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Good basketball game

I am sure that there are some basketball fans who do not realize the significance of what will be going on at Rocky Mountain College this coming Friday night (March 7).

The Frontier Conference is made up of strong teams, and Rocky Mountain College is one of them. They battled their way to the championship; consequently, they have been invited to participate in the large 32-team tourney in Kansas City later this month.

There is also an opportunity of another Frontier Conference team that may be invited to Kansas City, and that team is Great Falls. The University of Great Falls Argonauts are stronger than they have been in a long time.

They will be playing Rocky Mountain College this week, Friday, and if you want to see a close, hard-fought battle at the Rocky gym, go there at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7.

Robert Flanagan


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:36

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Obama, merely mortal

No wonder some folks don’t like President Barack Obama.

He hasn’t done much, except: take us out of a futile war in Iraq, save our auto industry, eliminate Osama bin Laden, try to stabilize Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East, broker a nuclear pact with Iran, keep our economy from tanking as it did in 1929, boost the stock market, decrease unemployment, try to provide healthcare for those thoughtless enough to be born in poverty.

And he’s still going.

So it’s easy to see why folks don’t like him. He’s not stronger than a mule, faster than a bullet, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

What a lightweight! And he’s colored.

Vern Klingman

Spokane, Wash.


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:35

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Lockwood did well

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

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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



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

Jeannie Brown


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


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:58

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