The Billings Outpost

Voting for Curtis

The Gazette Opinion says: “Montana will benefit from having a businessman in the U.S. Senate.” Then, “Daines started his House term with a string of “no” votes that are concerning … .” One such vote resulted  in the government shutdown.

The cost to the American economy of that shutdown, according to Standard and Poor, was about $24 billion. Not exactly coveted business acumen.

The Gazette says: “In the Senate, compromise will be essential and we believe Daines recognizes that fact.” And, “… he’s not above working to find solutions that will have real-life impact on folks … he’s still trying to work with the (Obamacare) law rather than be an obstructionist.”

About two months ago Daines prefaced a town hall conference call by saying he believed one of the problems with Washington was the lack of willingness to compromise and work together. Asked if he would then be willing to consider that the parts of Obamacare that were working should be maintained and the focus should be on fixing that which didn’t work, he was immediately evasive, but before the end of the conference call, he told everyone that he really felt that Obamacare needed to be repealed.

He favors repealing a bill that helps thousands of Montanans. When will Daines develop this compromise gene? Amanda Curtis is a refreshing candidate and she will represent the people of Montana, all the people. Vote Amanda Curtis for the U.S. Senate!

Chris Purcell

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:42

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Speare deserves support

Having spent my career dealing with issues relating to our senior citizens, I have experienced how court decisions can have a lasting impact on our senior population.

For example, decisions relating to estate disputes, elder abuse, landlord tenant issues, fraud, contract disputes, family law and competency hearings are some of the areas that I know will be presented to the next district judge. While both candidates have ample criminal experience, only William Speare has experience in these and other civil areas.

I encourage everyone, especially our senior population, to recognize the relevance of the candidates’ experience and vote for William Speare.

Karen Erdie

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:51

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Another vote for Speare

Help Wanted: District Court Judge

Experience required: Two-thirds civil, one-third criminal.

Current caseload indicates a need for 4 additonal judges.

Current budget allows us to choose only one.

Two good people have applied.

One has civil and criminal experience.

The other has criminal experience.

One passed the requirements of the State Judicial Nomination Commission. The other did not.

One could tackle a full caseload right away. The other could not handle any cases that have come through the County Attorney’s Office.

Help Needed: Experience Crucial.

We have an opportunity to elect an exceptional, experienced candidate.

Please vote William Speare for District Court judge.

Karen (Lazetich) Moses

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:51

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Vote no on LR 126

Thank you to The Billings Gazette for their Gazette opinion published Sept. 9. In that article they pointed out a history of the creation of Legislative Referendum 126 and illustrate why citizens should vote No on LR 126. Here, I wish to reiterate those points.

This referendum attempts to fix something that is not broken and in so doing places unfair hurdles in front of veterans, seniors and thousands of eligible Montanans’ freedom to vote. Instead of giving politicians the ability to take away a right Montanans have had for a decade by voting NO on LR 126 we will make sure that all eligible Montanans who wish to vote, can. 

Our current election system works well and is something to be proud of. Let’s keep it that way. Vote no on LR 126.

Cindy Webber

Big Timber

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:50

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Defeat LR 126

In this upcoming election, there will be an issue on the ballot that strikes to the heart of our democracy, our constitutional right to vote. Believe it or not, this right appears more times in our Constitution than any other. Four amendments deal with the issue of voting. As Americans, we like to think we have the greatest democracy on earth. If that is so, then why are we trying so hard to hinder those rights from others? Legislative Referendum 126 does just that.

We need to vote “no” on LR 126. This proposed law is a disguise promoted by some to fix something not broken. Its passage would for sure undermine this nation’s greatest freedom by disenfranchising so many within our state. People such as veterans, seniors and thousands of other eligible voters who have a hard time registering to vote would be harmed by you voting yes on LR 126. It unnecessarily does so by simply restricting the dates and times of those trying to register.

I firmly believe we should be making it easier to register voters and easier to vote, not harder.

If you thought our current voting system was working well, why do we need to fix it? That should give you pause as to the rationale behind LR 126. This is a slick way to deny us, the people, our rights. If we do, we may never get them back. Vote no on LR 126.

Clinton Nagel

Bozeman

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:49

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Vote for Daines, Zinke

Two issues in this year’s election overshadow all others: the national debt, and our national security.

The candidates we Montanans send to Congress will have a direct voice in addressing our staggering national debt, at a minimum cost to those in greatest need, while also guarding our security at an affordable cost to the national treasury.

Our two most recent presidents have either been good at making bad decisions, or bad at making any decisions. Neither apparently understood President Eisenhower’s warning that “a bankrupt nation is a defenseless nation.” Congress has acted like a befuddled bystander during the period of their presidencies. That’s how we got into our state of affairs.

Delay in addressing the debt is killing the country. Steve Daines has experience balancing budgets. I know him, and believe he has the courage as well as the knowledge to make the firm and fair debt decisions our economic survival requires. We should send him to the Senate.

Ryan Zinke, perhaps unique among all congressional candidates this year, could knowledgeably evaluate the capability and reliability of Middle Eastern ground forces allied with us that the President proposes we train to fight ISIS. Whether it’s “boots on the ground,” “sandals in the sand,” neither or both, a wrong strategy will result in more unaffordable defeat. On the national security issue Montana needs Zinke in Congress.

Bob Brown

Whitefish

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:48

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