The views of our readers
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Shares with grads

To the editor,

To Mr. Randy Shipman, superintendent, and to Mr. Joel Rogers, principal, I want to express my extreme appreciation for you allowing me to be involved in the SD #10 eighth grade 2020 Virtual Graduation and for allowing me to say a few words of fertilizer for the seeds and cultivate, you have done so far.

This year as the new commander of American Legion, Beaverhead Post #20 of Dillon, Montana, I have felt the privilege of completing my duty to the post and the graduation class honorably.

Chuck Thompson


Wants to write

To the editor,

I might just be a junior with no real writing degree, but that is why we have autocorrect and spell check. My name is Mikelle Mosher, I go by Kelle. I compete in XC and track. I love running, it’s my therapy. What I’d like is to write a small section in the Tribune about life as a teen in our small town, Dillon. I know it’s a lot to ask and I’m not really qualified, but I love writing and sharing my thoughts.

You don’t know much about me so here is some more information that might help my cause. I was born in Moab, Utah. On my first birthday, my family and I moved to Rolla, Missouri. After countless tornadoes and violence ... my father looked for a new job. We moved to Dillon, Montana, all of us thinking we would wear cowboy hats and boots to school. To my surprise, my first day of second grade, not one kid was wearing cowby/girl boots.

I have lived here for eight years. I have placed at state for XC every time and managed basketball. Being in the paper is fun, but I’d rather write in it then have a picture of myself in it. Even if it’s just once in a while, I’d be honored to write for our county paper. Thanks for listening.

Kelle Mosher


Loves parades

To the editor,

It amused me to see the front page of last weeks paper and the high school seniors all spread out in the stadium for graduation(with their blue and gold face masks), but then turn the page and see a group of them piled in together on a flatbed trailer for the parade (with no masks on). So which is it? We may be forced to follow some silly distancing policy at formal events and restaurants but we are quite capable of taking care of ourselves and deciding what risks we are willing to take. Congratulations Seniors, I hope you were able to have great day celebrating your accomplishments!!

Shannon Maness


The new normal

To the editor,

Wow! Can you believe it is June already? No matter how old, or young you are it has been a different spring. For many it has been isolation and days of solitude. It has been a time of lots of television, jig-saw-puzzles, phone calls and possibly talking to yourself. The good part is if you are reading this you are still alive. The bad part is when will this ever end? WILL it ever end?

I hear everyone talking about the “new normal.” OK, I said everyone but that is an exaggeration! But this is a different time. Like, I never knew that some months had 38 days. I never knew I could get by on one gallon a week. No, not gasoline, ice cream. I never knew the windows in my house were so dirty, now that I stare out the windows so much. My wife asked me if I could see the light at the end of the tunnel? NO! I am still looking for the tunnel to find the light at the end. I have driven my car around the block every day since I have been on quarantine. Still can’t find that tunnel.

Wait! Back to the new normal!” I don’t even know what the old normal was. Will the new normal be like the sun eclipse? You know its there but don’t look. Maybe like the moon eclipse. I slept the entire time. I still don’t know if we have a new normal. Can I participate? I am not sure I was part of the old normal! I looked normal in the dictionary. It said normal,-run of the mill. I can’t wait to run to the mill. Maybe I will find the tunnel on the way. Thanks June for busting out all over.

LaVon D. Brillhart



To the editor,

Steve Daines has repeatedly said that this year’s election is about “freedom versus socialism.” It’s a simple – and simple-minded -- formulation aimed at people who he hopes understand neither freedom nor socialism.

Our freedoms, while not absolute, are protected in the Bill of Rights. The government can’t stop me from offering an opinion, even if it’s a foolish or unpopular one. They can’t stop me from worshipping any god I want to. They can’t toss me in jail on the mere suspicion that I did something wrong. And they can’t stop me from owning guns.

I do not have the freedom, however, to use my beliefs punitively against others. If I hate black, Asian, or Hispanic people, I can’t legally discriminate against them. The same goes for homosexuals. Even if I hate or fear them, I (supposedly) can’t legally deny them employment or housing socialism, the use of pools of taxpayer money to fund social programs and institutions such as farm subsidies, veterans benefits, public education, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, the interstate highway system, and the military, is far from what Daines calls “anti-American.”

The use of public monies to help ordinary Americans lead reasonably safe and comfortable lives is a practice few would disagree with. In fact, socialism is all that makes life livable for people who are not rich. Daines, whose net worth is around $33 million, can afford to be against socialism even though he too benefits from it. Historically, the wealthy have always been against programs that help the not-rich, whom they openly disdain. Of course, if they need the not-rich on Election Day, they try to convince them that the socialism they rely on somehow infringes on their freedom, though they never bother to explain how.

Capitalism is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution. Neither is socialism. Our economic system has evolved into a mixture of the two. And, despite what Daines keeps saying to hoodwink voters, neither has much to do with freedom.

Richard Turner