The Billings Outpost

Corporations are people?

Is a corporation a human being? Of course not.

Did our “Founding Fathers” write the Constitution to say that the more money you have the more votes you get?

Is it OK that non-human beings (corporations) can spend massive amounts of money to influence how you are governed? And not even tell you which corporations are behind all those dollars?

Of course not; so why ask such silly questions?

Because the “activist” U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions essentially said: Yes, corporations can anonymously spend unlimited amounts to influence elections. So now only a constitutional amendment saying “No to Corporate Personhood” can really reverse that. 

What to do? Tell elected officials on all levels that they must start that long constitutional amendment process yesterday or today. 

Jane Kingser



Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2012 21:51

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No peace of mind

I am an ex-felon and have served three years for my crimes. Now I am getting my life together again; however, I am facing 110 years back in prison for a crime I didn’t commit under Montana’s Persistent Felony Offender statute, which is only ever used as a weapon to coerce suspects into confession, even ones who are innocent.

In addition, evidence has been planted against me. This may have been an accident, but nevertheless I now have to prove my innocence rather than trust in the “innocent until proven guilty” motto our criminal justice system was founded on. It’s a sad truth many people like myself who are familiar with the justice system have lost faith in it due to the harsh reality of how it’s really being operated. For us there is no peace of mind.

I am just one example of the lives of innocent youth being unjustly and without cause ruined by Montana’s criminal justice system. Doesn’t our state have better things to spend our money on?

Daniel Prather



Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2012 21:49

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A terrible idea

So now Joe Maurier, director of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, has suggested to the 17-member Environmental Quality Council that the number of state parks in Montana should be cut. What a terrible idea!

One of the primary reasons Montana is the “Last Best Place” is because of its state parks. In the 1920s and 1930s, our forefathers realized that natural beauty and wonder were one of the things that make life worth living.

The numbers tell the story: in 2010, there were almost 2 million visitors to state parks, a 50 percent increase over 2002, and Montana residents accounted for almost 80 percent of the use of state parks. We should be creating more state parks for Montana’s citizens to enjoy, not cutting the ones we have. Montana has lots of money in the bank and with all the oil drilling more petro-tax dollars will be rolling in.

If you agree, write Joe Maurier, director, Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena, and let him know how you feel about his idea for “improving” Montana.

Mary Catherine Dunphy

Miles City




Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2012 21:46

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Global warming not manmade

Dear Mr. Clawson:

Regarding your global warming column in the Feb. 2 Outpost: Are you serious? Your solutions to global warming are 1) to trash our Constitution (limit families to a single child) and 2) hope for volcanic eruptions to put particulate in the air to reflect sunlight back into space?

I guess a person has to actually believe in the ludicrous notion that global warming is manmade (man caused) in order to believe those are viable solutions. I don’t believe global warming is manmade, but I do believe our planet is warming ... naturally and purposefully. Here is why I believe as I do.

Since the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago the planet has been continually warming, thus melting the glaciers and ice caps to their current conditions. Has this warming process actually come to an end that should be causing global cooling by now, but instead of cooling we are actually experiencing further warming (man caused, of course) that is delaying the onset of the next ice age?

If your answer is “Yes,” then when was the warming process suppose to have actually ended and the cooling process supposed to have begun? You can’t answer “Yes, 10,000 ago” and still blame global warming on humans and the industrial revolution, which began only several hundred years ago.

My answer is that we are close to that meteorological turning point and there is nothing we can do to either delay or hurry its arrival. Here is my reasoning, aptly provided by the National Geographic Society through the National Geographic Magazine.

The August 2010 edition of the magazine contains an article about the Blue Holes of the Bahamas. All were created over millions of years by continual 400-foot fluctuations in sea level resulting from constant global warming and cooling cycles that fluctuate through a complete cycle every 125,000 years or so. The only explanation in the article of the causes of the sea level fluctuations is from a caption to the graph: “Sea levels fell when Pleistocene ice sheets far to the north expanded, then rose as the ice melted.”

Goodness gracious me, did the National Geographic Society actually just acknowledge that the polar ice sheets have been continually melting and refreezing for millions of years? If so, how can we reasonably claim that global warming is now manmade and that there is anything we can do to slow or reverse it?

Reasonable people will agree there is sufficient evidence to conclude the planet is warming. Information proving that the sea level is constantly fluctuating will also lead reasonable people to conclude that the warming we are now experiencing will someday end and be replaced by a natural global cooling period lasting for many thousands of years. Since the graph of sea level fluctuations also indicates that we are rapidly approaching the highest point of sea level rise, perhaps we should be focusing our concerns and scientific attentions on what to do about the approaching ice age (perhaps 10,000 years in the future, if not sooner) instead of following Al Gore’s snake oil view of nature and the future.

Patrick J. Hoy



Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:08

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Salute veterans this week

The week of Feb. 13-17 is the Veterans Administration’s National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.

Throughout the state of Montana, there are men and women who are currently serving or have served our county to preserve our way of life and the freedom we enjoy. Many of these veterans have special health care needs and face challenges that we cannot imagine and come to the Medical Center at Fort Harrison or at Community Based Outpatient Clinics around the state for their health care. The employees and volunteers who work for VA Montana Health Care System are privileged to provide care to these heroes.

During this week, VA Montana would like to invite you to come to the Medical Center at Fort Harrison or one of our clinics to visit with the Veterans and show your appreciation for the sacrifices they have made for our country. The veterans enjoy visits from individuals and groups and this can help brighten their day!

You can join our “Visit a Vet for Valentine’s Day” program during this week and I would invite you to explore the opportunity to Volunteer. VA Montana has a large volunteer organization that assists our facility in many areas. This is a wonderful way to show your appreciation for all they have done.

If you would like to come to the Medical Center or one of our Clinics, please call our Voluntary Services office at (406) 447-7345 to schedule a visit and be part of the VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients.

Robin L. Korogi



Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 10:40

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