In The Mail

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Gov. Bullock’s actions on coronavirus to be applauded

Editor:

I am writing to applaud Governor Steve Bullock’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Montana. As a retired nurse and having witnessed other viral outbreaks, I recognize that the COVID-19 virus can have devastating effects on our health and well-being. I am thankful to have a governor who follows the advice of medical professionals when confronted with a public health crisis like this one.

He has done his job so that we can do ours.

His early actions helped flatten the curve of infection and prevented massive outbreaks in our state. We are lucky to have the lowest number of cases per capita out of any state in the entire country. That is something every Montana should be proud of right now.

Additionally, I am pleased with Governor Bullock’s judicious approach to reopening our state to keep Montanans safe and the virus at bay. Balancing our economy and public health at a time like this is a difficult task that he has handled with grace. He has once again proven to be a strong leader that we can trust to do the right thing.

Montana is lucky to have Governor Bullock at the helm. I hope we allow him to continue working for us by voting him into the Senate this November.

Diana McKinlay

Livingston

 

Bullock is killing our small businesses

Editor:

I am a small business owner in West Yellowstone and Governor Steve Bullock is killing our small businesses. 

There is no reason that the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park should be closed. A great percentage of our park visitors come through West Yellowstone, and those of us with seasonal businesses are being severely impacted. With less tourists coming from China and Europe, the risk of COVID is small, and if you take the number of deaths at 16 in Montana out of 1.3 million, the death rate is .00001231. 

It is time to open the park and get back to making a living. I have nothing against social distancing and precautions, and we will use them in our business. Governor Bullock needs to stop playing politics and help out the people of Montana.

Currently in West Yellowstone the governor is making the city spend $25,000 dollars per day with Bozeman Deaconess to maintain a triage station. With the hotels and concessions closed in the park along with visitor centers, I do not understand the risk.

You have lost my vote for the Senate, and I will vote for the candidate that makes the most sense on the issue. Not the paranoid principles of your party.

Brad and Kathy Foss

West Yellowstone

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