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    Collateral damage

    The polling place used to be the venue where petitioners and would-be petition signers could meet up to their mutual benefit, but the growing popularity of absentee voting has made it difficult for signature gatherers to succeed.

      Stiffen fines, other sanctions

      Three Ravalli County men were recently charged with illegally poaching at least nine black bears using bait but face only misdemeanor charges, having their hunting licenses suspended for several years and likely combined fines of $11,500.

      To discourage future acts of poaching such as this, Montana needs to enact more stringent penalties on those who hunt and trap illegally.

        The political climate in this country has become so polarized that the average person is being forced into choosing sides within their own political parties. We have politicians that are no longer looking for solutions but instead looking for a fight. A prime example is the recent decision b…

          Ask any American if he or she values the rights protected by our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and you will likely get a firm “Oh yes; absolutely,” along with a short patriotic speech. We must. We send our country’s young men and women into foreign wars to protect “our way of life” and our …

            No blame game

            Montanans need to be able to trust John Walsh as a sitting senator. He should stop blaming his mental state or politics and own up at once to his error in judgment in plagiarizing his master’s paper in 2007.

            "Marriage is between a man and a woman," said Sen. Steve Daines. "I’m opposed to this bill and believe it’s another attempt by Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats to distract the American people."

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            "Marriage is between a man and a woman," said Sen. Steve Daines. "I’m opposed to this bill and believe it’s another attempt by Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats to distract the American people."

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