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There’s a rule in argumentation that the first one to throw the Nazi card loses. Michael Garrity lost. He stepped over the line on Memorial Day by equating the timber corporations to Nazis and the supporters of wild lands as traitors. Let’s take the Garrity litmus test: Do you work in the timber industry? Nazi party member. Do you sell lumber and forest products? Nazi sympathizer. Do you buy forest products from any local mill or store? Nazi. Are you a federal employee? SS. Are you a member of a conservation or wilderness organization working with communities to protect Montana’s outdoor heritage or wilderness for future generations? Traitor. 

Mr. Garrity, please reconsider your words on Memorial Day. People who work in the timber industry are Americans. People who work to preserve wild lands are patriotic and passionate. This is a big country founded on big ideas. Freedom, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and, I dare say wilderness, are big ideas — bigger than you or me. They are the soul of something great, something deserving of national protection. Soldiers gave their lives in service. At the very least, may their remembrance inspire from us sincere words and worthy action.

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Bill Hallinan

Helena

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