Game is game

It would be nice if this guy actually had some expertise other than he shot a little blacktail deer in Oregon. Venison is venison (“Game-farm venison isn’t real venison. It needs a new name,” Nov. 23). Secondly, Montana does not have any game farms. Thirdly, what’s wrong with serving New Zealand venison? It’s delicious! And why not introduce people to the benefits of lean venison meat without the gamey taste that is an acquired taste? New Zealand venison is enjoyed around the world. The author should stick to managing his medical clinic in southern Oregon.

Richard Huffman

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Deer Arby’s...

Indeed: “crap.” Because it’s Arby’s, and that food is just nasty.

Kat Taylor

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Silo #2

I use Facebook for everything but politics and news (“When it comes to electioneering, the future is on Facebook,” Nov. 23). I follow journalists on Twitter and get news and political theater there.

Bethany Williamson

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All park and no play

Lowell needs a playground. I am sure this might surprise some who rightly feel it already has an awesome playground (and Westside Park is amazing), but as no children are allowed on the playground when Lowell students may be present (8 a.m. until 5 p.m.), there is no opportunity for a child on the Westside to play in their park, built and funded by the local community, and on city land, unless they wish to play before sunrise or after sunset. This is troubling to me, in a time when we should be encouraging children of all ages to get outside and play, that we take away the best option on the Westside (leaving only the small parks across busy streets next to the two homeless shelters in the area, with limited to no play equipment). Luckily, this is not an issue for any other schools, where Missoula County Public Schools has built their own playgrounds on school property. Only Lowell must steal the city park from the neighborhood kids during all daylight hours. If only this issue had been addressed when the school was being refurbished, but, alas, I hope it is not too late for a playground or a compromise to be worked out.

Tim Radle

Missoula


Tax broke

We’re being betrayed. The main purpose of the tax bill is to slash corporate taxes from 35 percent to 20 percent. Bottom line is that for every $60,000 in profits, corporations get to hide an extra $9,000 in offshore accounts. Meanwhile, a hard-working Montana family making $60,000 keeps a paltry $1,182 more. Why should corporations be given a huge tax break? At a Wall Street Journal meeting in mid-November, a majority of CEOs admitted they won’t spend their newfound gains creating jobs or increasing salaries.

I suggest “bubble up.” Give the middle class meaningful tax relief to spend on the goods corporations make. Employ workers to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges to get corporate goods to market.

This bill is a windfall for millionaire Rep. Gianforte. He’s lying when he says the bill is good for the rest of us. So is his sidekick Sen. Daines. Make sure they know that you know: They’re not representing you when they vote for this tax bill.

Pat Tucker

Hamilton


Conflicting interests

Karen Budd-Falen is a poor choice to become the director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). She has made a career of pushing for major changes to federal authority on public lands and is an outspoken advocate of transferring public lands into private hands under the guise of paying for fire-suppression costs.

Considering that Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke has voiced opposition to public land seizures, and is a proponent of not selling off public lands, having a BLM director in direct opposition to these values would be a conflict of interests.

Budd-Falen has tried to bring lawsuits against BLM employees for merely doing their jobs and has tried to use “racketeering” against employees trying to implement longstanding laws as part of their sworn duties. She is an outspoken opponent of the conservation laws that she would be sworn to protect as director of the Bureau of Land Management.

We need a director who holds the public lands to the same value as “we the people” and will work to defend them, not transfer them to private hands.

Kelly Williamson

Missoula


Free a dog

Even though this is 2017 and not 1895, trapping is still a part of our public landscape. This cruel, barbaric practice continues, despite much public opposition. Dogs and other unintended species continue to be trapped, to suffer and to die. If a dog owner hopes to release their beloved companion from a trap, they may not be able to do so unless they have the knowledge of how to release the trap mechanism. In the interests of public safety and humane animal treatment, trap-release workshops are being held soon in Missoula and in other locations around the state, including Sunday, Dec. 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Humane Society of Western Montana, 5930 Highway 93.

The workshop is free and no registration is necessary. It is trapping season. Please use caution and vigilance when using public trails, waterways and lands. Gain the knowledge you need to keep your pet safe from traps by attending a workshop.

Peg Brownlee

Florence


Correction: In our Nov. 16 story, “Chef’s Choice,” the Red Bird chefs who make the octopus salad were misidentified. Jim Tracy is the owner and head chef. The Indy regrets the error.

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