A Republican legislator, Mr. Garcia, from Billings has called for socialists to be shot. This occurred in a meeting room full of Republican "leaders" and not a single one knew how to respond. The Republican Party "later condemned the statement" according to the article in the Helena IR. When your dog poops in the house, you do not discipline them later. By sitting silent while Mr. Garcia makes inflammatory statements, the Republicans in that room sent him the message they agree. Mr. Garcia cited the Constitution. No Mr. Garcia, the U.S. Constitution does not call for socialists to be shot, you're thinking of Russia.
Our city commissioners are in the budget amendment process and city staff is asking for $900,000 to fund the Beattie Street Trailhead expansion project. Adding in the money already spent on the design plan, this project is expected to cost over one million dollars.
The proposal has been very controversial since the beginning. If it is implemented, it will cause significant disruption to the historic neighborhood and surrounding open lands. There are also issues because the process lacked transparency and adequate public notification and input. Despite many issues, this proposal has gone forward.
The Helena Citizens Council recommended last fall consideration of a low cost, low impact Beattie Street alternative trailhead plan. With more information now available about expected costs, consideration of this alternative is even more needed.
The BSA Lone Scouts, Hailey and Ashley, would like to thank the community of Helena for all the support given to them since joining the Scouting program a year ago! Without your support we would not have made it this far.
Thank you to everyone that supports Scouts BSA through Friends of Scouting and the donations given during Scouting for Food events. Also, a BIG thank you to American Legion Post 2 for allowing us to help honor our veterans, by providing flags to be placed out at cemeteries on Memorial Day, letting us help our community through highway cleanups, teaching honor to our nation through flag ceremonies and for giving us the opportunity to help support veteran families in need in our community.
Again, thank you all for your support as we grow in our leadership roles.
I would like to share my concerns about the proposed gravel pit that Valley Sand and Gravel is trying to put in on McHugh.
It is the middle of a flood plain. We've done mitigation there and the berms that they want to put in will redirect the water from where it's supposed to go, to where it isn't.
Our wells are shallow, so all of the toxins that they use will end up going into the Earth. And since our wells are shallow, there isn't enough Earth to filter it properly.
McHugh will be damaged even more than it already is, with the residents having to foot the bill to pay for repairs.
Our house/property values will drop around 30%.
There are a lot of health and environmental concerns that come because of the particulate matters that go into the air along with the constant output of diesel fumes.
They can only dig about 10 feet before they hit water because our water table is still so high. With that comes the chance of a pond or lake being created which adds issues to our already high water table and basements being flooded again. Lastly, the mosquito issue.
I have read in this paper that people think the economy is doing great. SSA increase this year was only 0.016 which is based on the economy in 2018/2019. If you look up the past few years increases, you will see that this is one of the lowest. We certainly have different definitions of great.
I submit this letter in support of Dave Rau for Justice of the Peace. I have known Dave for close to 30 years, and know him to be a person of integrity and honesty. I have personally witnessed Dave in action, where he has demonstrated his sense of fairness and commitment to the people and communities in the county. Dave has a unique ability to connect to people on both a professional and personal level. I believe his people skills and experience in law make him an outstanding candidate. His long list of experience from prison guard, deputy, and to undersheriff of Lewis and Clark County more than qualifies him for the job. Please support David Rau for Lewis and Clark Justice of the Peace.
Our Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking for public feedback to handle crowding and conflict on the Madison River. The issue is much more broad-based than simply the Bozeman-area fisheries, as Montanans need a comprehensive solution. Many fishermen from Bozeman who feel pressured out of their home waters are venturing to Helena areas to fish and thereby adding pressure here. I feel that the problem is based on too many commercial guides allowed. A recent Cabela’s catalog sent throughout the United States offers fly-fishing on the Missouri for $1,000 per day, so this billion-dollar company is adding nationwide pressure on our fisheries. This reduces the wilderness fishing experience for Montanans to something similar to a Disneyland promotion. The April 2019 disaster on Holter Lake was a desperate Bozeman-area fishing guide who brought a Missouri state client to his death to fish in a blizzard.
FWP is responsible for allowing this excessive commercial overcrowding, reducing the Montana experience to a cash equation. One can hunt in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and see some commercial guides with their clients, where the number of hunting guide companies is strictly regulated to maintain a fine balance, allowing Montana hunters the ability to enjoy the wild hunt without being crowded out by commercial interests. As it is now, the Missouri River is crowded by guide companies, with ever-increasing pressure from saturated areas like Bozeman. It is time to get a handle on this problem statewide, unless we turn our majestic Montana into just another Cabela’s Disneyland style commercial destination. The well-funded lobbyists for the guide industry are now working hard to buy our rivers. May FWP resist the organized pressure and reduce the number of these companies, to keep the experience from being forever destroyed.
Our presidential primary system is outdated and inherently flawed. Incessant media coverage of campaigns and outcomes in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina give undue merit to their importance. The combined populations of these four states amounts to about 4% of the total U.S. population.
Super Tuesday takes place on March 3 and is followed by a host of other primaries taking place throughout March, April and May. By the time Montanans vote on the first Tuesday in June, 95% of U.S. voters will have already had the opportunity to express their preferences. The decision for a nominee may already have been made.
Media coverage of our primary will be minimal if not non-existent. Compare what will be said by and of our electorate to the coverage given to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. Each vote cast is significant and deserving of recognition. It is time to institute a nation-wide primary date so that all citizen votes are considered with equal import.
BLM has no designated motor-free hiking trails in the Pryors. (The Forest Service has just one - less than two miles.) BLM’s proposed Travel Plan designates only a couple dozen miles of interesting motor-free trails. Unfortunately, BLM may open many of these new trails to mountain bikes.
Brett French’s article “Appraising the Pryors” (The Billings Gazette, Jan. 26) reports BLM discussed “one-way trails” and trimming vegetation “to improve sight lines” to reduce speeding bike collisions. Wouldn’t it make more sense to designate quiet and peaceful trails limited to foot traffic — without hazards of racing mountain bikes? There are already over 200 miles of mountain bikes routes in the Pryors. I’ve ridden several. But there are places bikes don’t belong.
BLM staff suggested one proposed three-mile trail “seemed an unlikely mountain bike route because of its length... Six to 12 miles is closer to the distance that cyclists are looking for.” Does BLM think that only trails too short for mountain biking should be proposed for quiet walking? Hikers and equestrians like longer trails, too.
To her credit, Jenny Alexander, BLM outdoor recreation planner, noted the Acton Recreation Area “used to be pretty quiet” but has turned into a popular downhill mountain biking area since bike trails were built. It’s fun riding bikes downhill fast. But BLM should avoid this fate for quiet trails in the Pryors by designating mountain bike-free trails. As Alexander said, people go to the Pryors “for the solitude and to get away from the crowds.”
Rep. Rodney Garcia's claim that the Constitution supports shooting socialists is reckless as well as ignorant, demonizing rhetoric.
To the Montana Republican Party's credit, they have called on Garcia to resign. Apparently, though, their discomfort did not extend to the "inciter-in-chief" whose "rally lingo" possibly emboldened Garcia to utter his comment.
I support laws, initially promoted by socialists throughout our history, accepted today as mainstream, such as minimum wage, 40-hour workweek, child labor laws and safe working conditions.
I also believe in public education, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unions, a livable wage (if it's not livable, what good is it?), etc.
So, I am unsure whether I am a socialist by Garcia's standards. Perhaps, to be safe, I'll order a bulletproof vest with "b.p." jockey shorts from a capitalist to protect my aging hide.
Let's "holster" such divisive, dangerous silliness. It's time to stop the name-calling.
Well folks, it looks like the fix is on. It seems Republicans are more concerned about their political futures than doing what is right. Justice never stood a chance.
They keep beating the same drum, "Impeachment should not be used to overturn an election or influence an upcoming election." Trumpers are drinking it up like Jonestown Kool-Aid. Excuse me if my logic is flawed, but wouldn't any impeachment and conviction overturn or influence an election? So are Republicans saying the impeachment process should never be used?
What evidence they did allow, has been overwhelmingly damning of Trump's actions. At every turn, the White House and Republicans have tried to block any and all investigations into Trump. What are they hiding? If he is so innocent, why not open the doors? How is it so many people so close to Trump can be convicted or indicted and yet he maintains absolute innocence?
Whether during the Mueller investigations or the impeachment process, Republicans did not have enough spine to question the party mantra. Shame on you all! You were elected to serve the people and the country, not the Donald!