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Outfitters' entitlement

The welfare outfitters who think they own the Madison River want all of Ennis to believe our town will shrivel up and die if we put some restrictions on outfitter use of the river. It’s a bunch of BS. Ennis has a healthy economy, and in fact could really benefit with river use rules.

The outfitter use has become so intense in the summer than many Montanans avoid the Madison River, and with it our town. They spend money here, too — in our restaurants, in our stores, and at the gas station. Montanans come to our bars and they stay in our hotels. I’ve talked to them and I always welcome everyone to Ennis, residents and non-residents alike.

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What doesn’t work is giving outfitters complete veto power over the allocation of a public resource like the Madison River. This crowd is teaming up with the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, another group with a sense of entitlement over public wildlife. They’re dividing our town when it’s not necessary. Speak up for the Madison River and tell the Fish and Wildlife Commission to enact some common sense regulations to restore some sanity to the river we all love.

Richard Rohrbaugh, Cameron

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