Letters to the Editor, Aug. 23 edition

Romney’s tax returns and the destruction of the Constitution

Dear Editor,

Is Mitt Romney a tax cheat? Why shouldn’t he show America his tax returns? What does he have to hide? These are questions being asked by Harry Reid and President Obama to distract from the miserable level of performance of government in which they lead.

Examine the facts. There is no Constitutional requirement to show tax records to sit as President. There is also no requirement to have a job, have an income, a home, or even a dog. So why do these people insist on this information being made public? Is it because Romney is white, or is it because he is apparently rich? Maybe it is because he professes to be Mormon, or maybe it is because he is apparently heterosexual? Why now Anderson Cooper, do you remain silent? Emerge from the closet of which you hide and stand up for the destruction of the Constitution. Is this not the goal of the liberal media and the progressives? Once the general public accepts that privacy should not belong to some – it cannot defend its own right to enjoy the same.

Rep. Bob Wagner

House District 71


Repealing HB 198 should be a priority

Dear Editor,

Over the last four years Northwestern Energy has spent over 14 millions dollars in an attempt to build the 430 mile Mountain States Transmission Intertie (MSTI) power line that would run through Montana and into Idaho. Last week a decision was made by Northwestern Energy to put on hold the development of this transmission line.

The people working to stop this project took a temporary sigh of relief with this news, but they also know Northwestern can restart MSTI anytime. The MSTI project, as well as the Montana-Alberta Tie Line (MATL) in Northern Montana is of great concern to many Montanans. Yet I believe there is currently a bigger issue on the table that needs to be acknowledged and addressed. Montana House Bill 198, which passed during the last legislative session, is a devastating law that infringes on private property rights. HB 198 gave private utility companies such as Northwestern Energy or Canadian-based Tonbridge Power the ability to declare eminent domain upon private properties. The results of this bill effect Montanans at every level, and no matter who is elected, this bill must be repealed in its entirety.

There are many ways to encourage progress and create jobs, but I do not believe that companies should have the ability to take private property rights away from my neighbors nor myself in order to meet their bottom line. This is neither innovative nor progressive. I also know that this project will permanently scar Montana’s priceless landscape, which should not be tolerated considering technology has proven there are other viable options to move power.

You can bet the utility lobbyist will be floating around the 2013 legislative session to make sure HB198 stays on the books. It will be a very difficult task to repeal this law, but it is not impossible. Our best hope is that Montana citizens will make their thoughts known and ask all statewide candidates if they will support efforts to repeal HB 198.

Kim Miller

Independent Candidate

House District 71

Virginia City

Run for health and community

Dear Editor,

Back when I was a school kid, the first day of school was always the day after Labor Day. Therefore, Labor Day Weekend was special because it marked the end of summer and the beginning of school. For this reason, we always felt compelled to do something fun or cool the weekend before “real life” set in.

School starting dates in Montana have changed, but the desire to do something fun before school starts remains the same. Fortunately, Madison County has something truly cool to do to close out summer with a bang. In fact, we have two things to do.

This coming Saturday, Aug. 25, the 17 Annual Madison River Run will be held at 8 a.m. starting from Lion’s Club Park in Ennis. The Madison River Run is a 5K and 10K run that caters to everyone from walkers to strollers to joggers and all the way up to serious runners. The next day, Sunday Aug. 26, the Madison Triathlon is on. It is quite a bit longer and much more difficult (450 yard swim, 23 mile bike ride, and 9 mile run), but it is equally open to all.

What a great one-two punch way to end summer in Southwest Montana!

I know that because of the distances not everyone can compete in the Madison Triathlon. There’s nothing easy about it. However, the Madison River Run is open to all both in spirit and in the level of difficulty. It’s just a 5K or a 10K, your choice. It’s also an Ennis race that has been going on for 16 years in a row. If you have not yet run in it, this is your year.

Consider running in this year’s Madison River Run for at least two reasons – health and community.

Whether you want to get in shape for hunting season, high school sports, or just turn-over a new leaf on life for your health, running is a great first step. You don’t even have to run. You can jog, walk, push a stroller, or just mosey along if you want. It’s your race to run and no one can tell you how to do it. However you finish the race, the end result will be one step closer to better health. That’s a good result.

The community reason is also compelling. The Madison River Run is an Ennis Chamber of Commerce project. It’s in its 17th year, which is an admirable feat. The race brings people into town and into our businesses. It’s another chance for us to shine. However, we can only shine if we continue to build up a critical mass of local entries.

Consider signing up today at www.racemontana.com. Another way is by email or calling 682-5923 to register and then pay the entry fee on race day. Race day check in as well as late sign up is from 7:00 to 8:00 AM on Saturday, Aug. 25. The race starts at 8 a.m. The cost is $20 prior to race day or $25 on race day. All participants will receive a race t-shirt, tote bag, and a chance at prizes.

I hope to welcome all of you to a truly fun event and a great way to end the summer.

Sam Korsmoe

Madison County Economic Development Council













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