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Initiative-193 benefits few, costs many

Editor, Initiative-193 appears to be a do-over of HB 241, a bill that would have required the MT Fish & Wildlife Commission to allow hunting by non-tribal members on fee lands within the exterior boundaries of an Indian reservation. I-193 would grant a benefit to a limited number of landowners, at the expense of the rest of Montana’s citizens. HB 241 was introduced by Representative Joe Read in the 67th Legislature. Representative Read missed an important step in drafting this bill, which was to consult with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, which he had an obligation to do as their representative of HD 93, which is entirely on the Flathead Reservation. Openi...

May better aspects of human nature prevail

Editor, Today I was tuned into the Saturday morning MSNBC show “The Weekend.” In one segment they had Wes Moore on. Westley Oman Moore, born 1978, Governor of Maryland since 2023. He’s also an investment banker, author, and former television producer. He was so articulate and wise as ...

Women don’t want government controlling their bodies

Editor, Abortion has become a “hot topic” in our country these days. The Republicans who have been pushing this issue now wish it would go away. But it won’t, apparently. Abortion, also known as “Reproductive Health Care,” has captured the attention of women all over our nati...

Ending campaign for state senate

Editor,  Today I made the difficult decision to end my campaign to serve you in the Montana State Senate. It sounds cliche, but I’m doing it to for family reasons. I thought campaigning and serving in the Legislature would be easier now that my kids are out of diapers. But I recently returned f...

Neither party has good presidential candidate

 Editor, I can’t think of a better way to open a letter than was presented last week by the Ashcrafts. After all, if someone has also submitted a letter to the Missoulian....well what can you suspect. He/she must be “one of those.” Because the author identified a judge who retire...

Moving forward

Editor, On 11/11/2023 at 11 p.m. Dick Christopher died. On 12/15/2023 at 11 a.m. we laid my father to rest with military honors. We would like to truly thank our community and people who knew him, shared him with us and helped us through our loss. In the days following his death, we learned more of the...

Don't let holidays end in tragedy

Editor,  December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. It opportunely coincides with the holidays when folks are going to parties, reconnecting with old friends, and maybe indulging more than they do the rest of the year. Wherever you’re going this Christmas season, please never get b...

Democracy will determine election outcome

Editor, Our nation, the United States of America, is presently in political crisis. We have never had a person running for president who wanted to lead our nation with a political system other than a democracy. Donald Trump is the first person trying to accomplish this with an autocratic/dictatorial form ...

Grateful left-leaning James C. Nelson is retired

Editor, We are writing in response to an article written by James C. Nelson in the Dec. 6 issue of the Valley Journal. He is also a frequent contributor to the Missoulian. Mr. Nelson was an associate justice of the Montana Supreme Court from 1993-2012 and was appointed by Marc Racicot. This position, by d...

Strong leaders needed

Editor, Der Fuhrer is here. As I read James C Nelson’s letter to the editor I was impressed with his candor and his inability to judge what is actually happening, especially since he is a former judge. As a former judge I thought he might be measured in his inflammatory rhetoric, but I was sadly ...


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