The Montana Standard publishes letters from readers in the Opinion section. Here are this week's letters.
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Don't complain to rancher
Many thanks to Vigilante Electric Cooperative and other power companies for keeping the power on during the recent blizzard. Makes you appreciate these people. Rural areas depend on electric power to heat water fountains for livestock. Our neighbor had baby calves in her bathroom to dry them off. You do what the situation requires. You appreciate the heat.
The bitter north winds closed down miles of county roads with snow drifts to the top of the fence posts. You can’t plow roads that drift in behind the plows as fast as they clear them. Thanks to the snow plow drivers for getting people out after being snowed in for days. My corral fence is only 1 ft. tall.
You just hope you don’t have a medical emergency. Search & Rescue would have to come get you out on snowmobiles and sled you out to a waiting ambulance. You can’t fly helicopters in a blizzard.
Be careful that you don’t complain to a rancher about how tough you have it. Ranchers were teetering on the brink of disaster during the recent blizzard.
We are thankful for neighboring rancher that came with a big tractor with a front end bucket to dig us out to the county road.
We all had better hope the Democrats’ “Green New Deal” doesn’t take hold. People’s lives are at stake.
Gene Galovic, Twin Bridges
Retired Educators Day
March 14 is proclaimed Montana Retired Educators Day. It is a day set aside in honor of those who have been involved in education and give support to education in the state of Montana.
As president of the Southwest Montana Retired Educators chapter I am well aware of the years of service that each of our members has dedicated to education. Being an educator is more than just being a teacher in the classroom. An educator is dedicated to making each child a better individual by giving him the tools to develop both physically and intellectually so that each individual will become a productive citizen.
This dedication to the betterment of all students is not something you really retire from. This is readily apparent within our local chapter as our members continue to contribute their time and talents to many worthwhile community and school district projects. This past year our local chapter alone donated over 8,000 hours of community service.
I urge you on March 14 to think for a moment of those teachers who made a difference in your life and if you can reach out to them and thank them for their dedication. But please know they are not resting on their laurels, they may be retired but they are still active still helping students and community.
Otis Anderson, Dillon
Check your drains
We have all been struggling with a long intense winter. Obviously the tons of snow has to melt and go into the storm drains. I couldn't even locate my storm drain. It's the only one on my street. I will use a metal detector to locate it and then clear it. I suspect there are many buried drains and we need them to work when the snow finally melts. The near forecast shows no sign of melting so I encourage homeowners to check their area and prepare. Our neighborhood group GNC is also petitioning the council for a little help removing snow/ice from critical areas. I hope we can have a cooperative effort and avoid major flooding.
Larry Winstel, Butte
Frustrated by water bill
When I moved to Sheridan in 2002 my water bill was $29. Now my water bill is $192 a month. I am on the road 9 to 11 months a year. I have one meter, but 2 bills. One water line. One for $90 w/no usage (it says no usage on the bill every month, because there is no meter for it.) And the other for $102 a month that is metered. I am not there enough to use much water. No one is using water when I am not there. But because I have 2 buildings there that potentially could have two families living there Town of Sheridan forces me to have two bills. The house on the street side is an old house that I have been renovating since 2005. I can’t even turn the water on in there, because something happened to the water line under ground. I have complained to the Mayor & City council for years to no avail.
Three mayors later & water bills keep rising. I always thought that you pay for what you use or get. If I don’t use electricity I am not billed, which is fair. I have the water bill automatically removed from my checking account. We have to pay this $90. base even if Sheridan shuts the water off. Somehow this doesn’t add up. I pay over $2,000 a year for something I barely use. Frustrated small town resident.
Michael Laurin, Sheridan
The weekend of Feb 22nd thru Feb 24th the State “B” Division U10/SQ Hockey Tournament was held in Butte. As the Commissioner, I have received nothing but praise from across the state for the overwhelming Butte community support to all of the Montana players and their families. The outpouring of kindness, helpfulness and overall backing was absolutely phenomenal.
Businesses stepped up and donated numerous items, hotels were accommodating, and community members came and supported teams. It was absolutely wonderful!! I want to let everyone in Butte know that it is greatly appreciated by those of us involved at all levels in Montana hockey. As always the Butte community is AMAZING!!
Thank you so very much!
Rene Lenhardt, U10/SQ Commissioner