Letters to the Editor-April 10, 2014

Constitutional-minded candidates are the doers

I am writing this letter in the spirit of hope.

Three of the candidates that have filed in the upcoming election are constitutionalists.  That alone is inspiring in today’s political climate and I would like to quote a few of the framers of our freedom document (Constitution).

“I am committed against everything which in my judgment may weaken, endanger or destroy the Constitution, and especially against all extensions of executive power; I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and patronage of the Government itself; and further there are men in all ages who mean to govern well; but they mean to govern.  They promise to be kind masters, but they mean to master.  They think they need little restraint on themselves…” Daniel Webster.

“(Freedom of Choice) the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform them of their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power: Presidential Executive overreach.” Thomas Jefferson.

“In question of power, then let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson

Never has the nation needed wisdom more than now.  As an oath keeper I have only one choice: to cast my vote for constitutionally minded candidates, the executive branch is in violation of the Constitution by their overreach and executive change of laws in violation.  Only congress can execute these changes.

My vote will be in support of candidates that are doers, Dan Happel for commissioner, Victor Bunitsky for justice court judge and Bob Wagner for representative.

All of the above believe in and fight daily for our freedoms.  Watch what they do, not what they say.  THEY ARE THE DOERS.

Respectfully submitted,

John A. Tallant



What money can buy?

The Koch brothers own Rep. Steve Daines. The Koch brothers have spent, so far, $30 million dollars to buy the senate and Rep. Daines has gotten so far $4,000,000 to sell the Koch brothers’ agenda. Americans for Prosperity, Montana for Prosperity and Joe Balyeat the director all work for the Koch brothers. The Koch brothers’ agenda is to end social security, privatize it, end Medicare as we know it, cut federal aid to education and do away with the Environmental Protection Agency so they can pollute. They don’t want poor people getting food stamps, or affordable health care. What they want is to privatize everything for profit. What Americans for Prosperity really should be called is Corporations, the rich and CEOs for Prosperity, then we will have a plutocracy—a government system ruled and dominated by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens.

Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee is owned by the Koch brothers. Last week he vetoed a Nashville mass transit bill. Why? Because the Koch brothers own him and they want it privatized for profit.

The supreme court decision on political donations just have gotten the U.S. closer to a plutocracy system of rule. An example of plutocracies was the Roman Empire, and we all know how that turned out!

Remember in the 2012 election 74 percent of Montanans voted to get dark money and big money out of our elections.

Judith Wiancko



Work with chamber was a rewarding journey

Chamber members, colleagues, friends,

I have resigned as executive director for the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. My last day was March 28. Eight years ago, I was given the opportunity to redesign the visitor’s center and grow the chamber in a manner fitting for Ennis. The experience gained, networking offered and friendships formed are too numerous to mention. It has been a rewarding journey!

All board members over the years have brought something new to the table and they should be applauded for their willingness to serve the community. Let us not forget the priceless volunteers that have come to the chamber’s aid on every occasion, whether it be behind the scenes work or peddling the famous 4th of July t-shirts on Main Street. It truly does take a village, and I have been blessed with many new friends, and old, who have come forth to help me with the chamber’s success. Though it is not stated enough, your dedication to the community and the chamber have been and will continue to be greatly appreciated.

I will miss the daily networking among business peers, along with the tourists and seasonal Ennis residents that often end up becoming dear friends. However, I am not leaving the area. I am simply moving on to other opportunities. So with that, I thank you again for the past eight years as your executive director and I look forward to future endeavors that allow our paths to cross.


Pamela Kimmey



Ready to take a new road

After 37 years of running both The Depot—a gift and clothing store—and Depot Gallery, I have decided to retire after much thought. I would like to thank all of you from far and near for your support, help and friendship all these years. It has been a great way to make a living and I am thankful for that. I will miss being on Main Street, but I am ready to take a new road.

Vicki Lubke



Expressions of sympathy not forgotten

Your thoughtfulness, kindness, friendship and expressions of sympathy with phone calls, visits, cards, flowers, food and memorials in memory of Jeanne Hartman are greatly appreciated and will always be remembered.

The Family of Jeanne Hartman



Love and prayers appreciated by family

The family of Alice Brunzell would like to thank everyone for the food, flowers, cards and all the love and prayers sent our way with the passing of our mother and grandmother.

Thank you,

Robert and Marie Davis

Clyde “Mickey” Brunzell

Jim and Laura Brunzell

Pat and Jeanette Lanphear

And families,



One Response to Letters to the Editor-April 10, 2014

  1. Raul Luciani says:

    I am reading the questions posted by Marlene Martin for Bob Wagner and Dan Happel and it looks like someone is trying to smear these outstanding individuals. I do not know what videos she is talking about but I do know that videos can be doctored. I do happen to have the privilege to know both of these individuals for many years and know them both to be men of high integrity. I know the Wagners have been in the valley for over twenty years, their families are honest, hard working and provide jobs in our county, Silver Bow and Gallatin County. They may have moved from another state, but that doesn’t make them lesser of a person or less qualified to represent us, in fact we need more people like them no matter which state they are from. Bob has not only fought for our county issues, but he has also fought for our state, our values, for the preservation of our constitutional rights and our state rights. Dan Happel is as high caliber an individual as you can get, this man will put his money where his mouth is and he was born and raised in Bozeman I do know. Moved away to make a career and retired in his native state of Montana. Dan is a doer if I ever met one, he ran for county commissioner because he cares deeply for our people and our state. Like the Wagners, Dan believe in the power of the United States Constitution and its preservation, what is wrong with this cause? Dan strongly believes that Agenda 21 is designed to slowly erode our constitutional rights and I have researched this topic and agree with him 100%. this information is readily available for anyone to look at on the internet, all they have to do is type Agenda 21 in the search engine and it will yield a plethora of information on the subject. Dan has been an advocate of empowering the people with knowledge and let them make their own decision and they will make the right decision most of the time. Our country is today in the shape it is because we have lost sight of what this great nation was founded upon, our constitution. We are slipping into a third world country status and I don’t know about anyone else but I was born in a third world country and believe me when I say, it is not good for anyone. Today we need candidates that will not only address our local concerns such as our school system, crime, jobs, etc, but we also need individual who values this great nation and is willing to uphold, defend and hold accountable anyone who ignores our constitution. So if anyone has a question about who these candidates are or what they stand for….give them a call, their names are in the phone book. Don’t listen to hearsay, or smear but do your own homework and you will agree, Bob Wagner and Dan Happel are the best candidates for the job.

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