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Governor Bullock wrong to eliminate Land Board oversight of conservation easements

Toby Dahl United Property Owners of Montana Governor Bullock’s decision to eliminate the State Land Board’s oversight of multimillion-dollar state conservation easements is troubling to say the least. No elected official should have the power to...

 
 By Dave Galt    Viewpoints    June 27, 2018

Montana doesn't need I-186

Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I was always taught that you don't fix what isn't broken. And when it comes to Montana's mining regulations and the environmental protections we have in place, they are...

 

Audit on bed tax needed

Summer is upon us and traffic is indicating what most already know-it's going to be another great tourism season in northwest Montana. Recent headlines show that many cities are trying to mitigate...

 

Comments on Congress - Politics: We Need It

Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There's the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our declining...

 

Letter: Lincoln Rodeo Club vs Transparency

In my letter to the editor dated May 30 in the BVD, I was only asking for transparency. Let the people of Lincoln know what is going on. I want the Rodeo Club to stay in Lincoln and to prosper, as does everyone else. The majority of the people in...

 

Becky Beard HD80 update

Headlines report positive statistics about our low unemployment rates, both nationally and statewide. The national report, as of June 1st, has the US unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, the lowest in...

 

Op-ed: Montana Democrats support rural, agricultural areas

Rural and agricultural areas of Montana and the nation face tougher and tougher challenges. Our hospitals are struggling; our schools operate with reduced state and Federal funding, and our infrastructure is deteriorating. Our friends in agriculture...

 

Letter: Rodeo Club responds

In regards to the letter to the editor from Mike Mullens in the May 39th BVD: Mr. Mullens have you ever put on a rodeo? Do you know the cost involved with putting on a rodeo? The Lincoln Rodeo is not a huge money maker. Sometimes it barely breaks...

 

Opinion: Montana Ag Needs Action on CSKT Water Compact

Water rights are the cornerstone of our agricultural economy. Without certainty, protection for existing water right holders, and a plan to define the federally reserved water rights of the tribes, Montana’s water users would be forced to foot the...

 

Opinion: Restore Cuts to Human Services

It is optimistic news for Montanans that with only two months remaining in the first year of the current two-year budget, revenue projections are back on track with the Legislature’s original estimate. But even as we optimistically watch the...

 

Letter: Rodeo time again

And again, with no improvements on the grounds. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Forest Service had firefighters camped on the Rodeo grounds and paid big money for this service. In 2017 alone, the Rodeo Club should have made well over $50,000.00. I was...

 
 By Mike Dey    Viewpoints    May 30, 2018

Letter: What lives in the swamp

Dear Editor: President Trump wants to drain the swamp. What lives in the swamp? Leeches, they only suck blood (money) and contribute nothing. In the real world they are called Democrats....

 

Letter: Community lucky to have first responder volunteers

I do not know if this community really knows how fortunate & lucky we all are that we have so many dedicated Ambulance & Fire Volunteers. They are on call 24-7. I hope people realize these volunteers drop everything to respond. There are many...

 

Letter: Tester an obstructionist

Montana Senator Jon Tester ruined a mans reputation by taking a handful of rumors and running to CNN without first verifying their validity. A professional would have went to the committee and brought up the rumors. In a commercial, Tester holds up...

 

Letter: Agrees woodcutters need to keep it clean

I would like to reiterate the comments of Dennis Conkle in the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch’s May 9, 2018 paper about wood cutters and gatherers keeping the roads and ditches clear of all brush and logs at the end of your wood gathering. Road...

 

Public lands poll misses mark on WSA question

A poll on public lands from the University of Montana generated quite a bit of controversy recently. In fact, most of the poll was a yawner-it found Montanans really like our public land, want more pu...

 
 By Greg Hertz    Viewpoints    May 9, 2018

Who's managing Montana's budget?

Governor Bullock and his surrogates, most recently Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, have been pushing the narrative that Republicans are the ones to blame for Montana’s short-term budget problems. The Montana Legislature has only one constitutional...

 

CSKT Compact outlasts false attacks

In the past few months, judicial and regulatory bodies alike have concluded that the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Water Compact is unquestionably the best way to secure existing water rights for the use of future generations of Montanans....

 

Congress should address deferred maintenance problem in National Parks

The week of April 21 thru 29 marks National Parks Week, a time to celebrate the natural wonders and unique cultural heritage our Parks protect and put on display. This year’s National Parks Week couldn’t come at a more opportune time—that’s...

 

Releasing Wilderness Study Areas will improve access for Montana sportsmen

It’s a simple fact: Wilderness Study Areas have resulted in less access for Montana sportsmen and sportswomen. In a literal sense, these public lands are essentially locked up. With hunting and fishing access becoming more precious each year, it...

 

BLM should reject APR plan that would destroy Montana rangeland

The radical proposal by the American Prairie Reserve (APR) to fundamentally shift long-established grazing practices on 250,000 acres of public property ought to be rejected by the Bureau of Land Management. Not only would the proposal cause...

 

The tragedy of Bullock's budget cuts

There is a real tragedy of Governor Steve Bullock’s deep cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services budget: He didn’t have to make them. On multiple occasions Bullock could have sided with protecting Montana’s most vulnerable citizens...

 

Op/Ed: moving forward on forest management reform

Snow may still be on the ground, but last year's wildfire season isn't too far from memory. We have good news for Montanans, though. After years of negotiation, we have finally secured a deal that...

 

Letter: Common Sense

After the recent school shooting the usual cries for gun “safety” went out. Stephen Smith who lost his mother in a school shooting wrote a great pro-gun guest editorial which pretty much reflects my views on the subject. Democrats and other...

 

Letter: Byington on point

In support of Craig Byington’s comments on Jon Tester in the April 4, 2018  edition of the BVD, I’d like to add the following: He may have voted for these Trump proposals, but politics being what they are, his vote wasn’t even needed for...

 

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