The Billings Outpost

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Zinke or grandmother?

Mr. Zinke, why haven’t you said what you are going to do if you are elected? All you talk about is what your grandmother has done. Are you or your grandmother running for Congress?

I am not interested in what your grandmother has done. I am interested in what you are going to do if you are lucky enough to get elected.

Are voters going to vote for a candidate who tells them what their grandmother did or a candidate who tells them what you are going to do?

I hope they vote for the candidate who tells them what they are going to do and not what their grandmother has done. I hope voters are smarter than that.

Zinke, you are for the real rich and want a two-party system, the real rich and the real poor. You want to cut all the things the poor need to live.

We need a candidate who is for all the people and not just for the rich.

Roland Kuneff


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:53

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Lewis better on public lands

As a Montana hunter, it’s good to hear political leaders talk about improving access to public land as Mr. [Ryan] Zinke did at a recent press conference I attended. But, when it comes down to it, actions are more important than campaign rhetoric. As a state legislator, Mr. Zinke supported cuts to important programs that would improve access to the public’s land. It’s a plain fact.

Mr. Zinke made a very disturbing comment at his press conference. He said it is not “important who owns the land”; it is about how the land is managed. Don’t tell the Montana citizen who hunts and fishes that “who owns the land is not important.” Don’t tell farmers and ranchers “who owns the land is not important.” Don’t tell the Montana travel tourism industry “who owns the land is not important.”

Zinke suggests we cross our fingers and hope that some benevolent out of state landowners will be kind enough to let the public hunt and fish on their property. He is wrong. Who owns the land matters. And in Montana, we all have a stake in the millions of acres of public lands we call OUR land.

I give Mr. Zinke much credit for his military service but we should not send him to Congress when he has consistently declared war on sportsmen and women in this state. A vote for John Lewis is a vote for our Montana outdoor way of life.

Mike Penfold


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:52

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Race isn’t over

Elect somebody who knows how to count.

That’s what columnist Gail Collins said would be “an awesome campaign ad” for Amanda Curtis, noting that she is a math teacher running for the U.S. Senate in Montana. Indeed, Curtis knows a thing or two about tallying costs.

In particular, Curtis recognizes the terrible cost in under-funding our public schools and knows first-hand the burden of debt to gain a college education. Already, she has laid out a plan to reduce interest rates on federal student loans. Lessened interest rates would ease the burden for college graduates out job hunting and would reduce the staggering profit that our government makes on its loans.

We can count on Amanda Curtis to work faithfully to protect our public lands, to support and strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and to make affordable healthcare available to all. Her record as a state legislator demonstrates that Curtis knows how to get things done. 

This smart, articulate, straight-talking woman also will be a needed breath of fresh air in the stodgy U.S. Senate. 

To those pundits who think otherwise, I say that this Senate race is far from over. Most people are just now deciding how to cast their votes.  Amanda has the momentum now and can win this election. I hope readers will do the math and vote for Amanda Curtis. 

Dolores Colburg


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:51

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Give Curtis a chance

To the voters of Montana: If you haven’t voted yet, I’d like you to seriously consider voting for Amanda Curtis. I don’t know her, but the fact she stepped up to the plate on such short notice tells me she’s gutsy.

And if it is someone we need right now it’s someone with guts, not one of those “by the book,” “talking out of both sides of their mouths” politicians. Give the kid a chance.

If I was her campaign manager, rather than put her up against a confirmed politician, I would have scheduled town meetings across the state so the people of Montana could have gotten to really know her, and not listen to some manicured party sound bites.

Let’s give her a chance.

Wally McLane


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:51

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Curtis on our side

I support Amanda Curtis for the U.S. House of Representatives because she will represent Montanans.

Amanda Curtis will fight for legislation to protect our right to be in control of our own healthcare decisions. [Steve] Daines voted against that right. Amanda Curtis supports funding to stop domestic violence and supports sexual assault prevention programs; Daines touts his support but then votes for a bill that cut $400 million from the programs’ budgets.

Amanda Curtis supports equal pay for equal work for women; Daines voted five times to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, which guarantees women equal pay for doing the same job.

Daines voted twice to turn Medicare into a voucher system which could force seniors to pay higher premiums. He voted to increase Medicare eligibility from age 65 to age 67.  He twice voted for the proposed budget that repeals Medicare benefit improvements and reopens the prescription drug donut hole.

Daines voted to slash funding for Meals on Wheels, Senior Centers and Family Caregiver Support when these services desperately needed to be increased. The only thing Daines seems to support is big business and tax breaks for corporations sending jobs overseas.

Amanda Curtis supports women and our having equal pay, seniors and our Medicare benefits, keeping jobs in Montana, our Second Amendment gun rights, and a good education for our children. 

A vote for Amanda Curtis is a vote for Montanans!

Jean Smith


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:50

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Vote for McNally

Recently I received a flier from the [Tonya] Shellnutt Campaign focusing on “Women to Women.” The piece talked about the candidate’s strong values and looking for solutions, not division. So I Googled the candidate and learned the following.

Tonya has been the volunteer state director of Concerned Women for America. According to that website: the mission of CWA is to protect and promote biblical values among all citizens - first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society - thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation. Under the section that introduces the new state director, the Montana Senate candidate states: “Join me as we band together in Montana and across the nation to be the conservative voice that doesn’t waver, compromise, or succumb to apathy.”

Apparently the “solutions, not divisions” only works if you agree with her. I will vote for Mary McNally, and I urge you to support and vote for Mary. She really is about solving problems.

Lisa Larr


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:43

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