LETTER: Apparently I’m Part of the 1 Percent

I woke up recently to a wonderful new realization. I am one of the top wage earners in our country. No, it’s true. Remember all through the election how Obama kept saying that it was time for the top earners to pay their fair share. When I picked up my paycheck from payroll last Thursday, […]

By Richard Funk

LETTER: The Patient Centered Medical Home Legislation and SB 84

Who could argue with healthcare that is patient centered? Let’s take the pretty words out and look at what it does and doesn’t do for Montana. To start, let us look at the part of the above title that has been tossed around awhile. Medical home concept, which was originally developed in the 1960s, refers […]

By Derek Skees

LETTER: Guarantee the Right to Vote

As the work of the 63rd Legislative Assembly proceeds, I want our legislators to remember the dignity of our citizens and their right to vote in our elections. Registering to vote, at a convenient time, is showing that we as a state appreciate citizen participation in our elections. Our current system has honored our citizens […]

By JoLynn Yenne

LETTER: Public Safety is a Two-Edged Sword

We’ve all heard the story of the unfortunate frog slowly boiled in a pot of water. It forgot to jump out. I guess you have to be French to enjoy that. Whenever principles are compromised, there can never be an end to its progressive elimination. In other words, few of us are for carrying semi-automatic […]

By Mike Donohue

LETTER: Time for NRA Members to Take Their Organization Back

I was waiting to hear the National Rifle Association’s response following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School before commenting. To no surprise it was the same old hardline rhetoric. So it was with great interest to me when I read Bob Brown’s recent column on the NRA. Bob’s concern was the direction the NRA […]

By Frank Vitale

LETTER: Stop Killing Yellowstone Wolves

The decision of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to institute a closure to the wolf hunting season in areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park was a welcome intervention to what has gained international attention as a tragedy in the making. We applaud their moderate decision as not only the right thing to do, but as a […]

By April Lane

LETTER: More Guns Do Not Create More Murders

Crazy people have been doing horrible things since the dawn of time and will continue to do so regardless of what anti-gun laws you or lawmakers decide to impose on citizens. More guns do NOT create more murders. Nearly every home in Switzerland has a gun and yet they have one of the world’s lowest […]

By David S. Hardy

LETTER: To the Intoxicated Driver from New Year’s Eve

You and I met at about 1:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. I was waiting in line for a taxi in downtown Whitefish. You were slumped over the steering wheel of your running vehicle at the corner of East First Street and Central Avenue. It took a minute to realize what was about to happen […]

By Graham Halsall

LETTER: Dogs Not Treated Like Man’s Best Friend

I am writing this letter, merely an expression of my experiences. I am disappointed to see so many dogs run off leash throughout the town of Whitefish, and saddened to personally witness two of them hit by cars on U.S. Highway 93 this past summer. Let’s see. A family has a woodpile in their backyard […]

By Brett C. Verlen

LETTER: We Need to Empower Ourselves Against Becoming Victims

One crazed, evil individual caused irreparable damage to a school, a town, a nation, a world. We feel compelled to act, to do something, anything, in the face of this horrific act. But an emotional reaction only gives up our power into the hands of the sick perpetrator of this crime. Do we really want […]

By Debbie Burke

LETTER: To the Individuals Who Broke Into Our Home

It has been a couple weeks since the three of you decided to invade our home, our privacy and our lives. I suspect that you think that we deserved it somehow, or that maybe one of our “kids” did. At this point I don’t think it matters, what does matter is that all three of […]

By Lane Smith

LETTER: The War on Guns

In the 1920s the 18th amendment went into effect. This amendment made the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcohol illegal in the United States. Immediately following this the manufacture, sale, transportation and use of alcohol increased exponentially – along with gang violence. The war on alcohol failed and in the 1933s the 21st amendment repealed […]

By Chris Stafford

LETTER: Stop the Union Bashing

How do the union bashers explain the success of the unionized German auto industry? The workers average more than $67 an hour in wages and benefits. In 2010, the American autoworker averaged less than $34 an hour in wages and benefits. Is it possible that the unions are responsible for Germany being the most financially […]

By Peter Daniels

LETTER: Business as Usual in Whitefish

I would like to thank my many neighbors and friends for supporting the proposed Snow Frog Bed and Breakfast and Double Tap Tasting Room on West Second Street. After two years of planning, hundreds of hours spent developing business models that provided both public good and needed investment to the corridor, I am sorry to […]

By Sen. Ryan Zinke

LETTER: The Union Mentality

One of the first jobs I held was a heavy equipment operator after joining the Operating Engineers Union in 1957. I was soon informed by my fellow workers that as a union member, my first loyalty was to the union, not my employer. I was told to slow my productively down to that of my […]

By Bill Payne

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