My wife and I have lived in the Bitterroot Valley near Missoula for three years now. In that span, every time we have driven up Reserve Street we have been appalled by the stench (see "What's that smell?" Aug. 27, 2009). "How could this be happening in Montana?" we would ask each other.
On several occasions we inquired of local residents what the problem was. We were always met with blank stares and denials. No one would admit that they smelled what we smelled—crap!
Maybe we missed it, but your article was the first admission we have seen that there is a problem. Good work! But, wonder of wonders, the city is spending $80,000 of the taxpayers' money to determine the source of the problem, rather than simply following their noses and spending the money to actually fix the problem? Shame on them!
We love Montana, the Bitterroot and Missoula, but as good as it might be here, do Missoulians seriously think their crap doesn't stink?
Gee whiz, folks, ain't it oh-so-obvious that maybe we have a problem here? LOL! It's time to get your heads (and noses) out of the sand, Missoula! P.U.!!!!