Letters to the Editor

Don’t let the Ag Building stand empty during the Fair

Dear Editor,
Winter is thinking season (except for the people who are calving, they have no time or energy to think about random stuff). I do want the “calving people’s” attention on this, though: the Central Montana Fair.
Do you want to walk into the Ag Building and see…nothing? No vegetable or fruit exhibits? That’s what is going to happen if people don’t step up and enter some produce.
I can picture a future where there will be just a few computer screens on the shelves where the vegetables once proudly stood. The screens will display virtual vegetables or possibly a video game or two for the kids: “Help Farmer Brown Fight the Aphids,” “Game of Clones,” or “Grand Theft Rhubarb.”
We can grow great things here in Central Montana. Let’s flaunt it.
It takes a little time on entry day to bring stuff in. You need a Fair entry book to figure out the proper way (not difficult) to exhibit your produce. Fair books can be obtained at the library, extension office (by the courthouse) and many businesses.
You don’t have to be a large-scale gardener to exhibit. Maybe you just have some special-looking plums and that’s all – well, just bring them in. It doesn’t cost a cent to enter things. Once again, check the Fair book for guidelines to property amount and how to trim stems, etc. Once again, entry is free.
I know fairgoers like to view the exhibits in the Ag Building; I’ve watched them. Let’s give them something to look at. Don’t you want your friends and relatives to come “ooh” and “aah” over your onions?
Linda Stiff
Lewistown

How can the Supreme
Court change a constitution?

Dear Editor,
On Nov. 4, 1986, the voters of Montana passed an amendment to the Constitution, (Constitutional Initiative 30). The basic purpose of this amendment was to allow, if passed by both houses of the legislature, placing some restrictions on liability compensation for attorneys.
This was passed by approximately a 52 percent majority at the election, according to the official canvass, and the amendment was officially adopted. In reading over the court case, I learned the following:
On April 30, 1987, an action was filed with the Supreme Court of Montana. On May 22, 1987, the decision in the case 86-400 was handed down. The Court declared the amendment was unconstitutional because in the information pamphlet sent out to all voters by each county clerk and recorder, there was a slight error. In the sentence, “No person shall be deprived of this full legal redress…,” the words “full legal” were “not deleted but were indicated as being inserted.” This typo was only in the voter information pamphlet. The words in the pamphlet were correct but should have been underlined. On that basis the Supreme Court rewrote the Montana Constitution.
My point is, I do not understand how the Supreme Court can change the Constitution. Changes, among other things, must be voted on by the people and passed. Our Constitution contains almost three pages detailing Article XIV, Constitutional Revision. None of that accepts the Montana Supreme Court as being allowed to change the constitution.
Jim Paugh
Coffee Creek

Wealth comes from God

Dear Editor,
I think that now, with a new president and the changes taking place in our country, is a great time to reflect. One thing I have been talking to my children about is “wealth.” What is “wealth”?
It is not just money. We cannot print ourselves into wealth, or I could use Monopoly money or AWANA shares to buy groceries.
Shopping local is good, but that doesn’t create wealth, it just passes the same dollar bill around and around to new owners.
“Wealth” comes from God. In regard to our economy, more specifically it comes from the natural resources He created. A calf is born, eggs are laid – that is new wealth. Coal, gold, sapphires are mined – that is new wealth. Wheat is harvested, trees are logged – that is new wealth.
I recently realized how blessed I am, because as of the first part of December 2016, there is a sawmill on some property I own. I am tickled every time I drive by and see the piles of new “wealth”! The sawmill not only creates new wealth, it has brought at least one new family to live in Lewistown, and has employees.
I just want to say, welcome Beehive Construction. May God bless you for your business!
Christaleah T. Carlson
Lewistown

Mill building neither
significant nor noteworthy

Dear Editor,
Lewistown is fortunate to have a plethora of architecturally pleasing and historically significant buildings. One trip up Main Street provides onlookers with a vista we can all be proud of.
However, many buildings in our fair city have neither historical significance nor noteworthy architecture.
In particular, I refer to the mill building, which is unpleasing to the eye and, contrary to the engineer’s report, structurally unsound.
As the previous owners of said building, our family sold the mill building to the City at a very fair price. The tacit understanding at the time was the mill building would, in all likelihood, be torn down and the land utilized as part of the streamside park.
We find it disconcerting that a handful of misguided zealots would disregard the wishes of the vast majority of citizens and slow the park project by trying to add the mill building to the National Historic Register.
Please, if you agree with the vast majority of citizens, let your feelings be known to City officials. Let’s tear down the mill building and get on with the park project that all of us can enjoy.
Scott Sanford
Lewistown

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