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'Small spills' called silly and unimportant waste of money

| February 21, 2005 11:00 PM

To the Editor: Here are some random thoughts, for some of the pseudo intellects that write their long articles and opinions, "Suck It Up!" Regarding the front page article titled "Small Spills," I have never read such an unimportant, silly article in my life, as if the "sky was falling." Talk about a waste of money and resources, I have an idea, put on a face mask if you must and suck it up with an invention called a "Hoover." Small spills my arse! An opinion by Thomas Powers is a perfect example of why people should home school, then let kids earn their own way through college, they might see life as it really is by then and appreciate the value of a dollar, instead of mom and dad "expected" to pay for everything as if it was a given right. He acts as if loggers have no idea why mills are shutting down, only a pseudo professor can explain it to us! How dare the loggers or miners for that matter have the audacity to complain! He can explain it to us. It never has had anything to do with special interest groups, lawsuits or tree huggers, you silly logging families. Hey, but wait! With the drought even worse this year and all the dead, bug-infested trees ready to explode, you may get a job this summer. We'll get fires, sooner or later we may lose our homes, animals and lives, but what the heck, they know so much more how to take care of our environment. Aren't we lucky! Mr. Morris, and Steve Barrett, I suggest you go to C-span, pull up some archives, the Senate (the Democrats) have held up bills for years. In regard to the lawsuits, this has been in the making for years! Especially asbestos settlements, the Democrats - Mr. Daschle would not let it come to a vote because of their special interest groups - the trial lawyers. The Republicans had money for the people who really have asbestos diseases, not something that may be related, diagnosed by real doctors. But then if that happened you couldn't make hundreds of more small companies go bankrupt, and trial lawyers wouldn't get their bank accounts full. They are the people who have been selfish, as if they really care who is ill or dying or who has died. As for all these small communities drying up, people having to move or travel afar for other jobs, economy that was supporting the communities now gone and still going. You may have big dreams and volunteers but you have to have the economy and people here, the hustle and bustle that once was here is now gone with a lot of businesses that have left too, over the years. I've seen it in town after town in the Northwest. As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for" now that you got it, we all have to live with the results. Thanks a lot. Lynn Griner Cleanup contractor spitting in faces of Libby residents To the Editor: This letter is in regards to the hiring practice that MCS is doing. It was my understanding that when these companies were giving the contracts to clean up the asbestos here in Libby they were to hire local workers. Well something is wrong with this picture then. The guy representing MCS at the job fair said they do not hire local that they bring back their own crew from Spokane aka IRS and that if they get the next contract they may consider hiring Libby help but no promises. What kind of crap is that? There are so many people here in Libby in need of work and trained for it, what is the problem? If they don't want to hire us then get out of town so someone who will hire Libby people can get the work. They are taking money out of our town and giving nothing back, they underbid the other companies so that they can get all the work and turn around and spit in our faces by not hiring our people. You tell me what is wrong with this picture. Ann Kowalski Bus ride to Helena well- supported by elected officials To the Editor: The bus trip to Helena showing support for the Montanore mine project had broad support from the south Lincoln County community, our county commissioners and our legislators. In spite of nearly 6 hours each going and coming there was an overload of passengers and other vehicles were recruited to ferry the overload. Five thirty a.m. is not an easy time to start on an excursion but everyone was enthusiastic concerning the cause. Senator Aubyn Curtiss met us in the rotunda of the capitol to voice her support for the cause and her regret that she could not join us in our meeting with the governor. She stated that her heart is with us but a very important meeting had to take precedence and she knew that our other legislators would be joining our group meeting. Representatives Rick Maedje and Ralph Heinert did join us and our Commissioners, Rita Windom, Marianne Roose and John Konzen and Mayor Tony Berget were with us in our entreaty to the Governor to expedite the Montanore mine. The governor assured us that he supports the natural resource industries and intends to support the mine within the bounds of his office. Of course, our group hopes that this means that the mine will be permitted to begin operations within a year. The governor's appointee as director of the Department of Environmental Quality, Richard Oppeer, noted that he is married to a Libby native. Spirits were high on leaving the governor's office. We all felt that we were at the very least trying to influence our own futures and hopefully making a difference in the future of Lincoln County and the state of Montana. Teddye Beebe Constitutionalist shares political evolution though parties To the Editor: The other day I showed the "enclosed paper," that I put together back on the Nov. 11th "Armistice Day" of 2004 to a friend. He said "I ought to send it into the newspaper because people should know!" So after a bit of thought on the matter here it is: As a Navy vet, (1950-1952) of the Korean War I have voted now some 53 years. First as a Democrat; then non-partisan; thirdly as a Republican. Now at 73 years of age I'll vote and be an activist of the Constitutional Party. Why you ask? It's the refusal of both Democrat and Republican senators, congressmen and governors to write or speak plainly to the issues below listed! 1. To close the Mexican border (California to Texas) to stop the illegal alien flood! 2. Refusal to require all illegals be sent back! 3. Because English is America's spoken and written language we need to require that it be so on all legal papers (ballots, licenses, etc.) by law. 4. The enactment of a "1940's style Bracero Program" as existed then, none but the workers to come over to work in agriculture, no families. 5. Require all emigrants to speak and read English; know American history and of our Constitution on entry. 6. That the Congress kill the harmful NAFTA, GATT and WTO treaties. 7. Get the United States out of the U.N., and the U.N. out of the USA! 8. Pass a 2-term limit on the Senate and House as applies to the presidency. 9. Pass a 10-year limit on Supreme Court justices. 10. Close the constitutionally illegal Dept. of "Non" Education, that eats taxes and teaches neither child or teacher, but only grossly interferes in all local school districts. 11. Make the recent tax cuts permanent. 12. Return to all of the states west of the Mississippi their forest and range lands that past governments have confiscated in violation of the Constitution's Article 1, see number 8 and Article 4, see numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and Amendments 10, 5 and 9. Comment! All of this is a part of the "Sage Brush Rebellions" (Nevada/Oct. 1964) "Equal Footing Doctrine!" "The new states enter on an equal standing as the first 13 states." 13. Require a 200-mile "sea limit" as respects oil, minerals and fisheries, that other countries apply to their benefit and our loss. Freeman Johnson Troy