Letters to the Editor

What are Montana values?

Dear Editor,
Dr. Janice N. Thaxter wrote Greg Gianforte is unqualified to be our congressman because he wasn’t born here. In addition she states that not being born in Montana makes him a “snake,” “carpetbagger,” “dreadful person,” “dishonest outsider” and “self-promoter.” It seems this billionaire is trying to swindle us into voting him into a cushy $160,000.00 a year job in beautiful Washington, D.C. -- not to mention working in the delightful atmosphere of present day politics.
I guess it is very dangerous to even associate with him since even a many-generational Montanan such as Senator Daines might be de-Montana-ized because of his friendship with this devil. I am very concerned for myself, since I have met Gianforte on several occasions and I am non-generational, having only been here 10 years. As a retired attorney the snake part doesn’t bother me too much, but I certainly don’t want to fall into the rest of the categories.
Having met Mr. Gianforte, I found him to be knowledgeable about issues that concerned me, and conservative in his approach to government solutions. People I know (generational Montanans) that know him better than I, fully like and endorse him. I won’t mention their names for fear that they might be de-Montana-ized. He has created a very successful business in Montana and expressed a strong desire to make government work to attract more business and subsequent jobs to our state. He moved here because he loves Montana, the land, hunting, fishing and yes, its values; not to win public office.
I have noticed most office seekers in Montana dutifully report the number of generations their families have lived in Montana, and assure us they have Montana values, which must be an important qualification for office.
I assume only people born in Montana can have these values, so I am curious as to what they are? Are they different than Wyoming, South and North Dakota, Nebraska, etc.? Do they get stronger each generation? If a vacationer has her baby in Montana, will the baby have these values? Do Montana Tribes have the strongest values of all? Do both parents have to be born in Montana for their child to be Montanan and have these values?
I request that Dr. Thaxter write another letter explaining what Montana values are and perhaps answering the questions posed above.
Gary Fitzpatrick
Lewistown

When does a person become a Montanan?

Dear Editor,
This in response to Dr. J. N. Thaxter’s letter in the March 4 issue of the News-Argus. Just when are you considered a Montanan? My family has been in the state since 1958 -- are we Montanans? I have lived in Montana since I was 6 months old, but was not born here, as my dad was in the service. Does that mean I’m not a Montanan?
To call a person you have never met by such a name, and to make a decision on a person from unknown sources just shows a great lack of intelligence, knowledge or just brains.
You nor anyone has a right to judge (unless you are God) a person you have not met, or never looked in the face. That is how grade school kids act, not grown adults. Before you start making unjustified and unevaluated comments, you had best know what you are talking about. Judge ye not lest ye be judged.
Jeannie Rickert
Lewistown

A leopard
cannot change its spots

Dear Editor,
My, my, my, Greg Gianforte is back with a vengance.
Greg, a leopard cannot change his spots; you cannot change your birthplace. As a Montana wannabe it shall not, cannot happen. You are not a Montanan, never shall be, no matter what you say; you are just another hunter-gatherer visiting our state. Your persistent advertisements are redundant; actually they say nothing of your beliefs, plans. You mouth what the president says almost word for word, however, from you it has no meaning. I feel your entire goal is getting out of Montana and joining your buddy, Daines, and the cushy job ($180,000 year for 100-days time) in Washington, D.C.
From the Governor’s race, in my research I found out: 1. Residency from 22 years to two-plus in Montana. 2. Hiring Montanans, from 2,000 to less than 150. 3. High pay was minimum wage. 4. Claiming Montana natives are too dumb for executive jobs. 5. Company was actually Cloud, an outsourcing worldwide company who did indeed hire the 2,000 persons. 6. You brag a great deal, not a nice quality.
It appears you have locked the Republican position, so that leaves we Montanans with a Democrat named Rob Quist. So here we go again, voting a Democrat to replace Zinke.
Dr. Janice Thaxter
Lewistown

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