The Billings Outpost

Man without a country?

Is Ted Cruz a U.S. citizen?

I have known him practically from the day he was born. I, a U.S. citizen, was working in Canada for Elf Oil, a French oil company, as a geophysicist. We had contracted Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father, who owned a seismic-data processing firm, to process our field data and had a very close relationship with him for some two to two-and-a-half years.

As you are undoubtedly aware, Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1970. I had three offspring who were born in the U.S. They lived their formative years in Canada and ended up marrying Canadians. They in turn blessed me with five grandkids.

I was made aware when I applied for landed immigrant status allowing me to legally work in Canada that if I had grandchildren born in Canada they would have to decide before they were 18 years of age if they were to be Canadian or U.S. citizens. If they wanted to become U.S. citizens, a certain amount of paperwork would have to be filled out, and before their 18th birthday they would have to appear before a U.S. immigration official and take an oath and swear allegiance to the United States of America.

Four of my five grand kids have certificates signed by the president of the United States stating that these procedures was properly carried out.  Unfortunately, my oldest grandson failed to honor the birthdate deadline and if he is ever to become a U.S. citizen he has to make applications like any other foreigner and go to the end of the line.

Ted Cruz’s mother was/is a U.S. citizen and his father is of Cuban descent. Of interest, he fought with Fidel Castro in the overthrow of Batista back in 1959. Since his mother is a U.S. citizen he maintains that this automatically makes him a US Citizen.

Uh-Uh. Unless the law was changed prior to 1988 he would have had to go through the same procedures my grandkids did. This he has never mentioned was ever done. If he cannot come up with proper documentation and a certificate signed by the president of the United States, then he is not a citizen of the U.S.

Furthermore, since he has renounced his Canadian citizenship, could it be he is not a citizen of any country? I’m hoping someone out there can check this out.

Charles E. Schweiger

Billings

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:34

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Learn about Otter Creek

Have you ever heard of Otter Creek? If not, you may want to know what is happening in Eastern Montana and how it will impact those of us who live near railroad tracks in different communities across the state.

Otter Creek is one of many projects that are part of a scheme by coal companies to export Montana and Wyoming coal to Asia. If these projects come to fruition, we can expect train traffic through Montana to increase substantially – imagine at least a doubling of trains each day. This should concern all of us.

I live on Northern Pacific in Belgrade and literally from my front door to the outside railroad tie it is only 280 feet. If there was a derailment, it is a real possibility that I could have a rail car in my living room.

The tracks cut my town in two. The potential length of the coal trains could exceed one mile.  The current wait for trains is eight to 10 minutes with approximately 18 trains per day. With the increase in coal trains, individuals and business could potentially waste several hours a day waiting to cross the tracks.

My sleep is interrupted by the train horns on a regular basis and I can’t leave my windows open in the summer because of the noise. In Billings, the city paid $1.47 million for a quiet zone around the hospitals. The taxpayers paid for this.

Get informed and speak out; this is going to affect you. More information can be obtained by going to www.northernplains.org.

Jeannie Brown

Belgrade

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:58

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Suggestion for Roger Clawson

Regarding your “Time to turn Rimrocks into marketable asset” Fits in Pieces commentary:

I have a suggestion to add to your list of potential Billings’ attractions. I mentioned this to Ed Kemmick some years ago hoping that it might gain some traction, but nothing came of it. My suggestion was to light up all the radio and TV towers on the cliffs south of the river at Christmas by arraying strings of lights on all the guy wires. This would create conical, Xmas tree like, structures visible at great distances by people either driving toward Billings or approaching Billings by air. I think this would create a unique and memorable Billings experience at that time of year.

This thought is not original with me. Many years ago, I saw a radio tower lit up this way while driving west from Orlando. It was visible for 25 miles and evoked much wonder and commentary from the vehicle passengers.

Dimitri Kozakoff

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:58

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Help stop organ harvesting

The story, almost too dreadful to believe, was first revealed in 2006 when a woman claimed that as many as 4,000 Falun Gong practitioners had been killed for their organs at the hospital where she worked. Her husband was a surgeon and disclosed to her that he removed corneas from the living bodies of 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners. (Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese self-improvement practice of mental and physical wellness through meditation and gentle exercises. The core teaching principles are Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.)

In response, congressional resolution HR 281 was recently introduced by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Congressman Robert Andrews, D-N.J. The resolution expresses concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their beliefs, as well as numbers of other religious and ethnic minority groups.

Because killing of religious or political prisoners for their organs is an egregious crime, I ask Montana readers to contact our congressman to urge him to co-sponsor this resolution. The resolution is an important step to help put an end to this atrocity.

The resolution will also help our country’s doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and universities make informed decisions and take a righteous stance regarding illicit organ transportation, and stand up and speak for those without a voice.

For more information about Falun Gong and the on-going persecution, please visit faluninfo.net.

Katherine Combes

Kalispell

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 21:48

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Thanks to workers

Thanks to the many snowplow and sanding truck operators and emergency personnel who join our excellent law enforcement officers and work long hours to make our roadways safe and passable. You often get called out late at night or on weekends resulting in time away from family during the holidays when they need you the most. You do all this in the name of public safety. We appreciate what you do.

Jim Reno

Yellowstone County Commissioner 

Billings

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 21:47

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2 more Honor Flights

Happy New Year from the Big Sky Honor Flight Committee. Our World War II veterans are the greatest! What a year 2013 was with five flights and seven overall taking more than 600 World War II veterans back to Washington, D.C., to see their World War II Memorial.

From the pennies raised by schoolchildren for their class projects to the checks from $25 to $100 to $1,000 and the generosity of our corporate sponsors - BNSF, Stanley J. Rogers, EPC Services Co., CHS, Wal-Mart Foundation, Alamo Honor Flight, Stockman Bank, Breakfast Exchange Club, Walleyes Unlimited of Montana, Honor Flight Network, ExxonMobil Corp., Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Monty Eric Erickson, Billings Mustang Boosters Association and MTNG Thrift Shop Inc. and our many, many more sponsors, we would like to thank all of our wonderful donors for their generosity to make these flights happen.

Thanks to veterans’ organizations, RSVP, medical personnel and the many volunteers who have signed up to help, the response has been tremendous!  We look forward to 2014, with two more flights in April and May.

Thank you for all of your help, generosity and prayers in 2013 and we look forward to partnering with everyone to finish our flights in 2014.  One last thing, when we finish our ninth flight in May, we truly will have our mission accomplished.

If you would like to donate, please send your contribution to Big Sky Honor Flight, PO Box 80201, Billings, MT 59108. God bless you and our veterans.

Bill Kennedy

Vice Chairman

Big Sky Honor Flight

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:14

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