Letters to the Editor

The people have spoken

June 11, 2019 at 8:16 pm

As I write this, the local Forest Service offices are wading through comments regarding a June 6 decision the Troy ranger to deny Bob Hosea and his friend Tom a permit to fly a United States flag on top of Northwest Peak.A Facebook post on ...

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Clean energy future

June 07, 2019 at 8:01 am

The number of Americans receiving their electricity from renewable wind energy grew rapidly in 2018, with enough installed capacity to power more than 30 million homes, according to the 2018 American Wind Energy Association Annual Market Re...

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SRO meeting provided good information to public

June 07, 2019 at 8:01 am

I attended the meeting on June 5 about the SRO (School Resource Officer) for the Libby schools. I expected to see a SRO (standing room only) crowd, given all the negative social media talk, but less than 20 people showed up. Included in the...

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Make things better

June 07, 2019 at 8:01 am

There are no less than three Libby “news and opinion” groups on Facebook, these groups are routinely filled with people quick to point out Libby’s foibles and flaws, of which there are many. What if these very same people could set aside th...

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Thank you to SRO supporters in the community

June 07, 2019 at 8:01 am

It is exciting that the Libby voters will soon have the option to vote to support a school resource officer in the Libby schools. The very generous grant offered by Flathead Electric to support and jumpstart this program is an outstanding c...

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Daines supports improving rural broadband

May 14, 2019 at 3:00 am

Without access to broadband internet, students are unable to keep up in the classroom, patients are denied the promise of telemedicine tools and rural businesses are locked out of the global economy.Thankfully, Senator Daines stood up for r...

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KNF has more than enough timber

May 14, 2019 at 3:00 am

In the April 2 issue of the Western News, I was struck by the following quote from Barry Dexter, of Stimson Lumber Co, referring to the need for a “steady reliable flow of timber” to support a sawmill in Libby: “...Stimson Lumber needs at ...

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Congressional appropriators: please fund farm bill programs

May 14, 2019 at 3:00 am

The most recent farm bill was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December. However, simply enacting new legislation doesn’t mean Congress’ work is done. We now have to figure out how, and to what extent, these prog...

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House Democratic leader legislative wrap-up

May 14, 2019 at 3:00 am

Four months ago, as the newly-elected House Democratic leader for the 2019 Legislative Session, I made a promise to the people of Montana that Democrats would lead with solutions.Now that the legislative session has adjourned, I am proud to...

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Speaker reflects on 66th legislative session

April 30, 2019 at 9:12 am

The 66th legislative session has come to an end. As speaker of the house, it was my goal to uphold the integrity of the House. As a leader in my caucus, it was my goal to foster unity, not conformity. We can be united behind the primary ide...

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