The Helena Independent Record publishes letters from readers in the Opinion section. Here are this week's letters.
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FWP should expand shore fishing access
Fish, Wildlife and Parks should use their budget to create more shore fishing access to rivers and lakes easily accessible to seniors and the youngsters.
Placing a fishing dock on a body of water reachable by those unable to climb makes more sense than spending a lot of money to restock a lake used by a few.
Deeply moved by support for veteran
My name is Anne Reller, I am Hilarion (Dick) Reller’s niece. I wanted to write to you and thank you for the wonderful article you wrote and the included pictures of Hilarion’s interment ceremony. Out of that came to us relatives that we were unaware of in Montana. And the flag given to Aaron will go to my father, Hilarion’s brother. He is very excited about the flag and the new Reller family contacts.
I would love to take a moment to thank Mr. Scott Fields for his Facebook posting and the people in the community who so generously took the time to pay their respects. Our family was deeply moved by the ceremony and the people who came and took part.
The ceremony and your article were just wonderful and we are so grateful.
Thank you again.
School board candidate Hathhorn keeps focus on students
This year’s school board election is a bit unusual, with three open seats and eight write-in candidates. I highly encourage everyone to learn one name in particular: Ms. Siobhan Hathhorn. Her name is unique and not easy to spell, so Helena voters take note!
I have known Siobhan Hathhorn for 10 years, and she is, without a doubt, a most stellar candidate and wonderful person. As a former teacher and soon to be retired administrator, she always keeps her eye on the most important target: her students. She has and will continue to commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality instruction.
Siobhan Hathhorn is data savvy -- she embraces data and uses it to drive continuous improvement. Siobhan will face challenges by listening thoughtfully, focusing on the district’s vision and bringing forth creative ideas to help solve problems. Siobhan is community-focused. She will engage community members and be your voice on the board. She will work as a team with her fellow board members and superintendent to make policy decisions that always focus on our students.
Siobhan Hathhorn will represent HSD1 with integrity, vision and a passion for education and continuous improvement. Vote S. Hathhorn!
Corruption erodes US into violence, madness
A time comes in the history of even the world’s most powerful nation, when it becomes so diseased by corruption that depraved madness ensues. Construction of autonomous battlefield robots and a military space force illuminate American intentions. With its empire in disarray, America will violently act out its macabre fantasies.
Fueled by militarist regimes who turned the planet into a global battle space and a corporate capitalist ideology whose addiction to exploitation was insatiable, America boarded the oblivion express decades ago. As its final act concludes, America has devolved into a grotesque farce orchestrated by the ringmaster of a freak show whose dark delusions know no bottom. In the end, ignorance, greed and the violence they breed ruled.
Funk stands up for Montana's public schools
One of the things I cherish most about our state constitution is that it safeguards public education in no uncertain terms. Not all other states have a constitution that is as clear as Montana’s on the issue of public education. Unfortunately, during the 2019 Legislative Session, some politicians wanted to ignore Montana’s historical commitment to public education and use public tax dollars to fund private for-profit schools with little to no accountability.
As a public school teacher, I want to thank Rep. Moffie Funk for her unwavering support and defense of public education. We must never become like so many other states around the country, which have gradually seen their public education systems eroded for private profit.
I’m grateful that we have legislators like Funk who will do what is right and stand tall for Montana’s quality public schools. I would also like to thank Rep. Funk for fighting for paid family leave this session.
There's still hope and help for kids at risk
I’m writing about the April 21-23 Acadia facility articles. It appeared to me that the news articles swerved recklessly between opinion and fact in the use of the term “chemical restraint”. The most authoritative definition of chemical restraint is the 2014 federal CMS definition that states a chemical restraint “is defined as any drug that is used for discipline or convenience and not required to treat medical symptoms.”
Also, the article failed to address the real fact that the suicide rate for children in Montana is double the national average. Parents are scared, and I believe that the Acadia articles feed that fear and add to mental health stigma. We want to encourage parents to get help for their children.
Any parent who has a child with depression or suicidal thoughts should immediately contact their pediatrician or other primary care provider for assistance or referral to a trusted mental health provider. There are many excellent therapists, psychologists, psychiatric physicians and psychiatric nurse practitioners and physician assistants who provide quality mental health treatment in Montana. If you are worried about a loved one, there is hope and there is help.
Currier a 21st-century leader who will help school board
Helena needs 21st-century leadership on our school board. We are looking for fresh ideas, new energy, and a trustee able to understand the current and future needs of Helena students in a new century. Ella Currier is a 21st-century leader who is smart as a whip, friendly and hopeful, and ready to roll up her sleeves and work for the Helena community. She has an unusual depth of experience in politics and the legislature for a young person, and she definitely has the gravitas to hold her own on the board. In addition, we need her—a trustee who has recent experiences as a Helena student. It’s no secret that the world has changed quite a bit since we parents were in school! Ella is super enthusiastic about serving the Helena School District and the Helena community. She values transparency and honesty and treating Helena community members like the friends and neighbors that they are. We could not do better than to add a person with her fresh perspective to our school board. Please write-in Ella Currier for Helena School Board, and return your ballots by May 7.
Write-in school board candidates come off as disingenuous
Well I see, as many of you, that we have many write-in candidates for the school board. Personally, I find this disingenuous. They should have filed with the other two highly qualified people. Either they were lazy or trying to pull off some kind of political maneuver. Either way I will not vote for any of them. I invite you to join me.
Currier will bring fresh, unique perspective to school board
I have been reading with interest all the letters of support for Ella Currier, a write-in candidate for the Helena School Board.
These letters reference her community service, political experience, and leadership skills. She is also the daughter of two Helena teachers and has siblings in the system.
In addition to this, she will bring one asset to the school board that no other candidate can match. She is a recent graduate of Helena schools and has fresh eyes, a new voice, and a perspective that no other candidate can offer.
Who better to know what works in our educational system and what needs in improvement than a recent graduate of the school system?
It makes sense to me to have at least one board member with her unique perspective. Ella and her peers will have children entering our school system in the future, and their point of view is sorely lacking from the school board right now.
I encourage you to vote for Ella Currier to bring something different and new to the school board’s decision-making process. Don’t forget to write in Ella Currier and return your ballot by May 7th.