Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Claim jumper

To The editor,

Montana local T.V. stations have been airing a Republican attack ad claiming that Gov. Steve Bullock, who is running for Steve Daines’s Senate seat in D.C., funneled money to his brother William’s business- Pioneer Technical Services.

The ad is false. William, who co-founded PTS in 1991, left the company in 2004. William sold his shares in the company in 2009. Steve Bullock wasn’t elected as governor until 2012.

The ad claims that William received $14 million from state agencies while Steve Bullock was in office. Obviously claims in this ad do not support the facts.

Gov. Bullock never funneled money to his brother’s company because he wasn’t the Governor until three years after William sold his shares of PTS.

Linda Hollifield


Vital election

To the editor,

It goes without saying that this year’s election is one of vital importance. Our nation has cleaved into factions that cannot be brought together by the current leadership of our country. The rabid adherence to the current president of some of our citizens has created more than a partisan following. His support borders on the fringe of idolatry. Whether or not you believe this is immaterial to me because I know that Trump supporters will not change their allegiance despite all that he is doing to divide us and bring ruin to this country.

However, what I would like everyone to consider is this: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22- 23). This passage from my daily devotion was a reminder that what we should want as a leader of our nation is a person who bears the fruit of the Spirit. Whether or not you are religious the attributes of the Spirit are the very essence of what it means to be human. The passage speaks to our universality as human beings. If you are led by the flesh and not the Spirit the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentious, idolatry, enmities, strife, jealously, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, and things like these (Galatians 5:19-21).

The contrast between the former and the latter is stark as it should be. It is the difference between living in the light or living in the darkness. This election is that simple. Do we choose the light or the darkness? Do we show our better self or our bitter self? Do we allow our minds to be open to change that reflect the ideals of our founding fathers or do we continue to follow a person who has contempt for our two-party system and the checks and balances built therein? When the votes are counted will they reflect a nation of light and hope or one that continues to reflect our baser nature. The election decides our character as a nation. What will it be, the fruit of the spirit or the works of the flesh? It is up to you.

Otis M. Anderson