Letters to the Editor

Hecla CEO not a “bad actor”

May 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:As a Lincoln County resident, I am sorely disappointed with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Governor’s Office deciding to label Phil Baker, CEO of Hecla Mining, a “bad actor.”The Rock Creek and Montanor...

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I’ll vote for Russ Fagg for U.S. Senate

May 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:Russ Fagg is the best all-around candidate to be Montana’s next U.S. Senator. I am pleased to endorse him. I have had the opportunity over the last several years to get to know Russ on much more than a superficial level. We ha...

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Correcting misinformation in political ad

May 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:A political ad ran in the Western News last week with remarkably false information. The ad encouraged me to remind all readers of a few key facts about Wilderness areas.As the many visitors to our beautiful Cabinet Mountains W...

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A democracy or a republic?

May 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:In the May 2018 Rural Montana magazine (p. 12), Sen. Jon Tester begins his response to a posed question with this statement: “Attacks on our democracy can come in many different forms.” I would like to point out to Sen. Tester...

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County’s response to Hecla matter disappoints

April 24, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:A recent “guest column” by our Lincoln County Commissioners about Hecla Mining and the State of Montana’s attempt to enforce the “bad actor law” in regards to their proposed Montanore and Rock Creek projects, bears some additi...

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Get rid of State-level ‘greenies’

April 24, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:The Environmental Policy Board is made up of three greenies who do all the dirty work of stopping mining for Earth First and other self-engendered environmental groups. If only our Montana legislature, which is controlled by t...

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More thoughts on the killing of the wolf-hybrid dog

April 13, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:How does one make sense out of a senseless killing? Just saying “No laws were broken” doesn’t make it right. Maybe sharing more details will diminish my outrage level.Eighteen years ago, I was lucky to purchase a private inhol...

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Letter to the editor: Is the “bad actor” provision fair?

April 13, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:The “bad actor” provision of Montana’s Metal Mine Reclamation Act was passed because there was a pattern of irresponsible behavior by some Montana mining company chief officers. This pattern often resulted in major pollution a...

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Giving away your data

April 13, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:Most data is obtained legally, with your consent. But many times you don’t recognize when you are providing your information. There are many steps you can take to help protect your privacy. Here are a few more that are driven ...

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Who is the bad actor here?

April 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

To the editor:I find it very sad that the governor has determined Hecla is a “Bad Actor” and wants to prevent it from developing Rock Creek and Montanore mines. When I read the headlines last week, I thought it was an early April Fool’s Day...

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