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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 11:54 am | Updated: 11:57 am, Fri Jun 28, 2013.

Earlier this year, while researching for my upcoming book on Libby history, I ran across an opinion-editorial that has been reprinted in full at the end of this column. Cut out by someone years ago and included in a box of miscellaneous papers awaiting cataloging at the Heritage Museum, the headline made me pause and read about what challenges were confronting Libby in 1980.  

Finishing the article, I was astounded and humbled by the reality that our community continues to be divided by the same issues causing people to pick sides a generation ago.  Unfortunately, though the arguments continue, Libby has spiraled into a “Dark Age” where little of a once lively town remains.  

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          6 comments:

          • libbynative64 posted at 10:00 am on Sat, Jul 13, 2013.

            libbynative64 Posts: 164

            Cutting our nose to spite our face...over and over again...

            This town needs another dam...and clear-cutting...and strip mining...just kidding :)

            Anyone remember playing football for Libby when it was the state's smallest AA school? I do...sure, we got our butts handed back to us on a regular basis, but I'd rather play against the big boys than dominate the little ones...class B? sheesh...it makes me sick to my stomach...where's the community pride?

            Nice work, Jeff...

             
          • TourismDollars posted at 7:58 pm on Mon, Jul 1, 2013.

            TourismDollars Posts: 2

            "Why do the fathers of so many students have to work in the Bakken oil fields or commute to Alaska to find meaningful work?" Welcome to America! Townies are asking the same question all over this country. Some of us applaud the workers who get out and follow the work, instead of expecting it to come find them (crying in their beer as they collect unemployment or disability checks.) Over 84% of Lincoln County is on some form of Federal Assistance. It is shameful.

             
          • Chance the gardner posted at 3:02 pm on Sun, Jun 30, 2013.

            Chance the gardner Posts: 1212

            Me too , Thanks Jeff !

             
          • Laidback posted at 7:26 am on Sun, Jun 30, 2013.

            Laidback Posts: 8

            Thank you Jeff for taking the time to put this article together. I look forward to your further analysis and proposals.

             
          • posted at 9:41 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

            Posts:

            This should be good. I know Mr. Gruber to possess a peacemaker attitude and he definitely does his homework.

            Personally, I never have understood where people get the idea that righteous anger is a bad thing. When those in positions of authority, like the professor mentioned above, cherry pick information for devious means it should produce anger in those who know a lie when they see it.

             
          • localyokle posted at 5:11 pm on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

            localyokle Posts: 26

            Very interesting article. I think we would all agree that the level of anger in this town is off the charts, and apparently has been for decades. Those of us who have seen it first hand can relate to the same old argument portion of Mr. Gruber's piece. I look forward to seeing further analysis, and possibly some solutions to the continuing battle which rages in our community. Good Job Jeff!