Sen. Jennifer Fielder, who’s now running for a seat on the Public Service Commission, wants you to overlook the fact that she spread false rumors about an imminent Antifa invasion of Missoula. After all, she says, there were other people pushing out those rumors on social media; she’s no more to blame than they are.
Every schoolkid knows that that lame excuse won’t fly: The fact that other people are misbehaving doesn’t mean you can misbehave along with them, and get off scot free. And that goes double for public officials, who should lead by example rather than follow the crowd.
Fielder also says, bizarrely, that she wasn’t spreading false rumors because the misinformation she purveyed wasn’t cut and pasted from some other Facebook post. Rather, she talked to people she knew personally and believed to be credible, and repeated what those people said. Since no Antifa invasion actually ever happened, relying on those sources was a big mistake, but that’s apparently the way Fielder normally informs herself about important public issues.
Maybe these days it’s just too much to hope for political leaders who will unite us at a time of crisis, rather than dividing us with unfounded allegations.
The flashing V on Big Butte during the COVID-19 pandemic is supposed to indicate Butte's victory over the outbreak.
Similar to the misuse of the word 'awesome' to describe mundane things, the continued use of the special V has diluted its meaning.
It used to be that I would look to the Big Butte, see the flashing V, and know that Montana Tech had won a football game. Now that it is flashing every night, it has become routine and carries no special meaning.
Furthermore, given the disastrous response to the pandemic from our federal government, I am not convinced that Butte (or any other U.S. jurisdiction) is actually victorious in the arena of containment, and the flashing V simply reminds me of the virus, not victory.
Please consider returning the M on Big Butte to its normal state. The next time there is something genuinely worth celebrating, the flashing V can then retain some shred of meaning.
Now that the primary is over, it’s even more clear that Greg Gianforte should be the choice of every Montanan for Governor. His opponent, Mike Cooney, is the ultimate career politician. He’s held office for over 40 years. And yet after 40 years of “leadership” he thinks he has the solutions to the problems facing everyday Montanans.
It’s clear that Cooney has had more than enough time to take on these challenges, and he has failed. Greg Gianforte isn’t a lifetime politician. He built an incredibly successful business, RightNow Technologies, from the ground up. He brings fresh ideas to the table at a time when they are in short supply.
Cooney has had over 40 years in public service and has achieved very little for the people of Montana. We are facing serious challenges ahead of us, and we need our next leader to have a track record of proven results. Greg Gianforte has the experience, that our next Governor must have to get the economy moving again. He is a born problem solver, and exercises ingenuity in everything he does. Mike Cooney on the other hand has had over 40 years and hasn’t solved a thing.
The race for Montana’s lone Congressional seat comes down to who will best represent Montana’s values in Washington, DC. Montana is the last best place, different than any other place on earth.
It’s important that we have someone who lives here, who works here, and who worships here. Matt Rosendale is a Montanan through-and-through, he cherishes our state and everything that makes it special.
I’ve known Matt a long time, and I can tell you he has just one requirement when deciding whether he’ll support a piece of legislation: Is it good for the people of Montana?
If it’s not good for Montanans, Matt won’t support it. It doesn’t matter how much pressure he gets from the establishment, the media, lobbyists or special interests — Matt always puts Montana first.
Matt has dedicated his life to serving the people of Montana. He always listens and does what he says. We can count on Matt Rosendale to represent our values and protect our Montana way of life.
Matt will be a true champion for the Treasure state in Congress and I am proud to stand with him in this race.
There has been a lot of discussion about wearing medical masks.
It has been said that this disease only kills the old and people with preexisting conditions. Look around. How many people in your family, how many friends fit these categories? Who do you know that you would put at risk?
As a business man, I understand the need to keep business open. Keeping businesses open however put my staff and customers at greater risk of infection, A new spike in case could shut me down again. Shutting down the business again may be irreversible. What can we do?
We don't know a lot about this virus. What we do know is how to combat viruses in general. Keep your distance, wash your hands a lot, wear a mask. This has helped in the past, it will help again.
Why not wear a mask? Some say it impinges on our freedom. Not wearing a mask impinges on the life of others.
As a citizen of this country it is our civic duty to wear a mask. As a family member protect those dear to you, wear a mask. As a friend, protect your friends, wear a mask.
In the years to come would we rather say we did everything in our power as individuals and citizens to overcome this crisis, that we put other's lives ahead of our own comfort? That we did what Americans have done since our inception, fought with the tools at hand? That we came together as one country. That we triumphed? Or would we rather say we failed because it was too uncomfortable and inconvenient to wear a mask.