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Hello Hal, my name is Amy (Olsen) Spangler and I am from Choteau. I happen to live in Dickinson, ND at the southern tip of the Bakken. I really love reading articles that talk about my hometown, so I was thrilled when I noticed it.
I have to agree with both you and your friend about this issue. You're right, we must protect the land for future generations. There's just too much to lose. And your friend's right, if something isn't done, Augusta school will close. But not just the school, other things too. But if more drilling is allowed, our beautiful landscape will be ruined, along with precious wildlife and their habitats.
The reason my family and I live in Dickinson has to do with not enough opportunity for us in Montana. Man, I would give just about anything to move home! But the opportunity that living in this area has given is in stark contrast to our prospects back home. You see, we moved here in 2006 before everything hit, so the boom hasn't hit our pockets as much as others that move here, hoping to find someplace to live when they get here. Surprise! It's your car!
And believe me, the cities are desperately trying to tackle the housing crisis. The shadow of the last boom of the 1980's that was 'here today, gone tomorrow' has kept the public very leery of fast growth. If you were the city leader, you probably would think twice or three times about everything that was built. The natives of Dickinson tend to be negative when it comes to the growth of this area, and they have every right to be. When the property management companies raise the rent on apartments, it's the natives that suffer. But now it's getting so out of hand that the oil field workers can't even afford it. And talk about child care! Its non-existent. I almost had to quit my job because I couldn't find any daycares with openings, and then it was only because a woman was kind enough to find room for my baby!
It's a very depressing debate, so thank you for tackling it. There is unfortunately no clear answer on this issue. Never have I been in a place that I have felt so much 'at home' as I do on the Rocky Mountain Front. Some of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure to know have come from there. My only hope is that God can one day guide me back to the beautiful place I love so much.
Does the presence of GM alfalfa have anything to do with the massive (and mysterious) bee kill-off? I dunno, maybe there isn't enough alfalfa to cause something like that, but then again alfalfa isn't the only thing that's GM'd. Just a thought.
There will never be a pretty way to kill. There will never be a hip slaugterhouse. There will never be enough exposure. There will always be propaganda. There will always be hypocrites. There will always be hunger.
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