Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Instead of examining real problems, we're focused on fantasy

| October 12, 2021 7:00 AM

To the editor:

I just read Will Langhorne's Oct. 5 article, "Local lawmakers join push to review election security.”

Well, I want to register my concern that this is an unwarranted use of taxpayer money. I'd like to know if there is a provision for public comment for this expenditure? How much of our tax money will be spent on this frivolous expenditure, including staff salaries and time subtracted from productive pursuits?

It is discouraging to think Montana legislators, including the ones from Lincoln County, are “going along” to “get along” when there is absolutely no evidence of a security problem in our election process. It seems especially ridiculous in a state — and county — where Republicans won by an overwhelming majority. Do they think that Montana Republicans, including themselves, were unfairly elected?

It seems to me that their time and our money could be much better spent on such things as looking into making life better for the Montanans unable find affordable housing or childcare or the residents working multiple jobs without making ends meet. They could look into ensuring Lincoln County gets its fair share of ARPA funds and spends it to the benefit of the most people, and/or improving employment opportunities for our residents.

If you agree, please let state Sen. Mike Cuffe and state representatives Neil Duram and Steve Gunderson hear from you.

Donna Martin