Thursday, May 17, 2012

Send Wilmer to Washington

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 4:00 AM

This year Montanans have an opportunity to elect someone to Congress who will put our interests first. At a time when we see laws and policies instituted that benefit the few at the expense of the majority, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to elect a candidate, Franke Wilmer, to Congress who will work to represent the majority of Montanans.

Coming from a modest background, Franke often worked two jobs simultaneously while finishing college. Today, she’s a professor of Political Science and International Relations at Montana State University as well as the representative for District 64 in the Montana House. Franke served as Speaker Pro Tem during her second term and was appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer as chair of the Montana Human Rights Commission.

Franke understands the need for good, sustainable jobs and affordable healthcare and that the protection of the rights and benefits of retirees are of critical importance to Montanans.

She believes that a strong economy should provide people with economic security and that framing the issue as a choice between economic growth that provides good sustainable jobs or environmental protection is a false choice.

She is a strong supporter of public education and believes that education is both an investment in our economic future and is fundamental to a functioning democracy.

With the numerous challenges we presently face as both Americans and Montanans, Franke Wilmer stands out as the candidate who has the background, the demonstrated record and the position on issues to best represent us in the U.S. Congress in order that we can meet these challenges for ourselves, our state and our country.

Wes Miles

Hamilton

Vote Crowley

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 4:00 AM

I am writing in support of Lou Ann Crowley, who is running for the legislature from District 94. Unlike her opponent, Ellie Hill, Lou Ann is thoughtful and deliberative. She has worked in local government and for nonprofit organizations. She has been a community activist who has not alienated large numbers of constituents. She is a calm voice who accomplishes a lot—truly something we need in our legislature.

There is more to being an effective legislator than being highly rated by various organizations and unions—all of which do many good things. However, I prefer a legislator who thinks for herself. It is, of course, admirable to be opposed to the corrupting influence of corporate money in campaigns. However, the time and energy spent advocating for Congress to do something about this might be spent more productively by working diligently to convince colleagues to concentrate on legislation that makes an immediate, positive impact on the state of Montana.

Perhaps some of the effectiveness of a legislator can be measured by the number of bills the legislator introduced that passed. Hill introduced five bills in the last session, none of which passed.

As a delegate to the 1972 Montana State Constitutional Convention, I know that we were extremely idealistic in the amount of faith we placed in our legislature. We expected our legislators to produce heroic outcomes for the good of the state. This can happen only when we elect professional, thoughtful, intelligent, civil, dedicated people to do this Herculean task. Clearly, this did not happen in the last session, one of the most fractious in recent memory.

We need a person with personal integrity to represent us in the legislature. We need someone who Listens. We need someone who Organizes her thoughts. We need someone who Understands the issues. We need someone who Analyzes the options and Never Neglects her constituents. We need Lou Ann Crowley in the legislature.

Jean Bowman

Missoula

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Boycott the games

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

While the rapes of women by University of Montana football players are finally being uncovered, hype for the Griz team continues full blast in the media. Griz fans and university students who don’t wish to cheer on this program can vote with their feet and simply boycott the games.

Gene Bernofsky

Missoula

Trappers are sincere

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

I came here for a better life—freedom. It is not my wish to oppose any law or the ideas of the people who were born and raised here. I always follow the laws of the land, as long as it won’t harm the place where we live.

My father was a hunter of deer and wild boar when I was growing up in the Philippines. And there was no wildlife management. And through the years, I’ve seen those animals slowly disappear. Now I have been living here in Montana for six years, and I just became naturalized. My husband is a hunter and trapper, but that doesn’t mean he’s got animal cruelty in his blood. As I’ve understood Montana’s wildlife management, it’s only fair to have some form of control of wildlife populations.

Can you imagine living in a place where there is an overpopulation of wild animals that are prone to disease and/or starvation? As we all know, there’s no way these wild animals can use any contraception to control their population, which is why they need our human reason to help them. And humans have come up with management practices like hunting and trapping to control their populations.

I liked it when my husband called Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and asked for the quotas on the animals that he trapped. It shows that FWP, as well as the hunters and trappers, wants to manage the populations so that there are never too many or too little. There is always a cap on the amount harvested to ensure that the animals can maintain healthy populations. I feel that there is always honesty and sincerity in the hearts of trappers and hunters.

Jelly Banquiao

Lolo

Re-elect Ellie Hill

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

I’m writing in support of re-electing state Rep. Ellie Hill. During a difficult and often hostile legislative session in 2011, Hill was a steadfast advocate for reproductive rights and equal treatment for all Montanans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. I’m impressed with her interest in collaborating with Missoula on growing our high-tech economy, and I appreciate how hard she works to connect with her constituents in order to best represent their values. Ellie’s legislative record is solid and the decision is clear: Let’s re-elect Rep. Hill on June 5 in the primary.

Caitlin Copple

Missoula City Council

Missoula

Develop it

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Why does Montana lag behind the adjoining states of North Dakota and Wyoming in development and use of our abundant natural resources? Those states do not suffer the extent of legal impediments inflicted upon Montanans by a small percentage of our population consisting of highly financed radical eccentrics. To regain our economy, we must restore industries dependent upon our natural resources. One of the most serious recent EPA threats is the banning of the fracking procedure in drilling. Coal-fired power generation is threatened for closure under the pretense of air pollution due to the unproven global warming hypothesis and theory. Wind energy, which is fraught with numerous production complications, is economically impractical, requiring federal financing that's impossible to recover in the lifetime of the equipment without drastic price increases. Economical renewable hydro power, unique to this region, is endangered by ongoing environmentalist threats of dam removal. Dead and dying forests loaded with bio-fuels are burning on the mountain sides, polluting air and water, instead of in clean-burning biomass co-generation plants. In all cases, abused taxpaying consumers pay for the bad science and federal funding of impractical energy generation as dictated by the EPA and state Department of Environmental Quality. No new power generation plants have been built in over 30 years. Transmission systems are outdated and maxed-out. Schemes have been designed to kill job-producing business and industry while driving citizens to unbearably high living costs. Ever-increasing excessive federal restrictions on energy production in a country seriously in debt is driving us to inevitable collapse. We are even losing our rural lands through conservation easements.

We must take seriously the rhetoric of candidates currently campaigning for office. We need assurance that they recognize the seriousness of the issues and are capable of providing corrective measures complete with the skills, motivation and determination to perform effectively in office. If no reference is made to states’ rights, sovereignty, nullification or the coordination process in inter-governmental policy making, it is questionable if this candidate has the insight essential for today’s elected office. It is critical that we elect dedicated officials for county commission, state legislature and Congress who are capable of doing the job essential to preserving this country and our Constitution. We owe it to ourselves and our own descendants to take this election very seriously.

Clarice Ryan

Big Fork

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