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Letters to the Editor

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Slotnick will listen to neighborhoods
Mike and Sheila Houck, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... Josh Slotnick will listen respectfully to the residents and their neighborhood plans. He will insist that any neighborhood developments reflect the wishes of the people residing there rather than ignoring their input..." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Slotnick has right skillset for future
Julie Peters, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... If Missoula isn't thoughtful in how it grows, food producers will be forced to relocate or even quit. Good soil will be lost, diversity will disappear and economic opportunities will vanish.

We have three commissioners; all have expertise in different areas. Slotnick cares and knows about farming, small businesses, nonprofits, education and youth. We need that skill set. These are the days we decide how vibrant Missoula will be in future years. This is the time for us to protect our food sources, water resources and overall environmental health." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Slotnick has broad base of support
Neva Hassanein, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... People are rallying behind Slotnick because [Jean] Curtiss' record on subdivisions and land use has been unacceptable and unimaginative. That's why Montana Conservation Voters endorses Slotnick... I voted for Slotnick because I know he will listen to all citizens concerned with our community future." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Slotnick finds innovative solutions
Daphne Herling, Steve Seninger, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... Slotnick will listen to Missoula County citizens and look for innovative solutions to transportation, affordable housing and land use issues. He has exhibited values through his life and work that we believe in; a commitment to public lands, to social responsibility and to building sustainable, livable communities.

Allowing unfettered growth in Missoula County without considering and exploring innovative approaches will result in Missoula County becoming another Boulder, Colorado and, yes, a Bozeman, Montana. It will require energy and resolve to change outdated regulations and attitudes -- we believe Josh Slotnick has the energy and skills to meet these challenges." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Slotnick brings new energy to seat
Jock Conyngham, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... You don't need to spend a lot of time with Slotnick... to sense his deep integrity, his singular ability to listen well and consider other points of view carefully, his sincere commitment to his community, and his farmer's fierce work ethic... In Slotnick, however, we have the opportunity to elect a great commissioner who brings new energy and practical insights to our community's strengths and challenges." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Slotnick builds sense of community
Genevieve Marsh, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"...[Josh] leads by example... He has vision, he thinks big, he asks us all to do the same. I like my leaders to dream big and have high expectations for the future and for themselves — how else can we make big changes in the world?" (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Sunday, May 13, 2018 

Slotnick understands need for balance
Dudley Improta, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... In Missoula, we have economic growth, abundant open space and great parks. Some people are doing well but there is a lack of affordable housing and homeless numbers are increasing. Many local politicians are either numb to this or choose to ignore negative effects growth may have... Josh Slotnick understands this conundrum. I worked with Slotnick on the Consolidated Planning Board. He listened carefully to the local citizen. He referred to the person on the board with the most expertise on the subject at hand. Not all in local government are so inclined..." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Slotnick would make a thoughtful Missoula County commissioner
Martha Newell, Missoula Current Letter to the Editor

"... I know Josh to be incredibly principled, inquisitive, thoughtful and innovative. He seeks input and is not afraid to make difficult decisions. He is the kind of leader we need. He has shown his longtime concern on issues like affordable housing as a Homeword board member and grappled with development issues on the Planning Board..." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Slotnick supporting local values
Fred Stewart, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"...In the 40 years I've lived in Missoula, I can't recall ever having someone with close connections to the land serve as county commissioner... In the coming years Missoula County will be facing many issues, such as affordable housing, preservation of prime agricultural land and open space, and how we maintain the quality of life we enjoy here. We need someone who will actively listen to our input and use his energy and experience to get results. I hope you will join me in supporting Josh Slotnick." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Slotnick - Visionary Leader to Help Missoula County Grow into the Future
Pedro Marques, Restoration Programs Manager, Big Hole Watershed Committee. Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... [Josh] is the type of visionary leader Missoula County needs in order to grow into the future and he is my choice for Missoula County Commissioner. Josh’s work in creating Garden City Harvest and the PEAS program, his volunteer work on boards and his tireless work with young people exemplify his dedication to creating important spaces our community needs to thrive. Not only do these programs connect a broad base of our community to the land, Josh’s tireless work creates the safe and nurturing social spaces where our ties to each other are strengthened and the conditions for a sustainable future are set." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Friday, April 13, 2018 

Slotnick embodies entrepreneurship
Amy Ragsdale, Peter Stark. Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... [Josh] Slotnick embodies all these things -- ingenuity, entrepreneurship and genuine caring. We have known Slotnick and his family for almost 20 years and served with Slotnick on a hiring committee when our kids' school was looking for a new director. Slotnick was unafraid to ask challenging questions, which he did with great tact, and he truly listened and thought about what would be best for the community, not just himself.

He will bring to the job of county commissioner decades of experience working with people as an environmental educator as well as his practical, problem-solving skills learned from a career as a hands-on farmer, plus his exceptional empathy for others." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 

Slotnick embodies lesson of listening
Ellie Costello, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"Slotnick is well-practiced at weaving individuals' needs into the fabric of the high quality of life we experience in Missoula... learning the needs of those coming from different economic and social backgrounds. He embodies collaboration every day as he shares his time and skills to make change in support of long-lasting community health". (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Monday, March 26, 2018 

Slotnick will be innovative, effective
Steve Siebert, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... If Missoula is to avoid the fate of Boulder, Bend and Bozeman, the county needs affordable housing, living wages and vibrant agriculture, ranching and forestry sectors linked to local use, value-added processing and land stewardship. Missoula County needs a county commissioner with new perspectives and a record of working effectively on these issues." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Slotnick Finds Sustainable Solutions
Dan Kemmis, Missoulian Guest Column

"I support Josh Slotnick because it is so clear that our county government is facing new challenges, requiring the ability to fashion workable, sustainable new solutions. That is exactly what Slotnick has been doing for years, and he is ideally suited to bring that experience, creativity and commitment to the commissioner's office."  (Read full Guest Opinion in our Press Archive)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Slotnick has Civic Leadership Traits
Lisa Swallow, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... Josh Slotnick] is engaged, a great listener and innately inquisitive -- all great traits for a civic leader. He started the bountiful PEAS Farm, and together we were involved with building affordable and sustainable housing through service work with Homeword. He is humble, articulate, keenly intellectual, and has the ability to synthesize lots of information and envision change." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Slotnick ready to write next chapter
Jeremy N. Smith, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... He's new to politics, but committed to addressing climate change and the smoke season, serving the needs of the most vulnerable, and encouraging development to enhance Missoula's unique character. I know he'll be a brilliant leader -- not least because I wrote an entire book, "Growing a Garden City," about Josh Slotnick and his work in our community. Now he's ready for the next chapter in a life of service." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Slotnick for county commissioner
Vicki Watson, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... Slotnick is a philosopher and farmer, a thinker and a doer, who has been nourishing Missoula body and soul for many years... [He] is a good listener and invites all viewpoints; he’s a visionary who sees Missoula's many possible futures, and an inspiring team builder and leader who can help us work for a future in which our kids will feel as lucky to live in Missoula County as I do." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)

Tuesday, February 20

Slotnick will dig in as commissioner
Neva Hassanein, Missoulian Letter to the Editor

"... Josh Slotnick cares deeply about this place and the people who live here. Now, he wants to contribute in a new way, as an elected official. As commissioner, he will bring a strong record of collaboration and a can-do spirit that we clearly need in politics today. Never afraid of hard work, Slotnick will dig in and get things done. Please join me in supporting Slotnick for County Commissioner." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)