I read Dameon Matule’s article [“It’s every Montanan’s Land. So why can’t we get to it?,” July 19]. Though I’ve never hunted, do not own land and was raised in the suburbs of the Southeast, he articulated the issues well, balancing stakeholder interests and the state’s dilemma to mitigate them so that I understood all sides. He did it with balanced and factual reporting. Sadly, American journalism today rarely reaches the bar that Mr. Matule easily cleared.
Though I’m a first-time visitor to Montana, from Las Vegas of all places, I now have a souvenir of knowledge from this trip. I thought I would just see a few of the natural wonders of Glacier National Park. I was pleasantly surprised to also take away a nugget of a local issue from a gifted writer (and editor). For that, I’m thankful to Mr. Matule and the staff of the Missoula Independent.