Letters: Pay Attention on this Memorial Day


Take Care This Memorial Day

The Montana American Legion started a program 70 years ago to remind motorists of fatal driving accidents in the state and to warn them to drive with caution and sobriety. It is their continued hope that when people see the crosses, they will slow down and watch what they are doing.

The Fatality Marker Safety Program (formerly called the White Cross Program) began in Missoula after six motorists died in local traffic accidents during the Labor Day weekend of 1952. The program was Floyd’s idea Eaheart from the Hellgate Post No. 27.

Legion stations across the state adopted the program after the Montana Highway Commission approved it in 1953. Since the death marker safety program began, it is estimated that more than 3,700 white crosses were placed along highways in Montana. This represents a cemetery of more than 5 acres.

The American Legion has a written agreement with the Montana Department of Transportation to help prevent littering and decorating our white marker safety program. As such, we are asked to remove any decoration whenever the white markers are maintained or excessively decorated. As part of this approved traffic safety program, a marker is placed near the site of a fatal accident, again in accordance with state and federal standards.

This road safety program operates under policies and procedures that have been in place for many years and is subject to annual review. In 2007, additional guidelines were issued by MDT, which did not specify any advertising; no reflective paint, no lighting or other devices; and no wreath or decoration placed on the marker.

—Jim Kelly, President of Fatality Marker, Missoula

Keep Stanley at the County Commission

Steve Stanley has my vote for county commissioner. During Steve’s short time in the Commissioners office, he worked diligently and successfully to improve the lives of all citizens of Lake County. His work on living conditions in our county jail has significantly improved safety and health standards for inmates and our detention officers. Sheriff Bell praised Steve’s extensive efforts.

Steve Stanley started racing once selected to finish Dave Stipe’s term, and he earned our vote of confidence. He deserves an opportunity to fulfill his own term as commissioner and then stand in future elections based on his own full record. Changing horses in the middle of the creek for no good reason does not serve the interests of the citizens of Lake County.

Steve brings to the table extensive coordination experience from his previous service in county emergency management. His experience working closely with the Confederated County and Salish Tribes (CSKT) will help with ongoing coordination regarding Public Law 280 – something the County and CSKT want to keep. Likewise, Steve’s efforts to help reach a memorandum of understanding between CSKT and Lake County regarding roads, bridges and culverts now under CSKT’s jurisdiction due to the Montana Water Rights (MWRPA) are critical to ensuring that all citizens of Lake County – tribal and non-tribal – retain the ability to travel safely as the ultimate responsibility for infrastructure rests with the state and federal authorities. Without this cooperation, some citizens would run the risk of traveling over crumbling roads and bridges whose responsibility was thrown into oblivion by Senator Daines and his imposed MWRP.

In the short time that Steve Stanley served, he set a superb record for performing hard work. He works well with his fellow commissioners and other key county offices, including the sheriff’s department. Now is not the time to inject untested new unknowns into the county commissioner’s office. Join me in supporting Steve Stanley as County Commissioner.

—Tracy Sharp, Polson

Rosendale turns against mothers

America has an emergency, a national formula shortage. The United States Congress has passed a bill to remedy this by strengthening inspections of foreign and domestic suppliers of infant formula to increase supply, so that in American grocery stores, parents can be assured that what they buy to feed their baby is safe. Alternatives to breast milk or formula are not safe for infants.

US Congressman from Montana Matt Rosendale voted against the bill.

It reminds me a lot of comedian George Carlin’s routine in which he points out that often people who talk very loudly about protecting unborn children have no interest in protecting them once they’re born.

— Stéphanie Brancati, strong arm

Tranel is best for Congress

It’s a fight when you’re presented with two good candidates for the Congressional seat in the Western District. Both have their strengths and vulnerabilities. Cora Neuman is strong on health care politics, but short on Montana roots, which is important to some and not so much to others. Monica Tranel has deep Montana roots and a reputation for not supporting BS

Monica is used to working for the Montana people and against Northwestern Energy, which put millions back into our pockets when they tried to impose their failure to plan on us, or working for farmers and ranchers in Montana who are driven to bankruptcy by big profits. looking for companies. Monica has Montanan interests at heart.

Border issues and building a wall are the BS I talked about. Let’s talk about how Montana issues such as women’s health care, safeguarding our public lands, child care, universal pre-kindergarten, and how federal tax incentives can create affordable housing can be resolved. These are the issues that directly affect the people of Montana.

The Democratic Party’s goal is to beat Ryan Zinke, and Monica Tranel is the best candidate to do so.

—Susie Reber Orr, Missoula

Repke for PSC

I strongly endorse John Repke as the Democratic candidate for Public Service Commissioner of District 5. As we all know, utility costs eat up a bigger chunk of our household budgets. The PSC’s primary job is to represent ratepayers in rate negotiations with our regulated utility providers. John has the experience, knowledge and commitment to ensure that what we pay is fair. He has an advanced business degree and a 40-year career in private sector finance. Unlike others in the race, he has the expertise and credibility to effectively challenge utilities.

John is not a politician looking to inflate his pension. He’s a retired businessman appalled by the current CFP, who stands out for her lack of integrity and her ability to dig deeper into the issues she should be investigating — on behalf of Montana taxpayers. John’s goal is simply to do the job the right way, which is to say competently, professionally and honestly. He is the ideal candidate for this position, and I hope you will join me in voting for him.

—Ann Brodsky, Helena


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