The Billings Outpost

Vote for Bucy

Many people respect Pam Bucy for her legal experience as a prosecutor and as chief deputy attorney general, but fewer know about Pam’s behind-the-scenes work representing low-income people. For 15 years — ever since she became a lawyer — Pam has had pro bono clients. She has represented these people (typically in divorce and child custody cases) without pay and without publicity.

I became aware of this while working as information specialist at the State Bar of Montana, where Pam volunteered as co-chair of the Equal Justice Task Force. I was impressed with this capable yet modest woman, who not only took on legal cases personally but also addressed access-to-justice issues statewide.

Pam is someone who is not too good for or too busy for people in need. This is only one of many qualities that will make her a great attorney general for Montana. Please vote for Pam Bucy.

Jill Sundby Van Alstyne



Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:57

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Vote for Johnson

I’m writing to ask you to join me in supporting Brad Johnson for Montana Secretary of State in the Republican primary. Brad is a proven leader with plenty of experience, commitment to serve and just plain common sense. He has earned my friendship, my respect and my vote.

Brad Johnson served us well as secretary of state and we need him back to convince the State Land Board to expand responsible development of our national resources. And, to bring common sense, experience and an agricultural background to lease negotiations with our producers.

Brad has the experience necessary to get to work on the first day and have an immediate, positive impact on the state. Montana is a great place and it will be an even better place with Brad back in the saddle as our next secretary of state. Please join me in voting for Brad Johnson.

Conrad Burns



Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:56

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Re-elect Jon Tester

As Montanans, aware of how important agriculture is in our economy, we are fortunate to have Sen. Jon Tester, an intelligent and hardworking farmer, representing us in the U.S. Senate.

I have known him since 1988, when he chaired the Democratic state platform committee on agriculture. His knowledge and concern for the problems of farmers and small business in Montana impressed me then.

His leadership impressed his colleagues in the Montana Senate when they elected him president of the Senate. In the U.S. Senate he has been appointed to several important committees, including Veterans’ Affairs, Appropriations, Banking, Homeland Security and Indian Affairs. A former school board member, he has always supported better public education.

Jon keeps in close touch with his neighbors and constituents in Montana, making frequent trips back to his farm near Big Sandy, talking with individuals and groups. Like a neighbor you can know and trust, Jon Tester talks honestly about his stand on the issues important to people of Montana. We need to re-elect him to the Senate.

Ruth Carrington Birch



Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:53

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Vote out Rehberg

It is interesting but not surprising how these old retreads con the voters into thinking they are indispensable to good government, even though their conservative and constitutional voting record is barely above 25 percent.

I don’t think Rep. Denny Rehberg has ever seen a spending bill he didn’t like, especially if it’s for more war and expanding the Empire. Did you know we have 1,100 military bases in 68 countries and 31 surrounding Iran? We need to vote him out on June 5.

Why? Because he voted for the “Nazis” Patriot Act, “Nazis” Military Commissions Act, the “Nazis” Real ID bill and the Patriot Act renewal. I call them Nazis, because they are all patterned after Hitler’s Nazi dictatorial government.

But that evidently didn’t knock the Fourth Amendment out enough for Denny, so he voted for the National Defense Authorization Act, which gives the president power to kidnap U.S. citizens off the street for indefinite detention without due process of law. In other words, if he wants to shut you up, you will just disappear.

Plus, the bill included nearly $700 billion for more war (killing, maiming, of mostly women and children and destruction) in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iran.

What have these people (countries) ever done to us? That doesn’t seem to matter to 90 percent of our Congress, especially our Senate.

All these yes votes were in violation of his oath of office and yet he wants to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

On June 5 vote for Dennis Teske, a man who will take his oath of office seriously. It’s all about freedom and liberty!

Arthur Hollowell



Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:52

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Vote for Sam Rankin

A few weeks ago, senators of both parties joined forces so the oil and gas industry could keep its $24 billion in taxpayer subsidies. Those same senators received nearly $24 million in campaign donations from the oil and gas industry.

This is not coincidence. The corruption brought into our political system by special interest PACS and corporate lobbyists caused the financial meltdown.

It is the reason that ammonia-treated pink slime, once considered dog food, is in our burgers. Money corruption is the reason we spend billions on warplanes that don’t work, harmful drugs are fast-tracked to market, undisclosed chemical combinations are fracked into our drinking water and we’re mired in endless war.

The corruption is insidious, born and bred within a campaign finance system that requires constant fundraising. Special interest PACS and corporate lobbyists are happy to contribute, but they want something in return. Our campaign finance system is nothing more than legal bribery. Our representatives have chosen who they will represent long before election day. (It’s not you.)

The only way to end the corruption special interest money has brought to our elections is to elect people who won’t take special interest money. Sam Rankin won’t take bribes. Vote for Sam ( Make him Montana’s congressman, because our country’s problems can never be solved until we eliminate the bribery.

David Scott Smith



Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:50

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Swear allegiance to people

Just curious. Is Ms. [Kathy] Galbraith (letter to the editor, May 10) aware that not one of our “founding fathers” ever pledged allegiance to the flag? The Constitution was ratified in 1788. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892, 104 years later, by the Christian socialist (that’s right, “socialist”) Francis Bellamy, primarily for the purpose of selling American flags to public schools. (An envious marketing success, by the way.) “Under God” was added in 1954.

Also, worthy of note: Of the seven “founding fathers,” six were Deists, not Christians (sorry, different God). Only John Jay claimed to be a Christian, while Jefferson amused himself revising the Bible to his own liking.

Also, has it ever occurred to Ms. Galbraith that, as a Christian, she is commanded by the Bible to swear no oaths? Consider James 5:12 and Matthew 5:34.

When one pledges allegiance to anything, person or institution or ideology, one submits to that authority and relinquishes his/her freedom to that authority. Can you truly value freedom, and willingly submit to authority at the same time? And, when one swears allegiance to two or more authorities, which one takes precedence when there are discrepancies? And there will be discrepancies.

Finally, please consider this novel notion: In a TRULY FREE NATION, logic would dictate that the government swear its allegiance to the people, not the other way around. The first essential element of fascism is that the interests of the state take precedence over the interests of the citizen. 

Elliot Smith



Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2012 14:06

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