Letters to the Editor – Oct. 24, 2013

Hunger issues persist in rural households, for elderly

Studies show that 15.5 percent of rural households are food insecure, and an estimated 3.1 million households have family incomes that are too high to quality for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but incomes too low for food secure, The working poor in Madison County are lucky to have local food banks that can help people with their food needs.

In Ennis, Madison Valley Caring and Sharing served approximately 469 families in 2012 and averaged around 1,294 people. Through September of 2013 Madison Valley Caring and Sharing served approximately 460 families and averaged around 1,208 people and still have three months to go.

In Sheridan, Ruby Valley Food Pantry at the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship is available to anyone in the community in need of emergency food supplies.  The Church of the Valley in Twin Bridges serves as a small community food pantry and serves people in need of emergency food supplies as well.  The Headwater Area Food Bank in Three Forks serves about 50 to 70 families a month, including Pony, Harrison, and Norris.   The Headwater Area Food Bank is a satellite food bank of The Gallatin Valley Food Bank. The Whitehall Food Pantry serves 35 families a month.

All of the small food pantries are operated by volunteers with food and money donations.

The hidden hunger, almost 15 percent of the nation’s elderly face a threat of hunger and are hidden because of being too proud to accept help while many don’t dive or just think they can get by.  Meals on Wheels across the country has people on waiting lists because of the lack of federal, state or local funding, and each year more elderly become food insecure.

The Madison Film Group will hold a screening of “A Place at the Table” on Tuesday Oct. 29 at the Madison Valley Public Library. Admission is free for the 6 p.m. screening.

Fifty million people in the U.S. and one in four children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. “A Place at The Table” shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all if the American public decides and acts.

Judith M Wiancko



In a world gone berserk, is there any hope

What kind of world are we living in?  It’s almost like everything is upside down and backwards.  The newspaper headlines include wars and more wars, genocide, economic collapse, drought, famines, floods, cancer epidemics, viruses, pandemics, toxic environments, increasing earthquakes, nuclear threats and power grabs.

Elderly tourists are held at gunpoint at Yellowstone Park and Forest Rangers are ordered to “Make life as difficult as possible,” for citizens.  Illegals have no problem. Vets and relatives are barricaded from U.S. War Memorial. Then there is unaffordable health care that doubles and triples premiums and deductibles. Many are losing their health care as a result.

Are we about to go over the cliff or have we already gone over? It’s almost like we are leaping towards self-destruction.  In a world gone berserk, is there any hope for us?

Let us ask one of the most respected men of the past century—a spiritual counselor to many modern presidents—Billy Graham. Graham will celebrate his ninety-fifth birthday on Nov. 7 with a message especially for America at this critical time. The My Hope America message entitled “The Cross” will be airing all over the U.S. and Canada from Nov. 7-10. It will also be available on demand via DVD and Internet streaming, along with “Defining Moments” and “Lose to Gain,” bonuses. See Fox News at 8 p.m. Nov 7.

“The Cross” will contain life-changing testimonies and one urgent message from Graham filmed at his North Carolina mountain home earlier this year.

Donna Lundquist

Fort Benton


Neighbors need to voice concern about horses to owner

To my concerned Shining Mountains Neighbors,

Please feel free to stop by and talk to me about the care and feeding of my horses rather than put an anonymous letter in my mailbox.  I am very happy to discuss the reasons I feed my horses the way I do.  If you would rather not talk to me face to face, please call me.  We are listed in the phone book.

Jim Frey



A sight to behold

We and several of our South Meadow Creek neighbors recently enjoyed a day trip to Three Forks to see Jim Dolan’s BLEUHORSES.  It was a sight to behold, a beautiful gift to the people of Montana.

After seeing them there, we are even more disappointed that they are not located on Norris Hill as originally planned.  Why any landowner would not want these magnificent sculptures to grace their property for Madison Valley residents and visitors to enjoy each time they traverse Norris Hill is incomprehensible.

Jim’s various pieces of outstanding artwork are displayed throughout the Madison Valley and the BLEUHORSES would be icing on the cake.

If you haven’t been to Three Forks to see the horses, you should certainly make the trip.  Do as we did, make a day trip and enjoy.


Gail Simmons

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