"After what I saw in the Senate on Friday, I'm starting to wonder why anyone would want to go back." ...should read why anyone would want (them) to go back...typical example of a failed two-party political system.
If I had to put a label on myself - independent would be best, but that doesn't work in our political system - so I'll go with progressive (for the people) or socialist (for the people) democrat. The democrats are failing the needs of the people these days, and the republitards are the result.
George Ochenski...I hope to see you writing somewhere soon. As far as the Indy goes, your column was about the only reason I looked at the publication. There has to be some "meat" with the potatoes.
Robert Meyerowitz...catch the next bus back where you came from.
Glenn Ferren, Superior
As another hunter here in NW Montana I've seen the effects wolves have had. Deer & elk here were not overly plentiful to start with, I still manage to fill my tags usually, but most can't hunt as much or as hard as I do. Wolf re-introduction was a bad idea and an unnecessary move. As far as wolf hunting goes, a lot of what they do in my neck of the woods happens after shooting light ends. I've only laid eyes on 'em twice in the past (5) years, that was not during an open season, and I often spend at least a couple of hours a day in the woods (5) days a week, (52) weeks a year. During hunting seasons I spend days on these mountain trails and ridges. In the spring I hunt sheds and find drainages where you can walk from hair pile to hair pile...ate a doe here, ate a buck here, ate a doe & a fawn here, etc. I find whitetail bucks with over 20" spreads that were eaten just like does and fawns, I find 5x5 bull elk that made a good meal for a pack. When wolves were removed the first time it took...professional hunters (every day), traps, and poison.
There is an open season on coyotes and there are still plenty of them, you can't control a predator like the wolf that is leaps and bounds ahead of the coyote in survival instinct with a gun season. In Canada, they hunt wolves over bait from heated blinds, or from helicopters.
Governor, We need you now…
Once again we are reminded of a phrase that no doubt originated with the Republican controlled Legislature of the 1990’s…”Thank God they only meet every (2) years.”
The Republican majority in 2011 is confused. They think that they were elected for their Ideology.
The fact is that they were elected because they were the only Other choice in a two-party system.
The Democrat Party at the National level was not delivering on Change and more importantly was not fixing the Economy and pulling America out of the “Great Recession”.
Montana voters were feeling the pain.
To be blunt, the voters would have elected a well-trained monkey, If it were dressed appropriately and running as any party other than a Democrat.
Now, rather than creating Jobs as they were elected to do, Republicans are once again working against the interests of the people of Montana. In a blatant defiance of the will of the voters, Republicans are pushing HB161, to repeal the Montana Marijuana Initiative. HB309 attacks Montana’s established stream access laws after wealthy landowners lost the Mitchell Slough access case. HB334 works to weaken Montana’s workers compensation system by decreasing the fund and its ability to meet current and future obligations. Again, in defiance of Montana voters, HB404 and HB418 are efforts to remove Legislative term limits. The House has bills in play to “back transactions of state business with gold & silver coin”; reminiscent of the current debacle of attempted Union Busting in Wisconsin - HB197 to change state employee retirement plans, and HB310 “ to clarify initiatives language”. And don’t laugh, there is even SB112 to enshrine spear hunting for big game. I did not know that you cannot sit in a tree and jump out on a bear with a pointy stick!, if that’s how you get your kicks. In 2011, there is no shortage of Legislative efforts that should be relegated to the round file.
Governor Schweitzer, we the people need you to represent the interests of Montanan’s by standing ready to and by exercising your Veto power on these and other frivolous efforts of the Republican lead 2011 Legislature.
Montana should remain a beacon of Democracy for America and not become a poster child for Fascist leaning ideology.
Glenn Ferren, Superior
Republicans fear everything, like little children scared to look under their bed or sure that the monster in the closet is going to get them...marijuana is just one more fear in a big scary world for a Republican. Glenn Ferren Superior MT
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