The Montana Standard publishes letters from readers in the Opinion section. Here are this week's letters.
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Unfair to Bullock
Unfair to Bullock
I want everyone to know and spread the word about the hypocrisy of the national Democratic Party officials. They are not allowing Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana who announced his candidacy for president May 14 to participate in the debates cuz he does not meet their recently announced criteria.
The national Democratic Party, which boasts about being the champion of the people and condemns the Republicans for voter suppression, says Bullock doesn’t meet their “standards” which include having a 1% rating in a group of polls approved by the national party executives or have 65,000 individual contributors, with 200 coming from 20 different states.
Bullock, as he so often proudly says, is the only Democrat governor to win in a red state. He’s a decent family man, former atty. gen. and just as deserving as any of the more than 2 dozen other candidates.
What those Eastern yahoos who run the Democrat party, especially the dimwit who’s chair fail, to grasp is that Bullock did not formally announce until the Legislature adjourned. In other words he was doing his job.
I don’t know that Bullock will be my first choice for a candidate, although I am sure that he would do a good job as president.
I do know the Democrats are not being fair.
I urge every one to go online and give Steve 10 bucks for his campaign. Spread this word to friends in other states so that he has a convincing argument that he has met the standards set by people in the East who can’t see further than the Washington Beltway or the Manhattan skyscrapers.
Zena Beth McGlashan, Butte
I find it very interesting that the junior senator from Montana has the political clout to pick up a phone and dial the phone number of the POTUS.
Then to inform him of the horrible mistake his administration is about to be made by closing a Job Corps in Anaconda, Montana. This persuasive conservation with the leader that this Job Corps must be saved by any and all means results in the saving of the Job Corps. This all accomplished over the phone? Something a little odd here!
Donald Hampa, Butte
Bikers split on WSAs
I’ve ridden mountain bikes my entire adult life and continue to love exploring the natural world by bike. Mountain biking is a fun and exciting way to travel on our public lands. Here in western Montana, we’re fortunate to live in a place surrounded by riding opportunities. From fun single track to grinding forest roads, there are literally dozens of incredible riding experiences.
Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) represent the last vestiges of truly wild country — backcountry that offers critical security cover for wildlife, places that supports healthy watersheds, and places that supply our freezers with wild game. Places like these literally define our great state and its public land heritage.
Allowing mountain bikes into WSAs would be a victory for the few mountain bikers that may use them, but it would be a big trade-off for other user groups, wildlife and long-term protection of these special places. Especially when so many miles of rideable trail already exist in our backyard.
Squeaky wheels often get the grease, but please don’t confuse these groups as representative of all mountain bikers. I strongly support the Bitterroot National Forest’s decision to restrict mountain bikes use in WSAs.
Wes Swaffar, Missoula
Census is vital
Census is vital
As two of our elected leaders waste time and money to create untested census questions about immigration, the 2020 Census remains underfunded. If this isn't done right, the people of Montana will be left out of vital federal funding and new business, like high speed internet expansion. I am calling on Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte to get focused and deliver a fully funded 2020 Census for all Montanans.
Census information is used by the government and businesses to make all kinds of decisions. Farm subsidy programs will be underfunded if the count is wrong. Internet companies deciding where to roll out new 5G technology will rely on census numbers. The census count impacts all of us.
To not get left behind, rural and hard to count areas need Congress to fully fund the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau hasn't been given enough funding to hire local partners or fully test their new online census platform.
Our senior Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock support fully funding the 2020 census without adding in expensive untested questions. These leaders have the experience to know that an underfunded census can hurt Montanans for years.
Rural and hard to count Montanans must not be forgotten. We need our Members of Congress to fully fund the 2020 Census immediately. Let’s make this census count. I'm urging Senator Steve Daines to follow the example of Senator Tester and Governor Bullock. Fully fund the upcoming census and reject every wasteful untested question.
Tom Cherry, Helena