That's your example?
I reach for an Independent because I'm interested in excursions exploring our beautiful state and find nearly every article laced with vitriolic liberal bias. Being a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, maybe I'm overly sensitive to not so subtle attempts at indoctrination, but one doesn't have to be to be offended by drivel. "61 Ways To While Away Your Summer" (June 1) is an example of piss-poor journalism, where the president is reviled and one is invited to join the Communist Party, i.e., Industrial Workers of the World, etc. Your logo exclaims "Free Thinking Since 1991," when it should say "Bias For Bubbleheads," and I'm being kind. I've reached the last time for this rag unless I'm out of privy paper. Free is way too expensive in this instance. And the press wonders why the country is turning away.
Barbara, I cannot tell you how much you have influenced my life and reading ("With founder Barbara Theroux retiring, Fact & Fiction turns a page," June 1). I think you are amazing, in every sense of the word, and it is my honor to know someone so smart, so respectable, so influential!
I only have one question: Will you show up for book club now and then?
Also, your "replacement" (no such thing) is completely adorbs. I've talked to her on several occasions, and I know she can carry the torch!
Best of Missoula
Barbara, thank you for all of your years in the biz. You are one of the best things about Missoula!
A history of milk
If you want to learn more about the history of milk, a good place to start is the book The Raw Truth about Milk by William Campbell Douglass II ("The raw deal: in search of Missoula's black-market milk," June 1). You can buy it at Amazon or download it for free from a number of sites.
When you study the history of the dramatic health improvements in the late 1800s to early 1900s you find that they're due to improvements in city water and sewer systems.
It's disturbing when I see intelligent, capable people credit improvements in infant mortality to pasteurized milk and credit the decline of polio to the polio vaccine. These are convenient stories and they validate government involvement, but they are not based on the facts.
It's true that improvements in city water and sewer systems and pasteurized milk and vaccines were happening in the same time frame, but when you look at the timeline you see: first, improvements in city water and sewer systems; second, dramatic health improvements; third, pasteurized milk and vaccines.
Where to start...
It is a stretch to compare the scuffle between Gianforte and the rude reporter to the other tragedies mentioned in your article ("If our politicians can't model nonviolence, who will?" June 1). When will the news media be respectful in their interviews, and when will they print the truth? Instead, letters and articles are edited, comments are no longer allowed in the Missoulian (your other newspaper) and reporting has become skewed to reflect a progressive agenda. The outcomes of elections are determined by your articles in many instances. You are only insulting yourself when you think that readers cannot think or research the facts in order to arrive at the truth. The reporter you are describing as a victim is really the perpetrator, a bully, and criminal charges should be brought against him. Hitler silenced the truth, too, and look at the results. By discrediting Gianforte, you are only discrediting your reporting.
Room = improvement
It's great for the donors, too ("An embiggened food bank moves into new digs," June 1). As a volunteer, I pick up weekly donations from Orange Street Food Farm (thanks!) and deliver them to the donation entrance in the back. The new building has a wide "alley" on the Catlin side that's clearly marked "One Way" and a spacious drop-off area inside next to a scale to weigh and log in each donation load.
Keep on trudgin'
Living in a town where it seems there is a growing population of those that think working hard, taking risks and rewarding oneself occasionally is a dirty thing to do, I do still see the humor in this article, and thank you! ("Now that I'm rich, I can give till it really hurts," June 1).
In the meantime, I will continue to merrily trudge along, working hard, creating jobs and paying it forward in the community the way I know how.
Left or right, we are American, and we all have a choice to either go out there and make the best of our lives, or simply exist. As J.F.K said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." I believe that can be considered for our town, community, neighborhoods and home, too.
Fred Van de Perre
Perfectly said, Erika! ("Home field advantage: the rich terrain of Caroline Keys' Mean to Stay," June 1). It was an amazing show, and I so look forward to listening to both this album and Izaak Opatz's new album. Probably will have to listen to them both on repeat to hear all the subtle complexities that you only get with musicians of this talent level. Missoula is so lucky to have musicians of this caliber at local venues.
Correction: "The raw deal: in search of Missoula's black-market milk," June 1, stated that farm-to-consumer raw milk sales are legal in 11 states. In fact, retail sales of raw milk are legal in 11 states. Raw milk sales in non-retail contexts are legal in an additional 31 states. The Independent regrets the error.