Letters to the Editor

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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Democrat legislators weigh-in on missing person bills

April 26, 2019 at 3:00 am

When women and girls go missing in our state, it’s not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem — it’s a Montana problem. And it’s an urgent one.Not much research exists on the epidemic of Indigenous women and girls going missing or bei...

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In response to the editor’s apology

April 23, 2019 at 11:07 am

I’m so sorry this misprint “induct-vs-indict” happened for all concerned. But, your apology from the editor was truly a beautiful example of making an “amends” that stands for all to see. My husband H and I teach a class called “Amends” tha...

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Montanans work together to protect our waters

April 23, 2019 at 11:07 am

Montanans know how precious water is. It’s essential for fish and wildlife, boating and angling, irrigating, drinking and creating much of our electricity. When something threatens our water — such as aquatic invasive species — we are on hi...

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Earth Day: why wilderness?

April 19, 2019 at 3:00 am

Americans came together 49 years ago to celebrate the first Earth Day. We committed to making our planet a more liveable place. We’ve cleaned up our water. We’ve reduced air pollution. We can drink and breathe easier now.We have built trail...

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Libby again celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting

April 19, 2019 at 3:00 am

After a very long winter, spring has arrived in full swing and Libby’s volunteer Tree Board has been busy with pruning city trees, assessing winter tree damage, and preparing to celebrate Arbor Day. Libby is one of 3,400 towns (41 in Montan...

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