I proudly support Kali Wicks to keep her seat in the race for City Commissioner. I have known Kali for years, and I have seen nothing but professionalism, kindness and grace from her in both her professional life and her personal life.
Kali strongly stands for my same values. During her time with the city commission, she has made city government more transparent, and therefore, more accountable, by encouraging the hiring of a Public Information Officer. In addition, Kali has taken the initiative to educate herself on public health issues, affordable housing challenges, access to needed healthcare services, outdoor recreation needs, responsible city planning, and smart economic growth. She understands the importance of being forward thinking while respecting long-standing cultural values. And, as a professional, a mother, and a volunteer for many initiatives in our community, Kali will ensure our community remains an attractive place for living, working and enjoying the great outdoor activities surrounding us.
Please join me in voting for Kali Wicks for City Commissioner.
President Trump claims no quid pro quo in asking Ukraine’s help to investigate his political opponent. He says nothing of value exchanged hands. However, as a friend astutely noted, opposition research has value. It is an intangible asset. Its sales price is agreed upon by a willing buyer and seller, assuming both parties are knowledgeable and enter the transaction freely. Mr. Trump is a willing buyer of opposition research, Ukraine a willing seller, both knowledgeable and free to enter or leave the transaction. The agreed upon sales price for the research is $400 million in exchange for the timely delivery of military aid. Did Mr. Trump pay too much? No, he got a good deal. Mr. Trump’s brand is an intangible asset worth far more to him than $400 million. Besides, he did not have to spend any of his own money. Instead, he cleverly leveraged the good faith of the American people to buy protection for his personal brand. Of course, such actions taken by public employees are against the law. If they were not, public employees, seeking personal gain, could personally negotiate the value of public goods under their control like licenses, policing, fire protection, road maintenance, etc.
For four terms I served at the Legislature and one thing has become obvious: liberal governors veto conservative legislation.
For eight years conservative legislation has passed the House and Senate but are dead on arrival at the governor’s desk. In 2020 we have the best opportunity in 16 years to take back the Governor’s Office, and it’s with U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte as our nominee.
Gianforte was endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List Foundation for defense of unborn children. An avid sportsman, protecting our Second Amendment rights is important to Gianforte. He is a strong proponent of ensuring access to public lands. He’s also been a strong supporter of the president and they have a great relationship. He’s developed it through tax cuts, which have been amazing economy. Gianforte wants to apply these principles at home in Montana.
Montana needs conservative leadership in the Governor’s Office. Someone who will work with our Legislature and can help our economy grow.
Republicans are in the best position to take back the Governor’s Office, we can’t waste this opportunity by not putting anyone other than Greg Gianforte forward. That’s why I am proud to support him and look forward to him being our governor.
Thank you for providing Curt Synness' Stories of Honor as a weekly feature. It is humbling to read the stories of the men and women who have given their service, and some of them their lives, to help our nation join with our allies in protecting world peace. We hope their spirits will guide us in our daily lives as we choose tolerance and understanding in our interaction with others.
This letter is to follow up to the Independent Record's Sept. 28, 2019, front page article about the Vaseline gift on legislative desks and Mary Ann Dunwell's opinion letter.
The First Amendment and Art. II S. 7 cover free speech in the United States and the State of Montana. Ms. Dunwell swears an oath to protect those provisions which are referred in Montana as Declaration of Rights.
When speech is in the form of expression, by leaving a non-threatening message its interpretation say by Ms. Dunwell or others can illicit abhorrence or to "chill their soul" responses. Regardless of the reaction, intended or otherwise, it remains a free right in this country, and the depositor(s) are getting their message across to us.
There are many uses for Vaseline, including a skin protector as labeled on the jar. With all the blowhards in the Legislature, and not acting on the citizens' behalf (or upon recommendation of the judiciary) I would recommend not infighting but finding those compromises that don't require the depositing of a product that protects from cuts, scrapes, chapped skin and the drying effects of wind and cold weather. Let's call it what it is: protected speech.
During the month of October, the attention of many Christians particularly focuses on respect for God’s gift of human life. In order to embrace a consistent ethic of life, this focus honors life from its very beginning at conception until its natural end at death. This message intersects a number of contemporary issues including abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia and many others. These are among the most contentiously debated topics of our day.
The gift of human life is given to be lived, not taken away. As such, the intentional taking of innocent human life is immoral. This understanding impacts a number of serious current concerns, such as the freedom of women, the protection of society and the plight of human suffering.
In addition to these, a focus on respect for life calls attention to issues such as generational poverty and all its effects, treatment of prisoners, the plight of refugees and access to affordable health care for all.
We are rightly concerned about all of this. There are no simple solutions to these all too familiar conflicts. In addition to having respect for life regarding these issues, we do well to have respect for all people, including those with whom we may disagree, listening not just to their words but to their passion: their joy and hope, their grief and anguish. Having listened, a time comes for dialogue, lest we devolve to that almost tribal consciousness played out in the contemporary political forum, resulting in a war of “us against them.” This hardly comports with the biblical message which calls believers to take the initiative to love their neighbor as sister, as brother – making no one “the other.”
I'd like to thank Tom Winter for helping me to whittle down my personal list of Congressional candidates from 8 to 7, and I suspect I'll narrow it down fairly quickly once I start researching into the candidates in more depth.
Tom's column about Congressional candidates being required to defend the Constitution is a good title, one with which I agree 100%. However, his argument was obviously one-sided and pointed the finger at President Trump and Congressman Gianforte alone, while unreservedly calling for the impeachment of President Trump.
Having read both the Mueller report and the Ukraine phone transcripts, all I can say is that it might be wise to avoid the headlong rush over the judgment cliff. There's plenty of room for honest debate about the merits and accomplishments of both of people, but I wonder if he would have been willing to mention the fact that Hillary Clinton did things that would have resulted in prison for people who deal with classified information, or if he would be willing to take members of both parties to task for their numerous leadership failures. He says we don't need candidates who hide behind party loyalty, pot meet kettle.
We have entered the election cycle already and we hear a lot about the constitution of the U.S. I would like to comment on an older law that was given to us by God. The 6th: "thou shall not kill."
The pro-life people concentrate on this one and want to eliminate abortion. That is good, but there is more to this commandment than that. Are you really pro-life if you feel it's OK to buy guns that can kill many within a minute? Are you pro-life if you demonize all the immigrants? Can you imagine picking up and leaving all you have ever known to save your life or the life of your children? Isn't that what Mary and Joseph did to save the life of Jesus?
Health insurance is also a big issue in the coming election. I would think if you are pro-life you would want everyone to have insurance that is affordable. Any time someone doesn't pay their medical bills, the prices go up at the hospital to make up for their loss. We keep hearing that the economy is so good, we can ignore the bad things someone does.
In a recent tweet, President Trump included a quote from Pastor Robert Jeffress, a member of the Trump Evangelical Advisory Board. It stated, “If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.”
I would like to suggest to Pastor Jeffress and President Trump that "the fracture" has already begun. It is nearing the place of irreparability and is only exacerbated by comments such as this one . President Trump is the only one who holds the key to lasting "fracture" or healing. It is not the Democrats.
President Trump says he’s innocent. He can demonstrate his innocence by releasing all relevant information and demanding that members of his staff do the same. The time for stonewalling, hiding information, ignoring subpoenas and telling minimal truths is over. It is only through truth and justice that our country can be great. We want to trust our president and believe in the rule of law. Please, Mr. President, make our country great again by telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The Independent Record is to be commended for its nonpartisan policy when it comes to articles and columns printed on its editorial page. The proof for supporting this statement lies in its Thursday, October 3, editorial page. That page contained a column by Former legislator and current Public Service Commissioner Roger Koopman.
Mr. Koopman’s column, “Do school days matter?” is filled with assumptions concerning public schools, its students, and public school administrators. It is also filled with false allegations against the Nobel-awarded science of climate change. His whole column serves as a perfect example of conspiracy thinking. (An English teacher could use Mr. Koopman’s column as an example filled with errors that the students would have to identify and defend their findings. That teaching method is called an exercise in “critical thinking.”)
So, whenever anyone attacks the Independent Record for being biased and only printing one political point of view, the printing of Roger Koopman’s column proves such an allegation as being totally false.