I was excited to see a fresh face on the ballot this year. I read this at lunch yesterday to learn more about this candidate's agenda ("Meet Lisa Triepke, the candidate who wants to unseat John Engen," Oct. 12). I was completely underwhelmed. I didn't find anything she said in the interview to be exciting or even of much substance. Disappointed. Plenty of complaints about current administration and policies but no semblance of any sort of clear goals or new ideas. Not sure why everyone thinks this lady would make a great mayor. Maybe because her last name is not Engen? Does not seem to me that Triepke has the capacity or the experience/knowledge for the job. Please don't let my comments influence your opinion as that is not my aim. Read this and decide for yourself!
... and disturbed...
I find it disturbing that [Triepke] wasn't able to understand the reporter's questions about the issue of homelessness, poverty, the sluggish wages and high rents in this town. I also find it troubling she wouldn't give specifics on infrastructure and partnerships. Hmmm.
Rebecca Loren Merfeld
... and pained
Reading this article (mainly Triepke's quotes) was painful and exhausting. It was kind of like re-living a Trump debate. Hollow, uninformed, confusing, scattered, full of mistruths and broad-stroke garbage. I am glad somebody is challenging the mayor. It is good for democracy. But she seems wildly unqualified. My advice would be for her to go back to serving wings at Desperado and calling people "fucking liars" in school board meetings.
Free to disagree
Missoulians have rarely disagreed more in recent years. But to say "I disagree, you're wrong, you should leave town" are the words that define our individuality today. The freedom to vent online without identifying ourselves in most cases, makes our democracy weak, especially when led by leaders of our local and state governments who should know better. As I stated in my earlier letter to the editor [in the Missoulian], you go off script in Missoula, you open yourself up to bullying, threats to your health and your business. Intelligent disagreement is the lifeblood of any thriving society. Yet we in Missoula are raising a generation who has never been taught either the hows or the whys of civil disagreement, and who seem to think that free speech is a one-way right. Namely, their right to shout down or abuse anyone they dislike due to their opinions, whether they are led by a government leader or not. Very disappointing for a city like Missoula that prides itself on being an educated and progressive community. Free speech must ultimately be free, whether or not it's fair or exactly what you want to hear coming from someone with a different idea than yours. Every idea is really just a disagreement with some other idea. I was raised in the time of sticks and stones could break my bones but words would never hurt me. And they don't. I know who I am, I know my strengths and weaknesses, and I'm old enough to care less what people say or think about me. But others might not feel as secure as I do, and it would be a shame to lose out on sharing or hearing out their ideas because they are afraid of saying the wrong thing and being attacked. Despite the attacks of late, I'm still supporting Lisa Triepke for the mayor of Missoula and I encourage you to do the same. It's time for new ideas and transparency in the way our city government is run.
There's all types of multi-family units and two utilitarian houses where one used to be—which look a lot like the new Bonner Park house—going up in Ward 6, and no one bats an eye ("City council considers a zoning change for the University District," Oct. 12). Soon as this single-family house gets built, the town freaks out and takes up arms against it. [It's] just confirmation that there's two Missoulas: the Missoula with money, which can afford to write the rules, and the rest of us, who have little choice but to live within their rules.
I have known Kathleen Jenks in excess of 20 years and have observed her work ethic in everything she participates in, and her experience in Municipal Court is no exception. She works with the Missoula City Court Clerk and her colleague on the Municipal Court Bench to bring an efficiency rating that is unsurpassed in the history of the city of Missoula.
Judge Jenks does this with a sense of compassion and understanding of the parties that come before her. She knows that perhaps the only experience that a citizen will have with our court system is before a court of limited jurisdiction, and she attempts to make it an understandable and memorable experience. One will not have to suffer again in the future because of the lesson learned in front of her. She dispenses justice without "an axe to grind" in an efficient manner.
I wholeheartedly endorse Kathleen Jenks in her quest for re-election and encourage the citizen of Missoula to do the same.
District Court Judge (retired)