Letters to the Editor

Long-time volunteers reflect on collective 66 years serving hospital

April 02, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Recently, Pam Ellis, North Valley Hospital Foundation executive assistant and manager of the NVH Gift Shop, sat down with three long time North Valley Hospital volunteers who have worked in both the old hospital and the current facility. Pa...

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Local faith leaders pray for New Zealand tragedy victims

March 26, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Fear, grief, loss, pain, and anger converge in our hearts at the murder of 50 innocent prayerful people, and the injury of 50 more, who were gathered in two sacred Muslim houses of prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand. The loss of life comes...

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Regier gives update on bills

March 26, 2019 at 2:44 pm

The Montana Legislature has finished 60 days of its 90 day session. The following are some Senate revenue bills that have passed the Senate recently and are on their way to the House for their approval. SB 125 establishes the Montana Reinsu...

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Citizen involvement in legislative process inspiring

March 26, 2019 at 2:44 pm

The idea behind a bill may derive from a state agency, an interest group, a legislator or a constituent. HB 590, “Revised criminal Procedure Laws to Sexual Offenders” is a bill I am sponsoring, brought to my attention by a constituent and w...

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Flathead Forest management plan a win for conservationists

March 26, 2019 at 2:44 pm

The U.S. Forest Service recently completed a new management plan for the Flathead National Forest that will guide decisions on the Forest for the next 20 to 30 years more. The plan addresses a dizzying array of management issues — including...

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Legislature should make funding higher education priority

March 19, 2019 at 2:01 pm

In 1947 thousands of World War II veterans eligible for G.I. Bill higher education benefits were overwhelming the University System. The feeling in Montana and the rest of the country was that nobody was entitled to a living, but that every...

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Grob should keep job on Co-op board

March 19, 2019 at 2:01 pm

With many years as Flathead Electric Co-op Trustee and as Board President, Doug Grob’s service to our community is well-known. But many may not be aware of the reputation he has earned at the regional level as a thoughtful and respected adv...

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Vacant state jobs should be cut

March 19, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Your Republican led legislature is in the process of compiling the budget for the next two years. We are not just talking about efficient state government, we are implementing it. We are doing this by focusing on reducing waste in bureaucra...

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Now time to build infrastructure

March 12, 2019 at 1:52 pm

For a decade or more our Montana Legislature has grappled with the increasing need to renovate both Romney Hall on the MSU campus in Bozeman and the Montana Historical Society museum facility in Helena.A compelling case has been made for bo...

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Sunshine Week highlights need for open government

March 12, 2019 at 1:52 pm

The students I teach at the University of Montana often show up with a powerful assumption: If there is some piece of information out there, Google can find it. It’s an understandable belief for 19-year-olds who have grown up in a world whe...

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