Job well done, Lockwood. Thanks for showing all of us that the best government is that which is closest to the people.
You took the lead on the task of giving the 8,000-plus residents of Lockwood a safer place to walk or ride a bike. You make all of us proud.
Hopefully, other populated areas of the county will now follow your lead. I look forward watching you select which trail to build first and then seeing the first child on that trail.
James E. Reno
Yellowstone County Commissioners
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:35
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
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:34
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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:58
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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:58
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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 21:48
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.
Yellowstone County Commissioner
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 21:47