Prepare yourself to vote
I signed up to teach a class on the Constitution of the United States of America.
Only one student expressed interest. Hopefully, we can get more students as the continuing ed program continues.
I also wanted to work on voter registration for the upcoming school board election and the state and federal elections in November. If you have not registered, need an absentee ballot or need to change your address, you can get information at 843-4270, or on the Internet (Madison.montana.gov) and download the voter application.
For other info, please call Virginia City at 843-4270 and prepare yourself to vote.
Looking to emulate Utah’s Sound Money Act
While some states languish in denial of the very real threat of an economic meltdown, some choose to establish a Plan B to mitigate potential losses. (Approximately 13 states.)
This is the case, I discovered, while visiting Utah’s capital this past week. After visiting with House Rep. Brad Galvez and Rep. Ken Ivory, it seems clear to me that Utah is miles ahead of Montana in respect to preparing for what is going to be, by most measures, difficult times.
Last Session the Utah Legislature passed some very important bills to address the anticipated cuts in federal funding for states, but none is more important than the Utah Sound Money Act that is a multi-year work in progress to establish a dual currency economy that simply recognizes rights of the sovereign citizens of the state to conduct business transactions in real dollars as defined by the Coinage Act of 1873.
At first glance the bill didn’t seem to address all my concerns in which implementation of a secure structure that preserves honest dealings and the protection of value in deposits. However, it is apparent that the private exchange entities that are forming have a handle on the process and are motivated to operate in an ethical manner to attract customers. Yes, it may be hard for some to believe, but private enterprise lives or dies by true business ethics.
When asked how to achieve passage of such a bill, Rep. Ivory stated it is a matter of common sense and good public policy to prepare for the worst and pray it is not needed, but messaging and informing key players is critical to success.
Currently in Utah, it is said that candidates compete for the title of who is the most Constitutional. (Now, there’s a novel concept.) To emulate this kind of success requires educated voters on the issue of sound money and candidates that are aware of the importance of the issue. This summer I hope to sponsor an educational economics summit that focuses on the foundation of a sound economic future, sound honest money and the path necessary to achieving a goal all of us can be proud to pass on to our children and grandchildren. I hope to see honest Montanans step up to the plate and support what we all know needs changing. For those that would like more information, you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can go to www.UtahSoundMoney.org, or Google FAME (Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education).
Rep. Bob Wagner
House District 71
Making sense of Wagner’s arguments, politics
I very much appreciate Ms. Rose Wood’s letter, published in The Madisonian, about what she perceives as the demonization of Rep. Bob Wagner. I absolutely agree with her that Wagner is trying his very best. The problem is, I also believe he is haunted by his perception of a conspiracy-filled world, pushing him to arrive at bizarre, contradictory conclusions in support of his extremist right-wing philosophy. Demons indeed.
Trying to follow his looping, circular logic makes me feel a bit dizzy.
During the last legislative session Wagner voted to reject federal funding intended to drag the rural medical system in this state into the 21st Century, by helping doctors to move toward electronic records. It’s been shown that electronic records significantly reduce errors in treatment and it saves money. Wagner’s justification was that he wants to reduce the federal deficit. The problem, and he knows this, is that the money would just go somewhere else. And in the long-term, the people of Montana are at increased risk. Just say no to money intended to help us save money?
Wagner supported House Bill 603, which attempted to take taxpayer money out of the public school system and create private, for-profit charter schools that would be permitted to accept students they wanted and deny access to those they did not. But somehow Wagner was able to justify it, even though it was a clear violation of the Montana Constitution. The constitution is the highest law, except when it steps on our rights?
And most recently, presaging the Komen foundation’s wild back-pedaling on pulling support for Planned Parenthood, Wagner wrote a rambling, disjointed and twisted manifesto on how the religion of the government of the United States has failed to serve its flock. With every fiber of his being, with every vote he makes, with ever letter he writes for the local papers, Rep. Wagner tells us how the government needs to get out of our lives. Then, he suggests that it is the rightful place of the government to sit in on meetings between women and their doctors, so it can make health decisions. The establishment clause justifies the government making medical decisions?
I just hope this spinning stops before it forces me to seek medical help.
Control growth and spending in responsible way
In reply to Theresa Stack’s letter to the editor on Feb. 2, I see nothing in the article she refers to on Jan. 26 that states, “decreasing county government.”
My position if elected to county commissioner would be to try to control county government spending and growth. Growth is always going to happen, but trying to control growth and spending would be my concern. The economy in Madison County and elsewhere has not been good for several years and as a commissioner it would be my fiduciary responsibility to be very frugal with tax payer funds.
Theresa, you are correct that growth can include restructuring programs. It can also include combining programs without adding additional personnel.
Adding more bodies is what I would try to control. We have many hardworking, professional and dedicated people working for Madison County and my intent is not to remove any of these people but to try to continue to control growth and spending in a responsible way that would be affordable to the tax payers of this county.
Candidate for county commissioner