Letters to the Editor
In April, Montana was rated #1 in a national index of civic life. Though we're not perfect, there's good in how we vote, help our neighbors, volunteer, and work out our differences.
AmeriCorps members serving in Montana also help foster this civic life. May 13-20 marks the inaugural National AmeriCorps Week. Here in Montana, more than 9000 AmeriCorps members of all ages and backgrounds help meet local needs, strengthen communities, restore the environment, and increase civic engagement with programs including the Conservation Corps, Campus Corps, Tech Corps, Prevention Resources Center, Montana Legal Services, and Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
The Corporation for National Service recently described Montana Conservation Corps as "a model program amongst conservation corps across the country." Here in Helena, MCC AmeriCorps members eradicate weeds, restore streams, enhance wildlife habitat, maintain trails, help community organizations, install weatherization measures in seniors' homes, and mentor teens in the summer MontanaYES program.
Celebrate AmeriCorps in Montana. The next time you see an AmeriCorps member in his or her heather grey or green MCC T-shirt, hard-hat, and grubby Carharts, stop to say thank you. They're serving here to help keep Montana #1 on the index of civic life.
Jono McKinney, Executive Director
Montana Conservation Corps
206 N. Grand Ave.
We'd like to thank the parents and children who participated in the 7th Annual Free Rolfing Clinic for Children on May 5. This year, 32 children received free introductory sessions to this form of bodywork. In the past seven years, over 180 children have benefited from these clinics. Children receive healthy touch, learn about body self-care, and move toward well-being.
We would also like to acknowledge the out-of-town Rolfers who traveled to Helena to join in the event: Certified Rolfers Marilyn Beech from Missoula, Ann Matney and Heather Witschard from Bozeman, Robin Kratschmer from Billings; Kevin McCarthy from Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Hiromi Nagai from Osaka, Japan; and Rolfing student Phoenix DeLeon from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado.
The clinic is open to the public and in honor of Dr. Ida Rolf, the founder and developer of Rolfing Structural Integration. Dr. Rolf believed strongly that in addition to assisting adults toward wellness, early intervention with her method promoted good posture and eased a child's sense of gangly awkwardness, growth pains, and discomfort from childhood accidents.
Shari Tate, Certified Rolfer
Lisa Fairman, Advanced Certified Rolfer
R. Kerrick Murray, Advanced Certified Rolfer
25 S. Ewing
Zoning is important
For six years I served on the City/County Consolidated Planning Board. It was a frustrating experience. Every time the board attempted to limit the deleterious effects of uncontrolled growth in the Helena Valley they were told that there was no legal basis for action. I suggest that the proposed interim zoning regulation is an important first step toward developing a legal basis for implementing the Growth Policy.
A few vocal and well-funded organizations have railed against the proposal citing the Montana DEQ statewide standard, questioning the need for "emergency" legislation and invoking the mantra of "private property rights." These arguments are simply a smokescreen by a vocal minority who have a significant financial interest in maintaining the status quo. These are the same people who successfully delayed approval of the Growth Policy for years and are now using the same tactics to indefinitely delay the implementation of that Policy.
These are spurious arguments. The DEQ standard was developed as a minimum standard to be applied statewide. The proposed zoning regulation offers a higher standard based on local topography and the documented effects of recent uncontrolled growth. Private property rights unrestricted by safety issues is a myth.
C. T. Canterbury
3385 Vinces Court
Don't kill deer
I don't understand why mankind always resorts to killing to solve societal problems, whether it is with another nation, e.g. Iraq, ethnic group, e.g. Native Americans, or animals, e.g. deer, herbivores just trying to survive in an urban interface that has been their domain long before any of us were here but we are good at moving creatures, out of their natural environments when we want the land for our own purposes. It troubles me that in 2007 we have not found away to live peacefully with the life force that makes up this planet that we all share.
Surely Helenans are more enlightened and solution oriented that they can creatively find away to solve their "deer problem". Perhaps it is a good thing deer don't have guns but then I don't think they would resort to killing and violence to solve their "people problem," they are just herbivores trying to co-exist with we two-legged creatures.
If Helena is willing to spend 30 to 100 thousand dollars to kill innocent creatures, why don't they spend the money to re-locate them to rural areas? They can bring them out to my house. I will welcome all 300 of them!
6070 Northslope Road
Too many deer
Last Sunday morning, May 13, a young man was killed after hitting a deer in the Helena area. He was probably trying to save gas by riding a motorcycle and was obeying all traffic laws and was wearing a helmet.
Game and vehicle accidents are happening all too often. Even if there are no fatalities in the collisions the damage done is incredible.
When is the Fish and Duck dept. going to realize there is too much game? They seem to want to increase the game numbers more all the time so they can sell more hunting licenses. Enuf is enuf.