The Billings Outpost

Walsh believes in us

One man used words and ideas on democracy to express what he believed in. He devoted his life to serving the public and defending our country. He failed to cite his sources.

The other man used words and votes to incite and shut down our government. He devoted his life to accumulating great wealth and protecting the privileged. He failed our country.

No man is perfect. No man. But I trust my vote not to the hands of the critic, but with the “Man in the Arena” “... whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood ... who errs ... who spends himself in a worthy cause ... ,’” as Teddy Roosevelt said.

“Who spends himself in a worthy cause?”

John Walsh spends his life serving each and every one of us. If only we “spent” half as much as he ... what a better world it could be.

Support this man, John Walsh ... he believes in us.

Thank you for your consideration.

Karen Lazetich Moses

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:28

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More Clawson, Kemmick

Appreciate your column of May 29.

Somebody should remind Elena Kagan the job of God is taken and just shut up and sit down – another Obama appointee.

Put Roger Clawson and Ed Kemmick to work more often. Enjoy their writing. You can count on no lies when words come from their pens.

Leona Johnston

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:27

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Free online makes sense

I enjoyed reading your editorial on the online-subscription attempts by the Gazette [Outpost, July 10]. Your take on it was both informative and well stated. Online income certainly exists. But whether that income is small as a butterfly or big as a Boeing, it must continually be chased. It’s always instant in both its growth and in its vanishing. So-called giants of online industries know this and spend a lot of their would-be profits on technological running shoes, trying to stay fast enough on their feet to survive.

Most people are willing to pay for what they think they need and want. They’re reluctant to pay for what they can get free by clicking somewhere else. So long as news and whatever passes for news is offered without cost on the Internet, few newspaper readers will be want to pay for it. Regional news may not be easy to find online, but it can be found, because people on social networks love to inform the world of everything they think they know.

Local news publications in print accomplish what the Internet doesn’t. They more effectively package local information and get it back into the community and even into the home. There it remains in a passive state until someone reaches out for it. But it’s there, waiting. The Internet, that world-wide wonder, fails to do this. On the Internet people tend to search for and “consume” only what interests them. Internet users end up viewing, hearing and reading a lot about whatever they’re looking for at the time, and very little about what’s going on in the local neighborhood.

Social media giants know this already, and some are trying to act on it. So far, though, local newspapers still have the edge. Skilled reporting on real events, and developments meaningful to the local community makes the newspaper much more effective as a local information source. Many newspapers need to communicate this fact more effectively.

When a newspaper’s ink-on-paper edition is combined with a free online edition, then both the readers and advertisers benefit. Readers have more options for access to reliable local information, and advertisers gain a wider exposure to their own message. By restricting online access in any way, a newspaper chokes its own potential for continued growth by removing a potentially unlimited reach for advertisers. For an advertiser, a smaller reach means fewer results, which creates a greater reluctance to continue paying for  the same advertising source.

The wonder of the Internet for any enterprise is opportunity. Used effectively, it becomes a fine tool for communication, an added arm for any local newspaper, a vast archival library for past articles, while offering unlimited potential for expanding the range and content of every new edition. It offers every newspaper the opportunity to become as great as its contributors choose to make it.

Jim Sutton

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:11

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Thanks for coverage

Thank you for running the 2014 Pond Tour benefit for ZooMontana in your events calendar on June 26. The tour was a success; there were many visitors; and the zoo will benefit with a cash donation.

Teresa Kennedy

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:11

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Lewis puts Montana first

During the first debate, one thing that John Lewis mentioned was that he has received campaign donations from every county in Montana. Not only have all 56 counties supported Lewis’ campaign, but he has also traveled to all of them to meet with community leaders and listen to their individual, local concerns. This is truly a Montana home-grown campaign.

On the other hand, Ryan Zinke’s campaign finance concerns me. It’s no small secret that Zinke benefits greatly from Special Operations for America, a super PAC that Zinke himself founded. On top of his questionable PAC money, Zinke has spent much of his time raising money in California, Florida, Texas, and from large out-of-state corporations that don’t have Montana’s best interests in mind. 

I understand that today’s elections are going to draw money from outside of the state, but it seems to me that Ryan Zinke is more focused on out-of-state money than he is on Montana. I know that John Lewis will put the people of his home state first just as he has done so far in his campaign.

Karole Lee

Clancy

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:10

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Patriotism, climate change

With the arrival of Independence Day, veterans like us often reflect on what patriotism means in terms of the responsibilities we American citizens have. One responsibility we all have is environmental stewardship.

As we celebrate our nation’s independence, the U.S. military remains ready to serve and protect. In order to maintain a strong defense, our military needs safe, secure, reliable, and affordable energy. That’s why the military is taking steps to strengthen our defense by using cleaner energy, increasing the use of renewable energy and leading the way in clean energy technology. As our military leads the way, we encourage our elected officials to follow suit and support cleaner, more reliable energy.

The U.S. military also knows that climate change poses a very real threat to our national security. The Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board sounded an alarm in 2007 about the national security threats posed by global warming. In an updated report released in May of this year, “National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change,” these retired military leaders reiterated their previous concerns and found that in many cases the risks previously identified are advancing noticeably faster than expected.

These risks “such as prolonged drought and flooding — and resulting food shortages, desertification, population dislocation and mass migration, and sea level rise — are posing security challenges to these regions’ governments. We see these trends growing and accelerating.” Their conclusion was that the accelerating rate of climate change poses a real risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global conflict.

Climate change, however, is as much an opportunity for cooperation and innovation as it is for increased conflict. For example, the Department of Defense has enacted a number of initiatives aimed at increasing energy efficiency, deploying more sources of renewable energy, and assuming a leadership role in clean energy technology innovation. A recent Pew report, “Power Surge,” shows how the military is leveraging the private sector’s resources to deploy clean energy and efficiency technologies at military bases to improve energy security and save money.

The U.S. military is estimated to have 384 megawatts of renewable energy on its bases and will reach 2.1 gigawatts in the next few years. Overall, this acceleration of clean energy will put DOD on track to meet its goal of deploying 3 gigawatts of renewable power by 2025, enough to power 750,000 homes.

We can and should apply the same can-do effort to our civilian energy systems. 

It is our shared duty to keep our nation safe. Doing so requires us to recognize the very real threats posed by climate change. It requires us to take appropriate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon, and to generate clean, domestic, affordable, and safe energy here at home.

We can join forces to support the first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution. The solutions are attainable, but they require us to put politics aside and work together. As Montana veterans, we understand the spirit of Americans rising to meet a challenge and believe our strength lies in meeting the challenge of climate change with integrity, ingenuity and courage.

So reflect on what patriotism means, take steps to reduce your carbon pollution and support efforts to generate clean, domestic, affordable, and safe energy for these United States of America.

Michael Lee, Helena

Bob Raney, Livingston

Mike Jarnevic, Milltown

Lex Blood, Kalispell

John Wolverton, Missoula

John Grove, Stevensville

Mary E. Owens, Lolo

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:21

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