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Food for thought on addiction in Montana

Editor,  I read the article in last week’s Valley Journal “ Can Montana Get a Grip on Addiction.” That article seemed to only address cures and treatment of an issue that is not the primary  problem but rather a symptom of other problems/issues. Many of these issues are ones that Montana does not seem to care about enough to fund sufficiently. Montana does not fund its schools well. It skimps on resources such as school nurses and mental health. Kids who cannot read are shuffled through the system and either do not graduate or they manage to graduate without basic skills sufficient for even filling out a job application. Kids with behavior problems are puni...


Positive thinking is helpful

Editor, Our democracy is in serious peril. Donald Trump caused a total focus on the self. His public expressions of loudly blaming others for his own mistakes has resonated with millions who were delighted with this way of thinking. This formed the Trump base.  Blaming others is common in humans, ...


Senate Bill 169 reeks of voter suppression

Editor, Senate Bill 169 is very disturbing. If it passes, it changes our voter registration and voting laws to require that voters provide a state-issued identification card in order to vote. Under the guise of “voter protection” (there have been no proven cases of voter fraud in  M...


Neighboring states have same-day registration

Editor, The Montana State Legislature is considering eliminating same-day voter registration with HB 176. A democracy is about the government representing the people. The people express what they want by voting. More voters means more accurate representation, and any action that limits the number of pe...


GOP hypocrisy sounds like overreach

Editor, The party of small government, personal responsibility and local control has leaned into passing laws that are not part of their stated values. Transgender and anti-abortion bills go against personal responsibility.  The legislature is very busy trying to rule over municipal regulations to...


Same-day voter registration needs to stay

Editor, House Bill 176 would end same-day voter registration, which is a blatant voter suppression tactic. Republicans are attacking the right to vote by making it more difficult for voters that already struggle to access voter registration due to distance, lack of transportation or lack of information.&n...


County commissioners protect public health

Editor,  Apparently, Representative Linda Reksten doesn’t think much of our Lake County Commissioners.  In March of 2018, our commissioners decided to protect public health by including e-cigarettes in their Clean Indoor Air Act protections. As a result, people in our community are prot...


Medical experts provide wisdom

Editor, HB112, the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” requires interscholastic trans-athletes to participate within their sex assigned at birth. This legislation illustrates a remarkable lack of awareness of the current thinking in medical and athletic communities regarding transgender athletes....


Voter registration procedures could change

Editor, The right to vote is under attack across the United States, and in Montana, one form of it is going against what the voters in 2014 clearly affirmed in a referendum. House Bill 176 would end same-day voter registration that has been law since 2005 and close late, in-person registration by 5 p.m...


Choose unity over division

Editor, I’m almost ashamed to be a fourth generation Montanan. I grew up with the belief that everyone had the right to personal liberty, earned by personal responsibility.  Now, I’m seeing “every man for himself.” I’m seeing too many people choosing to stomp hard on ...


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