This article could have said more about the gun proposals we have been hearing about. I think the Rs should award a medal to that guy up in Kalispell who, in a heroic act of self defense, blew away the unarmed husband of the woman he was seeing. Under current law he faces no charges, but now the legislature proposes letting people issue themselves concealed carry permits, presumably trusting the bad guys to deny their own applications. Their wisdom has reached a transcendent level not seen since power deregulation. Anybody remember how well that worked out?
Missoulians should definitely help Van Valkenberg find another line of work.
@jetMech - No mention was made of going to the government. Guess you just had to throw in some of those right wing buzz words whether or not they had any reference to reality, sadly typical.
I heard a state senator complaining on the radio about the Fort Peck bison, saying they are bound to get out and damage adjacent ranch lands. He seemed to be forgetting that ranchers have enjoyed a "fence out" law in Montana forever, where anyone who doesn't want their neighbors livestock wrecking their land is required to fence them out. Nor are you allowed to put your neighbors cow in the freezer for trespassing. If ranchers don't like bison they can by golly fence them out just like they've always expected us to do. And if that is difficult, tough.
It seems to me too many comments begin and end with ideological platitudes instead of considering practical solutions. Obviously there are middle courses somewhere between human extinction and utter environmental destruction - which would result in extinction. In regard to the flaring, which I have seen and is an incredible waste, if running a pipeline is too expensive, why can't the gas be compressed in storage tanks and collected by truck?
What facts has Pellegrino to offer that would contradict what Ochenski has written? It sure does look like a horrific waste of lives and money to no point at all. Hussain was a SOB but relieving the Iraqis of him was not worth the price, as I am sure most of them would agree. And as a response to 9/11, attacking Brazil would have made as much sense.
I'm with George and Al on this. Destroying the influence of unions will be immediately followed by rolling back legal rights and protections for employees. That's the whole point of the effort. That ideological idol, deregulation, will be raised even higher, and the folks who actually create value reduced nearer to serfs. Those who like to be called "wealth creators" might more accurately be called "cream skimmers", they will serve themselves and screw everyone else.
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