IN THE MAIL

Gallatin Forest Partnership recognizes uses, keeps it wild

Editor:

For as long as I can remember, I always dreamed of a life skiing and fly fishing in Montana. Seven years ago, my dream finally came true. My wife and I retired from our teaching career in the public schools, packed up our things and moved to Bozeman and our dream became a reality. Both my wife and I love everything this area has to offer. In the winters, I ski and ice climb in Hyalite. In the summers, I hike, fly fish, rock climb, mountain bike all over the Gallatin Range and raft and kayak on the streams and rivers around it. Like a lot of my neighbors, the Gallatin Range is a big part of why I moved to Bozeman.

Outdoor recreation is important to me, but I also deeply value the wildness of the Gallatin Range and the wildlife we share the landscape with. The Gallatin Forest Partnership, which came together to craft a vision for the future of these mountains, prioritizes outdoor recreation alongside ensuring intact and healthy habitat for elk, grizzly bears, and the other critters who inhabit these mountains.

There are lots of different people who care about the Gallatin Range, and we all recreate in different ways all year long. These differences are something to celebrate. The Gallatin Forest Partnership agreement recognizes that across these differences is a shared love for these mountains and it charts a forward-looking path for how we can continue to share and enjoy the Gallatin Range while keeping it wild.

Mark Greeno
Bozeman

Former longtime nurse Linda Roberts was an instrument of care

Editor:

The Livingston Enterprise recently printed a front-page article about how Livingston HealthCare was being sued by Linda Roberts, a longtime nurse, for wrongful termination. The term longtime nurse is true, but the way she conducted herself in the course of nursing is one of the greatest things. Those she cared for is a matter that needs to be acknowledged.

Most of us have had loved ones who have required home care. Often, their struggles moved on to hospice care. If there was every anyone born to this Earth to be an instrument of care during these struggles, transition and then loss of a loved one, it is Linda Roberts.

I’ve had the privilege of working with and witnessing her compassion, knowledgeable care for the patient, and her ministering to everyone in the home at the time of loss. She’s been an instrument in the hands of a higher power as she’s served in a home care, hospice capacity within families here in our community. That kind of care is unmeasurable. To just say thank you could never be enough, but thank you Linda Roberts. Your honesty and integrity is unmatched by those who know and have witnessed your nursing and compassionate capabilities.

How sorrowful it is for those who have missed out because she hasen’t been there to serve them. Best wishes on her journey, wherever it takes her.

Harry Rang
South of Livingston

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