Chuck Tooley will be a real shot in the arm for the Public Service Commission.
Many people know Chuck as the longest serving mayor in the history of Billings and a candidate for the Public Service Commission in District 2. What many people don’t realize is that Chuck is an Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and has been in business in Montana for over 30 years. He was also a public servant here for over 15 years.
Chuck is a fourth generation Montanan who spent six years with PSC-regulated Mountain Bell and later served as a board member of the Montana Electric & Gas Alliance.
In addition to his qualifications, the other reason why I’m voting for Chuck for PSC is because he’s a fair guy who’s going to bring fairness back to our PSC seat. He believes that Montana families and businesses need to keep utility costs at a reasonable level. With his positive attitude, his dedication to public service, and his business skills, I will vote for Chuck for PSC and I hope you will too.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:35
It is dismaying to note how many Republican Montana legislative candidates see “charter schools” as a way to “improve education.”
Diverting taxpayer public education funds to private schools does not “improve” education at all. In fact, where public funds are diverted into private education, then public schools deteriorate and become sad places for poorer left-over children who are not admitted to “better schools.” It is class warfare.
Part of our democratic national heritage is educational opportunity for all children, and that requires publicly funded education. Support public schools, not privatization.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:34
The June 5 primary election may not seem important, but for this year’s primary the candidates are varied and known. Your voting decision will decide which candidate gets the chance to enter the final election Nov. 6 to compete. The choice is seriously up to you in the primary election to determine who even gets on the ballot for the Public Service Commission.
Your utility rates are at stake!
Chuck Tooley has entered the race to run for the Public Service Commission for District 2. He has been in training for the PSC position all his business career. He has actual on-the-job experience in many areas governed by the Public Service Commission.
You probably remember Chuck as mayor of Billings conducting courteous council proceedings. He was the longest-serving mayor and directly regulated the Public Utilities Division, making his decisions on behalf of citizens. Chuck has additional job experience in fields of communication and energy, as well.
Chuck’s qualifications are exactly the ones required for a smooth, courteous PSC sessions, which until this time have not been accomplished. Citizen’s interests cannot be preserved when there is personal rancor among governing members.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:32
In the county commissioners’ rush to support the export of coal to Asia (April 17), they failed to consider the needs of Yellowstone County residents.
While there may be economic benefits to some of mining Montana coal, there are also a number of costs borne by others.
In Yellowstone County, the biggest cost would be a tripling of train traffic, meaning that gates would be down at downtown and Monad/Moore Lane crossings for at least a third of the day. The commissioners’ dismissal of such concerns displays an ignorance of the situation.
Currently it is tolerable but very inconvenient, with traffic backed up for many blocks downtown. But a tripling of train traffic would cripple our community, and a good quality of life is far more important to our local economy than a few mining jobs.
Are there ways to address the traffic issue? Certainly. But they will likely cost in the range of $50 million to much more. How do our county commissioners propose to pay for the transportation infrastructure? Should Yellowstone County taxpayers pay the bill so that out-of-state companies can sell coal to China?
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 17:45
More than likely, a person experiencing sexual abuse or exploitation feels very alone. Whether the abuse is coming from a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a family member, or someone else, there is help out there – this is no time to be alone.
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) is a place to find help. Their telephone hotline or their website can help you take that first step.
If you need help, call RAINN’s hotline at (800) 656-4673 or visit their website at www.rainn.org. If you – or anyone you know – is going through sexual abuse, you can take this first step.
April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month in the US… there is no better time than this to take the step, or to help someone else take it.
Sexual abuse is unacceptable. People do care, and help is available.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 17:44