October 15, 2009 at 4:00AM
Sen. Jon Tester’s new Forest Jobs and Recreation Act has lately been the topic of much discussion and some controversy among conservationists, recreationists and other stakeholder groups who all value Montana’s vast tracts of public wildlands. In the past, these different issue groups sat on different ends on the metaphorical table, and the granola-munching wilderness advocate wouldn’t be seen giving a Skoal-spitting logger the time of day.
Our Missoula Boy Scout Troop has been enjoying a long day hike on Wild Horse Island every fall for many years now. Being a horse owner, one of which was an adopted wild horse from Nevada, and maybe just enjoying the idea of wild horses on Wild Horse, I have kept track of the small herd every year when on the island.
Your review of Kegger credits the hippy capitalists at Rockin Rudy’s with the creation of the “A Place, Sort Of” image adorning the T-shirts the store sells. In fact, I designed this image in 1982.
October 8, 2009 at 4:00AM
As someone who has been involved doing guardian ad litem (GAL) work for more than a dozen years, I can surely agree with Montanans Supporting Guardian Guidelines (MSGG) that the law governing GALs in Montana needs overhauling (see “Guiding the guardians,” Oct. 1, 2009). There certainly are GALs who are terrific, competent, compassionate and wise.
I’d like to invite fellow reader Danielle Standley and anyone who agrees with her letter (see “Flower power” in Letters, Sept. 24, 2009) about “wasted” water to consider just three things:
1. Flowers promote honeybee travel patterns, therefore furthering necessary food pollination.
Greedy Wall Street traders. Political favors to preferred businesses.
Cigarettes, alcohol, meth type drugs,
Hunger, poverty, air and water manmade unclean,
Hate, violence, prejudice, greed,
Religions, politics, taxes, need,
Secondhand smoke. More?
We all have life changing moments (see “Life-changing event” in Letters, Sept. 24, 2009). One of mine was when I found the remains of my first dog, Pluto, a great big old dopey yellow dog with a mild disposition and notable lack of judgment.
October 1, 2009 at 4:00AM
Alex Sakariassen’s September 17 article on Roderick Nash (see “Montana’s place in ‘Big W’”) offers an excellent jumping-off point for a closer look at Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, a bill that has been discussed extensively in the Independent and elsewhere.
From the get-go, Montana has been ahead of the curve on the wilderness debate. It’s no news to most readers that Montana’s wild lands were the inspiration for some of our nation’s most visionary wilderness philosophers and advocates, and that several of the first wilderness areas designated along with the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act fell within our borders.
I am writing to support Sen. Jon Tester’s efforts to work with Montanans to find creative forest management solutions with his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. Clearly, “business as usual” forest management is not working as evidenced by important Montana wild lands left without permanent wilderness protection; Montana timber industry jobs and infrastructure being lost or put at risk; forest professionals unable to move ahead with restoration and management projects that make good sense and are badly needed for Montana’s forest health; and a legacy of mistrust between various interests with a stake in how Montana public lands are managed.
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