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No response from Daines

I wrote several letters to [U.S. Rep. Steve] Daines. In the last one I asked for answers to these questions and as of this date I have not received an answer:

How can he claim to be a fifth-generation Montanan when he was born in California?

How can he claim to have passed legislation that increased timber production and created 6,000 jobs when that legislation was not approved in the Senate and has not created 6,000 new jobs?

Daines had called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki while Republican Sens. [John] McCain, [Jeff] Flake and Republican Speaker of the House [John] Boehner had not called for the secretary’s resignation. Late last year he voted against funding for veterans programs.

At the national ceremony for the Veterans Cemetery in Laurel, I gave Daines a copy of the letter I sent him on May 12, and I got no response at all.

A couple of other things to remember. He stated that he voted against Obamacare, and also he claims Sen. [John] Walsh voted for Obama’s stimulus package when neither was in office at that time.

Ron Kuneff


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:49

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Treat with respect

Thank you so much for publishing my article about World Fair Trade Day a few weeks ago. Including it in the Outpost was important to the success of our events, both Fair Trade Day and our Go Global fundraiser, which was held in May. We received a lot of good feedback, and I am certain attendance was increased because of it.

Additionally, it was a great tool to help educate people a bit more about Fair Trade and its importance in building a more just world. As the movement grows, it becomes more nuanced and more complex, as many things do. In the end, however, it means we must treat people and the environment with the respect with which we would like to be treated.

Thanks you again for including the piece. Thank you all at the Outpost for doing an important job and for doing it well.

Candace Forrette

Global Village

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:47

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Book drive a success

The Used Book Donation Drive held by the Friends of the Billings Public Library April 26 at the old Volvo building downtown was a huge success. Thanks go out to the people who came by to donate to our cause. We were overwhelmed by the response. The success of this drive has helped to replenish the supply of used books in our inventory so depleted in the move from the old library’s third floor to a much smaller space in our new library building.

The Friends use these resources in outreach programs by sharing with numerous nonprofit and social service agencies throughout the community. Our Book Nook sales shelves in the new library’s Sweet Café coffee shop area will welcome the new additions. The balance will be sold and recycled back into the community through our various sales, revenues from which underwrite our mission, which is “to help promote and enhance literary usage and literacy through volunteerism and financial assistance.”

Special thanks to the Billings Clinic Foundation for the donation of the former Underriner building for the event. Without its help and cooperation, this event would have been much more difficult to carry out. We are also very grateful for the support from the local news media in promoting this event to the public. The huge turnout showed the event was worth doing.

Roger W. Young


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:47

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Renewing subscription

Please renew my subscription to the Outpost. Because:

1. I have moved to Arizona after having lived in Billings for 50 years. Amid rumors that newspapers were dying, the Outpost was started. And survived.

2. The Outpost is the only newspaper I know of which is often hand-delivered by the editor and publisher. Even in a snowstorm.

3. The Outpost employs interesting writers who write about local matters that matter.

4. The editor occasionally writes editorials.

Dorothy Baltrusch

Scottsdale, Ariz.


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:44

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Strength in ‘us’

Citizens have a voice in protecting Montana’s land and water, and it was heard! Energy Corp. of America, which has begun controversial oil and gas drilling in the Belfry area, was found illegally pumping water from an area gravel pit without a permit or right to the water [Outpost, May 22].

The ECA was ordered by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to stop its usage of the pit’s waters after a nearby farmer witnessed and photographed several water trucks taking the water.

For those of us who care about preserving Montana’s unique quality of life ... we can make a difference!

The DNRC took action because of the outpouring of concern from local residents. There is strength in “us” and “we!”

Sandy L Haney


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:48

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Don’t cry for dead

Growing up back East, city bus transportation was both necessity and education. Once, when I was going home, an attractive older lady with a younger caretaker boarded. Whether standing or sitting, the older woman continually screamed, jerked and twitched as if she was being poked unmercifully from many directions with hot irons. There were no Lithium or Prozac medications in those days.

After a while, some of the other passengers began to mockingly imitate her. The noise level grew as the bus progressed on its route. Then the younger lady pulled the stop cord and the two disembarked, older first. While the driver leaned over the door control handle, the younger woman stopped silently in the stairwell and stared back into the eyes of the mockers until all the passengers grew silent.

Then she raised her voice so all could hear, stating simply as she stepped to the curb, “She ... was a nurse ... on Corregidor.” At least until my mom and I disembarked several blocks later, the only sound to be heard was that of the engine changing pitch as the driver ran through its gears.

Off the bus, I asked mom what a Corregidor was. She replied that if I still wanted to know when I was 18, she would tell me then.

George S. Patton was reported to have said something about, Don’t cry for the dead, but rejoice in your own living.

Bill Moser


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:47

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