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Candidates must return calls

I made 5 (five) calls to a lady who said she wanted to run for City Council. She came by my house and dropped off a flier with all her political points. On there was a phone number.

I called that number five times trying to speak with her since I was not at home when the flier was left. I don’t like to email a person who wants my vote when I really want to get to know them and see what they want to try to do at City council.

I did not get a return call so I feel like I do not matter to her. So why should I vote for her?

Ms. Kerry-Seekins-Crowe, I did not vote for you because you could not make a simple phone call to me.

Think, people. If she wouldn’t call me about my concerns, would she care about yours?

Terri Hill


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:08

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Zinke protects corporations

In July Congressman Ryan Zinke voted to take states’ rights away for requiring labeling GMOs on our food products. While I agree that GMO labeling should be mandated by the federal government and not piecemeal, his vote effectively prevents any progress at all on this issue.

His vote also allows giant food companies to add “natural” even on products containing GMOs. Genetically modified food is NOT natural! 

A Billings Gazette article cited convincing polling numbers showing that a majority of consumers prefer to know what is in their food, regardless of how they feel about GMOs. We are not alone. Sixty-four nations require GMO labeling.

Many countries are not even willing to import GMO products, thus reducing potential markets for, say, Montana wheat growers, should we capitulate to the pressure to grow GMO wheat.

A high number of congressional Republicans voted in support of this bill.  Since when is the American consumers’ right to information a partisan issue? Who is Zinke kidding when he asserts that he is “strengthening our food labeling laws?” – especially after an even worse vote earlier to repeal Country of Origin Labeling?

Rep. Zinke clearly is not representing the views of a majority of Montanans on these two issues. It would appear that he is more interested in representing a broken partisan system. We need to hold this politician accountable for his double-talk attempts to fool constituents into thinking he is on our side, while he is really protecting corporations that rely on confusion to increase their bottom line.

Jean Lemire Dahlman


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:05

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Look beyond billboards

Prior to this year, Billings City Council was blessed with nonpartisan elections. That meant no political party designation, contribution or interference.

Unlike many other races, our council ran with independent people representing their neighbors and community. One need not be rich to run. All that is about to change if we sit back and let it happen … 

If you want your City Council to act like Congress and your local elections infected with outside money and divisive partisan politics …

If you are looking for a candidate handpicked by a political party who pledges allegiance to special interests …

If you admire the one who can spend the most money …

Then vote for the face on the full-color billboards.

But if you value our local elections and don’t want outside interests buying them … please look beyond the slick billboards.

Vote to keep our elections local, independent and nonpartisan.

Vote for candidates who will serve you before party politics.

Vote for people who have a proven record of service to our community.

Vote for someone who with whole heart and enthusiasm believes in Billings.

Please vote for independent, energetic Becky Bird for City Council Ward 3.

Karen L. Moses


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 20:17

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Reform towing practices

I would like to express my concern regarding the towing business in Billings.

The officer asks if one has a preference and if one has no preference for a company, when a collision is experienced, then the reporting officer calls in and a revolving call list is used to get the next tow/flatbed to remove the damaged vehicle. In the stress of the moment, the vehicle may be loaded on one of the flat beds, which would all be fine and well until it was time of offload.

I was involved in one of these fender benders on the Aug. 6 by MetraPark and the corner going to Main Street, about four miles from my home in Lockwood. I had to ride with the tow truck as I had no other option.

When it was time to offload the vehicle I asked how much was the bill, and the driver said with a straight face $525. I asked him if he were serious and he said yes. He came down to $485. He only took credit cards and he charged a $10 surcharge for using the card.

It seems to me that it is about time for the Public Service Commission to look into this industry and regulate the price structure and remove the arbitrary billing method. I had a vehicle towed from Columbus a few years ago for $90 and one towed from 10th and Grand for $65, but that was several years ago. At this incident the charge was $100 per mile, which is exorbitant, not to mention most insurers pay only $50 for a tow.

Something really needs to be done about this sad state of affairs.

Keith Babcock


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:01

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Good stuff

The article, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for Cecil” [Outpost, Aug. 27] was great, although I’m not sure why David [Crisp] would listen to the conservative talk shows.

His analysis of why so many in this country got so upset about the senseless killing of Cecil was, as usual, very perceptive - as were his comments about the conservative response. Empathy, David notes, “seems to me to be a perfectly natural human response, and a healthy one. ... They [animals] remind us of our humanity in ways that mere humans cannot... nothing makes us more human than suffering with our fellow sufferers.”  Good stuff, David. Thanks.

Cal Cumin


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 19:58

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EPA blocked

Carbon County elected a solid core of county commissioners in John Prinkki, Doug Tucker and John Grewell. Carbon County is one of the 56 counties that make up the Montana Association of Counties. MACo’s job is to advocate for local communities. 

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has attempted to take away private property rights via Waters of the United States (WOTUS) new rules. MACo, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 13 western states challenged the EPA. Carbon County Commissioner John Prinkki was called upon to develop an affidavit as an expert in private property rights and that of a county road supervisor.

On Friday, Sept. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Erickson of North Dakota ruled in our favor, blocking WOTUS implementation in those 13 states.  The local government won this round. 

Thank you, Commissioner John Prinkki and the citizens of Carbon County for the strong group of commissioners you’ve elected.

Jim Reno

Yellowstone County commissioner


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 19:57

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