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Friday, April 24, 2020

Consider joining the Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance

Editor:

Recently the Greater Yellowstone Coalition sent out an announcement saying that 77 percent of respondents to a survey supported protecting the Gallatin Range with a variety of new designations from recreation area to wildlife management area.

I have no doubt that most people want to see more protection for the Gallatin Range, but most do not realize that GYC and other groups are promoting less protection than exists now. 

Currently 155,000 acres of the Gallatin Range is within the Congressionally designated Hyalite, Porcupine, Buffalohorn Wilderness Study Area (HPBH WSA). Under the terms of the original legislation, these lands must be managed as wilderness until such time as Congress determines otherwise.

GYC and the Montana Wilderness Association, The Wilderness Society, Winter Wildlands and others are supporting the Gallatin Forest Partnership (GFP).

What these organizations don’t want you to know is that the GFP proposal would reduce the existing wilderness protection in the Gallatin Range from 155,000 acres to 102,000 acres, for a loss of more than 53,000 acres of wilderness status. Worse for the Gallatin Range, much of the reduction in wilderness will occur in the critically important wildlife area in the Buffalohorn Porcupine drainages adjacent to Yellowstone Park. Under the terms of the GFP recreation mechanical access-which may already be too great — can potentially increase in the Buffalohorn-Porcupine drainages.

If you think the Gallatin Range’s wildlife and wildlands are too important to be turned into an outdoor gymnasium, and you support more wilderness for the range, please consider joining the Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance.

George Wuerthner

Livingston

 

Let’s prove Montana is not all hat and no cattle

Editor:

As a young Republican voter involved in agriculture, I have waited for the last few elections for a native Montanan candidate to run for governor. I think we got lucky when Tim Fox decided to run. Tim did an exceptional job as the Montana Attorney General sticking up for the people of Montana against the abusive overreach of the Obama Administration. 

These were major intrusions against the family agricultural operations here in Montana. Tim stood up to Obama and did an excellent job and being a native he understands our way of life and can fight for us — something an out-of-state millionaire would know nothing about.  

Montana has and always will be what I call a purple state in which races can go either way depending on the likeability of the candidates. Tim is a very likeable, down-to-earth man who can win a general election against the Democrat candidate. I have very big doubts the other two can win especially when one has already been crushed the first go at the seat even though he out spent Bullock by a 2:1 margin. I do not think this go around is going to be any different and as a Republican voter I am tired of handing the elections to the Democrats in the primary. We have seen this happen the last four elections and it will happen this time if we do not give Tim the nod in the primary. 

Let’s prove Montana is not all hat and no cattle and let them buy their way into the nomination.

Jim Felton

Springdale 

 

City contributes to hardship when it spends our tax dollars elsewhere

Editor:

 After reading Julie Killorn’s Tuesday letter, I wish to add this footnote. She uncovered a much larger problem, that is some public employees really don’t understand where wealth comes from. All wealth is created by the private sector.  There is no other source.  

Some wealth is converted into money and that is where tax dollars come from. When the city chose to use a non-Livingston source when there are competitive, qualified local sources, the city demonstrated that they have no respect for our local business community that pay the taxes here.  

Due to the shutdown some of our businesses will not recover. When the city takes our tax dollars and sends them out of town the city actually contributes to the hardship.  This really hurts.

Steve Koontz

Livingston

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