Monthly archive

December, 2013

  •   To the editor,   The economic history of the US proves that free markets can only operate successfully through undeviating support and direct intervention of an unfree government. In other words as both Marx and Polanyi have proven historically a self-regulating market cannot work even in the short run. Even advocates of a self-...
  •   The holiday season the past two years has been a solemn affair for the Haines family from Libby, but this year there were smiles all around as 11-year-old Zachary bagged his first elk, a fine 5X5 bull, with his dad nearby, on a southwest Montana ranch near Dillon. Tatum Haines and his son Zachary have connected through the outdoors. The...
  •   To the editor,   Former Lt. Governor John Bohlinger’s recent comments put into question his ability to serve as U.S. Senator and represent the people of Montana. When announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, he compared the Tea Party to the Taliban. His comments are either cowardly, or ignorant. Either...
  •   To the editor,    In 2012, two-thirds of the continental United States was affected by drought. The losses were staggering: $30 billion to agriculture alone and far more when you add the damages to water supplies, tourism, transportation, and near-shore fisheries. Fighting drought-related wildfires tacked on another $1 billion....

November, 2013

  •   To the editor,   My mailbox has already brought me several delightful wall calendars for 2014. It is a joy to look at them and see varied reminders of many pleasant wonders for thanksgiving that our creator has given us. Their pages show a splendid array of colorful flowers, majestic scenes among our beloved Rockies, gardening pictures...
  •   To the editor,   Should I go on the Exchange? Yes, with a great big “if”. If your Federal Poverty Level is less than 400%. What is my FPL and do I qualify for a subsidy?   Googfe... subsidy calculator/ the Henry Kaiser..., scroll down and answer the seven questions, click Submit. The results are shown immediately, no...
  •   To the editor,   Thousands of farmers and ranchers aside, (including the next generation) who would have to put up with the Keystone XL (Extra Large) Pipeline on their land from North Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico, supporters of this project are easy to find. Political campaign contributions received toward Keystone XL between the...
  •   To the  editor,   Why does it seem when gas gets below $3 a gallon, there are more people on the road than usual?  I am not saying that this is a bad thing because I know when I go to gas up, I am happy that gas prices have dropped below $3 a gallon.  But I have a feeling that it will not be here for long.  When the...
  •   After fighting a brief illness, John F. Gutcheck passed away at home on Monday, Nov. 18. His dedication to the City of Dillon lasted over 34 years. John’s 30-year career with the Dillon Police Department began March 5, 1980, when he was hired as a patrol officer by the late Ray Lynch. There was one stipulation upon his hiring: he...
  •   Darwin Alfred Peterson, of Cooper Landing, AK, passed away peacefully, on November 21, in Anchorage, AK, with his family by his side. He was 84 years old. Darwin was born in Butte, on August 15, 1929, to Alfred and Emma Peterson. He was raised on the family cattle ranch in Montana's Big Hole Valley with his three brothers. In 1951,...