The State Of Missoula’s Community Is A Failing PR Effort To Convince You It’s All Good When It’s Not

by William Skink

On Monday there was a “State of the Community” event put on by City Club Missoula. John forever-mayor Engen, Seth pretty-boy Bodnar and Dave nanny-state Strohmaier were the featured speakers leading the PR effort to convince those in attendance that Missoula is doing just fine:

Bodnar, Engen and Strohmaier were thin on specifics related to policy on Monday, but all spoke at length in general terms about the need for collaboration among the university, the city and the county.

Engen and Strohmaier addressed the need to develop more affordable housing options as housing prices continue their historic trajectory upward here. The two elected officials also talked about the need to preserve Missoula’s unique culture, clean environment and way of life as development puts pressure especially hard on those at the bottom of the socioeconomic spectrum.

Instead of doling out bullshit PR talking points, here is what these three men need to be doing.

Strohmaier and the other two County Commissioners need to get a handle on the shit show that is the Sheriff’s Department. The bitter campaign between Clark and McDermott apparently never stopped, and with recent articles in the Missoulian, it would appear that Clark’s warnings have some merit.

Engen needs to buckle down, not just on affordable housing, but also on what happens when people don’t have housing in cold climates: they fucking die. Another homeless man died in downtown Missoula late last week of exposure. It hasn’t been reported in the news yet, but it happened, and he died in the heart of Missoula’s bar scene.

And Bodnar needs to realize that early indicators of his leadership are starting to wear the honeymoon thin. Getting rid of the guy they threw a $70,000 bonus at, bringing in Jim data-boy Messina, and now a media misstep eliciting a fuck, fuck, fuck reaction from a Dean when he realized at-risk academic programs might finally be named and reported on.

A new day is not dawning in Missoula. Anyone who tells you that is more than likely getting financially compensated for lying to you.

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1 Response to The State Of Missoula’s Community Is A Failing PR Effort To Convince You It’s All Good When It’s Not

  1. Big Swede says:

    Maybe we all should reconsider the benefits of global warming.

    It is estimated that 20,275 Brits more than average died between December and March.

    An additional 2,000 deaths more than average were expected due to cold conditions between March 23 and 31, this winter’s average death rates show.

    Campaigners have called the deaths a “national tragedy” as cold weather victims fatalities could be prevented – especially in the elderly.

    According to the Office of National Statistics, one in 10 cold weather deaths are among under-65s, one in 10 among 65-75s and eight in 10 among over-75s.

    The Department of Health also said cold conditions worsen winter killers including flu, chest diseases, heart attacks, strokes and dementia.

    It means this winter is set to total at least 48,000 deaths due to cold weather – which works out at an average of one death every three and a half minutes.

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