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An IR View: Local elections, wildfire help and the Unabomber's cabin

An IR View: Local elections, wildfire help and the Unabomber's cabin

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Running for political office is not easy.

It takes an organized and confident person to run a clean campaign and deal with all of the public scrutiny that comes with it. And for those running for seats on the Helena City Commission, there’s not much of a financial payout for the successful candidates in the end.

While our editorial board has endorsed Anne Peterson for Helena municipal judge and Sean Logan and Emily Dean for Helena City Commission, we are grateful to all of the candidates for their willingness to participate in local government and for giving voters a choice in this year’s municipal elections. We look forward to working closely with whoever the people of Helena choose to represent them.

Our board is also encouraging voters to fight toxic partisanship by voting to have the elections for Lewis and Clark County offices conducted on a non-partisan basis.

Ballots must be returned by Election Day Nov. 5 to be counted.

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Low temperatures and snow have put an end to Montana’s wildfire season, but Californians have not been so lucky.

With nearly 200,000 people ordered to evacuate from their homes as multiple wildfires ravage the state, California has issued a formal request for firefighting assistance.

Montana was among the states that answered the call.

Six Helena firefighters were among the 72 from throughout Montana who deployed to California this week to assist with wildfire suppression efforts. This is not something these firefighters had to do, but they agreed to leave their friends and families behind for 18 days to provide help to those who need it.

We commend these brave Montanans for their selfless service to humanity and hope for their safe return.

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The cabin where “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski lived outside Lincoln is an important piece of Montana history, and we applaud the Montana Historical Society’s efforts to bring it back to the state.

Since 2008, Kaczynski’s cabin has been on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., which is slated to close at the end of the year due to financial problems. Although the FBI owns the cabin and now plans to display it at a museum called FBI Experience in Washington, MHS Director Bruce Whittenberg said his organization hopes to find a way to get it back to the Treasure State.

While some might argue that this evidence of evil ought to be destroyed rather than displayed, we believe it is important to ensure that Montanans never forget the atrocities carried out in our own backyard.

We can think of no better way to do that than by prominently displaying Kaczynski’s cabin in the new Montana Heritage Center museum the state plans to have built in Helena.



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