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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

If you love Montana for everything it has to offer, vote yes for I-186

Editor:

Montana is well known for the beauty of its landscape, as well as world-class trout fisheries that are a result of fresh, clean water that flows from the mountains. However, if you travel around the state, the ugly history and lack of past regulation of our mining heritage is very abundant.

Locations such as the Berkeley Pit, Zortman-Landusky and Mike Horse Dam are just a few examples of the toxic legacy of irresponsible mining practices that endanger the streams and outdoor lifestyle that we so dearly love. Acid mine drainage and other mine waste from abandoned mines have permanently damaged miles of watersheds throughout the state.

I-186 would require mining companies to do business more responsibly, so we can keep our clean water and world-class fisheries for generations to come. If I-186 becomes law, state officials would be able to reject mine applications unless solid evidence shows that the mine will not require ongoing or perpetual cleanup once the mine ceases operation. We, the taxpayers, have had to pay the brunt of cleanup costs in the past. It is time for that to come to an end.

Enough signatures have been gathered to put the initiative on the ballot, but that does not mean we can let our guard down. Kudos to Montana Trout Unlimited and yes for Responsible Mining for being proactive in pushing for this potentially new legislation.

If you love Montana for everything it has to offer, including clean water, please add your signature to the petition and vote yes in November for I-186.

Matthew Long
Livingston

A leader who puts himself above his country and its people

Editor:

The 242-year experiment to create a country of the people by the people and for the people is closer to ending than ever before.

A land that believes all men are created equal and that liberty and justice for all is in peril.

A man who would be president for life has lied and bullied his way to undermine the concept of separation of power and checks and balances that keeps our country a democracy. He admires and emulates all-powerful leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jung Un. He uses national security as an excuse to ban people of a certain religion from our shores and slap nonsensical tariffs on our allies. This is not what our founders envisioned and not what so many have sacrificed their lives for.

As you celebrate this 4th of July turn off the cable news and the internet take a deep breath and look around you. This has been and still is a great country.

Ask yourself, will it remain that way under a leader who puts himself above his country and its people? What can you do to stop him?

Vote.

Mark Adams
Livingston

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