The Montana Standard publishes letters from readers in the Opinion section. Here are this week's letters.
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I was going to write something this week but there was nothing to write about! The President didn't tell one lie all week. The U.S, Government received their last payment from Mexico for the border wall.
The weather has been perfect all across the U.S. No tornadoes, no floods, no winds, no heavy rains.
The majority of the women in the U.S. were pleased with the results of a bunch of old white men making rules for them. They want to thank these men for caring and being so smart.
The 380 men and women running for President as a Democrat was narrowed down to 379. Things are looking great!
The new tariffs will help everyone in the United States with just one exception. Now the dollar store will become a five-dollar store.
The President released his taxes from the last 25 years. Mr. Trump has paid his fair share in taxes and then some.
Gas prices are no the lowest in 15 years. And the other good news is with a new invention that costs $14.96 all cars and trucks will get 200 miles to a gallon. More great news.
The 87 trillion potholes in the U.S.have been fixed, filled in, so you will be able to drive safely.
Everyone in Congress is working well with each other. They just passed a health care bill for all Americas. The President will sign this new law to take effect June 1st.
All of the pharmaceutical companies said they have made enough money and all prescriptions will cost no more than a dollar. This will go into effect on May 37th.
So now you know why I didn't write anything this week. Everything is just hunky-dory. Maybe I will write next week.
LaVon Brillhart, Dillon
Our representatives need to follow our Constitution.
Senator Daines and Representative Gianforte have both suggested that the decadal census should ask whether individuals are citizens or not (MT Standard 5/10/19 and 05/21/19). They argue that doing so would increase the likelihood that Montana would receive additional federal funds, and possibly an additional House seat. Their arguments explicitly use the reasoning that asking the question will discourage participation in the census in those states with higher percentages of immigrants than Montana. They are blatantly asking to encourage undercounting.
If they would read Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of our Constitution they would see it directs that “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons”. Nowhere in our Constitution does it say that the census should only count citizens.
Those arguing for the “citizenship question” point out it has been asked previously. The fact is, about 60 years ago it was determined that asking the question caused undercounting, so the question was dropped in order for the census to be more correct. Senator Daines argues that “Montanans want to know” how many citizens are in the country. The fact is the American Community Survey provides accurate information on this.
Keep the citizenship question out of the census. Keep the census accurate and not a political weapon.
Larry and Debbie Smith, Butte
Successful food drive
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Postal Workers Drive on May 11th. The drive was a great success thanks to everyone who donated and worked the drive.
Our postal carriers had double the amount of work on Saturday. We are so grateful for their commitment to the food bank and for making this drive a success. Our postal carriers certainly are the best and we truly appreciate their efforts in making this work.
Over 41,000 pounds were collected, this together with the cash donations allows us to keep our shelves stocked. We are feeding over 2,600 individuals who are currently experiencing food insecurity.
Kathy Griffith, director, Butte Emergency Food Bank