The Billings Outpost

Vote for Curtis

Amanda Curtis is the person that the people should send to the U.S. Senate. She will represent us fairly, equally, excellently and with distinction. There are several reasons for my choice:

Curtis will ensure that federal public lands stay in federal hands for multiple use, including hunting, angling, recreation and timber harvests.

She will move to fund the all-important Pell grants to assist the poorest among us to get a college education, thereby gaining a better opportunity to move into the middle class.

Developing private-sector jobs through economic development will be as important to her as they were to Sen. Max Baucus, whose long, productive tenure she will be replacing.

Curtis will never vote to shut down the federal government as her opponent, Congressman Steve Daines, did! This action by Daines personally impacted me in the loss of several thousands of dollars because Yellowstone National Park closed, and vacation tourists canceled their intended stays at my cabins in Luther.

Vote Amanda Curtis

Vern Bass

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:46

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Daines too far to right

Everybody says Steve Daines has it easy. He’s going to win this election, no sweat. Really? Maybe “Everybody” should think again. 

According to David Parker, a political scientist at Montana State University who has crunched the numbers, Steve Daines is unequivocally the most conservative politician Montana has ever sent to the House of Representatives, far to the right of Denny Rehberg, Ricky Hill and Ron Marlenee.

Daines is so far to the right, he comes close to poking a hole in the borders of Parker’s charts. He truly is a Tea Party crazy, a nut case on the loose.

Daines is one of the reasons why Congress is such a dysfunctional mess, with a historically low approval rating, just ahead of Ebola fever, but below bankers, lawyers and used car salesmen.

Republicans like him are why Congress has done nothing, absolutely nothing, on all the issues we desperately need addressed — immigration reform, job creation, infrastructure decay, improving education, and global warming. You name it; Republicans aren’t going to do it.

Why would we send Steve Daines back to Washington, to do more of what he isn’t doing now, when we could send Amanda Curtis, a truly exceptional woman, who could do so much for Montana and the nation if we just gave her a chance?

Amanda Curtis is one of the most competent, charismatic and caring politicians I have ever met. Vote for her, and she will do everything Steve Daines isn’t doing now.

Wade Sikorski

Baker

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:46

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Voting for Speare

I appreciate all candidates’ willingness to run for public office. As such, I try to give them the courtesy of making an informed decision when I vote – not just voting for who has the flashiest campaign.

In some races, I find the process almost overwhelming. However, in the recent district judge race, I will vote for William Speare with complete confidence that I am doing the right thing.

Montana’s “judicial nominating commission” has already pre-screened the two candidates for voters. That commission (made up of lawyers, judges and lay people) found only William Speare to be certified as “qualified” to be a judge. Out of curiosity of why that may be, I did just a bit of research and found that (according to the interesting new column by Judge Russell Fagg) over 80 percent of the cases for a district judge are civil, family law and other non-criminal matters. William Speare is the only candidate that has that experience.

William Speare was also endorsed by past presidents of both the plaintiff and defense lawyers of Montana. I’m glad that in at least one race, my homework is complete, and I am ready to vote for William Speare.

Kim Sorenson

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:44

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Vote for Ronquillo

It’s time to support bike trails and running paths! Part of being a great city includes having a great trail system. For the last 10 years, I have been following both city and county support for multi-use trails in our community. Commissioner John Ostlund has time and again been opposed to providing funding for trails. Instead of trying to find ways to finance an amenity we can all benefit from, He just plain votes “No.” He certainly has not represented me.

My ballot is cast for Jim Ronquillo for county commissioner. He is always willing to listen to concerns from constituents. I have seen him roll up his sleeves and happily pitch in for more community events than I have room to list here.

Jim Ronquillo has been open to funding safe routes to schools, bike paths and the future planning of trails in Yellowstone County! This election is a vote for future trails and for the safety our children.

Vote for a change on the county commission. Vote for Jim Ronquillo.

Merry Ann Peters

Billings

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:43

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GOP wants to be exclusive

If the Montana Republican Party wins their federal lawsuit, they will be free to associate and exclude the rest of us. Consider just what that will mean for Montana voters.

First, Montanans will lose a primary election that presently assures a secret ballot for every voter.

Second, we will lose the open primary that Montanans enacted by initiative in 1912. This initiative was designed to end the stranglehold that the Copper Kings held over Montana elections. Because of their foresight, we’ve enjoyed over 100 years of free and fair elections.

Third, we will lose our right to privacy. The political party that each of us chose to support is no one’s business but our own.

Every voter should think about this. The Republicans want to trash our cherished civil rights just so the GOP can control their membership.

Carole Mackin

Helena

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:42

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A vote for Koch brothers

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what your country and Steve Daines can do for the Koch brothers.

Traute Schmidt

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:01

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