The Helena Independent Record publishes letters from readers in the Opinion section. Here are this week's letters.
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Tester helped stop Born-Alive Act
The evening of Feb. 25 the United States Senate came out strongly in favor of infanticide. Forty-four of them did anyway.
While not a majority, those 44 were enough to effectively table S-130, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This act was designed to guarantee medical care to babies who survive attempted abortions. The legislation would effectively criminalize infanticide nationwide, required abortionists to provide lifesaving care and ensure the surviving babies get admitted to a hospital. Currently that is not the case.
Easy research will provide a list of the senators who decided that allowing a postpartum child who is still alive to die without aid is an acceptable thing. Please note that four presidential hopefuls, as well as our senior senator from Montana, Jon Tester, are members of this group.
Unlike laws, sausage is avoidable
It's been said that "laws are like sausages, its better not to see them being made."
However, sausage is avoidable, while the effect of legislation is not.
If success is measured by having the "trains run on time," mission accomplished. On the other hand, if the Legislature's goal is making healthy "sausage," that's in the eye of the beholder, and "beholder" beware.
We can observe Montana legislative hearings and floor action via TV, computer or attend in person. Listening to testimony by our fellow Montana citizens, along with questions raised by committee members and the "give and take" during Second Reading is quite illuminating.
Living in Montana, there are many more enjoyable ways to spend a few hours, but ignore state lawmaking at your own peril.
Legislators are to be commended for their work representing their constituents. It is a difficult job, requiring wisdom, patience, persistence, tact, research, long hours and willingness to compromise.
The Legislature is half over, still time to check it out. What you observe may affect your vote in 2020.
Daines misleads on source of drugs
“Fake news” from U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, who once again shows his unabashed loyalty to Donald Trump and his ilk by misleading Montanans with untrue stories regarding the Mexican border with the U.S.
Fact: Almost all drugs enter the U.S. at established ports of entry, not the vast open border. According to Customs and Border Protection, 90 percent of heroin, 88 percent of cocaine, 87 percent of methamphetamines and 80 percent of fentanyl were intercepted at ports of entry in the first 11 months of last year.
According to law enforcement, cartels prefer moving these drugs through high-profile ports because their chances are better there. Trump’s and Daines’ “Alice in Wonderland wall” would be a total waste of taxpayer money.
So, what is the truth? The truth is the emergency at the border is one created by Trump!
Thanks for restoring power in below freezing weather
I just wanted to send a huge, way big, fantastic thank you to all of the folks who responded to the power outage this morning (March 4, 2019) in the Helena Valley at 4:15 a.m.
It was 35 to 40 below zero in the bottom of the valley, depending on exactly where you were located.
We cannot say thanks enough to those who responded in that bitter bitter cold and restored power to more than 1,200 homes. I know that everyone out there was getting paid -- but words cannot express the gratitude we have at our house.
Thank you NW Energy and to all those who responded. The things we take for granted.
Concerns with McCarthy and Trump
I am deeply concerned about the ability of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to fulfill the duty of his office and obligation to the people, if he believes that the moral sense of the president of the United States should be curbed by the attorneys he hires.
Furthermore, the argument that hush money payments are or are not grounds for judging Donald Trump’s fitness for office distracts from the greater revelation that Donald Trump was actively seeking permission to build a “Trump Tower” in Russia while campaigning for the presidency and reorganizing GOP values toward pro-Russian agendas.
Might I remind my elected officials, Sens. Tester and Daines and Rep. Gianforte, that, in contrast to the Trump family, if any member of the armed forces failed to disclose relations with foreign nationals on a security clearance application it would be grounds for immediate discharge from any federal organization.
Tester abortion act vote shameful
Shame on U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for voting "nay" on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. That is a huge mistake and Tester should resign.
Consider alternatives to plastic eggs this Easter
With our current weather situation, Easter might not be on many people's mind. Last year the Helena area had numerous Easter egg hunts and thousands of plastic eggs were scattered at different venues. Most likely thousands more were in home Easter baskets. These plastic eggs end up in the landfill and they will take hundreds of years to degrade. Many contain BPA, a substance that can be harmful to developing children. What a horrible legacy! Helena, we need to do better.
Please consider planning activities where children can enjoy a fun-filled day that is less harmful to their health and the health of the planet. When so many children in our area are struggling with hunger, please consider serving them a nourishing breakfast rather than sending them home with plastic eggs and plastic-wrapped candy.
A quick internet search yields plenty of ideas how to have a zero-waste Easter. These small changes will help us reduce plastic pollution in the Helena area. Your efforts will be greatly appreciated.