As a fourth-generation Montanan, I find Mark Perea’s position on resource extraction troubling.
The balance between jobs and the natural environment has been contentious, and for good reason.
When the copper kings ruled in Butte, the loss of life was constant. Sometimes it was fast and sometimes it was agonizingly slow. When the ore was too costly to mine, the company just moved on.
Boom and bust has been around as long as statehood. Why would we want to abandon what we have learned the hard way — that industry unregulated, has no real interest in community.
What is Mr. Perea really saying when he asserts: “I believe each person should choose his or her own path. It seems most adults would choose a traditional family with a father and mother who raise their children to be productive members of society.”
Would he deny equal protection to untraditional families? There is way too much gray area in his thinking for me to consider him as a responsible legislator.
Christine Kauffman has served many years in the Montana Legislature. She’s a woman of integrity, in-depth knowledge, and responsibility to the larger community. Her work speaks for itself.