Butte is a summer paradise for both locals and tourists. After eight months of winter we get to enjoy the full glory of long summer days, but for local businesses summer can be a struggle due to lack of employees.
The reason I write this letter is to encourage our high school students to get out and make money during the summer months. Every business that depends on tourist dollars is fighting for employees and we believe our high school kids have so much to offer.
Like many restaurant owners, we have experience with the annual summer staffing challenge. We have also seen many success stories of local kids who started with us only to watch their careers blossom. Working in a restaurant is a great entry level job for young people. We teach our employees valuable skills like how to manage schedules, how to build rapport with fellow employees, customer service, work ethic, navigating government paperwork and the importance of a paycheck.
Every year our family is fortunate to visit the resort town of Gulf Shores, Alabama. This town has a winter population of 5,000, which swells to 50,000 during the summer. In Gulf Shores we have talked with many small business owners to discover the booming summer economy is dependent on high school students working. Working a summer job is simply part of the culture. Gulf Shores would never have become a summer tourist destination without the support and hard work of local high school kids.
With the growth of our hospitality industry, we need all hands on deck. With the help of our youth, we can make our town the prototype of success in Montana
Christi Jacobsen is running for Montana Secretary of State and I am proud to give her my endorsement. I have known Christi for over 30 years and can attest to her honesty, work ethic and strong values
She isn’t a lifelong politician looking to appease the ranks but is your average Montanan who has an absolutely passion for the work she currently does as Deputy Secretary of State. Christi will ensure the integrity of the elections so each candidate has a fair shake by among other things continuing to increase security and improve efficient throughout the Montana election process. Let’s make sure every vote counts, regardless of who you are voting for, by electing Christi as the next Montana Secretary of State.
Montana voters have received primary election ballots and are carefully considering the best candidate for US Congress.
Republicans are fortunate to have Debra Lamm on that ballot. She has my vote because she has a broad-based background in both the public and private sectors. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Secondary Education degree. She earned a master’s in Business Administration and a law degree. She opened a general law practice, managing a staff of five. As a guardian ad litem, she used her legal skills to advocate for children in the court system. Although she does not have a background in agriculture, she thoughtfully connects with key industry leaders.
Debra served in the Montana Legislature from 2015-2017 representing Livingston and Park County. She was the Vice Chair of House Education and served on State Administration and Local Government as well. In 2017 she was elected Chairman of the Montana GOP and through her leadership the party grew by historic measures.
As the Republican nominee, Debra will advance to the general election. It will be an exciting race, focusing on the critical issues facing our country and the policy differences between the candidates. Go to: www.DebraLamm.com
Many statements made by President Trump are purposely misinterpreted by Trump haters in order to discredit or demean the President.
Such a manipulation can be found in Mr. Evan Barrett’s Guest View Column on 5/17/2020. Mr. Barrett quoted Trump as saying, “And don’t forget, we have more cases (Coronavirus) than anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases”.
I’ll admit, Trump’s statement is not that eloquent. But it is blatantly obvious what he meant. He meant that more testing reveals more cases because very many people who contact the virus are asymptomatic and may not know that they have the virus. Without being tested these people would not be included in the total number of cases in the USA. Therefore, more testing equals more confirmed cases! And visa versa, for the same reason, less testing means less confirmed cases.
Now look how Mr. Barrett turns this logic around. He quotes former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart who said, “Let me see if I understand his (Trump’s) logic. If you don’t test, there would be fewer cases …. ergo the testing causes Coronavirus!” Come on! How insidious is that Mr. Barrett! Do you really want us to accept the idea that Trump believes that testing actually causes Coronavirus cases? You possibly cannot believe that yourself! If you do, your logic is severely skewed by your hatred of Trump!
Christi Jacobsen is the best candidate for Secretary of State, and I encourage you to vote for her! She currently serves as the Deputy Secretary of State and will hit the ground running on day one.
Christi is dedicated to securing your voting privacy and securing your ballot, whether you choose to vote at the polls or by mail-in ballot.
Christi is a dedicated leader, mom, wife, and born and raised Montanan. She has dedicated her career to serving Montana. She has downsized government and bureaucracy by running the office efficiently and saving money. Christi knows how to lead people.
Christi is passionate about her position as Deputy Secretary of State and will work tirelessly to ensure voter security and continue to make the Secretary of State’s Office Montana’s best run agency.
As a life-long voter and former election administrator in Butte-Silver Bow, I want to encourage voters to mark their ballots in favor of Linda Sajor-Joyce for as our next Clerk and Recorder/Election Administrator.
Prior to becoming Chief Deputy Clerk & Recorder, Linda served the county for many years as the IT specialist, planning, implementing and supporting county employees as the county’s transition into the technical arena developed.
I know first-hand how competent Linda is! When B-SB was federally mandated to implement electronic tabulators combined with special equipment for special-needs voters, Linda was first in line to help with the process and implementation.
When we had to audit all our then polling places to ensure they were ADA-compliant, Linda Sajor-Joyce stepped up to aid our transition to voting at the Civic Center. She spent countless hours ensuring the accuracy of all of our equipment; not just once, but for every election.
She never complained, never said “it’s not my job; you figure it out”; she simply lent her talents and knowledge to the tasks at hand.
This year’s elections may be the most important most of us will vote in our lifetimes. I am confident that as Clerk & Recorder/Election Administrator Linda will serve both the taxpayers and responsibilities of her office in a highly professional manner.
Now that the ballots have been mailed to more than 19,000 registered voters in Butte-Silver Bow, I sincerely hope voters will respond quickly and thoughtfully to completing and returning them to the courthouse. Your return postage is already paid for and affixed to your return envelope! As the saying goes “git ‘er done”!