Burning it all down

That’s the soft-horror story of every federal agency being systematically dismantled under the Drumpster administration (“Ryan Zinke thinks he’s at war. He’s just in over his head,” Dec. 28).

Sarah Colenso

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Not very charitable

A complete and utter failure as a leader and as a human being.

Stephen Matlow

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Smell test

You stink, Zinke. Going to war for your corporate owners?

Toni Levier

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Discharging duties

Now we know why the Navy got rid of him.

John Young

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Thank God indeed

All [you] idiots keep going your liberal ways voting in your liberal politicians and you will look like California. Thank God I live in North Dakota. At least we know how to have jobs and make money for our families.

Kasey Keith Erickson

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Color us convinced

No actual person ever drinks champagne any other time of the year (“Happiest Hour: It’s time to drink champagne again, I guess,” Dec. 28). I do! Why not celebrate? Please don’t drink champagne alone… I do! Why not celebrate?

Alexia Cochrane

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Bone machine

Thanks in part to my dear departed pappy, I’ve been connected to big-game hunting in one form or another almost since I’ve been able to properly direct my own stream. And if the hunting gods have been cooperative, our family has always had high-protein game meat available to us.

But it’s the professional trophy hunters that really raise my ire, as it should with every conscientious hunter. These people don’t give a diddly dip about the meat itself, only the size of the antlers. I refer to a hunting show titled The Bone Collector, which says it all. Able to hop around from state to state, these legalized poachers (misnomer, of course) can seasonally “harvest” many, many bones of one species.

I do hope others who are also hopping mad about this obscene reality here in Montana and elsewhere would voice their concerns publicly, either by means you are now reading or other public options. Personally, I don’t believe a political approach is one of those options.

In relation to poaching, plastered throughout Montana’s hunting regulations is the phrase “enough is enough.” Anybody else on board for also directing this phrase toward professional trophy hunting?

Ward Cambridge

Bonner


Give Daines a chance

Sabotaging our wild legacy, stripping protections and sacrificing our wild heritage are scare tactics thrown out to Montanans in response to the introduction of Sen. Steve Daines’ “Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act.” I think it’s a bill worth consideration, and this is why:

The bill proposes to release five of Montana’s seven Forest Service Wilderness Study Areas. But after the WSA designation is released, Wilderness Study Area lands would retain protection. All of these lands are Forest Service public land and all are Inventoried Roadless. Additionally, some of the areas are overlaid with Recommended Wilderness. That’s a lot of layers of protection remaining.

The Montana Wilderness Study Act of 1977 is an event not everyone celebrates. Many think 40 years is long enough. Wilderness Study Areas are our heritage, encompassing special examples of wild Montana, but they’re also a perpetual source of community discontent. All of the WSAs have been involved in lawsuits, robbing us of time and money. Efforts to resolve the WSAs have resulted in hundreds of expensive, moderated, time-consuming meetings that go on for years, further robbing us of time and money. Because of increasingly strict WSA management, many of us have lost the ability to access our favorite places via bicycle, motorbike or snowmobile, robbing us of our recreational traditions. Sen. Daines recognizes the situation and found a way to set it right.

Most everyone cares for Montana lands, but restricted access to wilderness and forms of de facto wilderness isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. An assertion this bill is from the top down is absolutely false. Montana citizens have asked for action. Sen. Daines has responded to the Montanans that Sen. Tester has disregarded. I believe Montana will be much better off if both senators support the other’s land bills.

Greg Beardslee

Bozeman

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