukraine helped his friend Vladimir Putin, whose army was and still is invading this country from the east.
Despite the case against Trump having been proven beyond any doubt, a fact acknowledged by even some Republicans, Montana Sen. Steve Daines showed no such courage. Afraid to anger Trump, he voted to acquit him.
It’s this simple. Utah has a Republican senator with a moral and ethical backbone. Montana’s Republican senator is spineless.
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, over 60 years ago, a future president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, wrote a book, "Profiles in Courage," about eight U.S. senators who exhibited courage in difficult and trying situations.
It is easy to imagine a similar book being written in the future. It is clear that such a book would include Sen. Mitt Romney, who took his oath seriously and showed moral strength in his vote to convict President Trump. Senator, you will not be in that book.
But fear not, for it is also certain that many, many books will be written about the cowardice of the other Republican senators. Whether out of fear of Trump or putting their own political ambitions above anything else, they chose to ignore the facts and allow a corrupt and dangerous man to remain in office and thus betray the Constitution and the American people. Historians will wonder how these senators could go from ridiculing a clown before he became president to kowtowing to his every whim and tweet. And senator, you will be in that book.
Maybe you’ll sign copies of it for your grandchildren as they learn about your legacy.
I am very sad that Montana has no Republican senator with the intellect, morals or guts of Utah's Mitt Romney.
Senator Daines, you will be tied to President Trump's infamy for all of history. Do you really think this president cares about the American people, Montana or you? It is abundantly clear that he only cares for himself, and will break any law or norm of American governance to maintain his power. With your vote to acquit on impeachment, you have abetted Trump's autocratic ambitions and rubber-stamped his assault on American governance.
I hope you and the Republican Party are completely wiped out in the next election so that a new and uncorrupted conservative party can emerge to advocate the true principles and morals of so many Montanans.
The complete abasement, save one, of the Republican Party is now accomplished.
Putative leader? Not "Muscovite Mac," who sees glasnost and perestroika as threats to the corporate state. Lindsey Graham, the twisted visage of Kavanaugh-gate and all the other neutered sycophants? No, none can sit without feeling hemorrhoidal discomfort, let alone wonder why the face in the mirror won't stop.
Only Mitt Romney has a peaceful heart. Why? No cover vote, nor did he just vote against the misanthrope-in-chief and remain silent. He gave us words.
Mikhail Gorbachev smiles. Glasnost.
It's been 10 years since I spied a group of big belt buckles setting up on the sidewalk in front of the downtown post office and got a real bad feeling. Sure enough, Ronald Reagan gave birth to the tea party, and Steve Bannon began the search for his "imperfect vessel." Enjoy your upscale cave, Stevie. Oh, and lay off Pope Francis.
To this Slithernite and his conspirators: We're all imperfect vessels, so say it loud and proud: We found the perfect caller to lead our empire and build hotels atop the bones of the multitude of the ungifted in the aftermath. Enjoy your upscale cave, Stevie. Oh, and lay off Pope Francis.
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines voted to acquit Donald Trump on the basis that all testimonies presented were secondhand information. They ignored Gordon Sondland’s testimony. He is a Trump appointee and had firsthand information through phone calls to and from the White House. Sondland testified that quid pro quo indeed occurred.
Daines' proof that Trump did nothing impeachable was the transcript of the July 25 phone all. As explained on the transcript, it is not verbatim; in fact, it is based on the recollections of White House and National Security Agency staff who were present during the Trump call. Also secondhand information, but to Republican senators, more pertinent than the statements of 17 career government employees.
No witnesses were called to testify even though the four names mentioned are Republicans and Trump appointees. Seventy one percent of Americans polled wanted witnesses called. The Republican Senate ignored what the public wanted.
The non-trial did nothing to discover the truth, only to keep it buried. Republican senators, save one, violated their oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution of the United States, violated their oath to be impartial jurors in the trial and embarrassed the very institution that they are supposed to represent.
I put into numbers the proportional representation of Montana and its four neighboring states as opposed to the West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington.
I read a recent interesting Roosevelt Institute (a rare progressive think tank) article on the inequality of the U.S. Senate. I also computed the representation through the U.S. House as well as the Electoral College. For Montana and four neighboring states, there are 503,000 people for each senator, while for the three West Coast states, 8.6 million people per senator, or 17 times less representation.
For the Electoral College the interior states have 314,000 people per vote while the West Coast States require 702,000 people for one electoral vote, we have 2.2 times the representation. For the U.S. House, however, the coastal states are represented by one member per 754,000 population while Montana and adjoining states require 839,000, the coastal states having 1.11 the representation. Regardless of your political leanings, one has to see the apparent inequity in much of our system, especially with the Senate.
The Senate was not created by the founders to remain static, clear in the Federalist Papers. It is time for equitable change and truer democracy.
Several Missoula charitable fundraisers have commented as to the lack of philanthropy by many members of the X and Y generations. The affluent members of those age groups seem to be more focused on their stock portfolios than what is happening on the world stage.
Perhaps it is because they are a couple generations past the Great Depression, when many good and honest people in dire need advanced by receiving a governmental helping hand.
I belong to a civic organization whose first principle of analysis that best serves all of human decisions is the simple question, “Is it the truth?” Yet many members of the referenced age groups often reply to foreign actions and politicians’ blatant misstatements with a two-word response: “Who cares.”
Perhaps if there were a pressing need for America to defend itself by requiring a draft of eligible citizens, including the children of the X and Y generations, they would actually realize the importance of caring about foreign financial aid. However, my concern is that when they finally wake up to the importance of helping those in need, both here and there, it may be too late.
A Pew Research Report was published online on Jan. 9 with findings on income inequality for the United States. There is what is called a Gini coefficient, which shows inequality. The higher the fraction, the higher the inequality.
The most current Gini coefficient for income in the U.S. from 2017 is 0.434. We are approaching India (0.495) at this time. We lead all G7 countries, with the closest being the United Kingdom at 0.392, the U.S. being 11% higher.
Wealth can also be used instead of income in the Gini coefficient. A study from the Allianz 2017 Global Wealth Report indicates that for wealth, the U.S. leads all developed countries, with a value of 0.81. The U.S. is 14% higher than China’s 0.71. The next level is at about 0.56 to 0.59 from Greece and Spain, respectively, with the U.S. nearly 44% higher.
So what, you may wonder? The study conducted by 13 institutions and led by Dr. Tim Kohler from Washington State University found troubling outcomes from civilizations with high Gini coefficients. The higher coefficients tend to suddenly fall at some point of time, always accompanied by violence and including revolution.
This letter is in response to Bozeman resident Andy Boyd's letter (Feb. 3) about the supposed lack of transparency in Montana Public Service Commission candidate Monica Tranel's campaign.
I interviewed Tranel in November on my KFGM 105.5 Missoula Community Radio show, and she was more than transparent with me about having worked for former Sen. Conrad Burns who, by the way, was a Republican, not a Democratic "boogeyman." Tranel was a Republican, but it's still a free country and people are allowed to change their party affiliations.
I applaud Tranel for the courage of her convictions in realizing that the current PSC is dysfunctional. Even their own members talk about how "hyper-partisan" the environment they work in is.
And to Boyd's reference to "confronting" her? Perhaps just asking her a question would be a better way to communicate.
Monica Tranel has gone up against Northwestern Energy in court. She's a fighter.
The last town hall U.S. Sen. Steve Daines participated in was on March 21, 2016. That was 1,416 days ago.
It is part of his job to meet with his constituents and hear our concerns, and he is actively abdicating that duty. We want him to come look us in the eye as we discuss clean air, clean water, climate change and why he supports an un-American president who lies, cheats and steals, all while trampling on the Constitution. We'd like details on why he spent July 4, 2018 in Russia.
Many of us are demanding he call a town hall. Most think he's not secure enough in his job to do such a thing. I'd sure like for him to prove otherwise.
It's time for Daines to do his job and come face everyday Montanans and look us in the eye. He has a lot of explaining to do.
In Montana, wildlife killers, rural legislators and ranchers, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) dictate the prosecution of wolves. Consequently, Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ archaic management is done by numbers, with attitudes of hate, ignorance and prejudice, instead with the best available science and compassion.
In 2017 alone, at least 254 wolves were killed; hunters killed 166 wolves and trappers killed 88 wolves. An additional 100 wolves are allowed to be killed on private lands. Yet the wolf killers are not satisfied and want even more wolves to die.
Wolves matter for themselves, their mates, their families, the ecosystems and to those of us who want to see them alive. Killing wolves for fun, recreation and trophies is appalling human behavior. Trapping any animal, whether wolves or members of other species, is barbaric and cruel.
Please contact the FWP Commission at email@example.com before Feb. 13 and ask them not to extend the wolf hunting and trapping seasons, not to increase the bag limit from five to 10 wolves in Region 1, and to maintain the number of wolves allowed to be killed in unit 313 and 316, just north of Yellowstone National Park, at one per unit. Wolves need you!
We remember the copper kings, the rich easterners who came to Montana. They, with their faithful politicians, "raped" Montana minerals, then left the environmental disaster for us citizens when they left and "moved on."
What if Donald Trump, or his son, wanted to come back to make money using our Montana public lands? Who would stop him, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines? Daines does not even want witnesses appearing in an impeachment "trial" — he will do whatever Trump wants, being in Trump's "hip pocket."
Time to get a senator who will protect Montana. For now, fire Daines, hire the Dem. Replace in the near future with Republicans (the "never Trumpers" — not Trumpers) after these phony Trump Repubs have been purged from national government. We must do this before we go bankrupt financially and morally lose our federal democracy to a monarchy or autocracy!
Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states: “The President… shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of Treason, Bribery or other high crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Nancy Pelosi pompously proclaimed partisan impeachment for the president's perfidy, but no crime, a dangerous precedent. Congressional Democrats conducted a hate-filled, unfair impeachment inquiry, misrepresented the facts and have abused their power. No additional documents or witnesses can change those facts.
The president is only guilty of theft: he robbed Democrats, the Washington elite, socialists, globalists, the Deep State and lobbyists of political power; he has taken credibility from the mainstream media, all controlled by liberal Democrats, whose 98% anti-Trump propaganda would make China proud, thus legitimizing the term “fake news”; he robbed China of unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft; he took an unfair trade agreement away from Canada and Mexico; he robbed ISIS and Iran of their terrorist leaders; he has taken away the easy path to illegal immigration on our southern border; he removed the ability of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other allies to avoid paying their fair share of defense costs.
Hopefully these “crimes,” despite obstruction and resistance, will continue.
Barnes and Noble’s aborted effort to manipulate history has gone down in flames, shot down by the very folks I’m sure they intended to please. I hope their effort was purely economic and not another liberal clamor to change history.
The company searched past editions to determine if race was mentioned, and if not, republished them with colored characters on the covers, i.e., "Alice in Wonderland" was really black.
I don’t give a hoot what color a character is. For instance, Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series is one of my favorites, and Spenser’s black buddy, Hawk, is iconic.
B&N called their reissued books “Diverse Editions.” Black people were pissed, and rightfully so. They complained that B&N could have found lots of great books authored by blacks if they wanted to release “Diverse Editions.” They could have re-released my "Devil’s Bounty," the first Western published with a black co-hero sharing the cover with his white buddy.
Liberals have long attacked and attempted to change history, particularly when it comes to white guilt. The "N" word, for instance, being removed from Huck Finn. You can’t change history, and it’s my belief you’re doing all who want to learn, and not repeat, a terrible injustice.
BLM has no designated motor-free hiking trails in the Pryors. (The Forest Service has just one - less than two miles.) BLM’s proposed Travel Plan designates only a couple dozen miles of interesting motor-free trails. Unfortunately, BLM may open many of these new trails to mountain bikes.
Brett French’s article “Appraising the Pryors” (The Billings Gazette, Jan. 26) reports BLM discussed “one-way trails” and trimming vegetation “to improve sight lines” to reduce speeding bike collisions. Wouldn’t it make more sense to designate quiet and peaceful trails limited to foot traffic — without hazards of racing mountain bikes? There are already over 200 miles of mountain bikes routes in the Pryors. I’ve ridden several. But there are places bikes don’t belong.
BLM staff suggested one proposed three-mile trail “seemed an unlikely mountain bike route because of its length... Six to 12 miles is closer to the distance that cyclists are looking for.” Does BLM think that only trails too short for mountain biking should be proposed for quiet walking? Hikers and equestrians like longer trails, too.
To her credit, Jenny Alexander, BLM outdoor recreation planner, noted the Acton Recreation Area “used to be pretty quiet” but has turned into a popular downhill mountain biking area since bike trails were built. It’s fun riding bikes downhill fast. But BLM should avoid this fate for quiet trails in the Pryors by designating mountain bike-free trails. As Alexander said, people go to the Pryors “for the solitude and to get away from the crowds.”
Imagine you're sitting with your grandchildren 30 years from now. Forest fires are raging outside, threatening their house and requiring them to habitually evacuate yours. Torrential downpours are a regular occurrence in the area. One of the grandchildren is suffering from debilitating asthma, a direct result of long-term exposure to smoke. They ask you, "What did you do 30 years in the past to stop climate change?" You answer, dejected and embarrassed, "Sorry, honey. I was busy vacationing down in a location with a nice climate. I didn't think it was important because it didn't affect me."
Now imagine a different scenario:
Imagine you're sitting with your grandchildren 30 years from now. Forest fires are raging outside, threatening their house and requiring them to habitually evacuate to yours. Torrential downpours are a regular occurrence in the area. They ask you, "What did you do 30 years in the past to stop climate change?" You answer, dejected and embarrassed, "Sorry, honey. I was busy living my life and didn’t care about your future."
Beef! born, bred, fed and dead — oops, I mean processed — in the U.S. is considered the best in the world.
Married to a Rosebud County rancher for the past 40 years, I know we take pride in raising a first-class, fine and healthy herd of cow/calf pairs. You can taste the difference between beef raised and butchered right here in America (especially Montana!) from meat processed and shipped from miles away coming from foreign countries; who knows what kind of safety standards are in place.
As cattle producers, you would think that we offer our calves for sale in a fair market. Not so! In 2015, that right was taken away from us when Congress repealed mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork. Canada and Mexico sued the U.S. over honest beef and pork labeling and prevailed over our sovereignty. Consumers no longer have the opportunity to choose to purchase beef from U.S. producers.
We need to restore mandatory COOL. We ranchers are generally good stewards of the land, raising our cattle with integrity. Ranchers have the right to sell our product in an honest market. Restoring mandatory COOL will give consumers information and choices for their beef and pork. It will create a level playing field for our best local natural resource: beef.
If you agree and are concerned, please talk to your local legislators about supporting mandatory COOL legislation.
In 2014, when I was first elected to represent House District 58, I ran on the promise of reducing regulations, protecting freedoms and giving the average working Montanan a voice in Helena. I have now served three terms in the Montana House, all under a Democrat governor. We have made some progress in the legislature, but we have been fighting an uphill battle the entire way.
What has become clear to me is that we need a solid Republican governor on the second floor. One who will actually work with us, rather than against us, on the major issues of tax relief, fewer regulations and freedom from ever-increasing government involvement in our lives.
Being from a multi-generation farm and ranch family, I take a lot of pride in being a Montanan. I am blessed to have been born here. Having been around U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, heard him share his ideas and perspectives, and watched what he has done for this state, I consider him to embody the same Montana values that I do. I have also seen Gianforte go out of his way to honor veterans in my community. Having served in Afghanistan, I place a high value on a candidate’s actions towards our military and veterans.
Gianforte is also an entrepreneurial businessman that has not only been a phenomenal executive but has proven himself to be a staunch conservative. He understands the challenges of growing and running an efficient and successful business, and he’s shown that he has a passion for helping Montana succeed. That’s exactly what we need in Helena.
Another term of Democrat rule means an increase of bureaucracy and spending and decreases of economic opportunity and individual freedom. Greg Gianforte is not only the strongest candidate, he’s the best candidate to make the dream of a prosperous Montana a reality.
As this primary starts to get more heated, there will be plenty of opinions flying around. I hope that those involved will be positive and stick to the plain truth over slanted, one-sided campaign soundbites. I would encourage everyone to take the time to get to know Gianforte for yourself. I think you will find that he is the right man for the job.
I am a Montanan, a veteran, an outdoorsman and a legislator, and I’m supporting Greg Gianforte to be our next governor.
You aren't who you think you are, Republicans. You aren’t the party of patriotic defenders of country, constitution and rule of law. You are the problem.
You embrace and defend the credibly accused serial rapist Donald Trump. You are complicit in his rape of our democracy, our Constitution. His conspiring with Russia to swing the 2016 election was fine with you. His extortion of Ukraine to manipulate the 2020 election is fine, too.
You look at him as your hero. ”Billionaire.” Racist. Frightened hate-monger. And you devour Sean Hannity’s and the GOP propaganda machine’s (Fox “News”) lies custom-made to appeal to your own fears and hate. You’re not the free-thinking, rugged individualists you imagine; flag-draped, Bible-waving patriots! Nope. You’re dupes. Rubes. Marks.
Republican politicians fear you for their phony baloney jobs. Rather than risk your ire in executing impartial justice in Trump’s trial for removal from office, they abandoned the Constitution and law, refusing to see or hear any evidence that would convict your dictator/god. Another cover-up!
I am a political science student at the University of Montana, and I am greatly concerned about the impending climate crisis.
We need new political leadership in Montana to combat the current political corruption and curb our greenhouse gas emissions. There is one candidate I can trust to do everything in his power to stop climate change: Montana Public Service Commission candidate Daniel Carlino.
Carlino has stood up to all of our money-corrupt politicians by working to have them all give up corrupting fossil-fuel money from fossil-fuel lobbyists, political action committees and executives. Carlino has been a fighter against the political corruption in Montana by coordinating the social justice group the Sunrise Movement.
We need elected officials who will stand up for the working class and for our future. The 2020 election will represent the pivotal point in our county's future. Will we move deeper into the money-corrupt political system that we live under? This should be the election that changes our path towards justice for all.
I have faith that we will elect true leaders in our fight to stop the climate crisis. The PSC election will decide my future. I am thankful that I can vote for Daniel Carlino. His website is Carlino2020.com.
We have two recent letters to the editor about Democrat Montana Public Service Commission District 4 candidate Monica Tranel. One says she ran before as a Republican, and also worked for Montana's GOP U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns; the other that she is a Democrat.
It would seem that the Missoulian might "investigate" as part of "journalism" and also that the candidate might wish to clarify her political stance, and if it has changed, specify clearly how, why. Will either happen?
We'll wait and see, particularly as the two parties seem to disagree on whether the climate is changing, etc.
Thomas Ross, in his letter of Feb. 3, decries “ad hominem ramblings of the loony left,” which is, ironically, an ad hominem attack.
He says those who want U.S. Sen. Steve Daines to honor his oath of impartiality are in “deteriorated mental states” and “have progressed in their neuroses to full-blown psychosis.” Ross's diagnosing credentials are that he “studied well beyond Psych 101.” He must have been absent the day they studied “projection.”
As Sen. Lamar Alexander admitted, House managers have proven their case. Donald Trump did it. He and his co-conspirators shook down a vulnerable ally and put the national interest at risk in order to further Trump's political career and smear his opponent.
The “perfect phone call” morphed into “just trying to investigate corruption” to “OK, he did it, so what?” But this is just one of Trump's many crimes.
Daines got his tax cuts, deregulation and extreme judges. As they used to say about U.S.-backed dictators, “He might be an SOB, but he is our SOB.” The Republicans have their SOB. A mobster in the White House and Thomas Ross is going to try to scare me with a label like “Democratic socialist?” Seriously?