Point, pickleballer

As one of the many "old guys and gals" who have embraced pickleball, gosh, I am so sorry the "old tennis guys" were politely asked to move to another court ("A pickleball rebellion at Playfair Park," June 15). Goodness, there are only eight other courts available to tennis players at all times. And those courts are generally sparsely populated.

The Zootown Pickleball community is one of the most welcoming groups in town. Parks and Rec teaches lessons twice each week at no charge. It is a sport particularly popular with the senior group for the "open play" concept of everyone welcome. We even have purchased quiet balls to reduce the noise level.

Nearly every time we are on the pickleball courts, we apologize politely, sometimes even beg to ask the tennis folks if they could go to another court since we only have the four tennis courts that are lined for pickleball. Courts were built for us all to enjoy and share. Times are changing and sports are changing.

As far as noise, these "old tennis players" object to the lovely joyful sounds of fun coming from our courts. Do they object to the joyful sounds of children playing at Splash Montana?

As I tell anyone who will listen: Who would have thought at age 65 I would learn a new sport and meet so many wonderful people who have become true friends.

Ruth Havican

USA Pickleball

Association Ambassador


The bathroom agenda

This group is attempting to impose its agenda in Montana in many ways ("The Montana Family Foundation wants to see your kid's bathroom pass. You should wonder why," June 29). Many of our elected representatives, including Daines, Gianforte, Fox, Arntzen and many state legislators, were backed by them. The criteria they use to decide to back a candidate are incredibly narrow and bigoted. Not only are they anti-LGBT, they also advocate for charter schools because they want the taxpayers to pay for their children's private Christian school education. They have a right to their religious beliefs, but I don't want them to impose them on me and my children.

Traci Rasmusson


Not 'ha-ha' funny

I just want to know how they plan to enforce this rule? Are they going to install fingerprint scanners in front of every bathroom in Montana? This just seems like a waste of time to me. It's funny, with all the talk of passing bills like this around the country, you would think we would see more articles regarding people being assaulted in restrooms...

Denzel Allen


Wolf reward

Thank you for mentioning the reward fund that my organization, National Wolfwatcher Coalition, contributed to ("One wolf's journey from survivor to star, and what her death says about our appetite for the wild," June 29). Let's hope the reward is large enough to get someone to come forward with information. Poachers, the "shoot, shovel and shut up" kinds, need to be caught and punished. They are taking from all of us. Thanks for keeping this in the news reminding people of the reward fund.

Candy Copeland


At what price?

I would title the story "At What Price?" ("City cuts a check, takes ownership of Missoula's water system," June 22). The mayor was either an idiot or pretended to be an idiot (when it comes to his cost prediction). Missoula is famous for being so expensive by Montana standards that most take for granted that when their children become adults they will need to move some place they can afford, with a job that pays enough to live well. It starts with a premise that Missoula has to grow. Add all the other costs piled onto the water company takeover. Seems pretty crazy for a city of our size to be obligated to so much debt, and mostly getting money from property taxes.

Glen Bumgardner


No excuses

Save our trailer courts! ("Concerned neighbors press for change at the Hollywood Mobile Home Park," June 29.) They were our affordable housing before government decided to put everyone in HUD apartments. Don't let them use this as an excuse to raze the place.

Carol Minjares


Moved on up

We lived a block from there about 10 years ago. I lost count of how many times our cars were broken into at night. The apartment complex had this nice laundry area with coin-op machines. One day we got in there and the change machine had been pried off the wall. The TV in there was stolen twice. It was a crappy area to live, for sure.

William C. Riley


Protect the water

Here in Montana, summertime always reminds us why we care about clean water. Thanks to the Clean Water Act, many of the places we go swimming, fishing or paddling—like the Clark Fork river—are now cleaner.

That's why I was so appalled to learn that the EPA is proposing to repeal key protections for Montana's waterways. Finalized in 2015 with widespread public and scientific support, the Clean Water Rule restored federal protections to 63 percent of Montana's streams, which feed waterways like the Clark Fork and help provide drinking water to 234,219 Montanans. The rule also protects wetlands, which help filter out pollutants and provide wildlife habitat.

More than 800,000 Americans—including doctors and nurses, businesses, mayors, farmers and local organization—surged the EPA to adopt the Clean Water Rule. Yet the new EPA is now proposing to dismantle it.

Repealing this rule turns the mission of the EPA on its head: Instead of protecting our rivers, lakes, and streams, the Trump administration would leave them open to pollution. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the people of Montana. EPA should reconsider this reckless repeal and stand up for Montana's waterways.

Skye Borden

Director, Environment Montana



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